Stephen A. Mihalcik, MD, PhD

Stephen Mihalcik, MD, PhD

Stephen A. Mihalcik, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Northwestern Medicine Proton Center
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park

Medical Degree: Mayo Medical School

Internship & Residencies: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Boston Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Adil S. Akthar, MD

Adil Akthar, MD

Adil S. Akthar, MD
Medical Director
West Region Research and Education
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Medical Degree: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO

Internship: NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL

Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Neal Andruska, MD, PhD

Neal Andruska, MD, PhD

Neal Andruska, MD, PhD
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Medical Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine at Urbana, Champaign, IL

Internship: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine at Urbana, Champaign, IL

Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Amishi Bajaj, MD

Amishi Bajaj, MD

Amishi Bajaj, MD
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Medical Degree: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL

Internship: AMITA Health/St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, IL

Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Vinai Gondi, MD

Proton Center

Vinai Gondi, MD
West Region Radiation Oncology
Service Line Leader
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Medical Degree: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY

Internship: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY

Residency: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Nasiruddin Mohammed, MD, MBA

Proton Center

Nasiruddin Mohammed, MD, MBA
Medical Director, Warrenville Cancer Center
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Medical Degree: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL

Internship & Residency: William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Eric Gerard Nesbit, MD

Eric Gerard Nesbit, MD
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: Whitman College

Medical Degree: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship: Providence Health & Services-Oregon/St Vincent Hospital and Medical Center

Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Arpi D. Thukral, MD, MPH

Arpi D. Thukral, MD, MPH
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Medical Degree: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Internship & Residency: University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Lorena Botello, MSN, APRN/CNP, FNP-BC

Lorena Botello, MSN, APRN/CNP, FNP-BC

Lorena Botello, MSN, APRN/CNP, FNP-BC
Advanced Practice Provider
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: Aurora University School of Nursing, Aurora, IL

Master's Degree: Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner

Angela Gryzbek, MSN, APRN/CNP, AOCNP, AGPCNP-BC

Angela Gryzbek, MSN, APRN/CNP, AOCNP, AGPCNP-BC

Angela Gryzbek, MSN, APRN/CNP, AOCNP, AGPCNP-BC
Advanced Practice Provider
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Chicago, IL

Master's Degree: Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Maywood, IL

Certification: Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kelly Schaefer, MSN, APRN/CNP, NP-C, RNFA

Kelly Schaefer, MSN, APRN/CNP, NP-C, RNFA

Kelly Schaefer, MSN, APRN/CNP, NP-C, RNFA
Advanced Practice Provider
Northwestern Medical Group

Education & Training

Undergraduate: Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Master's Degree: Chamberlain University, Downers Grove, IL

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner; Registered Nurse First Assist

The Team

The radiation oncologists, who provide clinical care at the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center, will plan the course of therapy, and conduct weekly check-ups to ensure your proton therapy treatment is on track. With specializations in brain, head and neck, breast, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, prostate and pediatric cancers, you receive a treatment plan customized to you and your cancer.

They are experienced in the delivery of:

  • 3-D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT)
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery (stereotactic radiosurgery)
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy, TomoTherapy
  • High dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy
  • Low dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy
  • Proton therapy

The physicians at the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center are among the most regarded thought leaders of their industry with experience and access to a variety of radiation oncology services. The physicians are invested in advancing the science of proton therapy.

To achieve a patient-centered model of care, we are proud to have three advanced practice providers (APPs) in our practice who support patients during their journey. Each of them has dedicated themselves to caring for our patients with cancers. These APPs demonstrate clinical expertise and expanded knowledge through patient care activities which may include diagnosis and management of a wide range of health problems within various cancers and tumors.