About CyberKnife Center of Miami
Established in December 2003, the CyberKnife Center of Miami is the first CyberKnife center to open in the Southeastern US and the 11th in the world. Our world-class physicians are specially trained in stereotactic radiosurgery and are among the most experienced and qualified worldwide.
Since opening more than a decade ago, our dedicated staff and physicians have treated more than 3,000 patients from all walks of life with all types of cancerous and non-cancerous conditions.
A freestanding outpatient center, CyberKnife Miami provides image-guided radiosurgery treatments using the CyberKnife. We treat tumors of the brain, spine, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, prostate, head and neck, as well as other conditions throughout the body where radiation treatment is indicated.
Many of our patients are treated with the CyberKnife for conditions that have been deemed inoperable or for areas that have previously received the maximum level of radiation.
As an open-staff facility, the physicians who use the CyberKnife are trained clinicians in private practice and/or affiliated with a medical center in South Florida, including 10 radiation oncologists and 19 active surgeons throughout the Miami-Dade area.
CyberKnife Miami medical and executive director Dr. James G. Schwade, an internationally recognized radiation oncologist with more than 31 years of practice in Miami, supervises our center.
CyberKnife Miami does not perform initial evaluations, but we can assist in referring you to a specialist if necessary. If you already have a radiation oncologist or surgeon, he or she can collaborate with the physician performing your CyberKnife treatment to ensure your cancer doctor is fully informed about your treatment.
To find out if CyberKnife Miami can help you or a loved one, call (800) 204-0455 today.
Meet the CyberKnife of Miami Clinical Team
Dr. James G. Schwade, MD, FACR, FACRO, FASTRO
Medical and Executive Director
Dr. Schwade is an internationally recognized radiation oncologist who has practiced for more than 31 years in Miami, Florida.
He holds the ranks of clinical professor of radiation oncology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami; clinical professor of the department of radiology at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University; and adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Florida International University. He is currently executive director and medical director of the CyberKnife Center of Miami.
A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Schwade served his internship and residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco before joining the staff of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland in 1977, initially as special assistant for radiation oncology in the Division of Cancer Treatment and in the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. He subsequently headed the division’s radiation biology section.
Dr. Schwade moved to Miami in 1981, where he served as medical director of the Regional Cancer Treatment Center at Baptist Hospital of Miami for six years. In 1987, he assumed the position of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he was also associate director for clinical research in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center from 1987 to 1994.
Dr. Schwade has had extensive experience in the formulation, review, and conduct of clinical trials at the NCI, University of Miami School of Medicine, and in private practice.
Since 1987, Dr. Schwade has been involved with stereotactic radiosurgery, having participated in the initiation of both Gamma Knife facilities in Miami and a LINAC (linear accelerator) radiosurgery program at the University of Miami. He has participated in over 1,700 Gamma Knife procedures.
As director of the CyberKnife Center of Miami, which began operations in late 2003, Dr. Schwade established the first CyberKnife location in the southeastern US, and he is certified and trained to utilize the CyberKnife. He also served as the director of the CyberKnife Center of Palm Beach, which he opened in late 2005, and as CEO of Morse, LLC, the parent organization of those clinical facilities. Dr. Schwade also founded the CyberKnife Center of Tampa Bay. He is noted as such for his expertise in the introduction of state-of-the-art technology and facilities.
In addition, Dr. Schwade has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and lectured extensively in the US and abroad. In May 2005 Dr. Schwade was bestowed the Golden Stethoscope Award by Florida Medical Business as the Physician Entrepreneur of the Year. In June 2009 he was presented the Ultimate CEO award by the South Florida Business Journal.
Board certified in therapeutic radiology (radiation oncology) by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Schwade is a member of numerous state and national professional societies. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology (FACR), a fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology (FACRO) and a fellow of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (FASTRO).
Martha L. Denault, RT (R) (T)
Chief Radiation Therapist
Martha L. Denault is nationally board certified in both radiologic technology and radiation therapy. She’s a graduate of Broward College and West Boca School of Radiologic Technology, with 15 years of clinical experience as a radiation therapist and radiographer.
Martha is our chief radiation therapist at both CyberKnife Center of Palm Beach and CyberKnife Center of Miami, treating over 1,000 patients utilizing CyberKnife technology. Prior to joining the CyberKnife Centers in 2006, her experience included roles as a radiologic technologist at West Boca Medical Center and as a radiation therapist at Boca Raton Community Hospital's Lynn Cancer Center.
Martha is responsible for Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) protocols, the Florida Cancer Data Systems Registry, and the Registry for Prostate Cancer Radiosurgery. She has attended a specialized CyberKnife technical training program from Accuray, Inc. in California. Martha also serves as a clinical instructor for the radiation therapy program at Broward College.
Mario Tobon, RT (R) (CT) (CV) (T)
Mario Tobon is nationally board certified in general radiography, CT scan, cardiovascular/interventional radiology, and radiation therapy. He is a graduate of Broward College and West Boca School of Radiologic Technology with over 20 years of experience in the field. Mario has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Universidad Javeriana and three years of industrial engineering from Universidad De Los Andes in Colombia.
Mario started working at West Boca Medical Center at the radiology department in 1992, and then at Hollywood Radiation Oncology as a radiation therapist in 2001.
In 2006 Mario received training for CyberKnife, earning his certificate from Accuray. He has become an expert in the technical aspect of treating with CyberKnife and has been involved in training therapists from Mexico, Colombia, and the US in how to best utilize CyberKnife equipment.
Mario has been the academic and clinical instructor for computed tomography (CT) at West Boca School of Radiologic Technology since 2005. He began working at the CyberKnife Center of Palm Beach in 2006 and is currently a radiation therapist at the CyberKnife Center of Miami.
Gail L. Suaraz, MSHSA, RT (R) (T)
Vice President of Operations
Gail Suarez is nationally board certified in both radiologic technology and radiation therapy. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts School of Radiation Therapy in Worcester, Gail has accumulated more than 22 years of experience as a radiation therapist. She went on to receive her master of science in health service administration at Barry University in 2005.
Gail began her training in CyberKnife radiosurgery at the CyberKnife Center of Miami in 2004 and became manager of the CyberKnife Center of Palm Beach when it opened in October 2005.
In June 2006, Gail accepted a position at HCA–North Florida Regional Medical Center as director of their cancer center. While there, she coordinated the building of their new $18 million cancer center.
Gail also worked with South Florida Radiation Oncology – Stuart in October 2009 as manager of their CyberKnife center for one year before returning to CyberKnife Center of Miami and Palm Beach as the vice president of operations in October 2010.