Meadville Medical Center/Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute Announce Chief of Oncology Services
Meadville Medical Center
Meadville, PA - Meadville Medical Center (MMC) announces Brian Karlovits
D.O. to Chief of Oncology Services for Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute
(YGBOI) at Meadville Medical Center. This is a new position that will
assist the oncology center in new directions and growth for the oncology
services in the region.
Dr. Karlovits joined the Radiation Department at YGBOI in 2019. Dr. Karlovits,
a Pittsburgh native, is board-certified in radiation oncology. He received
his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville,
Mo., completed his internship in transitional medicine at the Naval Medical
Center, San Diego, and graduated from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute,
Pensacola, FL, as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He completed his residency in
radiation oncology at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. He specializes
in a variety of radiation treatment techniques, including image guided
intensity modulated radiotherapy (IGRT/IMRT), volumetric modulated arc
therapy (VMAT), and stereotactic ablative or body radiotherapy (SABR/SBRT).
He previously worked at the Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Shadyside where
he was clinical director of radiation oncology.
Dr. Karlovits along with Eric Svenson, MD, Medical Director of Radiation
Oncology work very well together. Dr. Karlovits' expertise and motivation
combined with Dr. Svenson's experience and calm demeanor have meshed
into leading an effective and smooth Radiation Department. Dr. Karlovits
paved the way to start up a SABR/SBRT program in 2019. This service enhanced
oncology care and services at YGBOI. This service brings in referrals
from the surrounding area. The Radiation team is very excited to soon
provide this treatment and others on their new state-of-the-art Varian
TrueBeam Linear Accelerator and PerfectPitch robotic treatment table.
This new machine and table will allow for faster and more accurate and
precise treatment delivery and the capability to treat moving targets
during respiration and use deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) to reduce
heart and lung dose in treatment of some breast and other cancers.
"Dr. Karlovits has been a leader in adding services and a driving
force to get research going in Meadville. His commitment and direction
have proven to be effective in our Radiation Department and throughout
the cancer center. In addition, he serves as our Cancer Liaison to the
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), and was instrumental
in YGBOI's recent CoC reaccreditation. He is an exemplary spokesperson
for our physicians and our cancer care team. He is a natural at problem
solving in clinical situations and in the administrative setting,"
stated Betsy Brown, Director of Oncology Services YGBOI.
Dr. Karlovits will continue to see patients in the same manner and volume
that he has been. In his new role, he will provide administrative leadership
for Oncology physicians and provide peer review in clinical and billing
applications. For treatment at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute
UPMC, Highmark, and all other insurances are accepted. For more information
or questions, please call 814-373-2335.