Meet The Team
The Hoag Radiation Oncology Team consists of many members, some of which
our patients become very familiar with on a daily basis, and others who
are hard at work behind the scenes.
Our main goal is to provide patients with the best care possible, using
the latest technologies, in a safe and proven manner. Hoag’s expert
radiation oncology team consists of several very specialized individuals
who are specially trained, licensed and/or certified to aide in your care.
A radiation oncologist is a physician with specific training in radiation
oncology. At Hoag, all of our radiation oncologists are board certified
by the American Board of Radiology. They meet with patients in consultation
to discuss the role of radiation therapy as part of a patient’s
Hoag’s radiation oncologists direct each patient’s radiation
course, and work closely with a patient’s medical oncologist, surgical
oncologist and other physicians to ensure the best possible outcome.
Although many individuals are involved in the delivery of a patient’s
radiation treatment, the radiation oncologist is the “leader”
directing each patient’s care. Hoag’s radiation oncologists
meet frequently with patients during the course of their treatment to
answer questions and meet any needs as they arise.
The following physicians are part of the radiation oncology team
at Hoag Family Cancer Institute (from left to right):
Brian Kim, M.D., Craig Cox, M.D., Medical Director, Kevin Lin, M.D. &
Peter Chen, M.D.
Hoag Family Cancer Institute has four medical physicists dedicated to supporting
the Radiation Oncology department. At Hoag, each of our Medical Physicists
is board certified by the American Board of Radiology.
The Medical physicist works directly with radiation oncologists and medical
dosimetrists in the planning phase of a patient’s treatment. The
physicist provides the technical information needed to understand how
each of the treatment machines work, how much and what type of radiation
they produce, and performs regular quality assurance checks to ensure
the safe, accurate delivery of the patient’s treatment.
These highly trained professionals are critical to implementing and maintaining
the sophisticated technology of a highly advanced radiation oncology program.
In addition, Hoag’s medical physicists meet directly with patients
to answer questions regarding the physics of radiation, or the complex
equipment used in a patient’s treatment plan.
The following medical physicists are part of the radiation oncology team
at Hoag Family Cancer Institute:
Ralph Mackintosh, Ph.D., D.A.B.R.
Dr. Mackintosh is an American Board of Radiology certified Medical Physicist
with over 30 years of experience in the field. He obtained his Ph.D. in
Radiologic Physics from UCLA and was the chief physicist at several Southern
California medical centers before coming to Hoag in 1993. His clinical
specialties and research interests include Gamma Knife radiosurgery, high
dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR), IMRT and endovascular brachytherapy.
Marianne E. Plunkett, M.Sc., D.A.B.R.
Dr. Plunkett is an American Board of Radiology certified Medical Physicist
with over 20 years of experience at several nationally known radiotherapy
centers. She received her Masters degree from the University of Kentucky
in 1989 and has worked at the Dana Farber Family Cancer Institute in Boston,
Harvard Medical School’s Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, and
William Beaumont Medical Center in Michigan. Her clinical interests and
specialties include Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), 3D conformal
therapy, image-guided surgery, stereotactic radiotherapy and functional MRI.
Annamarie Minion, M.S., D.A.B.R.
Annamarie is an American Board of Radiology certified Medical Physicist
with almost 13 years of experience in Medical Physics. She received her
Masters degree from East Carolina University in 1997. Prior to coming
to Hoag in 2002, she was a consulting physicist in the Chicago-area and
then southern California. Her clinical interests are image-guided intensity-modulated
radiation therapy, stereotactic radiation therapy, stereotacticradiosurgery
and adaptive radiation therapy.
Jinchu Huang, Ph.D., D.A.B.R.
Dr. Huang is an American Board of Radiology certified Medical Physicist
with over 15 years of experience in the field of radiation therapy. He
obtained his PhD in physics from New York University (NYU). Before joining
Hoag in 2007, he worked as clinical faculty at State University of New
York at Stony Brook (SUNYSB), Winthrop University Hospital (WUH), and
University of Southern California (USC). His clinical experience and interests
include Gamma Knife radiosurgery, IMRT and image-guided radiotherapy.
In addition to medical physicists, the physics staff at Hoag Hospital also
includes medical dosimetrists – each is certified by the Medical
Dosimetrist Certification Board.
Hoag dosimetrists work together with the radiation oncologists and medical
physicists to prepare a custom treatment plan designed specifically for
each patient. They utilize specialized computer systems and programs with
each patient’s image studies to plan the delivery of radiation.
The Medical Dosimetrists also work closely with the radiation therapists
to ensure that each treatment plan is clearly defined for accurate delivery
on a daily basis.
Radiation Oncology Nurses
The Hoag Radiation Oncology nursing staff is composed of registered nurses
(RNs) licensed in the state of California. The nursing staff is highly
skilled in the field of oncology with a minimum of five years of clinical
oncology experience prior to working in Hoag Radiation Oncology. Most
are members of the Oncology Nursing Society and are credentialed as Oncology
Certified Nurses by this national organization.
Hoag nurses are an integral part of the radiation oncology treatment team
and work very closely with the radiation oncologists to manage patient
care. They meet with patients weekly to discuss concerns and answer any
questions, as well as provide the highest level of patient-centered care.
Our Radiation Therapists are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic
Technologists (ARRT), licensed by the state of California (CRT) and are
required to comply with continuing education requirements. The radiation
therapists administer treatment to the patients on a daily basis. Consequently,
they provide the most immediate link to the treatment team. The therapists
are caring and compassionate and are focused on the successful outcome
of each patient’s treatment plan.