By David Buice
Dr. Timothy D. Nichols almost did not become a physician as his boyhood ambition was not medicine, but aviation. His dream was to become a Navy fighter pilot and an astronaut.
In pursuit of those goals he secured an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, but the discovery of color blindness made a career in naval aviation impossible. After leaving the Naval Academy, he pursued premed courses while earning a degree in physics, and was admitted to the University of Maryland School Of Medicine in Baltimore.
Despite these accomplishments, he initially felt hesitant about pursuing a medical career, but a chance encounter in his second year of medical school changed everything. Looking for the location of a lab in the hospital basement, he happened upon the radiation oncology center. Intrigued, he talked to a dosimetrist and a physician working in that center and realized he had found his calling.
“At that point,” he says, “I knew I wanted to be a radiation oncologist. It combined medicine and physics, something I knew could hold my interest for a very long time.”
Following completion of medical school, Dr. Nichols completed an internship in internal medicine at Baltimore’s St. Agnes Hospital, a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and a radiation oncology fellowship at that same institution.
Today he is board-certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.
Great People Providing Compassionate Care
Commenting on his practice at GenesisCare, Dr. Nichols says, “We have great people at this center. They are well-trained, experienced, and treat everyone with respect and care. We do general radiation oncology practice, which means we treat all types of cancer and our therapy is often combined with other modes of treatment, especially surgery and chemotherapy.”
Combined with the training and skill of the physicians and technicians at GenesisCare, patients also benefit from the facility’s state-of-the-art technology.
At the Plano facility, Dr. Nichols notes they now have technology known as the EDGE, a linear accelerator with additional technology designed to treat smaller areas with a high dose of radiation over a shorter treatment course. This is called stereotactic radiation therapy, and it’s designed to treat smaller tumors more quickly with doses that have a very high chance of controlling the disease while minimizing the side effects and radiation dose to areas just outside the target tumor.
He added that GenesisCare has recently added technology supporting deep inspiration breath hold (DIHB). DIHB provides more effective and safer treatment for left-sided breast cancer patients.
“Through this new technology GenesisCare has implemented,” he says, “patients will be able to receive high quality cancer care close to home.”
Finally, Dr. Nichols adds, “We want our patients to have access to the technology and the compassionate care that can help them get back to living their best life.”
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