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Joseph Shelton, MD

Joseph SheltonName:

Joseph (Jay) Shelton, MD


Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

University of Virginia - Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Medical Degree:

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school?

5 years at Emory University (1 year preliminary internal medicine, 4 years radiation oncology)

In practice since:             



Radiation oncology, with a focus on genitourinary and gynecologic malignancies

How did you choose your Specialty?

I developed an interest in oncology during medical school.  As I began to learn more I appreciated the depth of practice that radiation oncology I evolved with a very rounded appreciation of all aspects of oncologic care. 

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

Most: Patient contact, technology, team practice environment.

Least:  Lack of understanding of role of radiation among most medical specialties. 

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?        

  • Compassionate individuals able to handle the ultimate outcomes of a difficult disease.
  • Comfort with technology.
  • Passion for research, advancing the specialty whether through physics, biology or other outcomes based study.


  • Overly obsessed with all thing related to UVA athletics.
  • Traveling with my family (wife and 3 children) trying to see as much of this country and abroad as possible.