Team Member Spotlight: Ken Tatebe, M.D., Ph.D.

Please meet Rush Radiosurgery team member Ken Tatebe, M.D., Ph.D., Radiation Oncologist, and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Tatebe has been in the healthcare industry for over seven years and joined the Rush Radiosurgery team in August 2019.

He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, his philosophical doctorate in physics from the University of California in Berkeley, California, and his medical doctorate from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. He completed his internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, where he served as Chief Resident. He has also completed externships in proton therapy in Warrenville, IL, and in carbon ion therapy in Chiba, Japan.

As a radiation oncologist, Dr. Tatebe sees patients in consultation for primary tumors of the central nervous system and for brain metastases.  They discuss indications for radiosurgery and whether it is the right option for them.  If radiosurgery is right for them, he then works with the physicists, dosimetrists, and therapists in the creation and delivery of their customized treatment plan.  He also participates in quality control meetings to ensure all plans in the department meet the standards for excellent care and sits on the Rush central nervous system tumor board, where multiple disease site experts from varied fields discuss the treatment approaches for patients.

Dr. Tatebe’s favorite part of his job is working with the team at Rush, working with his patients to find a treatment that is good for them, and watching as they become part of that team for their own treatment.  “We do all that we can to make them feel comfortable and part of the treatment process,” said Tatebe.  “They will bring in their own playlists to listen to during our treatment planning sessions, and we work with them to optimize their setups for their needs.”

Dr. Tatebe has been awarded numerous honors, has presented his research at local and national meetings, and has authored several publications in peer-reviewed publications. These include works on radiation therapy, novel imaging methods, bioinformatics, and high-intensity focused ultrasound.

He is a member of several professional societies including the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the American Physical Society (APS).

Dr. Tatebe likes learning and tinkering.  This takes many forms, from going to museums with his children, to building electronics projects, to cooking new dishes in the kitchen.  He also enjoys running, sailing, and traveling, which allows him to interact with different cultures, at home and abroad.