November 26, 2015


Dr. Quackenbush

Dr. Quackenbush

Dr. Quackenbush is a native of Naperville, IL - a suburb west of Chicago, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  He then attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Following internship at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, he completed his residency in Radiation Oncology in San Francisco at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Upon completion of residency, Dr. Quackenbush returned to the Chicago area and joined the staff at Northern Indiana Oncology Center in February of 2002.  Dr. Quackenbush is a board-certified radiation oncologist with privileges at Porter Hospital in Valparaiso/Portage, St. Mary’s Hospital in Hobart, and Starke Memorial Hospital in Knox, IN.   He has particular interest and training in both Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Prostate Brachytherapy.

Dr. Sarma

Dr. Koppolu P Sarma

In 1972, Dr. Koppolu P Sarma (Medical Director) began by obtaining a medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. At the age of 26, he migrated to the United States of America.   After completion of his internship at New Yorks’s Beekman Downtown Hospital, he specialized in radiation oncology at Buffalo General Hospital in New York.  Dr. Sarma completed one year of fellowship at Rush Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago and then began working as a radiation oncologist for Methodist Hospitals in Merrillville and Gary, IN.  Dr. Koppolu P Sarma is currently at Northern Indiana Oncology Center with privileges at Porter Hospital  in Valparaiso, IN and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, IN.  He also provides consultation services at Porter’s Portage campus as well as Starke Memorial Hospital in Knox, IN.  Dr. Sarma also served as chairman of the board for the American Cancer Society (Lake county branch) in 1998 and is currently chairman of oncology committee at Porter Hospital.

Cancer Care Team

Radiation Oncologist - a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer patients, using radiation as the main modality. They oversee the care of each cancer patient undergoing radiation treatments. They develop and prescribe each cancer patient’s treatment plan as well as work closely with other specialty physicians to provide a comprehensive plan of treatment for each patient. Our oncologists are all certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Medical Physicist - works closely with the radiation oncologist during treatment planning and oversees the medical dosimetrist to ensure complex treatments are customized for each patient. The medical physicist also is responsible for developing and directing quality control programs and responsible for making sure equipment is functioning properly. On a regular basis, the medical physicist will perform safety tests and take precise measurements of the radiation beam output. Our physicist has a doctorate in medical physics and is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Dosimetrist -  works with the radiation oncologist and physicist to develop a number of treatment plans that have the best radiation coverage to a tumor while sparing nearby healthy tissue. The dosimetrist has knowledge of overall oncology treatment machines and equipment and also has expertise necessary to generate dose calculations and to generate radiation dose distributions. Our dosimetrist is certified by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board, certified with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and is also a member of the ASRT and AAMD

Radiation Therapist - with the use of advanced computer systems and sophisticated radiation therapy equipment, the radiation therapist administers the daily radiation treatments under doctor’s supervision and follows the prescribed radiation dose set by the radiation oncologist. They maintain a daily treatment record and also monitor the condition of the patient during the course of treatment. The therapist also checks the machine daily through a series of quality assurance checks to ensure machine is functioning properly and are responsible for the accuracy of the treatment while using their judgment to ensure quality care and patient safety. Our radiation therapists are all certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) and are all licensed to operate in Indiana. They are all members of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists(ASRT).

Patient Services  Representative - performs a variety of clerical and customer service tasks along with scheduling patients for diagnostic tests and lab work. They also assist radiation oncologist in consultation appointments and follow-up appointments as well as weekly management of treatment patients. The patient service representative is also responsible for registering all aspects of patient demographics and billing information along with monitoring and maintaining accurate medical records. Our patient service representatives comply with all federal, state, and department policies, maintain patient confidentiality and are all CPR certified.