St. Louis CyberKnife medical director Dr. David Morris has more than 14 years of experience treating patients with CyberKnife® technology. He has written numerous articles on radiosurgery and in 2012 was named a “Top Doctor” in radiation oncology by US News and World Report.
Read more about his experiences since joining St. Louis CyberKnife below.
What first drew you to radiation oncology?
I had the opportunity to work for an Assistant Surgeon General and cancer survivor in the United States Public Health Service. He introduced me to the National Cancer Institute Consensus Conference. The conference helped me realize the enormous potential radiation oncology had to help preserve quality of life for patients and work with many clinicians who had a common cause to eradicate cancer.
What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy having the ability to help patients and provide hope to their families.
Describe one of your most memorable experiences since you began working at St. Louis CyberKnife.
I will never forget seeing one of my patients who could not walk or go to the bathroom on her own receive treatment and be able to walk, resume additional chemotherapy, and travel abroad as well as spend time with her family.
What do you feel is the most important thing St. Louis CyberKnife offers?
St. Louis CyberKnife is a dedicated radiosurgery center. Though our staff specializes in CyberKnife technology, we also have access to all that our hospital partner, SSM, has to offer.
How do you stay abreast of the latest medical developments?
I am an active participant with the Radiosurgery Society (RSS), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Board of Radiology (ABR). I continue to review the outcomes of my patients who I have treated with radiosurgery over the past 15 years and continue to publish in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on my experiences.