Dr. Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Florida. He trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center after earning his medical degree at Yale University.
Dr. Brooks specializes in breast, lung and lymphoma cancers and is passionate about providing the best care for his patients and their families. He has been formally recognized twice by his colleagues for excellence in patient care.
In addition to his primary focus of providing cutting-edge cancer treatment through his expertise and commitment to his patients, Dr. Brooks has also published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, including in the Nature, JAMA, and JCO family journals. He has been a speaker at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings and has published society-endorsed guidelines on how to treat patients when their tumors reoccur.
Dr. Brooks also advocates for better patient access to care as UF’s Faculty Liaison for Operations (FLO), working to improve procedures for health insurance prior authorization and billing at the Proton Center. He also serves as the Chief Health Value Officer for the University of Florida's Department of Radiation Oncology.
“Finding ways to improve the complicated insurance authorization and billing process ultimately makes it easier for patients to get the optimal treatment for their specific disease,” he notes. “It’s very rewarding to see how working with our team to improve access has had such a positive direct effect on our patients.”
Radiation Oncology – American Board of Radiology
Residency – Radiation Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), Houston, TX
Internship – Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, NY
Medical Degree, Master of Health Science
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Science – Human Biology, Health and Society
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Brooks conducts research in the areas of breast cancer, lung cancer and lymphoma. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, many of which focus on improving treatment outcomes in the salvage setting. Dr. Brooks is also interested in research related to the insurance approval process for therapy for cancer. His research has been published in the International Journal of Particle Therapy, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.
- Improving Breast Radiotherapy Setup and Delivery Using Mixed-Reality Visualization
- Prospective Pilot Cohort Study of Tracking Circulating Tumor DNA in Women Receiving Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
- Prospective Trial of Regional Nodal Irradiation for Women with Residual Breast Disease after Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy
USC Gould School of Law Merit Scholarship Award
USC, California (2021-2022)
Jeffrey Lee Cousins Fellowship in Lung Cancer Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center (2020)
The A. Lavoy Moore Endowment Fund for Lung Cancer Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center (2017, 2019)
Resident Research Award
Gilbert Fletcher Society (2018)
Awesome Job Award, Patient Care
MD Anderson Cancer Center (2017-2018)
NIH CTSA-TL1 Fellowship
National Institutes of Health (2013)
Valedictorian, Graduation Speaker, Banner Bearer
Cornell University College of Human Ecology (2010)
Merrill Presidential Scholar
Cornell University (2010)
Alumni Association Annual Grant
Cornell College of Human Ecology (2009)
President Emeritus Frank T. and Rosa Rhodes Scholarship Award
Cornell University (2009)
Howard Epstein Scholarship
Cornell Club of Washington Scholarship (2008-2009)
Heart and Vascular Institute Young Researcher Award
Inova Fairfax Hospital (2008)
Two-time Nominee for James E. Rice Academic Writing Award
Cornell University (2007-2008)
“For me, being a good physician means treating the person, not just the disease. Of course, I am always studying cutting edge treatments and advances in oncology and proton therapy, continually improving my skills; that is essential and I enjoy it. But what I most enjoy is taking the time to learn about each person and helping them through every aspect of their care from the moment they walk through the door. I truly believe that everyone’s cancer diagnosis is unique and that means each person needs a unique treatment. I am grateful to those who entrust me to care for them every day. UFHPTI is such a special place, with the best environment, that allows me to achieve such an incredible high quality of care.”
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