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Michael Steinberg Michael Steinberg, MD, FASTRO, FACR, FACRO
Chair, UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology
Director, Clinical Affairs,
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Steinberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His professional career spans private, corporate and academic practice and is known for  the development  of multi-site radiation oncology care networks that  are characterized by clinical excellence and community based clinical research. The UCLA Radiation Oncology network includes the department at Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA, academically oriented community practices as well as Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Steinberg has specific expertise in the treatment of tumors of the GU system, breast and head and neck.  He specializes in the use of technically advanced treatment modalities such as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and brachytherapy for the treatment of malignancy. Dr. Steinberg publishes and is a speaker on issues related to health policy including quality of care, technology assessment, healthcare economics and disparity.  He served as the PI for a National Cancer Institute Cancer Disparity Research grant and as a health services research investigator and manuscript author at the RAND Corporation.

Dr. Steinberg has been influential in providing input regarding health policy and economic issues on behalf of patients and his specialty through his various leadership roles in radiation oncology.  He is the founding Chair of the Health Policy Council of American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and served as a member of the board of that organization.  Dr. Steinberg is the radiation oncology representative to the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel, served two terms on the Medicare Evidence and Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) and chairs of the Health Policy Committee of the Commission on Radiation Oncology of the American College of Radiology.  He also currently serves on the Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) for his regional Medicare carrier.

Dr. Steinberg graduated Occidental College Phi Beta Kappa, was elected to AOA at   University of Southern California School of Medicine and did his radiation oncology residency and fellowship at UCLA. 

   
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Phillip J. Beron, MD

Dr. Beron is a board-certified radiation oncologist and Assistant Clincal Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His professional career spans private and academic practice. Dr. Beron is Chief of the Radiation Oncology Lymphoma Service and Chief of the Westwood Radiation Oncology Breast Cancer Service. Dr. Beron specializes in treatments of all cancer types, but has extensive experience in Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery techniques, stereotactic body radiotherapy techniques, and other advanced techniques in radiation therapy. Dr. Beron is certified in Gamma Knife/linac stereotactic radiosurgery techniques.

Dr. Beron is an experienced brachytherapist (implant physician) and performs prostate, GYN, and breast implants.  He is trained in partial breast radiation techniques such as Mammosite and intraoperative breast radiation (IORT). Dr. Beron is a Chief Quality Officer in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Chair of the Quality and Safety Oversight Committee in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and a member of the UCLA Medical Center Quality Measurement and Improvement Committee where he serves as a quality officer.

Dr. Beron graduated from Michigan State University, was elected AOA at Wayne State University Medical School, and completed radiation oncology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.  He is a member of American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS). (more)

   
Allen Chen, MD Allen Chen, MD

Dr. Allen Chen is an Associate Professor, Vice Chair of Education, and residency training program director at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Chen was recruited to UCLA from UC Davis where he served as residency program director and co-chair of research strategy. He earned his medical degree from Yale University and completed residency training at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Chen has published more than 100 original peer-reviewed articles and has an international reputation in the treatment of head and neck cancer. His research on the application of advanced technologies to optimize outcomes and quality of life has helped shape current practice guidelines for head and neck cancer, and he is a frequently invited speaker at conferences throughout the world. His pioneering work on the radiation sensitivity of the brachial plexus earned him the prestigious Simon Kramer award from the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) in 2009, and his classic publication on this subject was recently ranked number 1 as the "10 most downloaded articles of 2012" from the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. (more)

   
David Jeffrey Demanes, M.D., FACRO David Jeffrey Demanes, MD, FACRO

Dr. Demanes received his bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley and his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed residencies in internal medicine and radiation oncology at UCLA and his medical oncology fellowship at UCSF. He is the past chairman and president of the American College of Radiation Oncology.  Dr. Demanes specializes in brachytherapy, the surgical subspecialty of radiation oncology. He founded the California Endocurietherapy Center (CET) in 1981 and has performed more than 10,000 surgical radiation implants. Dr. Demanes pioneered the use of high-dose-rate brachytherapy in prostate, head and neck, breast, GI, and gynecologic cancer. His research explores the novel use of brachytherapy in the treatment of cancer.(more)

 

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava Mitchell Kamrava, MD

Dr. Mitchell Kamrava graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical School.  While pursuing his medical education, he also spent a year as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar conducting research on ovarian cancer at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University Hospital and his residency in radiation oncology at the NCI, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Kamrava then completed a brachytherapy fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Radiation Oncology Department and subsequently joined the faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor.  In addition to being a part of the division of brachytherapy, Dr. Kamrava is Chief of the Gynecologic as well as Sarcoma services.

In 2013, Dr. Kamrava was recognized as a Super Doctor Southern California Rising Star and as a Top Oncologist by the International Association of Oncologists. (more)

 

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Dr. Tania Kaprealian - UCLA Radiation Oncology Tania Kaprealian, MD

Dr. Tania Kaprealian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  She completed her medical degree and residency training in Radiation Oncology at the University of California in San Francisco.  Subsequently she practiced at the American University of Beirut Medical Center where she was an Assistant Professor and Program Director in their Department of Radiation Oncology before joining the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Radiation Oncology Department.

Dr. Kaprealian specializes in all treatments of all cancer types, but has extensive experience in in both Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery techniques, stereotactic body radiotherapy techniques, and other advanced techniques in radiation therapy.  She has published articles on CNS malignancies as well as prostate cancer.  Her work has been presented at national meetings.  Dr. Kaprealian specializes in the treatment of CNS, pediatric, breast, and prostate malignancies. She is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American College of Radiology. (more)

 

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Dr. Christopher King- UCLA Radiation Oncology Christopher King, MD, PhD

Dr. King is a Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology and Urology at UCLA. He received his medical degree from Boston University, and completed his residency training in radiation oncology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. King also holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Yale University.

