Radiation oncologist to provide care at Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center


October 9, 2002


WORCESTER, Mass.—Sidney P. Kadish, MD, has been named the Director of Radiation Oncology at the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center, a collaboration between UMass Memorial Health Care and HealthAlliance. Dr. Kadish, recruited from the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Mass., is also a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


“As an experienced radiation oncologist and leader in his field, Sid Kadish offers a great deal of expertise and depth to our medical staff,” said Ahmad Samer Al-Homsi, MD, medical director of the cancer center.  “His extraordinary professional manners will add warmth to a place where compassion, kindness, and patients’ respect are an acknowledged tradition.”


Kadish received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1963 and his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1967. He served a surgical internship at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco before completing a residency in radiology and radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. A Major in the U.S. Army from 1972-1974, Kadish was chief of radiation therapy services at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. He became an assistant radiotherapist at Rhode Island Hospital and in 1975 joined St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester as the director of the department of radiation oncology. He became the medical director of that hospital’s cancer center in 1997 and joined the Lahey Clinic two years ago.


Kadish is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and is currently chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Radiation Protection. He also is the treasurer of the Massachusetts Society for Clinical Oncologists and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Professional Liability, and served as president of the Worcester District Medical Society. Kadish belongs to several boards and is a reviewer and editor for numerous professional medical publications.


The $10.8 million Simonds-Sinon Cancer Center was established to provide community-based, coordinated care programs for adults with various types of cancer and blood disorders. Named for donor Margaret S. Sinon, the 22,000 square-foot facility was constructed on the Burbank Campus of HealthAlliance in Fitchburg using funding from federal grants and the HealthAlliance Guild and community donations. It opened to patients in early 2002.


Designed with input from a panel of cancer survivors and their family members, the Cancer Center includes a radiation therapy department with a new linear accelerator and is staffed by medical oncologists, hematologists and radiation oncologists from both HealthAlliance and UMass Memorial. This multidisciplinary approach provides patients with highly specialized cancer care that follows an individualized plan to meet the diverse and changing needs of each patient and his or her family.


UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.  UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $134 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.



Alison Duffy, UMass Memorial, 508-856-2000

Mary Lourdes Burke, HealthAlliance, 978-466-2214