Ricky R. Savjani, MD, PhD
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Ricky R. Savjani, MD, PhD

  • Radiation Oncology
Westwood Radiation Oncology | 200 Medical Plaza, Suite B265, Los Angeles, CA 90095

About

Dr. Ricky Savjani is an Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Savjani graduated from MIT with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. He earned his MD and PhD from Texas A&M College of Medicine with his thesis work in mapping the functional organization of the human brain with functional MRI. After finishing his transitional year at the University of Chicago (NorthShore), Dr. Savjani completed his residency in Radiation Oncology here at UCLA. While in residency, Dr. Savjani conducted an ASTRO-sponsored fellowship at Varian, A Siemens Healthineers Company, as well as completed the American Board of Radiology Holman Research Pathway.

Dr. Savjani specializes in the utilization of radiation therapy to treat patients with cancers of the brain, spine, and head & neck. Dr. Savjani also runs a multidisciplinary lab building innovations in informatics, imaging-based AI, and a variety of technology applications. Dr. Savjani's lab has been generously supported by both national agencies and industry including the National Institute of Health, the American Society of Radiation Oncology, the Radiological Society of North America, Varian, Siemens, NVIDIA, Google, Amazon, StratPharma, and several additional foundations. Dr. Savjani combines excellence in research and innovation to provide patients with state-of-the-art care.     

Languages

English

Education

Residency

Radiation Oncology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 2023

Internship

Transitional, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2019

Degrees

MD, Texas A&M University College of Medicine, 2018
PhD, Texas A & M University College of Medicine, 2018

Recognitions

  • UCLA-Amazon Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence Grant, 2023
  • UCLA Symposium on Neurotechnology – Best Data Blitz Presentation, 2023
  • UCLA TDG Innovation Fund MedTech Team Winners, 2023
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Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Brain and spine tumors
Stereotactic cranial radiation
Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer
Stereotactic spine radiosurgery
Stereotactic body radiation therapy
Intensity modulated radiation therapy

Research

Interests

  • Medical Imaging Artificial Intelligence
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Data Science
  • Neuroimaging

Publications

 

  1. Ma TM, Wong DJ, Chai-Ho W, Mendelsohn A, St John M, Abemayor E, Chhetri D, Sajed D, Dang A, Chu F, Xiang M, Savjani RR, Weidhaas J, Steinberg ML, Cao M, Kishan AU*, Chin RK*. (2023). High recurrence for HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer with neoadjuvant radiotherapy to gross disease plus immunotherapy: analysis from a prospective phase Ib/II clinical trial. IJROBP. PMID: 37141981.
  2. Miller MS*, Kim W*, Harary M, Savjani RR, Lee J, Telesca D, Tenn S, Hegde J, Kaprealian T. (2023). Seizure outcomes following single fraction versus hypofractionated radiosurgery for brain metastases: a single center experience. Journal of Neurosurgery.
  3. Pan X, Feng T, Chen L, Savjani RR, Chin RK, Qi XS. (2023). A survival prediction model via interpretable machine learning for patients with oropharyngeal cancer following radiotherapy. Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. PMID: 36807760.
  4. Savjani RR, Ati S, Sadeghi S, Bonelli L, Kaprealian T, Hegde J. (2022). Radiotherapy for mantle cell lymphoma with orbital involvement. Radiology: Imaging Cancer. PMID: 35866891.
  5. Pham J, Savjani RR, Yoon SM, Yang T, Gao Y, Cao M, Hu P, Sheng K, Low D, Steinberg M, Kishan AU, Yang Y. (2022). Urethral interfractional geometric and dosimetric variations of prostate cancer patients: a study using an onboard MRI. Frontiers in Oncology. PMID: 35912253.
  6. Shidoh S*, Savjani RR*, Cho NS, Ullman HE, Hagiwara A, Raymond C, Lai A, Nghiemphu PL, Liau LM, Pope WB, Cloughesy TF, Kaprealian TB, Salamon N, Ellingson BM. (2022). Relapse patterns and radiation dose exposure in IDH wild-type glioblastoma at first radiographic recurrence following chemoradiation. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. PMID: 36053452.
  7. Xu D, Ma TM, Savjani RR, Cao M, Yang Y, Kisha AU, Scalzo F, Sheng K. (2022). Fully automated segmentation of prostatic urethra for MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT). Medical Physics. PMID: 36106703.
  8. Savjani RR, Lauria M, Bose S, Deng J, Yuan Y, AndrearczyK V. (2022). Automated tumor segmentation in radiotherapy. Seminars in Radiation Oncology. PMID: 36202435
  9. Ati S, Chhetri D, Wiedau M, Soltanzadeh P, Bordelon Y, Chin R, Savjani RR. (2022). Using intensity modulated radiation therapy for the treatment of sialorrhea in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Advances in Radiation Oncology. PMID: 36420480.
  10. Xiang M, Ma TM, Savjani RR, Pollom EL, Karnes RJ, Grogan T, Wong JK, Motterle G, Tosoian JJ, Trock BJ, Klein EA, Stish BJ, Dess RT, Spratt DE, Pilar A, Reddy C, Levin-Epstein R, Wedde TB, Lilleby WA, Fiano R, Merrick GS, Stock RG, Demanes DJ, Moran BJ, Huland H, Tran PT, Martin S, Martinez-Monge R, Krauss DJ, Abu-Isa EI, Alam R, Schwen Z, Pisansky TM, Choo CR, Song DY, Greco S, Deville C, McNutt T, DeWeese TL, Ross AE, Ciezki JP, Boutros PC, Nickols NG, Bhat P, Shabsovich D, Juarez JE, Chong N, Kupelian PA, Rettig MB, Zaorsky NG, Berlin A, Tward JD, Davis BJ, Reiter RE, Steinberg ML, Elashoff D, Horwitz EM, Tendulkar RD, Tilki D, Czernin J, Gafita A, Romero T, Calais J, Kishan AU. (2021). Performance of a prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography/computed tomography-derived risk-stratification tool for high-risk and very high-risk prostate cancer. JAMA Network Open. PMID: 34902034.

