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.