Radiation Oncology

Shilpen Patel, MD

Director, RAD-AID Radiation Oncology

Dr. Shilpen Patel is a radiation oncologist specializing in thoracic and gastrointestinal malignancies. He is an associate professor in both Radiation Oncology and Global Health at the University of Washington. He received his MD from the University of Texas and completed his residency at the University of Maryland. Dr. Patel has worked actively in global health for a number of years and has done projects in Peru, Vietnam, China, and Tanzania. He serves on the board of Radiating Hope. Most recently, he led a RAD-AID delegation to Yinchuan, China to improve the practice of radiation oncology. For more information on RAD-AID Radiation Oncology, please email info@rad-aid.org.

Alichia J. White, CMD, MBA, RT(T)

Program Manager, RAD-AID Radiation Oncology

Alichia White is a senior medical dosimetrist currently working at Houston Methodist West Hospital. She has over 30 years of experience in Radiation Oncology having held many roles, including dosimetrist, therapist, manager, and educator. She obtained her degree in radiation therapy from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1990. Her medical dosimetry training was completed at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA with certification in 1996. In 2018, she was a RAD-AID ASRT Foundation Outreach Fellow to Nairobi, Kenya. Alichia’s passion is helping others specifically by making a difference in healthcare in under-resourced populations. She has served in Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, and Tanzania, in various capacities. She is grateful to be a part of RAD-AID’s mission to improve diagnosis and treatment on a global scale.

Ruth Afanador, MBA, RT(T)(CT)

Assistant Program Manager, RAD-AID Radiation Oncology

Ruth Afanador is a Lead Radiation Therapist presently working at NYU Langone Health Hospital in New York City where she has worked for the past 17 years. Over the course of her career, she has obtained an MBA in Healthcare Management as well as certifications in both Radiation Therapy and Computed Tomography. In 2018, Ruth was selected as a RAD-AID ASRT Foundation Outreach Fellow to Nairobi, Kenya.  Since then, Ruth’s passion for global outreach in Radiation Oncology has continued to expand. She has served as an educator with organizations whose shared mission is to improve cancer care in limited-resource settings around the world.  In addition, Ruth is currently Chair of the International Committee for the Radiation Therapy Association of New York State.