Maria Rybak, MS is a staff physicist at the Cleveland Clinic and is located at Hillcrest Hospital. She earned a Master’s of Science Degree in medical physics from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Rybak’s specialty interests include Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiotherapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is comprised of several other team members that directly or indirectly assist our patients throughout his or her cancer treatment.
Radiation Oncology coordinators are administrative support representatives who assist in maintaining a variety of clinical programs, events and activities in the department of Radiation Oncology. Along with establishing schedules for events the coordinator represents programs effectively and professionally. The coordinators work collaboratively with both internal and external clientele.
The dosimetrist has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist. The dosimetrist designs a treatment plan by means of a computer to deliver a prescribed radiation dose. When designing a plan, the dosimetrist takes into consideration the dose-limiting normal structures, such as the lens of the eye, the spinal cord, or the heart.
Medical Secretaries perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties to support the physician staff in Radiation Oncology. These duties include: answering phone calls, handling and preparing correspondence, and keeping accurate and up-to-date schedules for the physicians. They must be well organized in order to maximize the efficiency of their physician's time.
Delivering compassionate care to patients and their families is the primary focus of the nurses in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cleveland Clinic.
We strive to provide excellent nursing care to:
- Maximize health
- Enhance quality of life
- Relieve suffering
- Provide education and support to patients and their families.
Promoting an environment that respects diversity, enhances quality of life and preserves human dignity, radiation oncology nurses collaborate with other professionals involved in patient care, including doctors, nurse practitioners, dieticians and social workers.
Patient Service Representatives
Patient Service Representatives provide our Radiation Oncology patients with excellent customer support. This group of trained individuals work with the patients to schedule a variety of complex appointments over the duration of their treatment. Additionally, they check patients in for treatments, offer support and provide information concerning financial clearance. Dedicated to patient satisfaction, our Patient Service Representatives strive for excellence to meet the needs of our diverse patient population.
The radiation therapist is an integral part of the cancer treatment team. The therapist administers and records targeted doses of prescribed radiation. The radiation therapists are compassionate professionals educated in physics, radiation safety, human anatomy and patient care.
The Radiation Oncology research team has the responsibility of oversight of numerous clinical research trials. These trials include therapeutic, retrospective, chart review, and database studies. The research team is comprised of a biostatistician, a data coordinator, regulatory coordinators, a research nurse, and a research supervisor. Our current Radiation Oncology clinical research trials are available online.
Special Procedure Group
The special procedures team consists of Radiation Therapists that have advanced training in the delivery of internal radiation therapy. Procedures include: intracavitary implants, interstitial implants, ocular implants, hyperthermia, and brachytherapy for treatment of the prostate.
Our Van Drivers play an integral role in patient care. The drivers provide transportation for those patients that would not be able to get the treatment they need due to lack of transportation. The drivers promote a positive Cleveland Clinic experience by being courteous, safe, service minded and helpful. They cover a 30 mile radius between the patient’s residence and main campus. They provide assistance as well as a friendly ear when necessary!