Dr Minesh P Mehta Joins University of Maryland School of Medicine

For immediate release: October 25, 2012

Physician-Scientist to Run First Proton Treatment Center in Baltimore-Washington Region

Headshot of Dr. Minesh P. MehtaMinesh P. Mehta, M.B.Ch.B., F.A.S.T.R.O., a renowned physician-scientist, has joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and will serve as the medical director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, now under construction. He will also treat patients at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and serve as associate director of clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Before coming to Maryland, Dr. Mehta was a professor and co-director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Advanced Particle Therapy LLC of San Diego, Calif., is developing the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, a 110,000-square-foot facility in the University of Maryland BioPark in west Baltimore. The center is expected to open in 2015.

“Dr. Mehta is recognized worldwide as an expert in clinical trial strategies, design and execution of national and international trials of all sizes, and innovative research, integrating technology, biology and imaging in radiation oncology,” says William F. Regine, M.D., who is professor and Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology at the School of Medicine. “He will work closely with departmental leadership as well as the project development group, Advanced Particle Therapy, to successfully establish the Maryland Proton Treatment Center as a center of excellence for research, education and patient care.”

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, “I am confident that Dr. Mehta is the perfect candidate to direct our Maryland Proton Treatment Center, making it a national hub for cutting-edge research and patient care and bringing new hope to cancer patients and their families in this region and beyond.”

In 1981, Dr. Mehta received his medical degree with highest honors from the University of Zambia School of Medicine in Lusaka, Zambia. He completed his radiation oncology training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1988, immediately joining the faculty at the university. He became professor and was chair of the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin for a decade from 1997-2007. Subsequently, he has been devoting time to national leadership efforts at the American Board of Radiology, the FDA Radiological Devices Panel, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, and the Society of Neuro-Oncology.