When I was a medical student, radiation oncology was not a popular specialty. Many people believed it would be made obsolete with the introduction of newer chemotherapy drugs. I was recruited into radiation oncology because there was a need to develop future experts. Contrary to prevailing wisdom at the time, today radiation therapy is a critical part of treatment for many types of cancer.
I focus on talking each patient through their medical situation and discussing the pros and cons of radiation therapy. Having a firm grasp of what’s happening — whether the news is good, bad or somewhere in between — can bring a measure of relief and help patients make choices that are right for them. I believe in thoughtful, informed communication and being readily available to answer questions.
Gynecologic cancers, prostate cancer
I am a board-certified radiation oncologist and an expert in brachytherapy — the placement of small radioactive implants in the body to deliver high, localized radiation doses. I have been publishing brachytherapy research for more than 25 years. My expertise includes treating patients for gynecologic cancer and prostate cancer. I also work with patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and cardiac reperfusion, a therapy that restores blood flow to the heart following a heart attack.
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Ohio State University College of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology
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