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Physicist Helevécio C. Mota, PH.D., D.A.B.R. joins Center for Cancer

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RENO, Nev. – Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 – Saint Mary's Center for Cancer has announced the addition of physicist Helvécio C. Mota, Ph.D., D.A.B.R. Board-certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Mota graduated from the Institute of Biophysics at UFRJ Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and completed his post doctorate studies in radiation therapy physics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute at Buffalo, NY. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Dr. Mota was the chief medical physicist at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Carolinas Medical Center in Concord, NC. As chief physicist, he provided physics leadership and support for treatment of patients, including clinical trials.

Previously, Dr. Mota was a leading member of the stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) team at the Pitt County Memorial Hospital at Greenville, NC and held the appointment of associate director of physics of Gamma Knife, a radiosurgical treatment for those diagnosed with brain disorders or metastases. As associate Professor at East Carolina University, he was the lead physicist that implemented CyberKnife, a non-invasive radiosurgery program for cranial and extra-cranial lesions. Throughout his career, he has supervised students for Master's and Ph.D. degrees, authored and co-authored 16 books and monographs and over 50 scholarly articles in major publications in the field of radiation dosimetry, medical physics, and radiation oncology physics. Furthermore, Dr. Mota has lectured at more than 50 invited talks around the world.

At Saint Mary's Center for Cancer, Dr. Mota works with our multidisciplinary team of specialized physicians, physicists, nurses and therapists planning SRS and SBRT with CyberKnife systems and ensures that radiosurgery patients are treated safely and effectively. He also implements comprehensive quality control procedures resulting in superior care and safety of all Center for Cancer patients.

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Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit