CANCER CARE IN ROME — Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine Radiation Oncologist Dr. Michael Fallon has joined Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine at Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St. Dr. Fallon, center, Director Amy Weakley, left, and Kelly Pietryka and the team provide care to cancer patients in Rome and surrounding communities. (Photo submitted)

Radiation Oncologist Michael Fallon joins staff at RMH Radiation Medicine

Published Jul 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

Radiation Oncologist Dr. Michael Fallon has joined Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine at Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St.

Dr. Fallon has over 20 years experience in the field. He was named a Physician of the Year by the American College of Surgeons and has been involved in cancer research to advance the latest treatment protocols for patients.

He will oversee patients’ radiation therapy treatments and work with other cancer doctors, such as medical oncologists and surgeons, to maximize the effectiveness of radiation therapy.

In addition to earning board certification in radiation oncology, Dr. Fallon is certified in medical dosimetry, which provides him with the added in depth knowledge of the dose calculations needed to develop treatment plans that can best destroy the tumor while sparing normal tissue.

Dr. Fallon was drawn to a career in cancer treatment because it’s a field that blends advanced science with compassion. “I see patients who have just received a very frightening diagnosis,” he said.

“I want to build a relationship with them of trust and understanding so that they feel confident going into treatment. It is important for me to help them understand their prognosis, treatment plan, potential side effects and overall outcomes. I try to build a close bond with my patients to help them through a difficult time, both medically and emotionally.”

In addition to the staff at Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine, Dr. Fallon said he looks forward to also working with the other medical professionals who care for his patients.

“Treating cancer requires a multi-disciplinary team. It demands the participation of providers in a combination of modalities to support the patient’s overall care, which may include dietary, physical therapy, home healthcare and more. There has to be intentional and deliberate communication between these areas of care. This type of communication is already an important aspect of the care provided here and I hope to continue that coordination of care and work to improve it in whatever ways I can.”

Dr. Fallon received his medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Rochester and Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition, he earned his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in health care finance from Binghamton University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology.

As a researcher for advancement in cancer care, Dr. Fallon was the primary investigator for the BETA-Cath trial (Coronary artery implantation) and has extensive experience with 3-D Conformal Radiation, Intensity Modulated Radiation and Image Guided Radiation techniques.

He plans to continue working with the National Cancer Research Institute to provide information for clinical trials of evolving protocols in advanced cancer treatment.

Appointments can be scheduled with Dr. Fallon by calling Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine at 315-338-0897 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.