Zoberi Named Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at West County Facility

Contact:
Gwen Ericson
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Sept. 17, 2008 – Imran Zoberi, MD, has been named medical director of radiation oncology at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo. Zoberi is assistant professor of radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine.

As medical director, Zoberi will manage medical support staff and oversee patient care in radiation oncology at Siteman's west county location. "When cancer patients at our west county facility need radiation therapy, we ensure they receive care from a Washington University radiation oncologist specializing in their particular kind of cancer – to give them that extra level of expertise Siteman is known for," Zoberi says. "They will also have access to multidisciplinary specialists such as surgeons and medical oncologists."

The west county location's first linear accelerator for radiation delivery will be installed beginning in December 2008, with the first radiation treatments starting in March 2009. In the meantime, cancer patients at the west county site can be referred to the radiation oncology department at Siteman's main campus in St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Zoberi specializes in radiation oncology for treatment of breast cancer. He also performs Gamma Knife radiosurgery, which uses radiation instead of a scalpel to get rid of brain tumors and other central nervous system tumors. In addition, Zoberi directs the residency program for the Department of Radiation Oncology, planning and overseeing the training of all the department's resident physicians.

A 1996 graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Zoberi was a resident in the school's radiation oncology department and became a faculty member in 2001. He conducts research in radiation therapy and recently completed a clinical study of accelerated partial breast radiation therapy, which treats just the breast tumor area instead of the whole breast after a lumpectomy for early stage cancer. He is also principal investigator of a study testing treatment of women with locally advanced breast cancer using image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy that can precisely target tumors. He is co-author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters covering aspects of radiation for the treatment of cancer.

The Siteman Cancer Center has three locations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Its main campus is located at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the Central West End area of St. Louis. Siteman has operated a facility on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital since 2001 and in July 2008 opened a newly expanded facility there. The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital opened in 2005.