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Department of External Affairs
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 08, 2012
Contact: Carolann Martines

Associate Writer

(516) 663-2234

cmartines@winthrop.org


RENOWNED JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOLAR VISITS WINTHROP’S CYBERKNIFE CENTER


Katherine S. Newman, PhD, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, tours Winthrop’s CyberKnife Center with Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery and Chief Physicist in the Division of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop.
Katherine S. Newman, PhD, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, recently visited Matthew Witten, PhD, DABR, Director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery and Chief Physicist in the Division of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop, to tour Winthrop’s CyberKnife Center and recognize his recent appointment to the Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins University.

Dean Newman, a widely published expert on poverty and the working poor and an experienced academic administrator who has led major interdisciplinary initiatives at Princeton and Harvard universities, is planning to collaborate with Dr. Witten to recruit promising students to Johns Hopkins’ undergraduate science programs.

Dr. Witten has played an essential role in the development and operation of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Program at Winthrop. Recently, Dr. Witten accepted a personal invitation from the Chairman of The Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University to join their Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council. The Council, comprised of several other nationally renowned physicists – including Noble Laureate John C. Mather – is charged with planning the future of graduate and undergraduate physics education at the institution.

Dr. Witten is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, 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, two Master's degrees from Columbia University in applied physics, and an undergraduate degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Witten completed his clinical training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Winthrop-University Hospital is among a select group of medical institutions in the country currently offering breakthrough CyberKnife treatment. With cruise-missile-guidance technology and ultra-flexible robotics, CyberKnife delivers precisely targeted radiation that is capable of reaching small, deeply-imbedded, complex masses while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. A non-invasive procedure, CyberKnife can be prescribed as a first-line treatment, or for tumors that have received maximum radiation. It also is a bloodless option for tumors considered inoperable or unreachable by conventional surgery or other stereotactic radiosurgery. 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.

For more information about Winthrop’s CyberKnife Center or to schedule an appointment, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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