About ASTRO

Sameer R. Keole

Sameer R. Keole

Government Relations Council Chair

Mayo Clinic, Phoenix

Education

  • Chief Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, 2002-2003.
  • Residency, Department of Radiation Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, 2000-2004.
  • Internship, Department of Internal Medicine, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 1999-2000.
  • MD, Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Dominica, 1994-1999.
  • BS, Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1989-1993.

Present Academic Rank and Position

  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2012-present.
  • Senior Associate Consultant - Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2012-present.

Board Certification

  • Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology, 2005-2015.

Previous Professional Positions and Major Appointments

  • Medical Director, ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City, 2010-2012.
  • Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Medicine Associates, Oklahoma City, 2009-2012.
  • Consultant, Sameer Keole, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla., 2009.
  • Assistant Professor, Shands Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 2005-2009.
  • Assistant Professor, Florida Proton Therapy Institute, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Fla., 2005-2009.
  • Per Diem Physician, Academic Radiation Oncologists, Detroit, 2004

Biographical Statement

I am a senior associate consultant of radiation oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. In my 10 years of clinical practice experience, I have worked in a variety of practice settings. My first position was at the University of Florida, a rank-based academic position. My second position was with Radiation Medicine Associates in Oklahoma City, a private practice group, where I was a full member. I am currently at the Mayo Clinic, which could be considered by some to be a hybrid model of academics and private practice.

These job experiences have allowed me to view radiation oncology, and the overall practice of medicine, through three different lenses. I can understand the concerns of community practitioners, who are running small businesses, in both hospital-based and freestanding environments. I can also identify with the needs of academic systems that may place a higher emphasis on federal research funding.

I have been involved with ASTRO, and specifically government relations (GR), since my time as a resident. I attended the second ASTRO Advocacy Day and have been a regular participant since. I joined the GR Committee upon finishing residency in 2004. In the past 10 years, I have served in a variety of positions. I am currently the chair of both the GR Committee and the ASTRO Political Action Committee. I also serve on the Health Policy Committee on the Code Development and Valuation Subcommittee. This wide variety of experience, I believe, allows me to be effective in the role of the ASTRO GR Council Vice-chair.

I am honored, excited and humbled to be nominated for this important position. I truly believe that we have gained so much from the strength of our Society. I have always viewed it to be a privilege to be in the position to give back. ASTRO Board of Directors positions are service positions. I promise that I will always listen to, and respect, the varying opinions and positions of the members of ASTRO.

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