Springfield Clinic will now offer radiation oncology services. University Radiologists, a group of five physicians and one advanced practice provider, has joined Springfield Clinic effective July 1, 2020. They will continue to provide cancer care as part of Springfield Clinic from their current location at Memorial Medical Center, 701 North First St., as well as other locations in Springfield.
Matthew Bradbury, M.D., completed his medical and graduate degrees at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. He then completed his radiation oncology residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Board-certified in radiation oncology, Bradbury started his career in radiation treatment research before pursuing a career as a physician.
“I like interacting with people, helping them come up with treatment plans that make sense for them,” he says. “I also like sitting with families, being a good counselor and helping them all make sometimes tough decisions.”
Simon Brown, M.D., felt compelled to become a doctor after a conversation with his grandmother, during which he found himself wishing he could better understand and help with medical problems she was experiencing. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and completed his radiation oncology residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.
“My favorite part of practicing medicine is how something I do today is going to be different the next day,” he says. “Things are always changing, there’s new data out there, there’s always a way to improve. We just keep getting better and better, and that is probably the most exciting thing about it.”
Daniel Ferraro, M.D., completed his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, followed by his radiation oncology residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of northern Minnesota, Ferraro had several family members who had cancer and sometimes had to travel to Mayo Clinic for treatment.
“One of my goals is to be able to give the equivalent care that you would get at a place like Barnes here, in a more rural environment. I know how hard it is for people to get back and forth when care is far away from where you live. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to go into this.”
Kelli Fisher, APRN, CNP, completed her undergraduate degree at MacMurray College in Jacksonville and her graduate degree at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be a nurse and Fisher now has more than 30 years of nursing experience. “I’m a strong advocate for making sure there is communication among the providers to meet the patient’s treatment plan and goals,” she says.
Adrianna Masters, M.D., Ph.D., received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, and then completed her residency in gynecologic oncology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Masters’ favorite part of practicing medicine is taking care of patients and how varied her day can be as a doctor.
“I really enjoy taking care of cancer patients,” she says. “You have a really rare opportunity to take care of them and provide peace for them in a very scary situation. And radiation oncology is this neat mix of science and physics and medicine. And you get to bond with your patients because you’re going to see them for several weeks in a row.”
Parashar Nanavati, M.D., completed his medical degree at Simmons College in Louisville, Kentucky, followed by his radiation oncology residency at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He started the University Radiologists group in 1981 and has been practicing medicine for nearly 40 years. A pilot and avid runner, Nanavati has valued the relationships he has had with his patients the most throughout his career.
The physicians with Springfield Clinic’s Cancer Center treat every type of known blood disorder and cancer with innovative services and treatments that help diagnose problems, reduce pain and promote healing. In addition to the radiation oncology team at Memorial Medical Center, Cancer Center specialists are located at Springfield Clinic 1st – 900 Building (900 North First St., Springfield), St. John’s Hospital (800 East Carpenter) and Springfield Clinic Lincoln (100 Stahlhut Dr., Lincoln).