The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of Directors. Laura Dawson, MD, FASTRO, will begin her term as President-Elect in September during ASTRO’s 61st Annual Meeting in Chicago. Neha Vapiwala, MD, was elected as ASTRO’s new Secretary/Treasurer-Elect. She is Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Dean of Admissions at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Constantine Mantz, MD, will serve as Health Policy Council Vice-Chair. He is also Chief Policy Officer and a radiation oncologist at 21st Century Oncology in Fort Meyers, Florida. Brian Marples, PhD, has been elected Science Council Vice-Chair. He is Research Professor and Director of Radiobiology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.
About Dr. Dawson
Dr. Dawson leads a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists in upper gastrointestinal cancers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto and is Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She also directs the palliative radiation
Laura Dawson, MD, FASTRO
oncology program and has led numerous phase I, II, and III trials, including trials that focused on the use of personalized stereotactic body radiation therapy for patients with liver cancer, who historically were not candidates for radiation therapy.
Dr. Dawson previously served on the ASTRO Board as Chair of the Education Council and recently chaired the steering committee of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, cosponsored by ASTRO. She also has participated in the NRG’s Gastrointestinal Steering and Translational Research Committees and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institute of Health Hepatobiliary Task Force for more than a decade.
In her tenure as President-Elect and eventual Chair of ASTRO, Dr. Dawson plans to address key challenges facing both radiation oncology and the larger house of medicine, including physician burnout, restrictive prior authorization practices, and workforce diversity.
About Dr. Vapiwala
A nationally recognized expert in genitourinary cancers, Dr. Vapiwala serves on the NCI’s Prostate Cancer Task Force and has led multiple large research projects covering a range of topics in radiation oncology. She also serves on the editorial board of JAMA Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) panel on early detection of prostate cancer.
Neha Vapiwala, MD
Dr. Vapiwala has written extensively on issues affecting medical education and training from the undergraduate through professional levels. She is a member of ASTRO’s Workforce, Education, and International Education Committees, as well as the newly elected Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Radiation Oncology Residency Review Committee. Dr. Vapiwala also recently served as President of the Association of Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs.
In her tenure on the ASTRO Board, Dr. Vapiwala plans to help the organization address increasing challenges in health care economics, the emergence of artificial intelligence and its role in radiation oncology, and renewed questions about the science of cancer and radiation therapy in an age of rapidly advancing technologies.
About Dr. Mantz
In his current role at 21st Century Oncology in Fort Meyers, Dr. Mantz is involved in key administrative projects related to payer
Constantine Mantz, MD
contracting, revenue cycle management, business intelligence, and compliance. A former Chair of ASTRO’s Payer Relations Committee, Dr. Mantz has served on each of the organization’s health policy committees.
In his new role, Dr. Mantz will work to address payment reform issues, including the implementation of an alternative payment model for radiation oncology and ASTRO’s ongoing efforts to rein in restrictive prior authorization practices by health insurers.
About Dr. Marples
Brian Marples, PhD
In addition to his role at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Marples is Senior Biology Editor for the Society’s journal, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and has led or served on several of ASTRO’s Science and Education Committees. As an ASTRO board member, Dr. Marples will continue his focus on engaging ASTRO members, other leading medical societies, and the public about innovations in radiation oncology, such as new technologies and treatments that combine radiation with immunotherapy. ■