IU Simon Cancer Center physician/researcher heads American Radium Society


INDIANAPOLIS -- (June 28, 2010) -- A physician/researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center has been named president of the American Radium Society (ARS).


Peter A.S. Johnstone, M.D., F.A.C.R., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and William A. Mitchell Professor of Radiation Oncology at the IU School of Medicine, heads ARS through May 2011. He was president-elect from May 2009 to May 2010.


The ARS, founded in 1916, is the oldest society devoted to the study and treatment of cancer. As a multidisciplinary organization, members include radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and medical oncologists.


As chair of IU’s radiation oncology department, Dr. Johnstone leads Indiana’s only academic radiation oncology practice. That practice includes the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) and the IU Cyclotron Operations, both in Bloomington, Ind.


Dr. Johnstone previously was a professor of radiation oncology and hematology/oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at the Winship Cancer Institute. He served in the United States Navy from 1975 to 2003.


Dr. Johnstone is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and a master's degree in communications from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He completed a residency in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute, and he also has received specialized training in medical acupuncture at UCLA.