May 1st, 2019
Several medical team members from the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC), including Robert C. Miller, MD, MBA, FASTRO, Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Director of MPTC, participated in the 2019 ASTRO Advocacy Day.
Advocacy day provides the opportunity for radiation oncologists to learn from experienced policymakers and legislative experts about important policy issues facing the field of radiation oncology. Topics covered this year included access to radioactive isotopes, cancer research funding, patients over paperwork, and an advanced alternative payment model.
The group from MPTC included University of Maryland Medical Center Resident Nasar Onyeukyu, MD, as well as two affiliate physicians – Annapolis Radiology Associates Physician Luqman K. Dad, MD, and Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates Physician Akshar Patel, MD.
The MPTC group visited the offices of Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). They also visited the offices of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and had a direct meeting with Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD). They also had lunch with Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA).