by Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | March 22, 2019
From the March 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
HCB News: Proton therapy pioneer James Slater died on December 26. Can you comment on what kind of legacy he’s left?
Dr. James M. Slater was truly a pioneer in the field of proton therapy. The NAPT honored him in 2017 with the NAPT Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the field of proton therapy. His vision to demonstrate the clinical benefits of proton therapy through research and to develop the first hospital-based proton therapy center were pivotal to expanding access for cancer patients across the nation and the world.
His legacy lives on today in the many clinicians that he worked with, trained, and mentored over the years and who continue to carry on his vision through continued research and growth of access to proton therapy. Upon the news of his passing, a physician who trained underneath Dr. Slater shared that he was his inspiration to continue the work he began in the field of proton therapy.
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We posted a tribute to Dr. Slater on our Facebook page and several former patients honored Dr. Slater for his vision and dedication. One former patient stated “Thank you sir, I’m here because of what you did.”
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