null Tarek Hijal, MD, CM, M.Sc., FRCPC

Investigator, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Cancer Research Program

Associate Professor, Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Medicine, Division of Radiation Oncology, MUHC



breast cancer • digestive malignancies • radiotherapy

Research Focus

My research focuses on assessing new radiation treatments for breast and rectal cancers, such as one-day radiation treatments for breast cancer. I am also involved in improving radiotherapy care through the use of databases and machine learning.

Selected Publications

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  • Moran MS, Zhao Y, Ma S, Kirova Y, Fourquet A, Chen P, Hoffman K, Hunt K, Wong J, Halasz LM, Freedman G, Prosnitz R Jr, Yassa M, Nguyen DHA, Hijal T, Haffty BG, Wai ES, Truong PT. Association of Radiotherapy Boost for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ With Local Control After Whole-Breast Radiotherapy. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Aug 1;3(8):1060-1068. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.6948. PMID: 28358936.

  • Rais F, Tsui JMG, Daianska A, Faye MD, Lambert C, David M, Panet-Raymond V, Azoulay M, Saidi A, Hijal T. Extreme weekly locoregional hypofractionated radiation in elderly women with non-metastatic breast cancer. Radiother Oncol. 2021 Sep;162:156-161. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2021.07.008. Epub 2021 Jul 15. PMID: 34273468.

  • Marta GN, AlBeesh R, Pereira AAL, Oliveira LJ, Mano MS, Hijal T. The impact on clinical outcomes of post-operative radiation therapy delay after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer: A multicentric international study. Breast. 2020 Dec;54:46-51. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2020.08.013. Epub 2020 Aug 29. PMID: 32911309.

  • Di Lalla V, Patrick H, Siriani-Ayoub N, Kildea J, Hijal T, Alfieri J. Satisfaction among Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Institutional Experience. Curr Oncol. 2021 Apr 10;28(2):1507-1517. doi: 10.3390/curroncol28020142. PMID: 33920247.

  • Aguilar M, Qian PC, Boeck M, Bredfeldt J, Seuntjens J, Hijal T, Bernier ML, Zei P. The Rapidly-Developing Area of Radiocardiology: Principles, Complications and Applications of Radiotherapy on the Heart. Can J Cardiol. 2021 Nov;37(11):1818-1827. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2021.07.011. Epub 2021 Jul 22. PMID: 34303782.