Charles B. Simone, II, MD

New York Proton Center, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Charles B. Simone, II is the Chief Medical Officer of the New York Proton Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in the use of proton therapy to treat thoracic malignancies and for reirradiation, and in the development of clinical trial strategies and innovative research in thoracic radiation oncology and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He is a National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Defense funded investigator who performs clinical and translational research investigating the benefits of proton therapy as part of multi-modality therapy for thoracic malignancies.

Prior to coming to NYPC, Dr. Simone was Chief of the Thoracic Oncology Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Program. He was then appointment the Medical Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, and at University of Maryland he also served as Chair of the Clinical Research Committee for their Comprehensive Cancer Center, the proton therapy Fellowship Director, and the Director of the Stereotactic Radiation Therapy Program. He completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internship in internal medicine and then residency training in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, where he served as chief resident.

He has published >280 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters and given >185 scientific lectures to national and international audiences. He is the Chair of the Proton Collaborative Group (PCG) Executive Committee, Chair of the PCG Lung Committee, Chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Lung Resource Panel Committee, and Chair of the American Society for Photobiology (ASP) Education Committee. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Palliative Medicine.

Zhi-hua Zhu, MD, PhD

State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Cancer Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Zhi-hua Zhu, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Cancer Center, Sun Yat-sen University. Dr. Zhu received his M.D. degree and then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in Sun Yat-sen University. Dr. Zhu has actively been engaged in the pre-clinical and clinical studies on chest tumors including lung cancer, esophageal carcinoma, and breast cancer, with special interests in the palliative treatment of tumors and the individualized treatment of lung cancers. Dr. Zhu has participated in the National 863 key Program on ‘Molecular Typing and Individualized Treatment of Lung Cancer and Esophageal Carcinoma’. Furthermore, Dr. Zhu is the responsible person for a number of research projects supported by National Natural Science Fund, Ministry of Human Resources, and many other State- and province-level institutions. He has served as a fellow or visiting scholar in the United States in 2009 and in France and Germany in 2010. Dr. Zhu has published articles in Journal of Clinical Oncology (Zhu ZH, et al. Three immunomarker support vector machines-based prognostic classifiers for stage IB non-small-cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2009;27:1091-9.), Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Medical Oncology, and many other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Zhu is a member of the editorial committee of Journal of Thoracic Disease and an expert evaluator for Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China. He won the ‘Ding Ying Science and Technology Award’ issued by the Province of Guangdong in 2010.

Honorary Editor-in-Chief

Howard S. Smith, MD, FACP

Dr. Smith was the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine and the Academic Director of Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He was board certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, and Anesthesiology, as well as having certification in Pain Management by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Additional certifications were in Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Board of Anesthesiology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine/American Society of Addiction Medicine. As a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Smith served as Director of Pain Medicine at Presbyterian University Hospital. Dr. Smith also served as faculty at the Harvard Medical School and was Director of Cancer Pain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Smith had also served as the Director of Pain Management and Director of Pain Fellowship at Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Smith received the Leonard Bushnell Pain Award for Teaching Excellence in Pain Management Fellowship in 2001 from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School. An expert reviewer for a number of publications including the journal Pain and Journal of Pain, he was also the Editor-in-Chief of Pain Physician and the Journal of Pain Research and was on the editorial board of the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Smith had authored numerous articles, books, and book chapters, as well as having lectured frequently at national and international professional society meetings. He was a member of multiple committees of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American Pain Society. In addition, he had contributed questions and served as an initial committee member of the joint Pain Management Examination Committee of the American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation, and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.