Message from Chairman Alan Pollack
Updated 6/28/2016: See our new MRI-guided radiation treatment machine, the ViewRay MRIdian® system, which is the only operational FDA approved real time MRI-guided radiation delivery system on the East Coast of the US.
Welcome to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The faculty and staff in the Department of Radiation Oncology are dedicated to compassionate service to our patients, the translation of new discoveries into the clinic and the education of future radiation oncology physicians, physicists and biologists. The challenge is to take individualized treatment, or “Precision Radiotherapy”, to the next level. To accomplish this, we offer our patients in South Florida unparalleled disease site expertise; we have experts for most types of cancer, from skin to brain, to breast, prostate, gynecologic, lung and pancreas to name some representative examples. We offer some of the latest national clinical trials, as well as several investigator initiated clinical trials developed in the department of Radiation Oncology at Sylvester. Some of these trials have been or are currently funded by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, State of Florida Department of Health or Sylvester grants.
Radiation oncology is an imaging intense specialty. We have recruited faculty with a background in imaging research and have purchased and developed our own software to better incorporate the latest imaging methods to plan treatment and monitor response. The department has a PET/CT and 3.0T MRI that supports these efforts. As part of our precision radiotherapy initiative, we are developing quantitative imaging tools that have the potential to revolutionize how patients are managed. These tools are being linked to tumor molecular characteristics (genomics and transcriptomics) for some cancers. Research retreats are held to foster the translation of these methods and build teams that draw on expertise within and outside the department, with the ultimate goal of giving patients a chance to benefit from advances realized as soon as possible.
The cancer center has invested heavily in radiation oncology. The department has a TrueBeam at our Deerfield location and will be adding one at the main campus over the next 6 months. At Sylvester West, a GammaKnife is available for patients with brain tumors. A ViewRay system is now operational.
The ViewRay is the first commercially available MRI based, noninvasive, real time tumor tracking device. We have the fourth ViewRay system in the country and the only one on the entire east coast. The ViewRay is another example of strategic investments in precision radiotherapy via sophisticated imaging methods.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center offers an exceptional clinical, academic and training environment in South Florida, with close collaboration between disease site specialists that include Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Surgical Oncologists, Pathologists, and Radiologists. This team approach is critical to our mission to offer the most advanced precision radiotherapy methods to minimize toxicity and maximize tumor cure.
Alan Pollack, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairman and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine