Malcolm Mattes, M.D.
Board Certification: Therapeutic Radiology ABR
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
Residency: New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Special Clinical/Research Interests: Gastrointestinal Cancers, Genitourinary Cancers, Oncology Education, Palliative Care
Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?
Any student with a strong work ethic.
What does a typical day in the life of a Radiation Oncologist include?
Seeing new cancer patients in clinic and evaluating the potential role of radiation therapy in their care, discussing patient management with a multidisciplinary team of physicians at tumor boards, radiation treatment planning, monitoring patients who are currently receiving radiation therapy and managing any acute toxicity, and evaluating patients who previously received radiation therapy for any evidence of recurrence or late toxicity.
What is the biggest challenge of being a Radiation Oncologist?
Understanding the natural history of a diversity of disease processes and integrating that with knowledge of patient's general health and wishes in order to generate an optimal plan of care.
How do you foresee Radiation Oncology changing over the next 20 years?
A greater understanding of the biology of cancer combined with technologic advancements in our ability to safely deliver radiation therapy will enable a higher probability of cure and less toxicity for patients.
What advice would you give a student who is considering a Radiation Oncology residency?
Partner with a radiation oncologist as early as possible in medical school to work on a clinical research project. Spend time in a Radiation Oncology department to understand more about the technology we use and the many ways in which radiation can be delivered to patients.