Wenqing Sun, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 01625 Pomerantz Family Pavillion
Iowa City, IA 52242


MD, Medicine, Peking University Health Science Center
PhD, Free Radical and Radiation Biology, University of Iowa

Resident, Beijing Cancer Hospital
Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa

Licensure and Certifications

Passed oral boards
Passed written boards


Gelover, E., Katherine, C., Mart, C., Sun, W. & Kim, Y. (2018). Patient's specific integration of OAR doses (D2 cc) from EBRT and 3D image-guided brachytherapy for cervical cancer. J Appl Clin Med Phys. PMID: 29349933.

Kim, Y., Chesnut, D., Wagner, B. S., Oldham, A. J., Schmitt, B., Sangster, N., Jespersen, J. R., Burk, N., Wardenburg, M., Flynn, R. T., Sun, W., Papworth, D., From, R. P. & Buatti, J. (2017). Ferromagnetic Metal Side-Rails on Air-Hover HDR Patient Transport Table can cause Severe Skin Burns on Patients during MR simulation for Brachytherapy. (Vols. 99). (2), pp. E556-E557. ASTRO 2017 - International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.

Anderson, C. M., Sonis, S. T., Lee, C. M., Adkins, D., Allen, B. G., Sun, W., Agarwala, S. S., Venigalla, M. L., Chen, Y., Zhen, W., Mould, D. R., Holmlund, J. T., Brill, J. M. & Buatti, J. M. (2017). Phase 1b/2a Trial of the Superoxide Dismutase Mimetic GC4419 to Reduce Chemoradiotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis in Patients With Oral Cavity or Oropharyngeal Carcinoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, S0360-3016(17), 34024-5. PMID: 29174131.

McGuire, S. M., Bhatia, S. K., Sun, W., Jacobson, G. M., Menda, Y., Ponto, L. L., Smith, B. J., Gross, B. A., Bayouth, J. E., Sunderland, J. J., Graham, M. M. & Buatti, J. M. (2016). Using Fluorothymidine Imaged With Positron Emission Tomography to Quantify and Reduce Hematologic Toxicity Due to Chemoradiation Therapy for Pelvic Cancer Patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 96(1), 228-39. PMID: 27319286.

Anderson, C. M., Chang, T., Graham, M., Marquardt, M. D., Button, A., Smith, B. J., Menda, Y., Sun, W., Pagedar, N. A. & Buatti, J. M. (2015). Change of Maximum Standardized Uptake Value Slope in Dynamic Triphasic [(18)F]-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Distinguishes Malignancy From Postradiation Inflammation in Head-and-Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Prospective Trial. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 91(3), 472-9. PMID: 25680593.

Hoover, A. C., Milhem, M. M., Anderson, C. M., Sun, W., Smith, B. J., Hoffman, H. T. & Buatti, J. M. (2015). Efficacy of nelfinavir as monotherapy in refractory adenoid cystic carcinoma: Results of a phase II clinical trial. Head Neck, 37(5), 722-6. PMID: : 24596143.

Kim, Y., Cheung, K., Wang, D., Mart, C. J., Sheybani, A., Sun, W. & Bhatia, S. (2014). Overall rectum and bladder doses when integrated EBRT and HDR brachytherapy doses for cervical cancer by accounting for organ deformations. San Francisco CA: ASTRO 56th Annual Meeting.

Anderson, C. M., Sun, W., Buatti, J. M., Maley, J. E., Policeni, B., Mott, S. L. & Bayouth, J. E. (2014). Interobserver and intermodality variability in GTV delineation on simulation CT, FDG-PET, and MR Images of Head and Neck Cancer. Jacobs J Radiat Oncol, 1(1), 006. PMID: 25568889.

Sun, W., Zheng, B., Lure, F., Wu, T., Zhang, J., Wang, B. Y., Saltzstein, E. C. & Qian, W. (2014). Prediction of near-term risk of developing breast cancer using computerized features from bilateral mammograms. Comput Med Imaging Graph, 38(5), 348-57. PMID: 24725671.

