MARK V. MISHRA
MARYLAND PROTON TREATMENT CENTER
Advancing the field of radiation oncology and improving the outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer has been the focus of Dr. Mark V. Mishra’s career.
“My desire for every patient under my care is that they not only beat cancer and survive, but that they are able to go on to live a full life after their diagnosis,” he said.
As director of radiation oncology clinical research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he oversees all clinical trial activities for radiation oncology at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated practices across the state of Maryland.
“The focus of my research is centered on evaluating the comparative- and cost-effectiveness of new and complex radiation technologies, such as proton beam therapy, and evaluating novel uses of radiation therapy alone or in combination with other therapies,” he said.
Mishra earned a certificate in clinical effectiveness from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Xavier University.
“In my extensive work in clinical research over the years, one thing I’ve tried to do is change the way research is done,” Mishra said. “I wanted to put patients’ voices into clinical research so that as a result, we are more directly answering their questions which would empower them to make the best decisions for themselves. Whether it be decisions on what treatment options they should get – proton beam therapy or another cancer treatment option – I wanted them to be able to make sound decisions.”