Principal Mark Fitzgerald led a team of Powers professionals to the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, a cancer treatment center that provides non-invasive, state-of-the-art proton therapy.

The group of more than a dozen Powers employees toured the Baltimore facility where they learned about proton therapy – a highly advanced and precise form of radiation used to treat cancer. The 110,000 square-foot building opened in February 2016 and is the first proton center in the region.

The tour featured a presentation from William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO, the Executive Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center. He outlined the benefits of proton therapy, including its ability to deliver maximum radiation at the tumor site while significantly reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Dr. Regine also discussed the history of the UMD Proton Treatment Center, which is led by renowned radiation oncologists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The university’s Department of Radiation Oncology operates and manages the facility.

The Powers members also were able to view some of the technology used during treatments, including the “pencil beam” or Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy. This technology allows physicians to “paint” the radiation dose onto the tumor, layer-by-layer.

Healthcare attorney Mark Fitzgerald represented the University’s radiation oncology faculty practice in the development of the Center, which is operated as a joint venture with a health care investment fund known as APT.  He was instrumental in the transactional and health regulatory aspects of forming the Center. Mark represents healthcare systems, particularly academic medical centers, on a broad array of healthcare regulatory and compliance matters, including compliance with the Stark and anti-kickback laws, Medicare billing and reimbursement, and self-disclosure matters.

For more information about the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, visit www.mdproton.com. For more information about Mark Fitzgerald’s healthcare practice, contact Mark at 202-872-6771 or Mark.Fitzgerald@PowersLaw.com.

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