Francine Halberg, MD, Radiation Oncologist At Marin Cancer Institute

GREENBRAE, CA — Francine Halberg, MD, radiation oncologist and breast cancer specialist at Marin General Hospital’s Marin Cancer Institute, is among 12 nationally prominent researchers and physicians named as 2012 Fellows of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

“Being chosen as an ASTRO Fellow is one of the most distinguished honors that the Society awards,” says Michael L. Steinberg, MDD, ASTRO president and professor and chairman of the department of radiation oncology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. “This year’s class clearly stands out not only because of their distinct contributions to ASTRO, but also to the field of radiation oncology as a whole.”

Members of ASTRO are eligible to become a Fellow if they have been part of the Society for at least 15 years. Primary considerations for awarding Fellow status are excellence in research, patient care, education and leadership and service.

In addition to her participation in state and national boards and her involvement in national cancer and radiation oncology research studies, Dr. Halberg has applied her expertise to the study of breast cancer locally. She is a steering committee member of the Marin County Women’s Study which looks at how breast cancer risk factors affect women differently. She and her colleagues’ pioneering and innovative approaches to breast cancer radiation therapy at the Marin Cancer Institute, have resulted in improved breast cancer treatment and may contribute to the breast cancer survival rates at Marin General Hospital which surpass the national average.

“I am pleased that women in Marin County have access to the latest research and the latest technology in breast cancer treatment right here at the Marin Cancer Institute,” Dr. Halberg says. “Each patient has several physicians specializing in different aspects of breast cancer treatment on her team, all of whom work closely together to tailor treatment to her specific situation.”

Dr. Halberg received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Cornell University. She was on the radiation oncology faculties of Stanford University and the University of California San Francisco prior to joining Marin General Hospital in 1991.