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Recognitions

  • UCLA-Amazon Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial Intelligence Grant, 2023
  • UCLA Symposium on Neurotechnology – Best Data Blitz Presentation, 2023
  • UCLA TDG Innovation Fund MedTech Team Winners, 2023
  • RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award, 2023
  • ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop Fellow, 2023
  • B. Leonard Holman Research Pathway, 2020-2023
  • UCLA CTSI TL1 Grant, 2022
  • Siemens Healthineers Lung Segmentation Grant, 2022
  • UCLA Resident Informaticist – Best Final Project, 2022
  • UCLA Training in Neurotechnology Translation Program T32 - Trainee, 2022
  • Google Cloud Research Innovator, 2022
  • Google Cloud Champion Innovator, 2022
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology Introduction to Clinical Trial Design Workshop, 2022
  • Practical Radiation Oncology- Reviewer Apprenticeship Program, 2021-2022
  • IJROBP- Resident Peer Review Training Program (RePRT), 2021-2022
  • Radiology: Imaging Cancer (RSNA)- Editorial Trainee Board, 2020-2022
  • NVIDIA Applied Research Accelerator Program Grant, 2021
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)- Cloud Credit for Research Grant, 2021
  • UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) Grant, 2021
  • UCLA Resident Informaticist Scholar, 2021
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) - Academic Research Program Grant, 2021
  • American Society of Neuroradiology- Artificial Intelligence Workshop, 2021
  • ASTRO-Varian Research Training Fellowship, 2020 
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)- Advocacy Travel Grant, 2019
  • Open Access to Knowledge Fund (OAKFund)- Publication Award, 2018
  • RSNA- Introduction to Academic Radiology Award, 2017
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)- Outstanding Presentation Award, 2017
  • Methodist Academy of Postdoctoral and Trainee Association- Top Poster, 2017
  • RSNA Research Medical Student Grant, 2017
  • Medical Students’ Training and Research Experience in Aging and Mental Health Grant, 2010-2017
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- Professional Development Award for Trainees, 2016
  • NINDS/AUPN/ANA/CNS- Combining Clinical & Research Careers Awardee, 2016
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)- Merit Abstract Award, 2016
  • Texas A&M University Imaging Spotlight Series- 1st Place Poster Competition, 2016
  • Montgomery County Medical Society (Texas)- Scholar Award, 2012-2016
  • VA Traumatic Brain Injury State of the Art Conference- Travel Award, 2015
  • NIH AFNI Bootcamp- Trainee, 2013
  • Computational and Integrative Biomedical Research Center Seed Grant, 2013
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)- “Hot Topic” for Neuroscience Award, 2013
  • Brainhack Hackathon- Travel Award, 2013
  • NIDA/UCLA: Neuroimaging Training Program (NITP)- Training Fellow, 2012
  • Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Scholar, 2011
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC)- 1st Place National Writing, 2006
  • Siemens Westinghouse Competition- Regional Finalist, 2004