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Sara J. Hardy, M.D.

Sara J. Hardy, M.D.

Neurology , Radiation Oncology

4.9 out of 5 stars
UR Medicine Faculty The University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group (URMFG) consists of over 900 specialist and primary care providers spanning 19 departments. URMFG is certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Accountable Health Partner Accountable Health Partners (AHP) is a network of over 2,000 community and UR medical faculty and a dozen leading hospitals throughout the region. AHP offers a full range of care.
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Appointment (585) 275-9970


Wilmot Cancer Center - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
90 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

About Me

Certified Specialties

Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Radiation Oncology - American Board of Radiology

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Radiation Oncology (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Residency, Radiation Oncology, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2016 - 2020

Residency, Neurology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 2012 - 2015

Internship, Internal Medicine, Fletcher Allen Health Care-MCHV Campus. 2011 - 2012


MD | Case Western Reserve University. 2011


Holman Research Pathway. 2018

Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award. 2018

Red Journal Reviewer Trainee Program. 2017 - 2019

Seed Grant Award. 2013

National Merit Scholar. 2001 - 2005


Clinical Trials

Early Telehealth Visits for Discussion of Advanced Directives for Patients Newly Diagnosed With High Grade Glioma: Impact on Patient Care and Satisfaction

Lead Researcher: Sara J Hardy

High grade gliomas (HGGs) are rapidly progressive brain tumors resulting in death for most patients between 6 months and 2 years after diagnosis. It is important for patients with HGG to discuss and document their wishes at the end of life. However, ...


Journal Articles

How Does the Number of Brain Metastases Correlate With Normal Brain Exposure in Single-Isocenter Multitarget Multifraction Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Zheng D, Yoon J, Jung H, Lemus OMD, Gou L, Zhou Y, Usuki KY, Hardy S, Milano MT

Advances in radiation oncology.. 2024 June 9 (6):101499. Epub 03/19/2024.

Dosimetric evaluation of LINAC-based single-isocenter multi-target multi-fraction stereotactic radio-surgery with more than 20 targets: comparing MME, HyperArc, and RapidArc

Jung H; Yoon Y; Lemus OD; Tanny S; Zhou Y; Milano M; Usuki K; Hardy S; Zheng D.

Radiat Oncol. 2024; 19(1): 19.

Cognitive and neuroimaging outcomes in individuals with benign and low-grade brain tumours receiving radiotherapy: a protocol for a prospective cohort study.

Hardy SJ, Finkelstein AJ, Tivarus M, Culakova E, Mohile N, Weber M, Lin E, Zhong J, Usuki K, Schifitto G, Milano M, Janelsins-Benton MC

BMJ open.. 2023 February 1513 (2):e066458. Epub 02/15/2023.

Association of radiation dose to the amygdala-orbitofrontal network with emotion recognition task performance in patients with low-grade and benign brain tumors

Hardy SJ; Finkelstein A; Milano MT; Schifitto G; Sun H; Holley K; Usuki K; Weber MT; Zheng D; Seplaki CL; Janelsins M.

Cancers (Basel). 2023; 15(23): 5544.

A comprehensive evaluation of advanced dose calculation algorithms for brain stereotactic radiosurgery

Yoon J; Jung H; Tanny SM; Lemus OMD; Milano MT; Hardy SJ; Usuki KY; Zheng D.

Journal of applied clinical medical physics. 2023; 24(11): e14169.

Stroke death in patients receiving radiation for head and neck cancer in the modern era.

Hardy SJ, Bandyopadhyay S, Yang H, Williams A, Gudina A, Cummings MA, Zhang H, Singh DP, Chen Y, Mohile NA, Janelsins MC, Milano MT

Frontiers in oncology.. 2023 13 :1111764. Epub 06/15/2023.

Inflammation, Attention, and Processing Speed in Patients with Breast Cancer before and after Chemotherapy

Belcher EK; Culakova E; Gilmore NJ; Hardy SJ; Kleckner AS; Kleckner IR; Lei L; Heckler C; Sohn MB; Thompson BD; Lotta LT; Werner ZA; Geer J; Hopkins JO; Corso SW; Rich DQ; van Wijngaarden E; Janelsins MC.

J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022; 114(5): 712-721.

Exploratory Analysis of Associations Between Whole Blood Mitochondrial Gene Expression and Cancer-Related Fatigue Among Breast Cancer Survivors.

Kleckner AS, Kleckner IR, Culakova E, Wojtovich AP, Klinedinst NJ, Kerns SL, Hardy SJ, Inglis JE, Padula GDA, Mustian KM, Janelsins MC, Dorsey SG, Saligan LN, Peppone LJ

Nursing research.. 2022 71 (5):411-417. Epub 04/13/2022.

Risk of brain metastases in T1-3N0 NSCLC: a population-based analysis.

Milano MT, Bates JE, Budnik J, Qiu H, Hardy S, Cummings MA, Baumgart MA, Maggiore RJ, Mulford DA, Usuki KY

Lung cancer management.. 2020 February 259 (1):LMT25. Epub 02/25/2020.

Nivolumab without brain radiotherapy is insufficient for the treatment of most patients with brain metastases from clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

Milano MT, Hardy SJ, Chowdhry AK

Annals of translational medicine.. 2019 December 7 (Suppl 8):S366. Epub 1900 01 01.

Salvage Treatment and Survival for Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma Following Primary Radiation Therapy: A Collaborative Study on Behalf of ILROG.

Binkley MS, Brady JL, Hajj C, Chelius M, Chau K, Balogh A, Levis M, Filippi AR, Jones M, Ahmed S, MacManus M, Wirth A, Oguchi M, Vistisen AK, Andraos TY, Ng AK, Aleman BMP, Choi SH, Kirova YM, Hardy S, Reinartz G, Eich HT, Bratman SV, Constine LS, Suh CO, Dabaja B, El-Galaly TC, Hodgson DC, Ricardi U, Yahalom J, Mikhaeel NG, Hoppe RT

International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics.. 2019 July 1104 (3):522-529. Epub 03/08/2019.

Definitive radiotherapy for localized follicular lymphoma staged by F-FDG PET-CT: a collaborative study by ILROG.

Brady JL, Binkley MS, Hajj C, Chelius M, Chau K, Balogh A, Levis M, Filippi AR, Jones M, Mac Manus M, Wirth A, Oguchi M, Krog Vistisen A, Andraos TY, Ng AK, Aleman BMP, Choi SH, Kirova Y, Hardy S, Reinartz G, Eich HT, Bratman SV, Constine LS, Suh CO, Dabaja B, El-Galaly TC, Hodgson DC, Ricardi U, Yahalom J, Hoppe RT, Mikhaeel NG

Blood.. 2019 January 17133 (3):237-245. Epub 11/16/2018.

Cognitive Changes in Cancer Survivors.

Hardy SJ, Krull KR, Wefel JS, Janelsins M

American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. 2018 May 2338 :795-806. Epub 1900 01 01.

A longitudinally extensive myelopathy in a patient with AIDS.

Hardy SJ, Benavides DR, Thakur KT, Probasco JC, Pardo CA

Practical neurology.. 2015 August 15 (4):312-6. Epub 06/02/2015.

Immediate titanium cranioplasty after debridement and craniectomy for postcraniotomy surgical site infection.

Kshettry VR, Hardy S, Weil RJ, Angelov L, Barnett GH

Neurosurgery.. 2012 March 70 (1 Suppl Operative):8-14; discussion 14-5. Epub 1900 01 01.

Absence of an association between glucose levels and surgical site infections in patients undergoing craniotomies for brain tumors.

Hardy SJ, Nowacki AS, Bertin M, Weil RJ

Journal of neurosurgery.. 2010 August 113 (2):161-6. Epub 1900 01 01.


Adult CNS Radiation Oncology (2018)

Chapter: Hypopituitarism

Authors: Hardy S; Shafiq I; Milano M; Vates E; Constine L

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG 2018

Ratings & Comments

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Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr. Hardy is excellent... I can't say enough good things about her expertise and bedside manner.

Dec 09, 2023

5.0 stars


May 04, 2023

5.0 stars

Professional, best bedside manner

Nov 20, 2022

5.0 stars

Dr. Hardy is all that a doctor should be , especially as a Specialist . An extraordinary asset to URMC

Sep 02, 2022