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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.”

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.