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Associate Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology Medical Director, Radiation Oncology for Sherman Hospital

A clinically integrated network of physicians and providers employed by UChicago Medicine who offer care in inpatient, community, ambulatory, acute care or extended care settings.

Azhar M. Awan, MD, specializes in treating all solid tumors and lymphomas. He is particularly skilled in the treatment of prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcomas and breast cancer. Dr. Awan is an expert in leading edge cancer treatments, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and 3-D conformal radiation therapy. He also is skilled in the use of unsealed radioactive sources for treating painful bone metastases.

Dr. Awan has been a contributing researcher in several cancer studies, including early trials that formed the basis of the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer program at the University of Chicago Medicine. These studies evaluated the combined use of radiation therapy and chemotherapy against both untreated and previously irradiated head and neck cancers, using a unique every-other-week treatment schedule. Dr. Awan also has contributed to both the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial and the SELECT study -- an investigation of vitamin E and selenium in the possible prevention of prostate cancer.

Dr. Awan regularly appears on the Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.'s list of "Top Doctors" in Chicago and in America.

Medical Education

  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine


  • Henry Ford Hospital


  • Rush University Medical Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Radiation Oncology
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1985

Board Certifications

  • Therapeutic Radiology

Languages Spoken

  • Swahili
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • English