Wellmont Cancer Institute breaks cancer care records

The Wellmont Cancer Institute's delivery of superior oncology care, which has given strength and hope to patients throughout the region for years, has been recognized as a The worldwide leader in radiation oncology.

John Fincher, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at Bristol Regional Medical Center, was recently honored for treating the most lung cases in the world in 2013 with the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System.

The recognition highlights Dr. Fincher’s and the hospital's pioneering spirit for cancer care, as Bristol Regional was one of only 16 hospitals in the country to have CyberKnife when it was installed at the hospital in 2004. It also emphasizes the prevalence of lung cancer in the region and the confidence people in the region have with Dr. Fincher's care.

Dr. Fincher also helped establish national treatment protocols for stereotactic radiosurgery because of his experience as one of the first physicians to utilize CyberKnife.

"Throughout his career, Dr. Fincher has been a solid member of our medical staff and taken our oncology program to impressive heights," said Bart Hove, Wellmont's president and CEO. "We have been fortunate to have him with us for so long and know that with his leadership, we will continue to make our mark locally and nationally as we embark on the next chapter with TrueBeam."