Radiation Oncology Specialists
Dr. Amr Aref is the Chief of Radiation Oncology at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He has a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. Aref started his medical education at Cairo University Medical School. He then moved to Canada where he did a residency in Radiation Oncology at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He remained at Queens University until he completed a Fellowship in Radiation Oncology in 1983. He then moved to Missouri where he was an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Missouri. He has also been an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario. Prior to joining St. John Health he was Associate Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. St. John was honored to have Dr. Aref join our program when he accepted the Chief of Radiation Oncology position in 2000, the position he remains in today.
Dr. Aref is Board Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Aref is a member of numerous national organizations and committees as well as major professional societies. Dr. Aref is very involved in medical education and was the previous Director of the Residency Training Program at both The University of Western Ontario as well as at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also an item-writer on the American Board of Radiology Recertification-Exam.
Dr. Aref continues to practice within an academic framework. He is up to date with the most current evidence based practice. His breast cancer management includes traditional external bream radiation therapy and he is also proficient in new advances in breast such as partial breast radiation. He has published over 50 papers in nationally recognized journals and has participated in numerous research studies.
Dr. Aref is married with 3 children.
Dr. Cynthia Browne is a board certified radiation oncologist with a specialty in breast cancer and nutrition. Dr. Browne started her education at the University of Colorado where she received her PhD in Physical/Medical Anthropology and subsequently her MD. She then completed her residency at Stanford University. She is board certified by the American College f Radiology. She started her private practice in San Francisco in 1988 and came to Michigan in 1998. She has been with St. John Hospital and Medical Center since 2000.
Dr. Browne has a special interest in breast cancer but also in nutritional medicine. She is a national speaker in the field of nutritional oncology and nutrition in chronic disease. She sits on The Nutritional Advisory Board for Cancer Treatment Center of America and has a private practice in nutritional medicine for chronic disease. Her approach to cancer treatment is holistic and centers on the mind, body, and spirit connection. She offers not only conventional methodologies but also cutting edge complementary medicines focusing on lifestyle and diet changes. Dr. Browne feels her approach to treat patients with traditional and complementary medicines impacts not only current cancer diagnosis and treatment, but also a patient’s risk of recurrent cancer.
Dr. Browne lives with her professor husband, 2 cats, and occasionally with her two college-aged daughters. She is an avid gardener and loves traveling to other countries and learning about other cultures.
Dr. Chan is a board certified radiation oncologists with a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. Chan started her undergraduate education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she received a bachelor's degree in Physiology. She then received her medical degree from Albany Medical College. After medical school she moved to Michigan where she completed her residency at The University of Michigan. She was chief resident in her time at U of M. She has remained affiliated with U of M as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Chan is up to date on the newest advances in radiation therapy of the breast including partial breast irradiation. Her passion for women's health also involves gynecologic cancers. She has a special interest in brachytherapy for GYN malignancies. Dr. Chan has numerous professional affiliations with national organizations.
Dr. Chan is married with three children and spends her time away from the office with her family. Her favorites pastimes are taking her children to their various sporting events like soccer, hockey, skating, and skiing.
Dr. Janice LaRouere is a board certified radiation oncologist with a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. LaRouere started her medical education at the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in biology, stayed on to complete her medical degree, and then completed her residency at U of M in Radiation Oncology in 1988. She is pleased to continue her association with U of M as a clinical faculty member working at St. John Providence Hospitals.
Dr. LaRouere has been board certified in Radiation Oncology since 1988. She has numerous professional affiliations including the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology and Michigan Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology. She has a special interest in breast cancer research and has been very involved in clinical trials involving partial breast irradiation, including studies involving the Mammosite applicator.
Dr. LaRouere has a special interest in therapeutic radiation and minimizing the side effects of radiation. Her interests include decreasing radiation dose to the heart utilizing ABC breath hold technique. In collaboration with the University of Michigan, her department is investigating the role of IMRT in the treatment of breast cancer.
She lives with her husband who is also a physician at Providence Hospital and their three children.
One of Dr. LaRouere's favorite quotes on her outlook regarding breast cancer comes from Helen Keller: "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
Dr. Abu-Isa offers radiation oncology treatment.