Coordinating Your Care

Coordinating Your Care

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Education / Awards

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Undergraduate University of Chicago Chicago, IL
Medical degree University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, IL
Internship Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Ca
Residency Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY

BOARD CERTIFICATION

Radiation Oncology (American Board of Radiology)

About me

Dr. Yajnik is the Medical Director and primarily practices at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He attended both college and medical school at the University of Chicago and did his residency training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Yajnik has conducted research in the areas of prostate brachytherapy, radiation therapy for thoracic tumors, and gene therapy for prostate cancer. He has written numerous papers and made presentations locally and nationally. In 2004, his research on prostate brachytherapy was presented at the American Brachytherapy Society meeting in Barcelona, Spain.  In both 2005 and 2010, Dr. Yajnik has served as an American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) representative on the collaborative subcommittee that revised the guidelines “ACR Practice Guidelines for the Performance of Stereotactic Radiosurgery”.  Dr. Yajnik served on the ASTRO Information Technology Development & Resource Committee in 2008-2009 and served on the ASTRO Communications Committee in 2009-2010.  Dr. Yajnik has been in private practice with Radiation Oncology Consultants since 2004.

Dr. Yajnik is trained in the use of 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery, high dose rate brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy, and permanent interstitial brachytherapy (seed implants). He has interest in treating a broad range of cancers including lung, genitourinary, breast, head and neck, central nervous system, and gynecologic malignancies.

When asked why he chose radiation oncology, he states, “Since my earliest patient interactions in medical school, I have felt a closeness and respect for my cancer patients. I became a radiation oncologist because I believe that radiation therapy is one of the most technologically advanced means of treating cancer. I believe that radiation oncology, in combination with molecular targeted therapies, will transform the way that we regard cancer, and help patients get back to living their lives.”

Treatment Centers

About me

Dr. Hirsch is the Medical Director and primarily practices at Lutheran General Hospital. She is board-certified in Radiation Oncology. After completing medical school at Northwestern University and residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as chief resident, Dr. Hirsch was an Assistant Professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she practiced for 4 years. In 2001, Dr. Hirsch went into private practice with Radiation Oncology Consultants.

Dr. Hirsch has a particular interest and expertise in the treatment of breast cancer as well as the integration of natural approaches with conventional cancer treatment. She is experienced in the use of conformal 3-D therapy, intensity modulated therapy (IMRT), and low and high dose rate brachytherapy. She is knowledgeable in the treatment of prostate, gynecologic, lymphoma, lung, gastrointestinal, head & neck, and brain malignancies. Dr. Hirsch is involved in breast cancer awareness programs, and is active in Medical Education. She has written papers and lectured on various cancer topics.

Dr. Hirsch spends her leisure time with her husband and four children, and enjoys cooking, piano, and reading fiction. She is active in Synagogue community service and serves on the Board of her children’s school.

When asked why she chose Radiation Oncology she states, “When in medical school, I became  involved in the care of a young woman hospitalized with breast cancer. This experience led me to understand the depth of relationships possible between patients, their families, and their physicians. The combination of scientific stimulation and progress with human interaction is what attracts me to this field.

Education / Awards

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Undergraduate Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
Medical degree Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
Internship Evanston Hospital Evanston, Illinois
Residency Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

BOARD CERTIFICATION

Radiation Oncology (American Board of Radiology)

OTHER
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1996-2000

Fellow, Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona under Directorship of Dr. Andrew Weil

Treatment Centers

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Illinois Cyberknife Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital