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The Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center

The Gamma Knife Team

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Good Samaritan Hospital is provided through a team approach. When patients first contact our Gamma Knife Department, they are greeted by our Gamma Knife Department Assistant/Patient Coordinator. Also, it is not unusual for the Medical Director of or Gamma Knife Team to field initial questions about indications for Gamma Knife Radiosurgery treatment.

During a course of treatment, patients will be introduced to several other members of the Gamma Knife Medical Team: a Gamma Knife Nurse, a Neurosurgeon, Physicist and sometimes our Director of Radiation Oncology/Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center. Our medical and support teams are here to make sure that every patient's experience exceeds his or her expectations.

More About the Gamma Knife Team

Neurosurgeons:

  • Deane Jacques, M.D.
  • Mark Schnitzer, M.D.
  • Marc Schwartz, M.D.
  • Sean Xie, M.D.

Physicist:

  • Ching Chen, PhD
    Ching Chen, PhD is the hospital's dedicated Gamma Knife physicist. He has been an important part of the Gamma Knife Center for more than 10 years and continues to work closely with the Radiation Oncologists and Neurosurgeons to create specialized treatment plans for each patient.

Neurotologists:

  • Derald Brackmann, M.D.
  • Rick Friedman, M.D., PhD.
  • William H. Slattery III, M.D
  • Jose Fayad, M.D.

Radiation Oncologists:

  • David Huang, M.D.
    Dr. David Huang graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. He subsequently received his medical degree at Loyola University Chicago. He completed his internship in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in central nervous system radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified by the American College of Radiology and is an active member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. He specializes in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and has an active interest in other emerging technologies in radiation therapy.
  • Robert Kwon, M.D.
    Dr. Kwon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine also in Philadelphia. He completed his internship in at Presbyterian Medical Center-University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and residency in radiation oncology at the University of California Irvine . He belongs to several medical associations including the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the Los Angeles Radiologic Society/Southern California Radiation Oncology Society, Clinical Trials Support Group, and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. Dr. Kwon is board certified in Radiation Oncology.
  • Michael L. Steinberg, M.D., F.A.C.R.
    Dr. Steinberg received his undergraduate degree from Occidental College and received his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He completed his internship in surgery at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and residency in radiation oncology at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences and Fellowship with the American Cancer Society. He has held clinical teaching positions in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine.
  • Uri Martin Zisblatt, M.D.
    Dr. Zisblatt received his undergraduate degree from the University of California in Los Angeles and medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine from Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in New York and residency in radiation oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center also in New York. He also finished his fellowship in radiation oncology at the State University of New York. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in radiation oncology and his clinical experience include LDR and HDR brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • David C. Khan, M.D.
    Dr. Khan received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California and medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at New York University School of Medicine in New York. He is a member of the Los Angeles Radiological Society, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology and American Medical Association. He has published several papers including the Lay Patient Navigator Program Implementation for Equal Access to Cancer Care and Clinical Trials, Preliminary Results and Evaluation of Mammosite Balloon Brachytherapy for Partial Breast Irradiation for Pure Ductal Carcinoma In Situ: A Phase II Clinical Study, and Giant Cell Tumor of the Axial Skeleton, Development of Optic Capsule Lesions, and Abnormal Cochlear Connective Tissue Mineralization in the Palmerston North Autoimmune Mouse.

Nursing

  • Patti Fox, RN

Administrative Support

  • Elizabeth Lopez

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