Dr. Dhakal received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his internship at the Lehigh Valley Hospital/Penn State program in Allentown, Pennsylvania and later completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Strong Memorial Hospital, where he also served as chief resident.
Dr. Dhakal has received several prestigious awards and honors including a High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy Scholarship, Roentgen Resident Research Award, Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award, and Joan Jensler Community Outreach Award, among others.
In addition, Dr. Dhakal has first authored numerous publications in leading peer reviewed journals and has presented both locally and nationally on various oncology-related topics.
Patient Care Bio
As a radiation oncologist, I treat all disease sites, but specialize in the treatment of pediatric malignancies, adult lymphomas and sarcomas, and genitourinary cancers. I am proficient in the application of stereotactic intracranial and body radiosurgery for both primary and metastatic disease, in addition to total body irradiation.
I pursued a career in oncology because I wanted to be part of a team that continues to improve the outlook for all patients, while caring for patients on an individual level every day. My patients can be confident knowing I will work with them and their families to develop a personalized treatment plan using all available resources at Strong Memorial Hospital and the Wilmot Cancer Institute. These include the most cutting-edge technologies, in addition to a team of caring professionals from all disciplines of medicine.
I have a particular clinical and research interests in the long term side effects of cancer therapy and other issues related to cancer survivorship.
I grew up in Rochester and reside with my wife, also an oncologist, and our two young sons.
Conditions I Treat
- Pediatric cancers
- Adult lymphomas
- Adult sarcomas
- Genitourinary cancers