MBPCC at TGMC Announces New Clinical Research Director and Chief of Physics


State-of-the-art Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC has named Cyndi Knox, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN, CCRC, director of clinical research and Jonas Fontenot, Ph.D., chief of physics.

In this role, Knox is charged with setting the overall direction and development of the Cancer Center’s clinical research program. This
 includes the design and implementation of a portfolio containing clinical research projects to help cancer patients and physicians more easily and effectively access leading-edge clinical trials. Knox will also take a leadership role in the National Cancer Institute Gulf South-Minority Based Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), an initiative to help provide moreGulf South residents with advanced cancer treatments.

“The goal of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC has always been to provide the very best in cancer treatment and demonstrate Terrebonne General Medical Center’s (TGMC) commitment to creating a healthier community,” stated Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO at TGMC. “Expanding access to advanced clinical trials for residents in the area is another way we are leading the region in the very best in advanced, state-of-the-art cancer care available right here in our community.”

Additionally, Jonas Fontenot, Ph.D., has been named chief of physics, providing oversight of the medical physics program at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC. In this role, Dr. Fontenot is responsible for the overall management and oversight of the Cancer Center’s physics and dosimetry teams, in support of research,clinical and educational activities.

Medical physicists are a vital component ofthe cancer treatment team, collaborating with radiation oncologists to design treatment plans and monitor equipment and procedures to ensure patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct location. Their assistance toother healthcare professionals is crucial in optimizing the balance between thebeneficial and harmful effects of radiation and assuring compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.


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