Richard Jennelle, MD

Attending Physician; Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Jennelle is an Associate Professor and Director of Quality Improvement and Safety at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Keck Medical Center of USC and LAC + USC Medical Center. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati and earned his MD from the UC College of Medicine, where he completed his residency in radiation oncology and was chief resident in his final year.

Dr. Jennelle was previously Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Mississippi, and served as the Chair of the University of Mississippi’s Quality Improvement Committee for the Cancer Center.

While at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Jennelle was instrumental in establishing the first ACGME accredited Radiation Oncology Residency Program in the state. Previously, he has served as the Residency Program Director at the University of Arizona, and is very much looking forward to helping the further development of USC’s Residency Program and its focus on training future leaders in the field. Dr. Jennelle’s clinical focus will be directed towards programs in head and neck cancer, gamma knife radiosurgery, thoracic oncology, brachytherapy, and supporting gynecologic radiation oncology. He has a lifelong dedication to addressing the challenges of the medically underserved.

Clinical Interests

Multiple Disease Sites
Ocular, Melanoma, and Brachytherapy Eye Plaques


Medical School

University of Cincinnati School of Medicine


Internal Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital


Radiation Oncology, University of Cincinnati Hospital



Radiation Oncology – American Board of Radiology


American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)
Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Medical Awards

ARRO Outstanding Teacher Award, Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology



Berry JL, Kim JW, Jennelle R, Astrahan M. Use of the Toric Surgical Marker to Aid in Intraoperative Plaque Placement for the USC Eye Physics Plaques to Treat Uveal Melanoma: A New Surgical Technique. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Sep 1; 46(8):866-70.

Browne AW, Dandapani SV, Jennelle R, Stevanovic M, Lee TC, Murphree AL, Kampp TD, Astrahan MA, Kim JW, Berry JL. Outcomes of medium choroidal melanomas treated with ruthenium brachytherapy guided by three-dimensional pretreatment modeling. Brachytherapy. 2015 Sep-Oct; 14(5):718-25.

Dandapani SV, Zhang Y, Jennelle R, Lin YG. Radiation-Associated Toxicities in Obese Women with Endometrial Cancer: More Than Just BMI? ScientificWorldJournal. 2015; 2015:483208.

Caudell JJ, Hamilton RD, Otto KJ, Jennelle RL, Pitman KT, Vijayakumar S. Induction docetaxel, Cisplatin, and 5-Fluorouracil precludes definitive chemoradiotherapy in a substantial proportion of patients with head and neck cancer in a low socioeconomic status population. Am J Clin Oncol. 2014 Aug; 37(4):332-6.

Mourad WF, Packianathan S, Ma JK, Yang CC, Shourbaji RA, He R, Zhang Z, Kanakamedala MR, Khan MA, Mobit P, Katsoulakis E, Nabhani T, Jennelle R, Russell GV, Vijayakumar S. Computerized tomography-based radiotherapy improves heterotopic ossification outcomes. Bone. 2013 Nov; 57(1):132-6.


Research Summary

Head and Neck Cancer
Palliative Therapy
Healthcare Disparities
Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) applications
Applications of synthetic apperture radar/lidar