Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Names Dr. Matthew Ballo as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology

Jul 25, 2022

Memphis, TENN., – Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis recently named radiation oncologist Dr. Matthew Ballo as Medical Director of the hospital’s radiation oncology program.

Dr. Ballo also serves as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at West Cancer Center and Research Institute.

In June 2021, West Cancer Center and Saint Francis announced a partnership that would include the area’s first ever urgent care clinic for oncology patients, to be housed at Saint Francis-Memphis, a dedicated oncology floor within the hospital and a joint commitment to providing patients with access to advanced technology.

Most recently, Dr. Ballo and physicians from Semmes-Murphey completed the area’s first GammaTile® procedure at Saint Francis. Only one other hospital in the state of Tennessee boasts the GammaTile® Technology. Designed to help prevent the reoccurrence of brain tumors, GammaTile is a collagen tile implant that delivers radiation to the area where the patient’s brain tumor was removed—with the goal of leaving healthy tissue unaffected. It is a one-time treatment intended to eliminate the need for ongoing radiation treatments.

“Having Dr. Ballo as Director of Radiation Oncology will help propel us forward in our mission of providing a broad spectrum of oncology services to the community, staffed by the area’s finest providers, and featuring leading-edge technology,” said Chris Cosby, Market Chief Executive Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis.

Dr. Ballo added “Saint Francis has a strong foundation of clinical excellence, and I am absolutely thrilled to partner with them as we build out our comprehensive inpatient and outpatient oncology program.”

Saint Francis’s radiation oncology services include Cyberknife®, a non-invasive alternative to surgery created to treat complex tumors located virtually anywhere in the body, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, a type of targeted 3-D radiation therapy aimed at reducing the damage to healthy tissue near the tumor, and a host of other therapies. For more information about the hospital’s radiation oncology services, please click here.

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