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Lawrence B. Marks, MD, has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

He will serve as Vice Chairman of the Clinical Affairs and Quality Council. This Council promotes patient care through practice guidelines, clinical expertise and a focus on quality and safety.

Dr. Marks is the Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology in the UNC School of Medicine.

Regarded as one of the country’s top breast cancer specialists, Marks’ clinical and research interests include three-dimensional and conformal radiation treatment planning, breast cancer and lung cancer.

He was the physician leader of a national team of experts who reviewed available studies and established new guidelines for the safe treatment of cancer with radiation therapy, and served as co-editor of the report that appeared in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Marks earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union School of Engineering. He earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed his residency training in radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He came to UNC in 2008 from Duke where he had served on the faculty since 1989.

ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy.