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Dukagjin Blakaj, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor-Clinical, Otolaryngology
  • Physician, FGP-Radiation Oncology
  • Associate Professor-Clinical, Radiation Oncology
  • 460 W. 10th Ave
    Room D252N
    Columbus, OH 43210


  • January, 2015

    ESTRO Oral Presentation.

  • January, 2014

    Oral Presentation.

  • January, 2012

    Chosen AANS/ASTRO Stereotactic Radiosurgery course participant for Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology residents.

  • January, 2011

    Best of ASTRO – Roentgen Society Award.

  • January, 2008

    Dean’s Recognition Award.

  • January, 2006

    Rudin Scholar Recipient.

  • January, 2006

    Student Research Achievement Award.

  • January, 2000

    Distinction of Excellence in Masters Thesis.

  • January, 1999

    American Chemical Society Analytical Award.

  • January, 1998

    American Heart Association Research Fellow.

  • January, 1995-
    January, 1998

    Connecticut Scholastic Achievement Grant.

  • January, 1995-
    January, 1997

    Howard Hughes Research Fellow.



  • 2016. "Chapter 21. Latrogenic Swallowing Disorders: Radiotherapy." In Comprehensive Management of Swallowing Disorders, Second Edition,

Journal Articles


  • Barney, C.; Branstetter, A.; Yaney, A.; Healy, E. et al., 2018, "Carboplatin-Based Chemoradiation Improves Outcomes Compared to Cetuximab Bioradiation in Cisplatin Ineligible Locally Advanced p16 Negative Head and Neck cancer." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS 100, no. 5, 1327-1328 - 1327-1328.
  • Barney, C.L.; Walston, S.; Zamora, P.; Healy, E.H. et al., 2018, "Clinical outcomes and prognostic factors in cisplatin versus cetuximab chemoradiation for locally advanced p16 positive oropharyngeal carcinoma." Oral Oncology 79, 9-14 - 9-14.
  • Philips, R.; Martin, D.; Eskander, A.; Schord, J. et al., 2018, "Effect of adjuvant radiotherapy treatment center volume on overall survival." Oral Oncology 78, 46-51 - 46-51.
  • Anayannis, N.V.; Schlecht, N.F.; Ben-Dayan, M.; Smith, R.V. et al., 2018, "Association of an intact E2 gene with higher HPV viral load, higher viral oncogene expression, and improved clinical outcome in HPV16 positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma." PLoS ONE 13, no. 2,


  • Blakaj, D.; Guiou, M.; weicker, M.; Mendel, E., 2015, "The evolving treatment paradigm for metastatic spine disease." World Neurosurg 84, no. 1,


  • Mourad, W.F.; Shasha, D.; Blakaj, D.M.; Khorsandi, A.S. et al., 2013, "Comprehensive head and neck radiotherapy dose-volume constraints do not apply to smaller volumes." Anticancer Research 33, no. 10, 5707-5707 - 5707-5707.
  • Mourad, W.F.; Hauerstock, D.; Shourbaji, R.; Hu, K. et al., 2013, "Trimodality Management of Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma and Review of the Literature." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY-CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS 36, no. 6,
  • 2013, "25-Year Follow-up of HIV-positive Patients with Benign Lymphoepithelial Cysts of the Parotid Glands: A Retrospective Review." ANTICANCER RESEARCH 33, no. 11,
  • 2013, "Comprehensive Head and Neck Radiotherapy Dose-Volume Constraints Do Not Apply to Smaller Volumes." ANTICANCER RESEARCH 33, no. 10,
  • 2013, "Clinical validation and applications for CT-based atlas for contouring the lower cranial nerves for head and neck cancer radiation therapy." ORAL ONCOLOGY 49, no. 9,
  • 2013, "Exploration of the Role of Radiotherapy in the Management of Early Glottic Cancer with Complete Carotid Artery Occlusion." ONKOLOGIE 36, no. 7-8,
  • 2013, "Clinical and Molecular Exploration of the Impact of Radiotherapy on Marfan Syndrome Patients." Practical Radiation Oncology 3, no. 3,
  • 2013, "Application of an interstitial and biodegradable balloon system for prostate-rectum separation during prostate cancer radiotherapy: a prospective multi-center study." RADIATION ONCOLOGY 8,
  • 2013, "The Impact of Computed Tomography on Early Glottic Cancer Outcomes." ONKOLOGIE 36, no. 3,
  • 2013, "Lack of adjuvant radiotherapy may increase risk of retropharyngeal node recurrence in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck after transoral robotic surgery.." Case reports in oncological medicine 2013,
  • Mourad, W.F.; Shasha, D.; Blakaj, D.M.; Khorsandi, A.S. et al., 2013, "Recognition of a Natural WT1 Epitope by a Modified WT1 Peptide-specific T-Cell Receptor (vol 32, pg 5201, 2012)." ANTICANCER RESEARCH 33, no. 12, 5707-5707 - 5707-5707.


  • 2009, "Evolutionary and biophysical relationships among the papillomavirus E2 proteins." FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE-LANDMARK 14,


  • 2008, "Detection of an abasic site in RNA with stem-loop DNA beacons: Application to an activity assay for Ricin Toxin A-Chain." JOURNAL OF BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL METHODS 70, no. 6,


  • 2006, "Indirect readout of DNA sequence by papillomavirus E2 proteins depends upon net cation uptake." JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 358, no. 1,


  • 2001, "Molecular Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Protein-RNA Interactions: Mutation of a Conserved Residue Modifies Stacking Interactions and Structural Adaptation in the U1A-Stem Loop 2 RNA Complex." JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 123, no. 11,


  • Miller, E.D.; Blakaj, D.; Swanson, B.J.; Xiao, W. et al., "Sinonasal Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: Treatment Outcomes and Association with Human Papillomavirus." HEAD AND NECK-JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENCES AND SPECIALTIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK
  • E. Allen, L. Lu…, D. Blakaj (corresponding author), "Quality of life improvement implications for head and neck patients with dental stents: a quantitative analysis of dental amalgam dose effects in modern treatment.." Journal of Radiation Oncology

Papers in Proceedings


  • Barney, C.; Healy, E.; Zamora, P.; Aljabban, J. et al. "Carboplatin Versus Cetuximab Chemoradiation in Cisplatin Ineligible Patients with Locally Advanced p16 Negative Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma." (10 2017).
  • Fabian, D.; McElroy, J.; Bhatt, A.D.; Blakaj, D.M. et al. "Survey to Assess the Practice Patterns of Induction Chemotherapy (IC) in Head and Neck Cancer Patients." (10 2017).
  • Healy, E.; Mendel, E.; Jr, W.S.A.; Levine, K. et al. "Local Control Assessment of Spine Metastases after Post-operative Stereotactic Radiosurgery Following Limited Versus Extensive Spine Surgery: A Retrospective Review." (10 2017).


  • Allan, E.; Hamedani, H.; Van Putten, M.; Blakaj, D.M. "Novel Dosimetric Comparison of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy Versus Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Delivery When Using Dental Stents for Protection of Oral Mucosa." (10 2016).
  • Allan, E.; Barney, C.; Baum, S.; Diavolitsis, V.M. et al. "Laser Debridement Combined With Low-Level Laser Biostimulation Improves Healing and Pain Control for Oral Mucositis When Compared to Standard Supportive Care in Patients Receiving Concurrent Cetuximab and Radiation for Oropharyngeal Cancer." (10 2016).


  • Walston, S.A.; Blakaj, D.; Kumar, B.; Choudhary, M. et al. "Papillomavirus E2 Protein as a Biomarker for Radiation Sensitivity in HPV Associated Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma." in 56th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-for-Radiation-Oncology (ASTRO). (9 2014).


  • Mourad, W.F.; Beitler, J.J.; Blakaj, D.M.; Glanzman, J. et al. "Twenty-Five-Year Outcome of Benign Lymphoepithelial Cysts of the Parotid Glands in Seropositive HIV Patients." (10 2013).
  • Mourad, W.F.; Hong, L.X.; Shourbaji, R.A.; Santiago, T. et al. "Linac-Based SRS Dose-Volume Relationship for Optimal Local Control of Brain Metastases." (10 2013).
  • Mourad, W.F.; Blakaj, D.M.; Young, R.; Ohri, N. et al. "Lower Cranial Nerves Contouring Atlas for Head-and-Neck Cancer Radiation Therapy." (10 2013).


  • Young, R.; Blakaj, D.M.; Hong, L.; Spierer, M.M. et al. "A Retrospective Study Evaluating Toxicity in Women With DCIS Undergoing Hypofractionated Adjuvant Radiation Therapy After Breast Conserving Surgery." (11 2012).


  • Garg, M.K.; Kovacs, G.; Blakaj, D.M.; Tsai, N. et al. "A Novel Biodegradable Balloon (Bioprotect Spaceguard) Provides Reproducible Geometry and Significantly Reduces Rectal Dose in Patients Receiving IMRT for Prostate Cancer: Single Arm Phase I Multi-Institutional International Study." (1 2011).


  • Blakaj, D.M.; Khrapunov, S.; Kattamuri, C.; Hegde, R. et al. "Distinguishing the contribution of DNA structure and flexibility to 'indirect readout' by papillomavirus E2 proteins." (1 2005).


  • Blakaj, D.M.; Khrapunov, S.; Kattamuri, C.; Hegde, R. et al. "Assessing the contribution of DNA structure and flexibility to DNA sequence specific recognition by papillomavirus E2 proteins." (1 2004).


  • Shiels, J.C.; Tuite, J.B.; Blakaj, D.M.; Beveridge, D.L. et al. "Aromatic groups in peptide-RNA recognition.." (4 2001).


  • Blakaj, D.M.; Gelbin, A.; Baranger, A.M.; Beveridge, D.L. "Free energy analysis of protein-RNA binding: The U1A-snRNA complex." (1 2000).