BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins today announced that Kate Castle, M.D., radiation oncologist, has been appointed medical director of the Cancer Center’s expanding radiation oncology program.
In her new role as medical director, Castle will help to lead and oversee the Cancer Center’s radiation oncology program and technology portfolio, development of clinical strategies and best practices to advance the delivery of leading-edge radiation therapies, as well as spearhead new initiatives that empower physicians to thrive in a value-based care environment.
“Dr. Castle has been a key part of our award-winning, accredited radiation oncology team since joining the Cancer Center in 2014,” said Jonas Fontenot, PhD, MBA, president and chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins Center. “Her expertise and years of patient-centered care will serve her well in this key role, collaborating with our teams across the region. The dedication she puts into her work is deeply-rooted in making sure every patient receives the highest quality care and experiences the best outcome possible.”
Before joining the Cancer Center, Dr. Castle earned her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey and completed her internship at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey. She completed her radiation oncology residency at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
As medical director of radiation oncology, Castle takes over for Charles Wood, M.D., radiation oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, who held the position for more than a decade. As medical director, Wood oversaw the expansion of Mary Bird Perkins’ radiation oncology program across southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. During that time, the Cancer Center procured breakthrough radiation treatment resources, innovative technologies and top professionals from across the country.
Castle, a member of Southeast Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group (SLROG), will continue treating patients at the Woman’s Cancer Pavilion in Baton Rouge. SLROG has been the exclusive radiation oncology provider for Mary Bird Perkins since 1985.
“I’m looking forward to further advancing Mary Bird Perkins’ radiation oncology program and continue building on its unrivaled presence across the Gulf South,” said Castle. “As more and more patients look to us for cancer care, it is critical that we maintain a consistent approach, while offering a tailored treatment experience. We have assembled a radiation team with years of experience and training from some of the most renowned cancer institutes in the country. It’s why patients have trusted our care for generations.”
To learn more about the radiation oncology offerings provided at specific Cancer Center locations, visit marybird.org/services/medical-services/.
About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at 10 centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Opelousas, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit www.marybird.org.