Michael Ryan Folkert, MD $$

Radiation Oncologist

Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Michael R. Folkert, M.D., Ph.D., is the radiation oncology residency program director at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and cares for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Health. Dr. Folkert earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his radiation oncology residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, with a focus on brachytherapy.

His clinical areas of interest include brachytherapy, and intraoperative radiation therapy, sarcoma, spine, and eye tumors and image analysis for cancer outcomes assessment. Dr. Folkert is board certified in radiation oncology with the American Board of Radiology.

“I was initially studying nuclear engineering and working with radiation oncologists as a medical physicist in Boston,” he says, “I found their focus on direct patient care to be very rewarding, and went back to medical school to retrain. Radiation oncology gives me the opportunity to combine my interests in physics and engineering with my desire to eradicate pediatric cancer.”

Dr. Folkert enjoys volunteering, spending time with his family, and is learning how to play tennis.  

Education and Training

Medical School
Harvard Medical School (2009)
Mount Auburn Hospital (2010), Internal Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2014), Radiation Oncology
Graduate School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)
Board Certification
American Board of Radiology/Radiation Oncology

Departments and Programs

Radiology Oncology