Hannah M. Carolan, BA MD FRCPC

Clinical Associate Professor

Division of Radiation Oncology and Developmental Radiotherapeutics

Active Staff: Radiation Oncologist
British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) – Vancouver Centre*

Hospital Authority: Provincial Health Services

Address: BCCA-VCC
600 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6

Phone: 604.877.6000
Fax: 604.877.0505

Major Clinical Focus – Lung and Breast Cancers

• Medical Doctor (Medicine), University of British Columbia, Canada, 2000
• Bachelor of Arts,Princeton University, U.S.A., 1995

• Fellow (Fellowship in Radiation Oncology – Breast Cancer), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2005-2008
• Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada , Canada, 2005
• Licentiate of The Medical Council of Canada (Part I & II), Canada, 2005
• United States Medical Licensing Examination (Part I, II, & III), United States, 2005
• Resident (Residency in Radiation Oncology), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2000-2005

Biographic Summary ( Background, Academic Interests and Activities, Clinical Activities )
Dr. Carolan is involved in teaching medical students and residents and is the Residency Program Director for radiation oncology at the University of British Columbia. She also sits on the BC Cancer Agency Research Ethics Board and is co-chair of the Vancouver Cancer Centre Radiation Quality Assurance Committee.


1. Kosztyla R, Olson R, Carolan H, Balkwill S, Moiseenko V, Kwan W. Dosimetric consequences of seroma contour variability in accelerated partial breast irradiation by construction of a representative seroma contour. IJROBP, accepted Nov 20, 2011 and in press.
2. Olson R, Iverson G, Carolan H, Parkinson M, Brooks B, McKenzie M. Prospective comparison of two cognitive screening tests: Diagnostic accuracy and correlation with community integration and quality of life. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 2011;105(2):337-44.
3. Olson R, Tyldesley S, Carolan H, Parkinson M, Chhanabhai T, McKenzie M. Prospective comparison of the prognostic utility of the Mini Mental State Examination and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment in patients with brain metastases. Supportive Care in Cancer 2011;19(11):1849-55.
4. Hsu F, Carolan H, Nichol A, Cao F, Nuraney N, Lee R, Gete E, Wong F, Schmuland M, Heran M, Orro K. Whole brain Radiotherapy with hippocampal avoidance and simultaneous integrated boost for 1-3 brain metastases: a feasibility study using volumetric modulated arc therapy. International J. Radiation Oncology, Biol, Phys 2010; 76:1480-1485. †
5. Carolan H, Sun AY, Bezjak A, Yi Q-L, Payne D, Kane G, Waldron J, Leighl N, Feld R, Burkes R, Keshavjee S, Shepherd F. Does the incidence and outcome of brain metastases in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer justify prophylactic cranial irradiation or early detection? Lung Cancer 2005; 49(1):109-15.

* The British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA)-Vancouver Centre (VC) is the largest academic cancer centre for the BCCA, located in downtown Vancouver and treating about one third of the radiation oncology cancer patients in the Province of BC. Over 4360 cancer patients are seen each year in the radiation oncology department. There are 20 Radiation Oncology (RO) physician faculty with full disease site specialization and clinical programs of excellence, 2 General Practice (Internist) Oncology Physicians, 3 Clinical Fellows and 10 RO residents. The BCCA-Vancouver Centre also has 17 physicists and a graduate training program in physics, 15 nurses, >60 radiation therapists clerks, secretaries and many others within radiation oncology. General capabilities include 9 Linacs (including Truebeam), 1 cobalt, VMAT (first developed in the BCCA-VC), IMRT, SBRT, IGRT, HDR and LDR brachytherapy suites, and Protons (at the TRIUMF centre). The Vancouver Centre radiation oncology department conducts all levels of research (basic, translational, clinical, population), and is the main educational institution in BC for the training of graduate (residents) and undergraduate (medical) students. The interdisciplinary Radiation Oncology team is part of the even larger multidisciplinary and provincial teams.