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Radiation Oncologists

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Angela L. Brady, M.D.

Dr. Brady is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who joined the medical staff in 2008 after completing her residency in Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Virginia. Prior to medicine, she attended the University of Kentucky and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in the Honors Program with a degree in Economics and French. She worked in New York for General Electric before deciding to pursue her interest in medicine. Her pre-medical studies were done at Columbia University in New York and then she attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston were she received her medical degree. During her transition from the New York business world to medical school, she spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps performing outreach for the WIC program in impoverished areas around Houston Her ability to communicate with her patients is matched only by her technical skills in the clinic. She has specialized training in emerging technologic advances in radiation therapy such as stereotactic radiotherapy techniques and image guided adaptive treatments. She has extensive brachytherapy training in prostate and gynecological malignancies and accelerated partial breast irradiation, working with one of the country’s leading researchers in breast brachytherapy. One of her clinical interests and past research experiences is in reducing the normal tissue toxicity of radiotherapy. Through her interest in lung cancer, she serves on the Thoracic Cancer Quality Committee. Further interests include CNS tumors (both benign and malignant) using her expertise in technological advances in targeting tumor yet reducing the effects of radiation on normal tissue. Dr. Brady is taking new patients and sees all adult general radiation oncology patients.


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Anita Joy Hilliard, M.D.

Dr. Hilliard is Board Certified in Radiation Oncology and serves at the Medical Director in Radiation Oncology and the Associate Medical Director of the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center. She attended Louisiana State University and received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology with honors and then attended Louisiana State University Medical school. She completed her radiation oncology training at Wake Forest and served on the clinical faculty at Duke University prior to moving to Virginia. During her tenure in Lynchburg, she has distinguished herself with both academic pursuits and advancements in patient care. She has particular interest in breast cancer and chaired regional symposia, serves on the Breast Program Leadership Council of the Centra Comprehensive Breast Program, and holds postgraduate training in breast brachytherapy. She has clinical interest in advancements in the treatment of head and neck cancer and past research experience in voice quality after radiotherapy. She holds postgraduate training in prostate brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery. She was named a Claude Moore Leadership Fellow of the Medical Society of Virginia, class of 2009-2010, serves on the Executive Committee of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, serves as a delegate to the Medical Society of Virginia, and continues executive training with the American College of Physicians Executives. Survivorship and Oncology Rehabilitation are current areas of focus as she continues to expand the services provided at the Cancer Center. She is a champion of increasing cancer awareness and was the founder of the Night of Hope and collaborated with Centra Foundation to establish the Patient Care Fund, a fund that serves to bridge the gap in services for our underserved patients of central Virginia. She is taking new patients and sees all adult general radiation oncology patients.


Michael J. O'Neill, M.D.

Dr. Michael J. O’Neill is a 2013 graduate of the University of Rochester Radiation Oncology Department where innovative physicians utilizing advanced technologies mentored him. He completed his intern year at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA in 2009. As a 2008 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his peers elected him to the Watson Humanism Honor Society for exemplary patient care. Prior to medical school, Michael (Mick) obtained his B.A. in English and Anthropology from Cornell University in addition to completing his pre-medical requirements. He is excited to bring his experience in stereotactic and image-guided radiation, particularly in the treatment of brain and lung tumors, to Lynchburg. Dr. O’Neill’s research interests share a central theme: improving patient safety during treatment and quality of life after treatment. Most notably, he has studied Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for advanced stage lung cancer, examined post-treatment quality of life for head and neck cancer patients, and created metrics and simulations to train treatment teams to improve processes for better patient care. He assumes leadership roles on the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Subcommittee for Patient Safety and Quality Assurance and as a physician liaison to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Safety Committee. Dr. O’Neill is compassionate, communicative, and thorough. He is accepting all adult general radiation oncology patients and their families.

 

 

Radiation Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen Kennedy R.N., N.P.

Mrs. Kennedy received her nursing degree in 1977 at Alfred at SUNY and began her oncology career working in-patient oncology. For nearly 20 years she has worked in oncology, home health, and Hospice. She obtained her Bachelors degree at Lynchburg College while working in oncology at Centra. She excelled in her studies and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She graduated with Highest Honors and was encouraged to continue her studies at University of Virginia in the Masters Program in Community Nursing and received her Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 1996. She returned to Lynchburg College as a clinical instructor while she worked as a nurse practitioner at Staunton River Family Physicians from 1997- 2004. While family practice honed her skills, she longed to return to oncology and in 2000 she joined Radiation Oncology Associates of Lynchburg on a part time basis, coming on board full time in 2004. She has received advanced training in Oncology Survivorship and is currently the Clinical Director of the Radiation Oncology Survivorship Clinic. She continues to participate in survivorship quality of life studies, presently including studies in prostate bone health, breast cosmesis, and breast cancer survivorship physical and psychosocial treatment side effects and their management. She is currently co-authoring a book on breast cancer.