Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute announces new leadership


INDIANAPOLIS -- (Sept. 9, 2008) –The Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) in Bloomington is joining forces with the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology and the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, according to an announcement from the MPRI board, Clarian Health, and IUSM.

The MPRI board of directors appointed Dr. Peter Johnstone, chair and William A. Mitchell Professor, IUSM Department of Radiation Oncology, president and chief executive officer of MPRI. Richard Helsper, vice president of operations for Clarian Health, was named chief operating officer. Both will retain their current positions, while working with the MPRI board, physicians, and staff to facilitate the transition.

"We are very excited about the synergies and potential of this integration," Daniel F. Evans Jr., MPRI chairman of the board and Clarian CEO, said. "The board believes this change provides all parties an opportunity to deliver more effectively and efficiently a broad range of cancer therapies and treatment to our patients from around the state and the world."

IU President Michael McRobbie said, "This approach will, among other things, rationalize the broader spectrum of cancer treatment at the IU Simon Cancer Center and provide a longer term, more secure platform from which MPRI can enhance clinical operations for the benefit of our patients and their families."

Since 2004, MPRI's clinic has offered a highly precise means of treating both benign and cancerous tumors in adults and children, while protecting healthy tissues and normal structures. Proton therapy is particularly successful in treating brain, head, neck, spine and prostate tumors, and it is often an option for patients with recurrent tumors.

The MPRI clinic, which is constructed within the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility, will remain in Bloomington. Dr. Allan Thornton serves as medical director of the clinic. MPRI is one of five proton centers in the United States and the only one located in the Midwest.