Our Team

The IGRT radiation oncology team is committed to promoting patient well-being with advanced treatments that maintain quality of life while preserving normal organ function. Our goal is to develop and implement effective programs that maximize the chances of curing cancer while minimizing the radiation dose to surrounding areas. We combine our experience with the latest technologies and best practices of the academic, clinical and research communities to deliver the highest level of cancer care available.

Arun Puranik, M.D. – Radiation Oncologist
Dr. Puranik

Arun Puranik, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist

Radiation oncologists are the doctors who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments. These physicians work with the other members of the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure that each treatment is given accurately. Your radiation oncologist will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its target while minimizing side effects. Before, during and after your radiation therapy treatments, your radiation oncologist works closely with other cancer doctors, such as medical oncologists and surgeons, to maximize the radiation’s effectiveness.

About Dr. Puranik

  • Director, Image Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Member Health Research Science Board, New York State Department of Health
  • Recipient of the American Cancer Society’s prestigious “Physician of the Year Award” – 1997
  • Faculty, Department of Radiation Oncology, Albany Medical Center (1985-1990)
  • Longest serving full-time radiation oncologist in the Capital Region (since 1985)
  • Introduced prostate brachytherapy to the region in 1996; has performed over 2,000 implants
  • Treated first IMRT patient in the region (2001)
  • Recognized by Varian Medical Systems for innovation in IGRT
  • Board certified: American Board of Radiology 1984
  • American Cancer Society Fellow July 1984 - June 1985
  • Participant; NY State Round Table Conference on Prostate Cancer; 2004
Boris Spektor, M.D. – Radiation Oncologist
Dr. Boris Spektor

Boris Spektor, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist

Radiation oncologists are the doctors who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments. These physicians work with the other members of the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure that each treatment is given accurately. Your radiation oncologist will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its target while minimizing side effects. Before, during and after your radiation therapy treatments, your radiation oncologist works closely with other cancer doctors, such as medical oncologists and surgeons, to maximize the radiation’s effectiveness.

About Dr. Spektor

  • A physician for more than 40 years and a Radiation Oncologist for more than 30 years
  • Dr. Spektor is the only Radiation Oncologist who is also a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, which provides him with a unique background to help care for patients
  • At the age of 17, began his 6 years of medical school at the Military Medical Academy in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)
  • Served the Soviet Navy as a medical officer at a nuclear submarine base (1973-1980)
  • Practiced Radiation Oncology since 1980, in what was formerly known as the USSR, before becoming Board Certified in the US
  • He has been practicing in the Capital Region since 2001
  • Completed his post graduate training in the USSR and also The Brooklyn Hospital Center (Internship) and New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Medical Center (Radiation Oncology Residency)
  • Board Certified: American Board of Radiology - 2002
  • Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board - 2005
  • Uses modern equipment and technology to treat patients
Theo Howard-Ames, CMD – Certified Medical Dosimetrist
Theo Howard-Ames, CMD - Certified Medical Dosimetrist

Theo Howard-Ames, CMD

Certified Medical Dosimetrist

Medical dosimetrists are responsible for assisting the radiation oncologist in planning your treatment through the use of computers, computed tomography (CT) scans, special X-ray films and measurements of your treatment area. These health care professionals are certified by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board. The medical dosimetrist uses guidelines given by the radiation oncologist for the dose to be delivered. The goal of the dosimetrist's work is to design a combination of fields that adequately treats the area of disease while avoiding areas of sensitive normal tissue. Additional responsibilities include calculating radiation dose delivered to the tumor and normal structures, and assisting the medical physicist in quality assurance.

Julie Dustow, RTT – Radiation Therapists
Dustow

Julie Dustow, RTT

Radiation Therapists

Radiation therapists work with radiation oncologists to administer the daily treatment under the doctor's prescription and supervision. They maintain daily records and regularly check the treatment machines to make sure all systems are working properly.

Radiation therapists go through a two- to four-year educational program following high school or college and, upon completion, take a special examination to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Carol Clickner, RN, OCN – Radiation Oncology Nurses
Clickner

Carol Clickner, RN, OCN

Radiation Oncology Nurses

Radiation oncology nurses work together with radiation oncologists and radiation therapists to care for you and your family during your radiation treatments. They will explain the possible side affects you may experience and describe how you can manage them. They will assess how you are doing throughout treatment and will help you cope with the changes you may experience. They will also provide support and counseling to you and your family.

Radiation oncology nurses are licensed registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. Many registered nurses in radiation therapy have additional accreditation in the specialty of oncology nursing. Advanced practice nurses, including clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, have completed a master's degree program.

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