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Kao Named Cancer Committee Chair

February 13th, 2017


West Islip, N.Y. Johnny Kao, MD, DABR, has been named Chairman of Cancer Committee at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Since 2012, Dr. Kao has served as Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and previously served as Cancer Liaison Physician. He has extensive expertise in intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and brachytherapy to treat cancer patients more effectively with fewer complications than in the past.

As Chairman of the Cancer Committee, Dr. Kao is responsible for providing leadership for the Cancer Center and spearheading cancer-related activities. The Cancer Committee meets quarterly to provide oversight and lead quality improvement initiatives, organize multidisciplinary tumor board conferences to regularly review cancer cases and participate in community outreach. The Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has a storied tradition of providing outstanding multidisciplinary cancer care to residents of Suffolk County. Examples of leading technologies available at the Cancer Center include the DaVinci® Robotic-assisted Surgery System with Firefly Fluorescence Imaging, Brainlab Neuronavigation System with Operating Microscope and the Varian TrueBeam™ Linear Accelerator with Perfect Pitch 6-degree of Freedom Robotic Couch. Good Samaritan continues to enhance its cancer care services with future developments, including an outpatient infusion center and state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer facility.

Dr. Kao has led several pioneering clinical trials combining high precision radiation therapy with novel chemotherapy regimens that successfully treated patients with advanced, recurrent or metastastic cancers.  He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on breast, prostate, head and neck, lung, brain, gynecologic and metastatic cancers.  He serves as an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Oncology and been awarded the Patients’ Choice Award.  Dr. Kao lives with his wife and two children in Jericho. 

Good Samaritan’s Cancer Center has been nationally recognized, having earned the Outstanding Achievement Award and three-year accreditation with commendation in eight areas from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer on four consecutive surveys, twelve years in a row.

For more information on Good Samaritan’s Cancer Center, call (631) 376-4444 or visit