David Kantorowitz, MD
David Kantorowitz, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Radiation Oncology at Skagit Valley Hospital.
“Radiation oncology has greatly improved over the past 10 years, both in the ability to cure and to limit side effects, by parallel improvements in imaging capability, ability to plan deposition of radiation dose precisely in three dimensions, and ability to deposit that dose in the body as planned,” he says. “Skagit Valley Hospital's Regional Cancer Care Center, by virtue of its recent design and investment, has brought to the local community the latest in improvements in all three of these technologies.”
Dr. Kantorowitz started out to become a clinical psychologist receiving his master's degree and PhD in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. He then practiced and performed research in clinical psychology as assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at California State University in San Bernardino.
In the early 1980s, he became interested in medicine and received his MD at the University of California at San Francisco in 1983 followed by an internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle in 1984. He performed his residency and chief residency in radiation oncology at University of Rochester Cancer Center completing training in 1987. He then practiced and did research as an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center until joining North Puget Radiation Oncology in 1989. He practiced radiation medicine there until joining Skagit Valley Hospital Cancer Care Center as medical director of Radiation Oncology.
“It is an exciting time in our specialty. Improvements in imaging capability and computer power have joined to allow physicians to do things they could not do previously on a patient's behalf to help cure and limit risk of side effects,” Dr. Kantorowitz says. “I am proud of the assemblage of technical elements within the local area that allow patients to receive the most modern treatments available without having to make the painful decision to either compromise their care or drive daily to Seattle. Our hope is always to stay abreast of the latest in technology even as we try always to keep the human, close-to-home touch that we all desire.”