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The FMH CyberKnife Center Team

Have questions about the CyberKnife System?  The FMH CyberKnife Center Team is here with the answers you need! Contact Nancy Daugherty- Virts, CyberKnife Coordinator with the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center, either by phone at 240-566-4500 or by email at nvirts@fmh.org

 

Dr. Greg Gagnon joined the FMH CyberKnife Center staff as Medical Director in February 2010.  He spent the previous two decades at Georgetown University's Department of Radiation Medicine, serving as Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, acting Chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine, Chief of Service and CyberKnife Director.As one of the pioneers in CyberKnife radiosurgery, Dr. Gagnon has extensive experience with the technology and has treated thousands of patients.  His expertise in treating prostate, breast, lung and pancreatic cancers, as well as the work he has done in pediatric and central nervous system cancers has led to several publications and the co-authorship of two books about radiosurgery.  He has been asked to lecture around the world, chiefly about CyberKnife radiosurgery, but also about other varied radiation oncology topics.

 

Meredith Wernick M.D. is a board certified Radiation Oncologist. She received her BS in Chemistry and BA in Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. She spent the next four years as a researcher at the UCSF Cancer Center with a focus on the genetics of breast cancer. Dr. Wernick completed her medical training at Georgetown University where she also completed her Internship in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at the National Capital Consortium: a joint program as a clinical fellow at the NIH and residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During this time she was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service. She is a member of ASTRO: the American Society of Radiation Oncology, the American Society for Clinical Oncology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology. She has co-authored many peer-reviewed articles in prestigious literary journals such as Nature Genetics, Cancer and PNAS. Dr. Wernick resides in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and two sons.

 

Dr. Paul Chomiak is a native of the Midwest.  He received his surgical training at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.  He completed a fellowship in Thoracic surgery and Thoracic transplant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons as well as a fellow of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Chomiak is the founding member for the Center for Chest Disease, a practice limited to Thoracic surgery providing services to Central Maryland and its neighboring states.  In 2004, he began his thoracic CyberKnife practice and is currently only one of a few thoracic surgeons in the country providing thoracic CyberKnife therapy. In 2008 he founded and medically directed the FMH CyberKnife Center. He has personally treated over 350 patients with CyberKnife therapy. Dr. Chomiak is a member of the Board of Directors of the Radiosurgery Society. He has previously served as a Board member of the CyberKnife Society.He actively speaks and teaches on Thoracic SBRT/SRS therapy.

 

Laurie Cataldo is a Registered Nurse with 30 years experience as a clinician. She is a graduate of Framingham Union Hospital, National Louis University, and The George Washington University. She obtained her doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University. Laurie is the Radiation Oncology CyberKnife nurse at the FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center. She is a member of the Radiosurgery Society (RSS), which serves to promote the science, safety and clinical skills of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).

 

Wayne E. Flowers is a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Sciences. He has over 15 years experience working in a Fortune 500 company. After two family members were diagnosed with cancer, Wayne decided to enter the Radiation Oncology field. He received his clinical training at Siani and Good Samaritan of Baltimore, MD. He is a board certified Radiation Therapy Technician in good standing.

 

Shanel Knox is a graduate of Howard University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Therapy. She received her clinical training at several facilities in the DC metro area which include Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown, and Howard University Hospital. Upon completing her studies she relocated to New Jersey where she was a licensed Radiation Therapist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Virtua Memorial Hospital. Shanel has over 10 years of experiece in the field of Radiation Therapy. She is board certified in good standing.

 

Carol Mastalerz is a results-oriented health care professional with more than 20 years of clinical and management experience in cancer care.  She earned her nursing degrees from West Virginia University and Wayne State University and also possesses a Graduate Certificate in the Business of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University.  Carol has been with Frederick Regional Health System since 2002 as Director of Oncology Services.

 

Dr. Swami Nathan is a board certified neurosurgeon practicing at Frederick Memorial Hospital for the past twenty-seven years.  He has extensive experience treating brain tumors and spinal cord tumors.  After graduating from medical school in India, he underwent surgical training at Washing Hospital Center, Washington D. C. and neurosurgery training at George Washington University, Washington D. C.  He is a diplomat of American Board of Neurological Surgery and Fellow of American College of Surgeons.

 

Janet Russo is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and University of Maryland, School of Social Work.  She possesses Master's Degrees in Clinical Social Work and Health Studies, and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. Janet has worked extensively with Frederick Memorial Hospital's oncology service line since her employment in 2004. She is a Certified Oncology Social Worker (OSW-C) and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Oncology Social Work, and the CyberKnife Society.

 

Nancy Daugherty-Virts is a Certified Medical Assistant having received The Academic Excellence in Medical Assisting Curriculum and the Career and Technology Education Awards in 2007 from Frederick Community College.  Prior to entering the medical field she held a veterinary assistant certification and has over 20 year’s extensive experience in administration and underwriting with a corporate leader within a highly regulated industry.  She has been employed with The Regional Cancer Therapy Center since 2009.

 

Frank Xia is a board-certified medical physicist. He got his PhD in Physics from University of Virginia. Frank had his medical physics training at Georgetown University Hospital and has been working with Cyberknife since 2004. Frank is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

 

Dr. Ravi Yalamanchili is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Upon completing his B.S. degree in electrical engineering, he finished medical school and underwent an internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Kansas. He is chief of Neurosurgery at Frederick Memorial Hospital and has served as vice-chief and as chief of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Yalamanchili has served on several boards of local community charities and agencies including the Red Cross. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the CyberKnife Society.

 

 

 

                   

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