Why do you practice radiation oncology?
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a radiation oncologist with more than 20 years of experience in cancer care. I specialize in the treatment of prostate and bladder cancers and primarily work with patients at SCCA Peninsula, a radiation oncology clinic located in Poulsbo, Washington. My background includes serving as the section chief for radiation oncology at Virginia Mason Medical Center and co-founding the Peninsula Cancer Center (now known as SCCA Peninsula).
My research is focused on improving the treatment of prostate cancer. My colleagues and I led the first U.S. clinical trials of both stereotactic body radiation therapy — a type of focused external beam radiation therapy that precisely targets cancer cells — and SpaceOAR hydrogel, which reduces radiation side effects to areas surrounding the prostate. Currently, I am a primary investigator for a clinical trial on focal brachytherapy for recurrent prostate cancer. This form of therapy involves placing radioactive implants directly at the tumor site.