New York, NY (March 28, 2023) — Dr. J. Isabelle Choi, Director of Research and Clinical Director at the New York Proton Center, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology (FACRO). Fellowships are awarded to those who meet rigorous criteria of outstanding service to the College and to the specialty of radiation oncology. Most importantly, recipients are honored for carrying out efforts that benefit the patients they serve. Being recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology is one of the most prestigious honors the College can bestow on a member, and Dr. Choi was one of just three radiation oncologists of the more than 5,300 practicing radiation oncologists in the United States who was elected for this distinction in 2023.
A nationally recognized expert in the use of proton therapy to treat breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancers, Dr. Choi’s research is focused on improving outcomes, reducing toxicities and more effectively delivering radiotherapy for breast and gastrointestinal malignancies. In addition to her role at the New York Proton Center, she is a Radiation Oncology Attending in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
“Dr. Choi is an integral part of New York Proton Center’s industry-leading team of renowned radiation oncologists,” said Jonathan Weinbach, Chief Executive Officer at the New York Proton Center. “She’s demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to expanding access to proton therapy, growing our research program, and ensuring that patients receive the best and most advanced care. We could not be prouder of Dr. Choi and her countless accomplishments; she is beyond deserving of this honor.”
Dr. Choi is appointed to national and international leadership positions in both the proton therapy and conventional photon radiation therapy communities. Among these appointments, Dr. Choi is Chair of the Proton Collaborative Group Breast Committee and also the Publications Committee, Chair of the National Association for Proton Therapy’s Physician Advisory Committee, and Chair of the American College of Radiation Oncology Breast Pathway Committee.
Before working at the New York Proton Center, Dr. Choi served as the Clinical Director at the California Protons Cancer Therapy Center in San Diego, California, where she was also 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.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical school degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, Dr. Choi 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.
The American College of Radiation Oncology is managed by an elected board of volunteers with the purpose of ensuring the highest quality care for radiation oncology patients and promoting success in the practice of radiation oncology through education, responsible socioeconomic advocacy, and integration of science and technology into clinical practice.
About the New York Proton Center
The New York Proton Center is creating the gold standard for proton therapy, giving new hope to patients living with cancer. In partnership with leading academic medical centers—Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, Mount Sinai Health System—the New York Proton Center brings together expert oncologists, clinical care teams, and researchers to improve cancer care and advance the clinical evidence for proton therapy.