Dr. King specializes in the treatment of genitourinary cancer and has pioneered the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for the treatment of prostate cancer. His research explores novel treatment techniques for kidney, bladder cancer and prostate cancer. (more

 

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Dr. Patrick Kupelian - UCLA Radiation Oncology Patrick Kupelian, MD

Dr. Kupelian is a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations and Clinical Research at UCLA. He completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Following his fellowship, he was the section head of genitourinary malignancies in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic for 8 years. He also served as the Clinical Research Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Kupelian comes to UCLA from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, FL, where he was the Chairman and Scientific Director of Research for Radiation Oncology, and a Professor at the University of Central Florida.

Although he specializes in genitourinary malignancies, he is an internationally known expert in the development and evaluation of cutting edge technologies in Radiation Oncology for a variety of anatomic sites. He has pionneered high-dose hypofractionated radiation therapy for prostate cancers. He has also played a significant role in the introduction and implementation of multiple image guidance techniques in radiotherapy. He has authored more than 140 research papers, over 250 abstracts, multiple review papers and book chapters.

He is Board certified in Radiation Oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology (ASTRO), the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Urological Association and the American Brachytherapy society. (more)

 

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Percy Lee, MD

Percy Lee, MD earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he graduated magna cum laude. At Harvard, he was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research fellow. He interned at Massachusetts General Hospital and received specialty training in Radiation Oncology from Stanford University.

Dr. Lee is an Associate Clinical Professor in Radiation Oncology and Clinical Director of the Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) program. He is an expert in lung cancer, cancers of the digestive tract, central nervous system tumors, and renal cell carcinoma. His expertise includes intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), as well as SBRT and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) where highly focused radiation is concentrated on localized tumors. These approaches minimize radiation to surrounding normal tissue, thereby reducing side effects and improving tumor control. Dr. Lee is focused on developing novel functional image-guided radiation therapy approaches and discovering new molecularly targeted anti-angiogenic drugs for cancer therapy. In addition, he is investigating combining molecular targeted therapy with SBRT in a rational and innovative approach with the goal of improving treatment outcomes. (more)

 

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Steve Lee Steve P. Lee, MD, PhD

Dr. Lee came to the United States from Taiwan at age 15. He attended a public school in Los Angeles, and received his B.S. degree in Physics at UCLA in 1984. During his college years, he developed an interest in the integration of physics and biology. He decided to pursue his graduate training in Biomedical Physics at UCLA and received his M.S. degree in 1986, under the guidance of Professor J. B. Smathers of the Department of Radiation Oncology.  Determined to be a radiation oncologist, Dr. Lee then went on to attend medical school at the Ohio State University. (more)

 

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Susan McCloskey, M.D., MSHS Susan McCloskey, MD, MSHS

Susan McCloskey, MD, MSHS is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at UCLA. Dr. McCloskey received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and subsequently completed radiation oncology residency training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. McCloskey also holds a master’s degree in health services research from the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. McCloskey specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and her research focuses on quality of care, quality of life, and health technology and outcomes assessment.

 

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Afshin Safa Afshin Safa, MD

Afshin Safa, MD is a board certified Radiation Oncologist who serves as the medical director of the Harold and Carole Pump Dept. of Radiation Oncology at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. He is the chairman of the Cancer Committee and the Radiation Safety Officer. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of medicine.

Dr. Safa serves on the Health Policy council for the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), where he is the Chairman of Code Utilization Committee. Dr. Safa is the past-president of the Los Angeles Radiological Society (LARS) and also served as the past president of California Radiation Oncology Society (SCROS).

Dr. Safa graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned his M.D. degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and continued specialty training in radiation oncology at UCLA. Dr. Safa specializes in prostate cancer, gynecological cancers, breast cancer, Head and neck, and brain tumors. Dr. Safa has special expertise in highly precise radiation utilizing IMRT and IGRT with Trilogy Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).  He also specializes in Gamma KnifeStereotactic Radiosurgery, and Brachytherapy implants.

In recognition of his distinguished service and expertise, Dr. Safa has been continuously selected by his peers to be included in Best Doctors in America for over 11 years. Dr. Safa is fluent in Persian and Spanish (Medical). (more)

 

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Ken Wong Ken Wong, MD

Dr. Kenneth Wong is a board certified specialist in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Wong received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology from the Johns Hopkins University where he graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. He is a native of Los Angeles, and returned for his medical degree at University of California, Irvine College of Medicine. His accomplishments were recognized by admission to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He continued his residency training at UCI, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and City of Hope National Medical Center. He also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Wong has performed research in cancer genetics to expand our understanding of cancer biology. He has specialty and expertise in Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), prostate brachytherapy, High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy, and MammoSite breast brachytherapy. Dr. Wong is also fluent in Spanish.

   
  Antonio De Salles, MD, PhD (Neurosurgery)

Professor In Residence and Director of the Stereotactic Surgery program, and Co-Director of the Radiosurgery Program.  Dr. DeSalles focuses on noninvasive techniques of surgery in the management and treatment of inoperable brain tumors using Novalis Shaped Beam Radiosurgery System (advanced technology in comparison to the X-Knife and Gamma Knife). He also does research and surgery for Parkinson's disease and various movement disorders, as well as surgery for pain. (more)

 

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