Dr. Minesh Mehta handles patients with mesothelioma and lung cancer as part of its multidisciplinary approach to treatment, elevated by the recent addition of proton therapy.
Mehta joined the Miami Cancer Institute in 2016 after serving as medical director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center in Baltimore, which he helped launch. He played a key role in the mesothelioma specialty program there.
He brought to Miami the expertise that allowed the cancer institute to begin using proton therapy, but also his reputation for relating so well to patients at every level.
“The most successful oncologists are not only the ones that are the most brilliant, but the ones who are most brilliant, and bring a bucketful of empathy with them,” he said. “Without empathy, there is no way to relate to the patients. And if you can’t relate to the patient, you cannot understand what the patient is going through. And if you don’t understand what the patient is going through, it’s very hard to meet their needs and requirements.”
Stints in Illinois and Wisconsin
Before serving in Maryland, Mehta worked at Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, where he held major research, academic and administrative positions.
Mehta graduated from the University of Zambia School of Medicine in southern Africa and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin.
After his appointment there, he led research studies and technology development at the UW Health, where he took a leadership role in the brain tumor program.
He led clinical trial research within national co-operative groups such as the North American Brain Tumor Consortium, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. His research received grants from the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
At the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, he was co-director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program.
He is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology and in neuro-oncology by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
Leads Renowned Proton Therapy Program
In Miami, Mehta oversees one of the most comprehensive radiation oncology programs in America.
With pencil-beam scanning technology, he can maximize precision and accuracy, delivering radiation to cancerous tumors while minimizing the exposure to healthy tissues and organs.
The advanced technology minimizes short- and long-term side effects, allowing for more curative and less palliative treatment regimens, an important aspect in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma.