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William F. Hartsell, MD

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Phone Number : 630-821-6400

Education / Awards


Undergraduate University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Medical degree University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Internship Presbyterian St. Luke’s, Denver, Colorado
Residency Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s, Chicago, Illinois


Radiation Oncology (American Board of Radiology), 1988


Assistant Professor, Rush University, Chicago, 1988-1994
Radiation Oncology Residency Director, Rush-Pres. St. Luke’s, Chicago, 1990-1993
Associate Professor, Univ. of Tennessee, Memphis 1994-1997
Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology, Univ. of Tennessee, Memphis, 1994-1997
Consultant, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 1995-1997
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Lutheran General Cancer Center, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1998-2002

Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Good Samaritan Cancer Center, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2002-2009
Medical Director, CDH Proton Center, Warrenville, Illinois, 2010-present

Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, 1998-2009
Health Policy Committee, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Fellow, American College of Radiology

Fellow, American College of Radiation Oncology

About me

Dr. Hartsell is the Medical Director and primarily practices at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. He is Board Certified in Radiation Oncology. After completing his training, Dr. Hartsell was an Assistant Professor at Rush-Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago for 6 years. He was director of the residency program for 3 years. He was then an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, where he was Clinical Director of the adult Radiation Oncology program. He has been in private practice with Radiation Oncology Consultants, Ltd. since 1997.

Dr. Hartsell has expertise in the use of conformal 3-D therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery, high dose rate brachytherapy, and proton therapy.  He has directed a number of national studies, published and presented numerous papers, and given local and national lectures on various topics regarding cancer treatment, including many papers on breast cancer, brain tumors, prostate cancer, head & neck cancer, Hodgkin’s disease and palliative care.

Dr. Hartsell is happily married and has four children.

When asked why he chose Radiation Oncology, he states, “I was interested in another field during medical school, but when I saw the positive effect radiation therapy had on a patient’s quality of life, I knew this was the specialty for me.  I love the rapidly changing technologic advances and how they improve patient care.”

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