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Dr. Jason Molitoris has dedicated his career to bringing hope to patients with some of the hardest to treat cancers.

He is an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the  University of Maryland School of Medicine and a director of the  Clinical Hyperthermia  Program and the  Dr. Nancy K. Welker Fellowship in Advanced Radiation Modalities Program. Molitoris also serves as a resident physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His  primary  areas of clinical and research interest include genitourinary, gastrointestinal  and  head and neck  cancers.

“My research throughout the years has resulted in an overall improvement in outcomes for  cancer  patients  including  decreasing side effects and protecting quality of life,” he said.  “Specifically, I’ve developed or enhanced treatments that are unique to the region and incorporate some of the most advanced options for those with challenging to treatment cancers  including proton therapy, brachytherapy and thermal therapy.”

Molitoris earned a doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy from  Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from The College of William and Mary.

He notes his most significant personal accomplishment is seeing patients in follow up visits that have benefited from some of the treatments he has helped to bring to the region such as thermal therapy and High-Dose Rate brachytherapy treatments.

“Seeing these patients after their treatments and observing their ability to enjoy time with their families, friends and return to normal life is fulfilling,” he said. “Observing these benefits drives me to continue searching for ways to advance our current therapies, including proton therapy, and continue to bringing new treatment options to patients.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.