University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Adam Cunha, PhD

Adam Cunha, PhD

Adam Cunha, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics


Rutgers University, B.S., 06/2001, Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara, M.S., 06/2003, Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D., 06/2006, Physics
Brookhaven National Lab, Postdoctoral Fellow, 06/2007, Physics Dept.
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Scholar, 06/2009, Radiation Oncology

Professional Experience

  • 2006-2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics, Brookhaven National Lab
  • 2007-2009
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-2011
    Clinical Instructor, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2011-2017
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2017-present
    Associate Professor of Clinical, Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 2009
    Beyond the Abstract featured article,
  • 2009
    Resident Travel Award, American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting
  • 2011
    Best Physics Abstract, American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting
  • 2012
    IEEE CASE Best Application Paper Award, 2012 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, August 20-24, 2012, Seoul, Korea

Selected Publications

  1. Cunha JAM, Flynn R, Bélanger C, Callaghan C, Kim Y, Jia X, Chen Z, Beaulieu L. Brachytherapy Future Directions. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2020 01; 30(1):94-106.
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  2. Cunha A, Siauw T, Hsu IC, Pouliot J. A method for restricting intracatheter dwell time variance in high-dose-rate brachytherapy plan optimization. Brachytherapy. 2016 Mar-Apr; 15(2):246-51.
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  3. Pinnaduwage DS, Cunha JA, Weinberg V, Krishnamurthy D, Nash M, Hsu IC, Pouliot J. A dosimetric evaluation of using a single treatment plan for multiple treatment fractions within a given applicator insertion in gynecologic brachytherapy. Brachytherapy. 2013 Sep-Oct; 12(5):487-94.
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  4. Siauw T, Cunha A, Berenson D, Atamturk A, Hsu IC, Goldberg K, Pouliot J. NPIP: A skew line needle configuration optimization system for HDR brachytherapy. Med Phys. 2012 Jul; 39(7):4339-46.
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  5. Siauw T, Cunha A, Atamtürk A, Hsu IC, Pouliot J, Goldberg K. IPIP: A new approach to inverse planning for HDR brachytherapy by directly optimizing dosimetric indices. Med Phys. 2011 Jul; 38(7):4045-51.
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  6. Reed G, Cunha JA, Noworolski S, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron D, Hsu IC, Pouliot J. Interactive, multi-modality image registrations for combined MRI/MRSI-planned HDR prostate brachytherapy. J Contemp Brachytherapy. 2011 Mar 31; 3(1):26-31.
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  7. Krishnamurthy D, Weinberg V, Cunha JA, Hsu IC, Pouliot J. Comparison of high-dose rate prostate brachytherapy dose distributions with iridium-192, ytterbium-169, and thulium-170 sources. Brachytherapy. 2011 Nov-Dec; 10(6):461-5.
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  8. Cunha JA, Hsu IC, Pouliot J, Roach Iii M, Shinohara K, Kurhanewicz J, Reed G, Stoianovici D. Toward adaptive stereotactic robotic brachytherapy for prostate cancer: demonstration of an adaptive workflow incorporating inverse planning and an MR stealth robot. Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2010 Aug; 19(4):189-202.
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  9. Foster W, Cunha JA, Hsu IC, Weinberg V, Krishnamurthy D, Pouliot J. Dosimetric impact of interfraction catheter movement in high-dose rate prostate brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 May 01; 80(1):85-90.
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  10. Cunha JA, Pickett B, Pouliot J. Inverse planning optimization for hybrid prostate permanent-seed implant brachytherapy plans using two source strengths. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2010 Jun 03; 11(3):3096.
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