Virag Dandekar, MD, Joliet Radiation Oncologist

Virag Dandekar, MD

Radiation Oncology

66 Ratings
Practices In: Joliet
Patients Seen: Adults

My goal is to pro­vide com­pas­sion­ate can­cer care. I under­stand that get­ting diag­nosed with can­cer can be a source of wor­ry and uncer­tain­ty. With our col­lab­o­ra­tive approach, I will guide you through your treat­ment jour­ney and will be with you every step of the way. I under­stand that every indi­vid­ual is unique. For this rea­son, I go to great lengths to per­son­al­ize your treat­ment. I make sure that we con­sid­er your val­ues and goals while remain­ing atten­tive to the char­ac­ter­is­tics of your spe­cif­ic can­cer. By the end of our ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, my aim is to ensure that all your ques­tions and con­cerns have been addressed, and that you have a good under­stand­ing of the over­all treat­ment plan. In treat­ing can­cer, we use state of the art tech­nol­o­gy and work close­ly with oth­er spe­cial­ists to design the best treat­ment plan.

Board Certifications
Radiation Oncology
Awards & Accolades
2017 Finalist for Physician of the Year - AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center 2017
Clinical Interests

I have a spe­cial inter­est in radio­surgery and stereo­tac­tic body radio­ther­a­py. This tech­nol­o­gy allows us to treat patients non-inva­sive­ly in as few as one to five treatments.

Personal Interests

In my free time, I enjoy trav­el­ing with my wife, scu­ba div­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, read­ing and watch­ing sports.

American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology
AMITA Health Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Joliet
333 Madison Street Joliet, Illinois 60435 815-725-7133 Get Directions
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers
150 West High Street Morris, Illinois 60450 815-942-2932 Get Directions
University of Illinois at Chicago Graduation Date: 2009 Degree: MD
Rush University Medical Center Resident in Radiation Oncology
Provider’s Publications
Liao Y, Dandekar V, Chu, JC, Turian J, Bernard D, Kiel K. Reporting small bowel dose in cervix cancer high-dose-rate brachytherapy. Med Dosim.
Spring 2016
Dandekar V, Young J, Kiel K, Bonomi P, Fidler MJ, Batus, Marta, Sher DJ. Efficacy and tolerability of palliative split-course thoracic chemoradiotherapy for symptomatic non-small cell lung cancer. Am J Clin Oncol.
December 2015
Dandekar V, Morgan T, Turian J, Fidler MJ, Showel J, Nielsen T, Coleman J, Diaz A, Sher DJ. Patterns-of-failure after helical tomotherapy-based chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer: implications for CTV margin, elective nodal dose and bilateral parotid sparing. Oral Oncol.
May 2014
Dandekar V, Abrams RAA, Kent PM. Radiation therapy in primary bone tumors for young patients. Current Problems in Cancer.
July-Aug 2013
Rose BS, Aydogan B, Liang Y, Yeginer M, Hasselle MD, Dandekar V, Bafana R, Yashar CM, Mundt AJ, Roeske JC, Mell LK. Normal tissue complication probability modeling of acute hematologic toxicity in cervical cancer patients treated with chemoradiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys.
March 2011
Mell LK, Dignam JJ, Salama JK, Cohen EE, Polite BN, Dandekar V, Bhate AD, Witt ME, Haraf DJ, Mittal BB, Vokes EE, Weichselbaum RR. Predictors of competing mortality in advanced head and neck cancer. J Clin Oncol.
January 2010


Accelerated Fractionation Radiation, Brachytherapy, High-Dose Rate (HDR), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), RapidArc® Radiotherapy, Respiratory Gating, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)


Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Head and Neck Cancer, Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Skin Cancer


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Patient Satisfaction Rating

66 Ratings

Provider discussed treatment options

64 Ratings

Provider showed concern

66 Ratings

Provider explained things clearly

66 Ratings

Provider included you in decisions

64 Ratings

Likelihood of recommending this provider

64 Ratings


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"Considering the circumstances very good experience."
Feb. 1, 2023
"Always honest about procedures & outcome. Very to the point, always respectful and helpful. I would recommend to everyone."
Jan. 23, 2023
"Helpful, patient, informative, gracious"
Dec. 28, 2022