Radiation Oncology Team
The Phillips Cancer Pavilion at the Hayworth Cancer Center has been providing comprehensive radiation therapy services since 1987. Our partnership with the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology allows us to offer state-of-the-art treatment procedures in a patient-friendly, home-town environment. Our physicians and physicists are members of the UNC medical staff and they work closely with our patients’ medical oncologists and surgeons.
Our department is staffed by certified oncology nurses, radiation therapists and dosimetrists who are committed to providing safe, effective and compassionate care. A multidisciplinary support team ensures that patients’ emotional, social, and financial needs are addressed.
We are guided by UNC’s strong tradition of innovation in the field of radiation oncology and have immediate access to leading sub-specialists for consultation. Our patients benefit from access to national and UNC groundbreaking clinical research trials.
Meet Our Radiation Oncology Team
Mohit Kasibhatla, MD
Dr. Kasibhatla graduated from Duke University Medical School. He completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and a residency in radiation oncology at Duke University Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kasibhatla served as Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology Section, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and was on staff in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University Medical Center. Before moving to High Point, Dr. Kasibhatla practiced at Roger Williams Hospital and was Director of Radiosurgery for 21st Century Oncology in Providence, Rhode Island. He is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. His areas of special interest are
head and neck, genito-urinary, lung and gynecologic malignancies. He has considerable expertise in the use of radiosurgery to treat early stage lung cancer and brain tumors. Dr. Kasibhatla is an Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology.
Heather Pacholke, MD
Dr. Pacholke earned her medical degree from the Indian University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. Her residency in radiation oncology was completed at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida where she was Chief Resident. She is an Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Pacholke served as Medical Director of the Hope Cancer Care Center in Longmont, Colorado. Most recently, she worked at the Levine Cancer Institute–Albemarle where she was the medical director of the Roy M. Hinson Cancer Center. She is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology.
Curtis Whiddon, PhD
Dr. Whiddon earned his PhD in nuclear physics from Indiana University. He completed a medical physics residency program at the University of Chicago and then joined Duke University where he later served as the Director of Clinical Physics. Most recently, he served as the Chief Physicist at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Dr. Whiddon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UNC. He is board certified in Radiation Oncology by the American Board of Medical Physics. His areas of interest include developing and implementing new technology into clinical use and developing new tools and processes to maximize safety.
Geoff Nichols, MS
Mr. Nichols received a Master's degree in Medical Physics at Louisiana State University. He completed a residency in Medical Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now a Clinical Instructor in the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology. Mr. Nichols is board-eligible for certification in Therapeutic Medical Physics by the American Board of Radiology.
Our department is located on the first floor of the Hayworth Cancer Center where we offer the following services:
- CT guided treatment planning: utilizing the Siemens wide-bore CT scanner located in the radiation therapy suite.
- External Beam Radiation Therapy: using two state-of-the-art linear accelerators.
- Intensity-Modulated and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IMRT and IGRT): allows radiation doses to be delivered to the tumor more accurately and thus minimize risks to the adjacent normal tissues.
- Radiosurgery (SBRT): allows physicians to irradiate tumors in the lung, liver, spine or brain with unprecedented precision. Because it is a non-invasive procedure, radiosurgery can be used for some tumors that can not be removed by traditional surgery.
- HDR and LDR Brachytherapy: technique where radioactive capsules, wires or seeds are implanted temporarily in and around a patient's tumor. Brachytherapy is commonly used for certain gynecological and prostate cancers.