Radiation oncologists join Health Quest Medical Practice

Posted: 2/27/2017

Five longstanding radiation oncology specialists within the Health Quest system — Dr. Edward Farhangi, Dr. Thomas Mazzilli, Dr. Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Dr. Robert Smith, and Dr. Camilo Torres — have joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Radiation Oncology.

All are board certified in radiology.

“The addition of these five radiologists contributes to our multidisciplinary team and further enhances our capabilities in providing quality and exceptional care to cancer patients in the Hudson Valley,” said Sandi Cassese, vice president of Oncology for Health Quest. “We are pleased they have joined Health Quest Medical Practice, having served the Health Quest hospitals for many years.”

As part of Health Quest’s Cancer Care Program, radiation oncology, which oversees radiation therapy, is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Radiation oncology is the use of radiation and radioactive materials to treat cancer and other diseases. The goal of radiation therapy is to target the cancer while limiting damage to normal tissue. Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells in the treated area by damaging their genetic material. This prevents the cells from multiplying, and keeps tumors from growing.

A resident of Highland, Farhangi most recently served as the past president of the medical staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He received this medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago.

Mazzilli, of Cortlandt Manor, earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He continued his education there with a residency in radiation oncology. His most recent work includes serving as the director of Radiation Oncology at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.

A native of Greece, Papadopoulos lives in LaGrangeville. He is the immediate past medical director of the Health Quest Oncology service line and he also chaired the cancer committee at Vassar Brothers and Putnam Hospital Center for many years. He received his medical degree from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is also board certified in Connecticut.

From Saugerties, Smith previously served as the chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Schenectady Radiation Oncology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and went on to complete his residency in therapeutic radiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

Torres, a Poughkeepsie local, most recently served as the chairman of the cancer program at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in radiation oncology from the Health Science Center at the State University of New York.

The Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Radiation Oncology sees patients at four locations:

Murphy Center for Radiation Oncology, Dyson Center for Cancer Care, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Place, 845-431-5645.
Fishkill Radiation Oncology Center, Suite 130, Vassar Brothers Medical Mall, 200 Westage Business Center Drive, Fishkill, 845-838-8103.
Agarwal Radiation Oncology Center, Wagner Cancer Pavilion, Putnam Hospital Center. 670 Stoneleigh Avenue, Carmel, 845-278-5641.
Ulster Radiation Oncology Center, 111 Mary’s Ave., Suite 1, Kingston, 845-339-7700.

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Edward Farhangi, MD                                    Thomas Mazzilli, MD

Dimitrios Papadopoulous, MD                       Robert Smith, MD

  Camilo Torres, MD



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