Gamma Knife of Spokane

The Gamma Knife Team

From the HeartFrom The Heart

To all of you at Gamma Knife.  Very much obliged!  And I hope I never have to see any of you again (at least in the Gamma Knife Setting.)

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Tentorial Meningioma

We realize that a good physician doesn't refer a patient to a program but rather to another physician or team. We are quite proud of the unique team of physicians and care givers we provide at GK Spokane. From the moment you or your patient calls in, we will ensure that your needs are met in a timely and proficient manner.

Although this isn't 'Patch Adams, MD', we try to keep an upbeat and positive environment for the patient while providing a very precise treatment for a very serious condition. We believe in patient family inclusion in the day of treatment - families are encouraged to sit with the patient and accompany the patient everywhere up until the doors of the gamma knife open up. It is this inclusion along with the gracious spirit of service we provide that most touches the patients and their families.

Gamma Knife Team

John Demakas, MD

John J. Demakas, M.D.

Specialty: Neurosurgery
Primary Location: Spokane Regional Neuroscience Center
801 W. 5th Ave #525
Spokane, WA 99204

Dr. Demakas is a board certified Neurosurgeon, completing his residency in neurological surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute in 1981. Prior to that, he received his B.S. degree from Gonzaga University and his M.D. from Creighton University. Before returning to Spokane in 1984, he was a staff neurosurgeon at the US Navy Regional Medical Center and an associate clinical professor in the department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.

He and Dr. Roger Good started the first radiosurgery/therapy unit in Spokane in 1996, at the Deaconess Medical Center, prior to obtaining the more precise Gamma Knife.

Alex MacKay, MD

Alexander R. MacKay, M.D.

Specialty:Neurological Surgery
Primary Location: St. Lukes Medical Bldg
715 South Cowley
Spokane, WA 99202
509- 624-5351

Dr. MacKay graduated from Princeton University Summa cum Laude in 1971 after doing research in neurophysiology at Princeton and Woods Hole MBL. He received his medical degree in 1975 from Harvard Medical School. He then completed an internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, where he did research on stereotactic interstitial radiation for malignant brain tumors. After moving to Spokane in 1981, he continued to do radiation implants for selected malignant gliomas until less invasive technologies developed. Dr. MacKay is board certified in neurological surgery.

Neil Giddings, MD

Neil A. Giddings, M.D.

Primary Location: Spokane Ear Nose and Throat Clinic
217 West Cataldo Street
Spokane, WA 99201

Dr. Giddings is a board certified neurotologist since 1988. His training included the Medical College of Ohio in 1982, General Surgery internship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1983, General Surgery and Otolaryngology residencies at Geisinger Medical Center in 1988. His neurotology fellowship was done at House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles between 1989 and 1990. In 1993 Dr. Giddings joined Spokane Ear Nose and Throat Clinic. Dr. Giddings has co-authored and presented over 20 papers and has particular expertise in surgical and non-surgical approaches for hearing preservation with acoustic neuromas.

Robert Fairbanks, MD

Robert K. Fairbanks, M.D.

Specialty: Radiation Oncology
Primary Location: 601 S. Sherman
Spokane, WA 99202
Other Locations: Deaconess Health and Education Bldg.
910 West 5th Ave, Suite 102
Spokane, WA 99204

Dr. Robert Fairbanks is a board certified Radiation Oncologist who trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, finishing his residency in 1996. He completed his M.D. degree and internship at Tulane University School of Medicine where he received several fellowships, including an American Heart Association Research Fellowship and an American Diabetes Association Research Fellowship. His undergraduate studies in cell biology were completed at Arizona State University.

Dr. Fairbanks previous, to moving to Cancer Care Northwest and the Gamma Knife of Spokane, was at the Flynn Cancer Center in Everett, Washington, where he was on staff as a Radiation Oncologist. Prior to that, he was an associate professor with Texas A&M School of Medicine.

Wayne Lamoreaux, MD

Wayne T. Lamoreaux, M.D.

Specialty: Radiation Oncology
Location: Deaconess Health and Education Bldg.
910 West 5th Ave, Suite 102
Spokane, WA  99204

Dr. Lamoreaux has extensive training in the latest cutting-edge technology aimed at improving patient outcomes while reducing the toxicity of radiotherapy. He has a special interest in Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), gamma knife radiosurgery for brain tumors, brachytherapy for prostate, breast and gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Lamoreaux received his B.A. degree from Utah State University in Logan, UT and then obtained his M.D. degree in 2000 from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In 2001, he finished a Transitional Internship at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane.

Dr. Lamoreaux completed his four-year residency at Washington University in St. Louis at the Mallinckrodt Institute, Department of Radiation Oncology, a premier academic institution and a leader in IMRT, image-guided and stereotactic radiotherapy, and brachytherapy. While at Mallinckrodt, he served as Chief Resident. Throughout his career, Dr. Lamoreaux has co-authored scientific articles and has presented his research at many national and international oncology meetings. In 2004, he received the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award.

Christopher Lee, M.D.

Christopher Lee, M.D.

Specialty: Radiation Oncology
Location: Deaconess Health & Educational Bldg.
910 West 5th Ave., Suite 102
Spokane Wa 99202

Christopher M. Lee, M.D., Radiation Oncologist, joined Cancer Care Northwest in July of 2006. Dr. Lee has advanced experience with state-of­the-art radiotherapy treatment techniques including 3-dimensional conformal (3D-CRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy (both HDR and LDR), as well as intracranial and extracranial stereotactic radiosurgery.

Dr. Lee graduated cum laude in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University in 1997 which included a summer research fellowship at Harvard University and Brigham and Womenıs Hospital. He subsequently attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. with Distinction in Research degree in 2001. He has completed 4 additional years of specialty training in Radiation Oncology at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and University of Utah Medical Center during which he was given multiple national awards including the Beckstrand National Cancer Fighter of the Year Resident Scholarship and RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Scholarship. Dr. Lee has actively pursued both basic science and clinical research throughout his career and has authored multiple scientific articles and given presentations on radiotherapy technique and the use of radiotherapy in the care of patients with gynecologic, head and neck, breast, and prostate malignancies.

Barton Cooke

Barton 'Bo' Cooke

Specialty: Managing Partner

Bo is the operations director for Gamma Knife Spokane. Responsible for all business aspects of the center, he manages financial, legal, operational structure, compliance, physician/hospital/patient relations, teleradiation, insurance compliance and most importantly, brings baked goods on treatment days. His education in natural sciences/pre-med and stints in teaching and health care product sales and marketing for Procter and Gamble have given him the background required for the position. Bo also served as research liaison between universities and P&G, was a member of a mergers and acquisition team with Rubbermaid and Newell Companies and was a founder of a software company that focused on media delivery systems.

The content of this web site is for informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider. If you have a medical problem or a health-related question, consult your physician or call our center at 509.473.3800 for an appointment with one of our neurosurgeons.
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