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Northwest Cancer Clinic welcomes new radiation oncologist

Brian Lawenda
Brian Lawenda

Dr. Brian Lawenda, national director of Integrative Oncology and Cancer Survivorship, has joined Dr. Sheila Rege and the cancer treatment team at Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick.

The Harvard-trained radiation oncologist, Stanford/UCLA-trained medical acupuncturist, integrative oncologist and former Navy commander, Lawenda will head the clinic as the center’s medical director.

He is the only integrative oncologist in the Tri-City area, with more than 10 years of practice experience, leadership and related research in this subspecialty, according to a news release from Northwest Cancer Clinic.

Lawenda’s expertise focuses on patient quality of life, implementing short course, high precision treatments and technologies, including stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image guided radiation therapy, motion management techniques for normal tissue sparing and brachytherapy.

Lawenda graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his radiation oncology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he served as chief resident.

Lawenda has held numerous leadership and academic positions, including clinical director of radiation oncology and department head of the Breast Health Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego Calif., clinical director of radiation oncology at 21st Century Oncology in Las Vegas.