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Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics & Astronomy Visits Winthrop's NYCyberKnife
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March 8, 2017
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Mineola, NY – Timothy Heckman, PhD, the inaugural Hermann Pfund Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, recently toured Winthrop’s NYCyberKnife Center, located at 150 Amsterdam Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets in Manhattan. He visited with Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Chief Physicist, Division of Radiation Oncology, and Director, Division of CyberKnife Radiosurgery at Winthrop-University Hospital. Dr. Witten is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Physics at the prestigious university.

Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics & Astronomy Visits Winthrop's NYCyberKnife(L.-R.) Timothy Heckman, PhD, Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University; Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Chief Physicist, Division of Radiation Oncology, and Director, Division of CyberKnife Radiosurgery at Winthrop-University Hospital; and Alexander S. Szalay, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science at Johns Hopkins University; with Accuray’s CyberKnife M6 ™ Series, the latest CyberKnife that offers cutting-edge radiosurgery treatment with unprecedented accuracy.

“It was an honor to host Dr. Heckman’s visit to the NYCyberKnife Center and share with him information about this state-of-the-art cancer treatment,” said Dr. Witten. “My education at Johns Hopkins University helped lead me to this meaningful career, and I was pleased to discuss these experiences and Winthrop’s accomplishments as the busiest CyberKnife Center in the country with a renowned leader of the university.”

They were also joined by another distinguished guest, Alexander S. Szalay, PhD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science at Johns Hopkins University, who discussed with Dr. Witten the use of Big Data in clinical research.

Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics & Astronomy Visits Winthrop's NYCyberKnife(L.-R.) Jonathan Haas, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop; Dr. Witten; Dr. Szalay; and Dr. Heckman tour Winthrop’s NYCyberKnife Center.

Dr. Witten has been instrumental in delivering CyberKnife® treatment to patients at Winthrop. CyberKnife is a high-tech, computer controlled robotic technology with cruise missile-like precision that delivers highly targeted beams of radiation to tumors while sparing healthy tissue. It provides hope to patients with tumors and lesions previously considered inoperable or which are not amenable to treatment with conventional radiation. Physicians from around the world have visited Winthrop to train under the leadership of Winthrop’s CyberKnife Center team.

Dr. Witten is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and Board Certified in the subspecialty of therapeutic radiologic physics. He holds a PhD from Columbia University in Applied Physics, with a concentration in Medical Physics, and two Master’s Degrees from Columbia University in Applied Physics, in addition to his Undergraduate Degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Witten completed his clinical training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Heckman has invited Dr. Witten to Johns Hopkins to speak with students about careers in Physics outside of the university setting.

Dr. Heckman has been a full-time Hopkins faculty member since 1994 and became the Department Chair in 2015. Dr. Heckman’s research has focused on the evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes. He has authored or co-authored over 600 scholarly publications and given nearly 100 invited talks at national and international conferences and symposia. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, named by Thomas Reuters as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” and is the recipient of many other awards and honors.

Winthrop-University Hospital is among a select group of medical institutions in the country currently offering breakthrough CyberKnife treatment. The Center’s multidisciplinary team consists of surgeons, neurosurgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, radiation therapists, physicists, diagnostic radiologists, technicians, nurses and other specialists. Together, they develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each individual’s needs. Cancer patients who previously required six to nine weeks of conventional radiation are now completing treatment in just five days of brief 30 to 45-minute sessions. Winthrop introduced the CyberKnife to the New York metro area in 2005 at its main campus in Mineola, and opened its Manhattan CyberKnife location in November 2014. More than 4,800 patients have been treated with the technology.

For more information about Winthrop’s NYCyberKnife Center or to schedule an appointment, visit www.winthrop.org or call 1-866-WINTHROP.