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Dr. Anita O'Donovan

Assistant Professor (Radiation Therapy)

Anita O'Donovan joined the academic staff as an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Radiation Therapy in 2011. In terms of academic achievements, she has received a BSc. in Radiation Therapy (First Class Hons), M.A.(j.o) and Special Purpose Certificate in Education, from Trinity College Dublin, and is currently in the final year of her PhD. Prior to joining TCD, she worked as a Radiation Therapist in St. Luke's Radiation Oncology Network Dublin (St Luke's Hospital) and Cork University Hospital in both clinical and research positions. The overarching theme of her research and PhD subject is Geriatric Oncology, specifically optimal care of the older radiotherapy patient, and preparing the radiation therapy workforce for predicted demographic changes and a rapidly increasing older cancer patient population. Anita has served as a member of Board and Executive Committee of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) since 2014, the first radiation therapist to be represented in this organisation. She is also a member of the SIOG Science and Education committee and editorial board member for the Journal of Geriatric Oncology, and member of faculty of the SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology and Irish Geriatric Oncology group. Anita has a particularly keen interest in older patient advocacy and incorporating alternative teaching methods into the classroom. This commitment was recognised when she was awarded a Trinity College Provost Teaching Award in June 2017.
 Care of the Older Radiotherapy Patient

Details Date
Member of Board and Executive Committee, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) October 2014 to 2017
Member of Faculty SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology November 2016 to present
Member of faculty ESTRO Course Non-melanoma Skin Cancer 2017 to present
Chair of the Membership and National Representatives Committee, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) March 2014 to 2017
National Representative, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) January 2013
National Radiation Therapy reviewer on the Radiography Qualifications Review Board February 2012 to 2015
Member of teaching faculty on the ESTRO Teaching course on Basic Treatment Planning. March 2012 to October 2013
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Basic Basic
Spanish Basic Basic Basic
Details Date From Date To
ESTRO member 2006 present
Registered member of CORU 2014 present
IIRRT member 2008 present
Member of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) July 2012 present
Member of ICORG 2015 present
Radiotherapy and Systemic Anti-Cancer Treatment in Older Adults with Cancer and Frailty in, editor(s)Fabio Gomes , Frailty in Older Adults with Cancer, Springer, Cham, Springer Nature, 2022, [Anita O'Donovan, Capucine Baldini and Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
A. Skelly and A. O'Donovan, Recognising Frailty in Radiation Oncology Clinical Practice: Current Evidence and Future Directions, Seminars in Radiation Oncology, 32, (2), 2022, p115 - 124, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Palliative Radiotherapy in the Older Adult in, editor(s)Vapiwala,Jones,&Dharmarajan , Palliative Radiation Oncology, USA, Elsevier, 2021, [Anita O'Donovan], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
Mislang AR, Soto-Perez-de-Celis E, Russo C, Colloca G, Williams GR, O'Hanlon S, Cooper L, O'Donovan A, Audisio RA, Cheung KL, Sarrió RG, Stauder R, Jaklitsch M, Cairo C, Gil LA, Sattar S, Kantilal K, Loh KP, Lichtman SM, Brain E, Wildiers H, Kanesvaran R, Battisti NML., The SIOG COVID-19 working group recommendations on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines among older adults with cancer., Journal of geriatric oncology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Extermann M, Brain E, Canin B, Cherian MN, Cheung KL, de Glas N, Devi B, Hamaker M, Kanesvaran R, Karnakis T, Kenis C, Musolino N, O'Donovan A, Soto-Perez-de-Celis E, Steer C, Wildiers H, International Society of Geriatric Oncology., Priorities for the global advancement of care for older adults with cancer: an update of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology Priorities Initiative., The Lancet. Oncology, 22, (1), 2021, pe29-e36 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Maeve A. Hennessy and Munzir Hamid and Niamh Keegan and Lynda Corrigan and Caitriona Goggin and Nay MyoOo and Marie Carrigan and David Mockler and Anita O'Donovan, Metastatic Gastroesophageal Cancer in Older Patients - Is this Patient Cohort Represented in Clinical Trials?, BMC Cancer, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Naseer A, Cree A, Simcock R, Jeppesen SS, Morris L, Kenis C, Hashmi A, Dale W, O'Donovan A., International efforts in geriatric radiation oncology., Journal of geriatric oncology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Donovan A., Morris L., Palliative Radiation Therapy in Older Adults With Cancer: Age-Related Considerations, Clinical Oncology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mellett C., O'Donovan A., Hayes C., The development of outcome key performance indicators for systemic anti-cancer therapy using a modified Delphi method, European Journal of Cancer Care, 17, (21), 2020, p7991-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Battisti, Nicolò Matteo Luca, Mislang, Anna Rachelle, Cooper, Lisa, O'Donovan, Anita, Audisio, Riccardo A., Cheung, Kwok-Leung, Sarrió, Regina Gironés, Stauder, Reinhard, Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Enrique, Jaklitsch, Michael, Williams, Grant R., O'Hanlon, Shane, Alam, Mahmood, Cairo, Clarito, Colloca, Giuseppe, Gil, Luiz Antonio, Sattar, Schroder, Kantilal, Kumud, Russo, Chiara, Lichtman, Stuart M., Brain, Etienne, Kanesvaran, Ravindran, Wildiers, Hans, Adapting care for older cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recommendations from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) COVID-19 Working Group, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Anita O'Donovan, Radiation Therapy in Older Adults with Cancer , Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) Masterclass Series, Dublin, Ireland, March 6th , 2019, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
A Blended Learning Approach to an Undergraduate Evidence-based Practice Module for Healthcare Students in, editor(s)Brown, S. , Learning, teaching and assessment in higher education: global perspectives, Macmillan International Higher Education, , 2014, [O'Donovan, A. and Leech, M.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
O'Donovan, A. and Harper, D., 'Brachytherapy: Best Practice Guidelines', 2011, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
O'Donovan, A., Radiotherapy in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Radiography Ireland , 14, (1), 2010, p20 - 23, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Donovan A., O'Shea E., O'Loughlin M., Hogan M., Mullaney L., Dempsey S., Moriarty M., McKenzie K., , The Impact of an Educational Support Group for Prostate Cancer Patients, Radiography Ireland, 14, (1), 2010, p24 - 27, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
TCD Provost Teaching Award 2016-17
Saint Luke's Prize 2002
Geriatric Oncology;older cancer patient's experience and quality of life;survivorship care