Dr. Michael Porrazzo, a board-certified radiation oncologist with three decades’ experience in his specialty’s various treatment modalities, has joined the team of cancer specialists at Beaufort Memorial New River Cancer Center in Okatie.
Porrazzo uses external-beam radiotherapy, also known as radiation therapy, to treat various cancers, including prostate, breast, lung, skin, and head and neck.
The New York City native comes to the Lowcountry from Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he has served as the medical director of the Regional Cancer Center at Montross since 2018.
Previously he held the same position at VCU Massey Cancer Center at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, where he achieved accreditation by the American College of Radiology. Earlier in his career, he was an active pioneer in the use of such novel modalities as radioactive seed implantation, cardiovascular radiation, and stereotactic radiation at Washington Hospital Center’s Washington Cancer Institute in the District of Columbia.
He has been an assistant professor at New York Medical College in Valhalla, Georgetown University in Washington, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Passionate about patient-centered care, the radiation oncology team he led at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center received the 2017 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for outstanding patient satisfaction.
Porrazzo earned a Bachelor of Arts in ancient studies from Columbia University in New York City and a Doctor of Medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville before completing a residency in radiation oncology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, now known as SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Porrazzo join our growing team of cancer experts,” said Russell Baxley, president and CEO of Beaufort Memorial. “His broad-based experience in radiation oncology, coupled with our cancer center’s leading-edge technology, will benefit our patients in Southern Beaufort County and beyond.”
In affiliation with MUSC Health and Alliance Oncology, the Beaufort Memorial New River Cancer Center brings all the hospital’s cancer services closer to home for patients who live south of the Broad River. Equipped with the state-of-the-art Varian Halcyon Linear Accelerator radiotherapy system, the cancer center is focused on providing local access to various services, including medical and radiation oncology as well as lab, imaging, chemotherapy/infusion, surgery and breast health services.
Through its collaboration with the National Cancer Institute-designated cancer program at MUSC, patients have access to subspecialists experienced in treating rare or complex cancers and are able to participate in clinical trials of promising new cancer drugs and treatments.
The New River Cancer Center is located in the Beaufort Memorial Okatie Medical Pavilion at 122 Okatie Center Blvd. North, Suite 130, in Okatie. To make an appointment with Dr. Porrazzo, call 843-273-7980. For more information about cancer care at Beaufort Memorial, visit Beaufort Memorial.org/cancer.