After graduating from college, I traveled and worked in Europe and Asia before attending medical school. During my third-year clinical rotations, I learned about radiation oncology and knew that was the field for me.
I have practiced radiation oncology in rural and urban settings, and in academic medical centers. It became apparent to me that many external factors impact the practice of medicine and I obtained an MPH, which provided a valuable perspective on these issues. I reentered academic medicine at the University of Iowa in 2002, where I focused on image guided radiation for breast and gynecologic cancer. As my administrative tasks increased, I realized I needed education in finance and management and obtained an MBA. I came to Morgantown in 2012 as founding Chair of a new Department of Radiation Oncology. This has been a rewarding endeavor and has given me insight into the challenges facing rural practices.
My ASTRO volunteer activity dates to 2004 when I answered a call to attend ASTRO’s first Advocacy Day. This led to progressive involvement in government relations activities and other opportunities to serve ASTRO, including my previous role as Chair of the Government Relations Council and my position of Secretary /Treasurer on the Board of Directors. I am continually impressed by the dedication and expertise of ASTRO staff and volunteers and feel honored to be a member of this organization.