NICHOLAS GALANOPOULOS, MD

Nicholas Galanopoulos, MD is a board certified radiation oncologist and will be practicing at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, GA. Dr. Galanopoulos was previously the radiation oncology medical director for AMITA Health’s Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. While medical director at Saint Joseph Hospital, Dr. Galanopoulos led the opening of the radiation oncology department at the Mark M. Connolly, MD Center for Cancer and Specialty Care in 2015. Later that same year he developed and implemented stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) programs at Saint Joseph Hospital which became one of a select few community hospitals in Chicago to offer this type of treatment on a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator. While he treats all types of cancers, his specific clinical interests include head and neck cancer, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, SBRT, and SRS.

Education

Dr. Galanopoulos received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his M.D. from the University of Chicago and went on to complete his internship in internal medicine at Northwestern McGaw Medical Center, Evanston Hospital, in Evanston, IL. He completed his radiation oncology residency training at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Awards

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Galanopoulos was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. During medical school he received the 2004 Brain Research Foundation award for best clinical neuroscience project for his work on radiation-induced gene therapy in glioblastoma multiforme. Upon graduation from medical school he received the University of Chicago Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology Departmental Award. During his residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center he won the 2010 RSNA Roentgen Research Award for his work in breast cancer research. In 2011 he won a travel grant award to present his research on head and neck cancer at the International Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Thoracic and Upper Aerodigestive Malignancies in Athens, Greece.

Research

Dr. Galanopoulos has co-authored many papers and abstracts in radiation oncology and has presented his research at several major scientific conferences. He has been an active participant in clinical trials and opened the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) clinical trial program at Saint Joseph Hospital shortly after becoming medical director. He has also published a book chapter on head and neck cancer which remains one of his main areas of clinical interest. He currently serves on the American Radium Society AUC Expert Panel on Bone and Spine Metastases.

Additional Biography

In his free time Dr. Galanopoulos enjoys spending time with his wife, Despina and their two dogs Achilles and Duke. He is a big sports fan and follows hockey, baseball, and football. His hobbies include trap shooting, working on cars, and reading books on history. He is fluent in Greek and enjoys traveling back to Greece in the summer time to visit family.

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