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Matthew Palmer

President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Palmer is a Healthcare Executive with 19 years of experience developing and implementing innovative and value-based solutions in Radiation Oncology with nine years in the proton therapy field. Mr. Palmer served as the Chief Operating Officer of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center – Houston, Ltd. LLP. He was instrumental in the planning, design and financing of the first major expansion of an existing proton therapy center. The exit of the managing partnership was executed due to the operational and financial success of the Center under his leadership. Prior to that, Mr. Palmer was responsible for the Center’s strategic plan, finances, day-to-day clinical operations and business development as the Director of Proton Therapy Development. Prior to his administrative career he held the position as Medical Dosimetry Supervisor for the proton medical dosimetry team for four years. The combination of his clinical and executive administrative experience gives him a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of a proton therapy center.

Mr. Palmer has been extensively involved with proton therapy health policy initiatives over the past five years and developed a novel proton therapy coverage pilot with a large employer that demonstrated a lower total cost of care for proton therapy compared to traditional radiation techniques.

He is considered an expert in the proton therapy field with 34 peer reviewed publications, two book chapters, 21 peer reviewed posters and numerous national presentations on proton therapy. He has recently served on the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Proton Therapy and is on the Advisory Board for the Alliance for Proton Therapy Access. In addition, he has 14 years of clinical operations experience in all three major specialties of Radiation Oncology.

Mr. Palmer has extensive experience with developing software solutions.  He has a patent for developing an automatic, optimal radiation treatment planning system and has developed numerous other software that were used to help improve clinical efficiency.  Mr. Palmer completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and his MBA from the University of Houston.

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