Proton Therapy in an Era of Cost Containment

Author: Joseph M. Herman MD, MSc
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Dr. Herman received his medical degree from The University of Maryland and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Health System. In 2005, he joined the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences where he is currently an associate professor.

Dr. Herman's clinical research interests focus on improving the quality and quantity of life of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. He is currently the principal investigator of several clinical trials that combine radiation with chemotherapy, vaccine, and/or targeted agents for the treatment of patients with pancreatic and rectal cancer.

Dr. Herman developed and currently co-directs the pancreatic multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) at JHU. Over the past 4 years the clinic has evaluated more than 900 patients with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Herman is a member of the NCCN Guidelines Panel for Pancreatic Cancer and the NCI's pancreatic and neuroendocrine cancer task force panels.

The ideas and viewpoints expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily represent any policy, position, or program of NCCN.

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