Your care team

Your treatment at the New York Proton Center is entrusted to some of the most experienced doctors and clinicians in the field of proton therapy, assisted by an immensely capable team of support specialists. During your treatment, your team will include different types of staff members who will all focus on helping you feel comfortable, informed and safe.

Patient Support Team

Intake coordinator gathers your medical records and insurance information.

 

Patient navigator ensures the continuity of your care throughout treatment.

 

Financial counselor manages all financial and insurance issues.

 

Nutritionist gives food and nutritional information and advice.

 

Social worker assists with enhancing social functioning and overall well-being.

 

Child life specialist attends to the care and well-being of pediatric patients.

 

Concierge assists with housing, transportation and other needs you may have while you are in the city for treatment.

Clinical Support Team

Dosimetrists help physicians and physicists customize your treatment by digitally developing the specific plan needed.

 

Medical physicists specialize in applying physics to medical care. They map out the exact shape and intensity of the proton beam to provide the specialized therapy you need. They also oversee quality assurance.

 

Oncology Nurse attends to you weekly or as needed to provide expert nursing care.

 

Radiation Oncologist is a specialized physician who works with the physicists and dosimetrists to create and supervise a treatment plan to deliver the most effective, precise therapy for your specific needs. You will meet with the Radiation Oncologist weekly while under treatment.

 

Radiation therapists work with your entire team to understand your specific care plan. They will deliver your treatment daily and help monitor your condition.

Your physician team
Charles B. Simone, II, MD, FACRO
Chief Medical Officer, The New York Proton Center

Dr. Charles B. Simone, II is the Chief Medical Officer of the New York Proton Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in the use of proton therapy to treat thoracic malignancies and for reirradiation, and in the development of clinical trial strategies and innovative research in thoracic radiation oncology and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

 

Dr. Simone is a National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Defense funded investigator who performs clinical and translational research investigating the benefits of proton therapy as part of multi-modality therapy for thoracic malignancies.

 

Prior to coming to New York Proton Center, Dr. Simone was Chief of the Thoracic Oncology Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then the Medical Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center.

J. Isabelle Choi, MD
Director of Research, The New York Proton Center

Dr. Isabelle Choi is the Director of Research at the New York Proton Center and the Chief of the Breast Cancer and Gastrointestinal Cancer Services at the center. Her research focus is in improving outcomes, reducing toxicities, and improving the radiotherapy treatment delivery for breast, gastrointestinal, and thoracic malignancies.

 

Before coming to New York Proton Center, Dr. Choi was appointed the Clinical Director at the California Protons Cancer Therapy Center in San Diego, California, where she also served as the Associate Director of Clinical Research and the Chief of the Breast Cancer, Thoracic Oncology, and Gynecologic Services for the center. She was then appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and served as a clinical lead of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center.

 

Dr. Choi completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and her medical school degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine. She completed her internship in internal medicine and her residency training in radiation oncology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, where she served as chief resident.

 

Among her select national leadership appointments, Dr. Choi is Chair of the Proton Collaborative Group Publications Committee and the President of the Korean American Society of Radiation Oncology.

The below radiation oncologists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, and Mount Sinai Health System work closely with the New York Proton Center to deliver proton therapy for their patients. Your referring oncologist remains involved via regular contact and consultation with your support team at the Center.

Christopher Barker, MD
Director of Clinical Investigation, Department of Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Barker is a board-certified radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of skin cancer (including melanoma) and eye cancer with radiation therapy. He is one of a few radiation oncologists in the country who focuses on these diseases. He works closely with a dedicated team of experts who use advanced radiation techniques, including proton therapy, to deliver the best possible care to patients. He has been a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering team since 2006.

 

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Oren Cahlon, MD
Associate Deputy Physician-in-Chief, Regional Care Network
Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Cahlon is a board-certified radiation oncologist whose clinical practice is primarily focused on breast cancer. As part of a multi-disciplinary team of breast cancer experts, he works with colleagues to identify the optimal treatment approach for each patient. He uses the most modern radiation techniques including proton therapy to deliver the most precise form of radiation. As part of the breast cancer team, Dr. Cahlon has great expertise in using all the most modern forms of radiation and tailors the optimal technique to each individual patient.

 

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Jana L Fox., MD
Radiation Oncologist
Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Jana Fox is a radiation oncologist in Bronx, New York and is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. She specializes in Radiation Oncology. She also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish.

