Daphne Haas-Kogan, MD

Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Daphne Haas-Kogan, MD, is chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Haas-Kogan received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology magna cum laude from Harvard University, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, received the prestigious Joseph L. Barrett Award for Teaching at Harvard University, and was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize and summa cum laude for her Senior Honors Thesis. While in medical school, she was an HHMI Medical Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. J. Michael Bishop at UCSF. She received her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her residency in Radiation Oncology and post-doctoral fellowship in molecular neuro-oncology at UCSF in 1997. She remained at UCSF as a tenure track faculty member with joint appointments in Radiation Oncology and Neurological Surgery, was Vice-Chair for Research since 2003, and Educational Program Director since 2008. All the while she has maintained a productive, well-funded basic science laboratory in which she investigates signaling aberrations in human cancers, including adult and pediatric brain tumors.


Dr. Haas-Kogan’s laboratory research has focused on characterizing aberrant signaling pathways in gliomas and investigating agents that target these signaling cascades. Dr. Haas-Kogan has been the Principal Investigator on many grants funded by NIH/NCI, philanthropic organizations, and industry collaborations. Dr. Haas-Kogan has been selected as one of the top physicians in the United States by several publications including Best Doctors in America, San Francisco Magazine, and Consumers’ Research Council of America. She has received several teaching awards including the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching from UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Haas-Kogan continues to successfully lead and perform laboratory research, design clinical trials, establish robust collaborations with neuro-pathologists, neuro-oncologists, and neuro-radiologists, and develop a thriving clinical practice in radiation oncology.


As chair of BWH’s Department of Radiation Oncology, her vision includes supporting each member of the Radiation Oncology Department in fostering close collaborative ties with diagnostic radiologists, medical and pediatric oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and basic science investigators to spearhead cutting edge science, translational investigations and clinical studies, all based on the depth and breadth of success that already permeates BWH. BWH excels in all areas of academic medicine, including research, education, and clinical care, and Dr. Haas-Kogan aims to maintain and further develop a Radiation Oncology Department that remains at the forefront in all aspects of radiation oncology and academic medicine.