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New radiation oncology director joins CMH staff

SoVaNow.com / January 23, 2013
Paul G. Goetowski, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Community Memorial Healthcenter in South Hill.

Goetowski serves as director of radiation oncology at Community Memorial Healthcenter (CMH) on behalf of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, which is partnered with CMH to provide oncology care in the Southern Virginia region through VCU Medical Center (traditionally known as Medical College of Virginia (MCV)). He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the VCU School of Medicine.

For the past year and a half, Goetowski served as a staff physician at the Community Cancer Center of North Florida and medical director of the Florida State Prison System Cancer Center. Prior to those roles, he worked as a radiation oncologist for six years at Carolina Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. For the previous 13 years, Goetowksi led the Carolina Cancer Center in Aiken, S.C., which he helped to develop.

During his tenure there, he developed the first stereotactic radiosurgery, prostate brachytherapy and clinical intravascular brachytherapy programs in the state, building the center into a major institution in the region and fully integrating its medical and radiation oncology services.

Before moving to the southeast, he served for three years as medical director of the Nebraska Methodist Cancer Center in Omaha. Throughout his career, he has been an assistant and associate clinical professor at medical schools in South Carolina and Georgia.

Goetowski earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of North Dakota. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was chief resident.

Goetowski has extensive experience in treating multiple tumor types as well as in using radiation to treat several noncancerous (benign) conditions, including intravascular brachytherapy for cardiac stenosis, postoperative keloid treatment and graves orbital disease.

A native Nebraskan, Goetowski grew up on a ranch, raised cattle and trained thoroughbred race horses, and he continues to enjoy playing with farm equipment. A self-proclaimed “geek,” he has undergraduate degrees in computer science and physics and still likes playing with computers. He and his wife, Shelia, have six grown children: Killian, Celia, Shane, Bridget, Gareth and Noel. Goetowski is excited to join the Southern Virginia community as its new radiation oncologist.

CMH’s Solari Radiation Therapy Center is currently under construction and expected to open in the summer of 2013. Until then, Goetowski will see patients in South Hill at CMH Cancer and Specialty Care and will provide their radiation therapy in Richmond at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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