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Winthrop-University Hospital Names Seth Blacksburg, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of Winthrop’s New CyberKnife Center in Manhattan - Archived
September 4, 2014

Manhattan resident Seth Blacksburg, MD, MBA, has joined Winthrop-University Hospital as the Associate Director of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of Winthrop’s CyberKnife Center in Manhattan when it opens later next month.

"I am extremely excited to have Dr. Blacksburg join us as Associate Director of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of our new CyberKnife Center in Manhattan,” said Jonathan A. Haas, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop. “Dr. Blacksburg both trained and worked in Manhattan for years in Radiation Oncology, and Radiosurgery in particular, and has developed a superb reputation amongst his peers. I know he is going to be a huge success in our department."

Last year, Winthrop treated 2100 cancer patients with CyberKnife, a Stereotactic Body Radiation therapy, making it one of the top CyberKnife centers in the world. Winthrop is scheduled to open New York City’s first CyberKnife facility at 150 Amsterdam Avenue at 66th Street in late September, which will be helmed by Dr. Blacksburg. It is expected that this facility will attract patients from across the entire tri-state region. CyberKnife is a high-tech, computer controlled robotic technology with cruise-like missile accuracy that provides hope to patients with tumors and lesions previously considered inoperable or which conventional radiation treatment causes damaging side effects. Dr. Haas calls CyberKnife the greatest advance in radiation oncology in the last decade. In the case of prostate cancer, treatments take only 5 brief visits and result in outcomes equal to or better than surgery, with no incontinence and less risk of impotence.

Dr. Blacksburg, a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, received his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his Medical Degree at the Duke University School of Medicine, where he also received his Masters in Business Administration. He was a medical intern in the Department of Internal Medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Blacksburg completed his Residency in Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, where he served as Chief Resident for two years and stayed on as an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor.

Dr. Blacksburg has a special interest in using medical informatics to enhance quality of care in Radiation Oncology and was selected to serve as Clinical Quality Fellow by the Greater New York Hospital Association and the United Hospital Fund from June 2011 to February 2013. He was the first Radiation Oncologist selected by the organizations for this honor.

Dr. Blacksburg’s research interests include exploring the role of novel radiation therapeutic modalities to improve the treatment of prostate, central nervous system and hepatobiliary tumors. He has published widely on the role of medical informatics and continues to work on refining novel approaches to improve patient safety.

For additional information about Radiation Oncology services and the new CyberKnife Center in Manhattan, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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