Marcio Fagundes, M.D., and Michael Chuong, M.D., have joined Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida’s unique and integrated Radiation Oncology department, which will offer both standard photon therapy and, beginning in 2017, the region’s first proton therapy center. Dr. Fagundes will serve as the department’s medical director and vice chair, and Dr. Chuong as lead physician for proton therapy – a highly advanced form of radiation technology that targets cancer cells with pencil-beam scanning precision while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
The physicians, both experts in the two forms of radiation, will work alongside internationally renowned radiation oncologist Minesh Mehta, M.D., Miami Cancer Institute’s deputy director and chief of Radiation Oncology, to provide innovative cancer care and conduct clinical trials designed to help find new and innovative ways to treat cancer with radiation therapy.
“The addition of Drs. Fagundes and Chuong to Miami Cancer Institute is another critical step for us as we position ourselves as the region’s top destination for leading-edge radiation treatment,” said Michael J. Zinner, M.D., founding CEO and executive medical director of Miami Cancer Institute. “Thanks to the pinpoint accuracy of pencil-beam scanning, our newest experts will utilize proton therapy to treat some of the most challenging tumors we’ll see, offering more patients in this region access to a precise form of radiation treatment with reduced risk of side effects.”
Dr. Fagundes received his medical degree from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and completed a radiation oncology residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also completed a fellowship in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He gained teaching experience as an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and currently trains his peers on an innovative treatment protocol for prostate cancer. Before joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Fagundes was medical director of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy in Knoxville, Tenn.
Dr. Chuong is Board-certified in radiation oncology. As a faculty member at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, he developed clinical practice guidelines for using proton therapy across disease sites. His clinical specialty and research focus is on the use of radiation therapy to treat gastrointestinal cancers and lymphomas.
He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, also in Tampa, where he served as chief resident. Before joining Miami Cancer Institute, he was an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Miami Cancer Institute will begin to move into its new, $430 million state-of-the-art facility on the Baptist Hospital of Miami campus early next year. Opening day for patient care is planned for January 16, 2017.