 

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Madhur K. Garg, MD
Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology
Co-Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program
Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Garg is the Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology, Director of Montefiore-Einstein’s Proton Therapy Program and Co-Director of Stereotactic Radiation Therapy Program at Montefiore Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at King George’s Medical College and completed his residency in radiation oncology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago and Montefiore in New York City. He also completed a specialized fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Garg is the recipient of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Young Investigator’s Award and the Department of Defense Physician Research Award. Dr. Garg is a principal investigator of several national and international research studies involving novel cancer treatment modalities and is actively involved in quality of life and healthcare disparities issues for cancer patients.

 

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Carla Hajj, MD
Radiation Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Hajj is a radiation oncologist who has extensive experience caring for people with a variety of cancers especially gastrointestinal cancers and lymphomas. She has significant expertise treating a wide range of tumors using advanced techniques. Her goal is to offer personalized care that is based on science and compassion.  She speaks English, Arabic, and French.

 

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Nancy Lee, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Service Chief, Head & Neck Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Lee is a radiation oncologist with more than 17 years of experience. She specializes in using advanced forms of radiation, including proton therapy, to treat head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer. Her goal in using these technologies is to improve her patients’ outcomes while decreasing potential treatment side effects and preserving their quality of life. No matter which treatment option used, she cares for all of her patients as if they were part of her family. This means creating a plan tailored to their unique disease, and doing everything she can to help them get well.

 

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Keyur J. Mehta, MD
Radiation Oncologist
Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Keyur Mehta is a radiation oncologist in Bronx, New York and is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and has been in practice for 12 years. He completed a residency at Suny Health Science Center. He specializes in Radiation Oncology, Radiology and Therapeutic Radiology.

 

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Sonam Sharma, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology
Mount Sinai Health System

Sonam Sharma, MD is a practicing Radiation Oncologist in New York, NY. Dr. Sharma graduated from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and has been in practice for 7 years. She currently practices at General Medical Associates of Beth Israel Medical Center and is affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Sharma’s practice supports Russian and Spanish.

 

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Annemarie Shepherd, MD
Radiation Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Shepherd is a radiation oncologist who specializes in caring for people with cancers of the chest, known as thoracic cancers. These include lung cancer, mesothelioma, and thymoma. She has expertise in stereotactic and proton-beam radiation therapies. She strives to relieve her patients’ uncertainties and guide them through their care. In addition, her passions for technology and research make the rapidly evolving field of radiation oncology a great fit. Her goal is to maximize quality of life for her patients. Her current research and clinical interests involve applying advanced technologies to more precisely target the primary tumor and avoid healthy tissue.

 

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Suzanne L. Wolden, MD
Director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Wolden specializes in using advanced forms of radiation, including proton therapy, to treat children and young adults with cancer.  She completed residency at Stanford University in 1998 and has led the pediatric radiation program at Memorial Sloan Kettering since that time.  She has extensive experience treating pediatric brain tumors, sarcomas, and neuroblastoma, as well as other rare cancers.  Radiation therapy is an extremely powerful tool for these tumors, but young patients are especially sensitive to long-term side effects. She approaches each patient individually, to carefully design a highly customized radiation plan to maximize the benefits of treatment while minimizing side effects.

 

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Josh Yamada, MD
Co-Chief, Multi-Disciplinary Spine Tumor Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Yamada is a radiation oncologist with a particular expertise in caring for patients with spine tumors, primary brain tumors, and metastatic brain tumors. He sees nearly 500 patients a year at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan. When he first meets with patients, he spends a lot of time discussing the potential benefits and side effects of radiation therapy. His priority is to explain things in a way that his patients can truly understand. He is also involved in cancer clinical trials. His research focuses on using image-guided technologies to treat tumors in all areas of the body, including adult brain and spine tumors and liver tumors.

 

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T. Jonathan Yang, MD, PhD
Director, Oligometastatic Disease and Palliative Radiation Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Yang is a radiation oncologist who specializes in treating tumors of the central nervous system. This includes primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, and spine tumors. He has expertise in treating metastatic tumors in the body. He uses advanced radiation techniques, such as proton therapy, to deliver radiation treatment with a high level of precision while avoiding damage to nearby healthy tissue and without affecting important functions, like vision and hearing. He is leading clinical trials to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with brain tumors and leptomeningeal disease. He is piloting radiation therapy early on in treating cancer that has just begun to spread to other parts of the body. This is called oligometastatic disease. This innovative program is changing the way metastatic cancer is treated. The treatment can potentially change the course of the disease and slow its growth.

 

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Brian Yeh, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology
Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Brian Yeh is a radiation oncologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his medical degree from NYU School of Medicine and has been in practice for 13 years. He did his residency training at UCLA Medical Center. He focuses on brain tumors, head and neck squamous cell cancer, laryngeal cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well as throat, thyroid and tongue cancers.

 

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