We are pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Levy is the newest member of our radiation oncology team at Southwest Oncology Centers. With an M.D. from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC-Berkeley, Dr. Levy has a long history of developing and pioneering new treatment approaches with radiation therapy. He is board-certified in both Radiation Oncology and Internal Medicine, and was among the first physicians worldwide to treat select patients with protons and heavy charged particles. Dr. Levy brings an unparalleled experience to particle beam and proton therapy to the Valley.
After graduating from medical school in Boston, Dr. Levy moved to San Francisco for his internship and to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident in the final years of his training program. Dr. Levy then chose to pursue his longstanding dream of a career at the frontiers of science by then undertaking a doctoral program in Biophysics at UC-Berkeley in 1983.
At Berkeley, Dr. Levy became the hand-picked protégé of Dr. Jacob Fabrikant, one of the initial pioneers in the field of charged-particle irradiation at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) adjacent to the UC campus. Under Dr. Fabrikant’s personal tutelage, Dr. Levy quickly became a pioneer in his own right, developing stereotactic radiosurgery treatment (millimeter-accurate brain irradiation) and image-fusion techniques (integrating CT and MRI scans for better treatment-target delineation). Concurrently with his unique clinical work, Dr. Levy also received UC-Berkeley’s Einstein Fellowship Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Neuroscience Research.
Following the completion of this Ph.D. program, Dr. Levy was promoted to the
position of Medical Scientist at LBNL and was also awarded academic titles in
Diagnostic Radiology at UC-San Francisco, in Neurosurgery at Stanford
University Medical Center (SUMC), and in Radiation Medicine (Oncology) at Loma
Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). He subsequently became the head physician
of the multi-institutional, LBNL-SUMC, stereotactic radiosurgery program.
When the Berkeley accelerators were shut down in 1992 due to federal funding cutbacks, Dr. Levy then transferred the radiosurgery program to LLUMC’s new proton facility after developing on site the specific equipment and software programs necessary for delivery of high-precision brain treatments at this facility. While physician in charge, Dr. Levy completed another residency program at LLUMC in Radiation Oncology while concurrently running the radiosurgery program that he had created. He then was promoted to the title of Full Professor after passing his Board examinations.
Dr. Levy has published an extensive array of scientific articles and has lectured at numerous medical conferences. Since 2008, he has been the organizer and director of the Medical Applications Section at CAARI (Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry).
We are honored to have him join our team at Southwest Oncology Centers, with offices in Scottsdale, Glendale, and Yuma, Arizona, and associations with our international offices in Chihuahua, Mexico, Aguascalientes, Mexico, and San Salvador, El Salvador. He will be heading up our CNS, Lung, and Head and Neck programs and with our ties to Scripps Proton Center in San Diego, California.