U-M Appoints Physician to Lead Radiation Care at Metro Health
Posted: November 7, 2008
Julie Forstner, M.D., will lead radiation oncology services at the new
21,500-square-foot Cancer Center at Metro Health Village in Wyoming as part of a joint venture with the University of Michigan Health System. Forstner joins the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she received her medical degree. She will hold the title assistant professor of radiation oncology. As part of the U-M Radiation Oncology Network, Forstner will have full access to UMHS specialists and clinical trials. Metro Health joined the network in June.
"I am absolutely delighted to welcome Dr. Forstner back to the University of Michigan as a faculty member. Her skill and experience will enhance our department, and permit us to provide University of Michigan level care in this beautiful new facility at Metro Health," says Theodore Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., Isadore Lampe Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at the U-M Medical School.
By fostering collaboration across regions and institutions, U-M’s Radiation Oncology Network permits U-M to run radiation oncology centers throughout Michigan, offering state-of-the-art patient care and access to cutting edge research close to home. Metro Health is the seventh hospital across the state to join.
The radiation oncology program at Metro Health will use the same sophisticated software developed at U-M to facilitate treatments that treat the tumor while sparing surrounding normal tissues. Telemedicine and teleconferencing tools will allow specialists in Ann Arbor to consult on Grand Rapids-area patients. In addition, Metro Health patients will have access to radiation oncology clinical trials at U-M.
"I’m very excited about the way we’re going to care for our patients at the Cancer Center of Metro Health Village. Working at Metro and being a member of the University of Michigan’s Radiation Oncology faculty will allow me to provide a level of service to my patients that hasn’t been offered in this area before. We’ll bring the experience, training and leading-edge treatment planning of a world-class teaching hospital to the people of West Michigan for the first time. And to offer that innovative, high-tech care in the comfortable, caring, personal environment of Metro Health Village is a wonderful combination. For our patients, it’s the best of both worlds," Forstner says.
Forstner is board certified in radiation oncology. After receiving her medical degree from the U-M Medical School in 1993, she did her residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.