Congratulations to Sharad Goyal, MD, professor of radiology at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences and chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at GW Hospital, on receiving the 2017 Health Policy Fellowship from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
“Receiving this fellowship provides a push to be active and engaged in the ongoing health policy activities of ASTRO,” Goyal said. “It’s a great opportunity to expand into leadership roles within the organization and the field of radiation oncology.”
The ASTRO Health Policy Fellowship provides exposure to health policy reimbursement and coding activities, and also helps develop the next generation of health policy professionals. The fellowship is offered to current ASTRO members who are interested in becoming health policy leaders through the development of expertise in the organization’s health policy initiatives. Goyal is one of two individuals selected for the program for 2017-18.
Through the fellowship, Goyal plans to develop and maintain a program focusing on health policy issues in radiation oncology and the area of oncology in general through a collaboration with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW.
“GW has a very strong health policy program,” he said. “I think this fellowship arrived at the right time and will help to inform some of clinical and research activities that I would like to pursue here.”
While at GW, Goyal also hopes to understand and improve the current coding and billing system in place, and propose alternative payment models in the area of radiation oncology.
Goyal recently came to GW from Rutgers University and has been a member of ASTRO for more than 10 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.