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CANCER EXPERT JOINS LUTHERAN’S FAST GROWING RADIATION ONCOLOGY TEAM

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CANCER EXPERT JOINS LUTHERAN'S FAST GROWING RADIATION ONCOLOGY TEAM
Audrey Saitta, M.D., selected as chair of Radiation Oncology

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July 5, 2007, Brooklyn, NY…Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Audrey Saitta, M.D., as chair of Radiation Oncology. With more than 13 years of experience, Saitta comes to LMC with expertise in all areas of general radiation oncology with specific interest in gynecological and breast cancers.

Most recently, Saitta was the chief of Radiation Oncology at the Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and is currently an active teaching professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Prior to that, she served in Lutheran's Department of Radiation Oncology as a senior attending physician.

As a board-certified physician in radiation oncology, she is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American Medical Association and many others. Saitta received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and a bachelor of science degree in biology from St. John's University where she graduated summa cum laude. Since 2003 she has been active in Lutheran's Tumor and Gynecological Tumor Boards where a multidisciplinary team of LMC physicians examine new cancer diagnoses and threats in New York. This allows physicians to facilitate the most comprehensive and high quality care possible.

Saitta was born in Bologna, Italy, and is a lifelong Brooklyn resident where she lives with her husband and three children. She is an active member of her community participating with the American Italian Coalition of Organizations and she is a regular in the annual Columbus Day Parade.

LMC provides the most technologically advanced intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), a cutting edge form of external beam therapy. Additionally, patients have access to conventional external beam treatments and 3D radiotherapy. The department's brachytherapy program treats many forms of cancers including prostate and gynecological malignancies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Radiation Oncology at 718-630-7065.

A Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers in southwest Brooklyn. The LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute is the only program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and its commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at www.LutheranMedicalCenter.com.

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