Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, announced today that one of their radiation therapy centers, Reno CyberKnife, has named Hilari L. Fleming, M.D., Ph.D. as the new director of the center’s brain clinic.
Dr. Fleming is a neurosurgeon that specializes in pituitary tumors, brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, and deep brain stimulation and is board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Fleming received her medical doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her doctorate degree in genetics from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science in genetics at the University of California. She completed both her internship in surgery and her residency in neurosurgery at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident.
In addition to Dr. Fleming’s education and training, she is a member of several organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Joint Section on Tumors, AANS and CNS, the Joint Section on Trauma, the Nevada State Medical Association, and the Washoe County Medical Society. She has been awarded numerous honors and has authored multiple publications.
Prior to joining the team physician team at Reno CyberKnife, Dr. Fleming was part of the Sierra Neurosurgery Group in Reno, Nevada for over 25 years. It was through SNG that Dr. Fleming first became involved with Reno CyberKnife, referring patients with intracranial tumors to the brain clinic to see if they were candidates for nonsurgical treatment with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. CyberKnife painlessly delivers precise beams of high-dose radiation to brain tumors and lesions, without incisions, hospitalization, or long recovery time. It is a noninvasive alternative to brain cancer surgery and can be used for brain tumors that are considered inoperable because of their location in the head, for those patients who cannot undergo brain cancer surgery due to their poor medical condition, or who refuse surgery.
The brain clinic at Reno CyberKnife was created to give patients greater access to multiple disciplines and help simplify and expedite the treatment decision and process. Radiation oncologists partner with neurosurgeons and other specialists to provide brain tumor patients with a comprehensive range of treatment options by participating in weekly brain clinic to evaluate each patient’s diagnostic images and medical history and provide guidance on the best course of treatment for their individual diagnosis. Patients also have an opportunity to discuss all treatment options during this time.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Fleming join our multidisciplinary team as the director of our brain clinic,” said Lacie Bourland, MBA, Site Administrator for Reno CyberKnife. “Not only does Dr. Fleming bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in diagnosing and treating various types of brain tumors, she is one of just three neurosurgeons in Northern Nevada trained to treat brain tumors with the Cyberknife System.”
Photo caption: Hilari L. Fleming, M.D., Ph.D.