Patel, S., TenNapel, M., Button, A., Bhatia, S. & Sun, W. (2014). Impact on survival of brachytherapy in inoperable endometrial cancer: the (SEER) experience from 2004-2010. San Francisco CA: ASTRO 56th Annual Meeting.

Chang, T., Anderson, C. M., Marquardt, M., Sun, W., Graham, M., Button, A. & Buatti, J. M. (2014). Phase 2 prospective trial of triphasic PET/CT: primary site inflammation versus cancer at 3 months after completion of radiation for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. San Francisco CA: ASTRO 56th Annual Meeting.

McGuire, S. M., Hareendran, R., Xia, J., Bhatia, S., Sun, W., Rockey, W. M., Menda, Y., Ponto, L., Gross, B. & Buatti, J. M. (2014). Voxel based analysis of bone marrow response to chemoraradiation therapy using FLT PET images in pelvic cancer patients. San Francisco CA: ASTRO 56th Annual Meeting.

Zhang, W., Bhatia, S. K., Sun, W., Modrick, J. M. & Kim, Y. (2014). Bladder and rectum dose estimations on digitized radiographs for vaginal brachytherapy after hysterectomy. J Appl Clin Med Phys, 15(6), 5033. PMID: 25493529.

Li, H., Bai, J., Wu, X., Mart, C. J., Bhatia, S. K., Abu-Hejleh, T., Sun, W., TenNapel, M. J., McGuire, S. M., Flynn, R. F., Buatti, J. M. & Kim, Y. (2014). Semi-Automated Co-Segmentation of Tumor Volume Using Multimodality Pet-Ct in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Austin J Cancer Clin Research, 1(3), 1013.

Plichta, K. A., Sun, W., Anderson, C. M., Brown, B. J., Casavant, T. L., Braun, T. A. & Buatti, J. M. (2014). The prognosis value of pretreatment FDG-PET in head and neck squamous cell cancers treated with definitive chemoradiation. San Francisco CA: ASTRO 56th Annual Meeting.

Sheybani, A., TenNapel, M. J., Lack, W. D., Clerkin, P., Hyer, D. E., Sun, W. & Jacobson, G. M. (2014). Risk of radiation-induced malignancy with heterotopic ossification prophylaxis: a case-control analysis. J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 89(3), 584-9. PMID: 24803038.

Parkhurst, J., Erickson, S., Wenqing, S., Funk, G., Anderson, C. & Buatti, J. M. (2014). Parathyroid Adenoma: Report of a patient successfully treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy. Pract Radiat Oncol, 4(1), 55-7. PMID: 24621424.

Lorenzen, A., De Andrade, J. P., Lizarraga, I. M., Scott-Conner, C. E., Sugg, S. L., Erdahl, L. M., Sun, W. & Weigel, R. J. (2014). Intraoperative Radiotherapy For Breast Cancer Treatment in a Rural Community. SSO.

Hoover, A. C., Milhem, M. M., Anderson, C. M., Sun, W., Smith, B. J., Hoffman, H. T. & Buatti, J. M. (2014). Efficacy of nelfinavir as monotherapy in refractory adenoid cystic carcinoma. Results of a phase II clinical trial. Head Neck. PMID: 24596143.

Liu, Y., Flynn, R. T., Yang, W., Kim, Y., Bhatia, S. K., Sun, W. & Wu, X. (2013). Rapid emission angle selection for rotating-shield brachytherapy. Med Phys, 40(5), 051720. PMID: 23635268.

Yang, W., Kim, Y., Wu, X., Song, Q., Liu, Y., Bhatia, S. K., Sun, W. & Flynn, R. T. (2013). Rotating-shield brachytherapy for cervical cancer. Phys Med Biol, 58(11), 3931-41. PMID: 23680601.

Anderson, C. M., Marquardt, M., Steen, S., Hoover, A., Button, A., Karnell, L., Wehbe, A., Sun, W., Funk, G. & Buatti, J. M. (2013). Analysis of Pathologic Factors From Surgical Resection Influences Accuracy of 3 Month Post-Radiation Therapy FDG PET/CT in Resected Oral Cavity Cancer Patients. (Vols. 87). (2), pp. S195. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys.

Schnidel, J., Bhatia, S. K., Sun, W. & Kim, Y. (2013). Dosimetric impacts of applicator displacement and applicator reconstruction -uncertainities on 3D image-guided brachytherapy for cervical cancer. J Contemp Brachytherapy, 5(4), 250-7. PMID: 24474977.

Bauer, C., Sun, S., Sun, W., Otis, J., Wallace, A., Graham, M. M., Smith, B. J., Sunderland, J. J., Sonka, M., Buatti, J. M. & Beichel, R. R. (2012). Automated measurement of uptake in cerebellum, liver, and aortic arch in full-body FDG PET/CT scans. Med Phys, 39(6), 3112-23. PMID: 22755696.

Sun, W., Bhatia, S. K., Jacobson, G. M., Flynn, R. T. & Kim, Y. (2012). Target volume changes through high-dose-rate brachytherapy for cervical cancer when evaluated on high resolution (3.0 Tesla) magnetic resonance imaging. Pract Radiat Oncol, 2(4), e101-6. PMID: 24674171.

Sun, W., Weydert, C. J., Zhang, Y., Xiao, L., Spitz, D. R., Domann, F. E. & Oberley, L. W. (2010). Superoxide Enhances the Antitumor Combination of AdMnSOD Plus BCNU in Breast Cancer. Cancers (Basel), 2(1), 68-87. PMID: 20532186.

Sun, W., Kalen, A. L., Smith, B. J., Cullen, J. J. & Oberley, L. W. (2009). Enhancing the antitumor activity of adriamycin and ionizing radiation. Cancer Res, 69(10), 4294-300. PMID: 19401447.

Yu, L., Hitchler, M. J., Sun, W., Sarsour, E., Goswami, P., Klingelhutz, A. J. & Domann, F. E. (2009). AP-2alpha inhibits c-MYC induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in HaCaT human keratinocytes. J Oncol, 2009(Article ID 780874). PMID: 20066163.

Weydert, C. J., Zhang, Y., Sun, W., Waugh, T. A., Teoh, M. L., Andringa, K. K., Aykin-Burns, N., Spitz, D. R., Smith, B. J. & Oberley, L. W. (2008). Increased oxidative stress created by adenoviral MnSOD or CuZnSOD plus BCNU (1,3-bis(2-chlorethyl)-1 nitrosourea) inhibits breast cancer cell growth. Free Radic Biol Med, 44(5), 856-67. PMID: 18155673.

Teoh, M. L., Sun, W., Smith, B. J., Oberley, L. W. & Cullen, J. J. (2007). Modulation of reactive oxygen species in pancreatic cancer. Clin Cancer Res, 13(24), 7441-50. PMID: 18094428.

Liu, J., Du, J., Zhang, Y., Sun, W., Smith, B. J., Oberley, L. W. & Cullen, J. J. (2006). Suppression of the malignant phenotype in pancreatic cancer by overexpression of phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase. Hum Gene Ther, 17(1), 105-16. PMID: 16409129.

Liu, J., Hinkhouse, M. M., Sun, W., Weydert, C. J., Ritchie, J. M., Oberley, L. W. & Cullen, J. J. (2004). Redox regulation of pancreatic cancer cell growth: role of glutathione peroxidase in the suppression of the malignant phenotype. Hum Gene Ther, 15(3), 239-50. PMID: 15018733.

Zhao, A., Li, J. & Sun, W. (2000). Detection and significance of lymph node micrometastases in patients with histologically node-negative gastric carcinoma. Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi, 22(3), 222-4.