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Radiation medicine research leader joins Northwell


Northwell Health has appointed Bhupesh Parashar, MD, as vice chair of research for radiation medicine and co-director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute's Head and Neck Cancer Center. As a highly respected clinician, researcher and instructor, Dr. Parashar will collaborate with radiation medicine teams throughout the health system.

Dr. Parashar has extensive experience with image-guided radiation therapy, high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery. The radiation oncologist, whose clinical specialties are head and neck, lung, breast, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, previously spent 13 years in several research leadership positions at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York. .

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Parashar to Northwell Health's Department of Radiation Medicine," said Louis Potters, MD, chair of radiation medicine at Northwell Health. "Dr. Parashar is an outstanding physician who has extensive experience treating patients with the latest radiation medicine technologies as well as being a noted clinical and basic science researcher."

Dr. Parashar will treat patients at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute's Department of Radiation Medicine in Lake Success. He will help design radiation medicine research, working closely with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory colleagues with the goal of translating basic research findings into clinical trials aimed at improving clinical outcomes. He will also serve as an associate professor of radiation medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

With an extensive publication record in both clinical and basic science research, Dr. Parashar has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and text book chapters. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for more than 30 clinical trials and is a frequent presenter at clinical radiation medicine professional meetings nationally and internationally. He earned his MBBS from the Malana Azad Medical College in Delhi, India, completed his residency in radiation oncology from Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has a doctorate in public health, environmental sciences from Columbia University.

"We are continually striving to develop new cancer therapies, partnering with our own academic oncologists and clinicians and the world-class researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories," said Richard Barakat, MD, physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of cancer services at Northwell Health. "The addition of Dr. Parashar significantly advances our cancer research capabilities in radiation oncology as we pursue new clinical trials and new cutting-edge treatments for our patients."

Established in 2016, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory-Northwell Health clinical collaboration distinguishes the health system from other cancer specialty centers for its ability to deliver cancer therapeutics to patients throughout the region, while also meeting the comprehensive medical and surgical needs of those with cancer and at risk of the disease. Every year, Northwell Health treats more than 16,000 new cancer patients, giving them access to the services of more than 200 specialists in more than 25 sub-specialties.

Approximately 60 percent of all people who develop cancer will benefit from radiation therapy, according to the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. "The integration of radiation therapy into a personalized multidisciplinary treatment plan for each patient underscores the need for innovative radiation medicine options," said Dr. Potters.

The Department of Radiation Medicine, part of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, offers radiation therapy services for adults and children at locations across Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. Patients have access to every major radiation therapy technology, including TrueBeam, Gamma Knife Icon, CyberKnife and proton therapy. Northwell's Radiation Medicine department is recognized nationally for its Smarter Radiation Oncology program on quality and safety, and its faculty work with each patient to individualize care by selecting the most appropriate treatment option.

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