Donald B. Fuller, MD

Donald B. Fuller, MD

Radiation Oncologist

Donald B. Fuller, M.D. earned his doctorate at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He completed his internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California and his Radiation Oncology residency at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, subsequently receiving advanced training in prostate brachytherapy and CyberKnife stereoctatic radiotherapy techniques. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Fuller joined Radiation Medical Group (an affiliate to CyberKnife Centers of San Diego) in 1988. His interests in the specialty include prostate cancer radiotherapy, prostate CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), and radiation dose escalation for a variety of malignancies through the appropriate application of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and stereotactic (SBRT) techniques. He is the national principal investigator of a multi-institutional, prostate CyberKnife clinical trial: PROSPECTIVE EVALUATION OF CYBERKNIFE STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY FOR LOW AND INTERMEDIATE RISK PROSTATE CANCER: EMULATING HDR BRACHYTHERAPY DOSIMETRY, and has also published an original CT-ultrasound fusion prostate brachytherapy technique in peer reviewed literature, as well as original manuscripts in the areas of lung cancer, pediatric cancer, sarcoma and gynecologic oncology. He is currently a reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, a director for the CyberKnife Society, and a director representing the Radiation Oncology Division of Genesis Healthcare Partners.

When he is not working, Dr. Fuller enjoys a variety of activities, including golf, running, physical fitness training, an eclectic menu of reading interests and watching competitive sports, including his daughters’ high level volleyball activities.

Employment

July 1988 - present Radiation Oncologist
Radiation Medical Group
A Division of Genesis Healthcare Partners
2016 - present Adjunct Professor
Department of Physics, San Diego State University
San Diego, California
2002 - present Board of Directors Member
Radiation Medical Group
San Diego, California
2003 - 2007 Board of Directors Member, Founding Member
Comprehensive Tele-Plan, LLC
San Diego, California
December 2004 - April 2011 Board of Directors Member
Director of Advanced Technology Integration
Western Cancer Center
San Diego, California
April 2011 - present Board of Directors Member
Genesis Healthcare Partners
San Diego, California

Education

1976 Wenatchee High School
Wenatchee, Washington
1980 Washington State University
B.S. Zoology, Summa Cum Laude
1984 University of Washington School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine,

Honoraries

Phi Beta Kappa

Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Santa Barbara, California
July 1, 1984 – June 30, 1985

Residency

Radiation Oncology
LDS Hospital Radiation Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 1, 1985 – June 30, 1988

Residency Externships

Clinical Radiation Oncology
Royal Marsden Hospital
London, England
July – August 1986

Hematology-Oncology Fellow
University of Utah Medical Center
June 1987

External Beam and Brachytherapy Dosimetry
M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
Houston, Texas
August 1987

Medical Oncology Clinic
University of Utah Medical Center
January 1988

Post Residency Training

Ultrasonically Guided I-125/Pd-103 Seed Implantation for the Treatment of Early Stage
Prostate Cancer
Northwest Hospital
Seattle, Washington
June 1992, February 1995

Cyberknife Technical Training
Accuray, Inc.
Sunnyvale, California
March 2006

Licensure

Medical Board of California, 1988

Board Certification

National Board of Medical Examiners, 1985

American Board of Radiology – Radiation Oncology, 1988

Research

Fuller DB, Plenk HP: Malignant Testicular Tumors in a Father and Two Sons – Case Report and Literature Review. Cancer 58(4): 955-958, August 1986

Fuller DB, Sause WT, Plenk HP, Menlove RL: Analysis of Post-Operative Radiation Therapy in Stage I Through III Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 5, No. 6: 897-905, June 1987.

Presented to the European Society of Therapeutic Radiologists and Oncologists – Baden Baden, Germany – September 1986

Fuller DB, Bloom HJG.: Radiotherapy for Chordoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics – Vol. 15: 331-339, August 1988.

Presented to the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology – Boston, Massachusetts – October 1987

Sause WT, Fuller DB, Smith WG, Johnson GH, Plenk HP, Menlove RL.: Analysis of Preoperative Intracavitary Cesium Application Versus Postoperative External Beam Radiation. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics – Vol. 18, 1011-1017, April 1990

Presented to the Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists – Jackson Hole, Wyoming – June 1988

Presented to the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology – New Orleans, Louisiana October 1988

Avizonis V, Fuller DB, Thomson JW, Walker MJ, Nilsson DE, Menlove RL: Late Effects Following Nervous System Radiation in a Pediatric Population. Neuropediatric (23), 228-234, 1992

Presented to the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology – San Francisco, California – November 1989

Fuller DB, Chambers JS: Superior Sulcus Tumors: Combined Modality. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 57:1133-1139, 1994

Expert Panel on Radiation Oncology – Lung Work Group: Ko B, Sause WT, Byhardt R, Curran Jr. W, Fuller DB, Graham M, Komaki R, Weisenburger T, Kaiser L, Leibel S, Brown R: American College of Radiology ACR Appropriateness Criteria – Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma. Radiology Vol. 215(S): 1281-1402, June 2000

Fuller DB, Jin H, Ijaz T, Silverman M, Hardy S, Koziol JA, Feng AC: Office-Based CT-Ultrasound Interactive Transperineal Prostate Brachytherapy: A Real-Time Dosimetry Analysis and Quality Improvement Method. Abstract poster presentation to the American Brachytherapy Society 24th Annual Meeting, New York, May 2003

Fuller DB, Gorman MK, Holcomb BC, Ijaz T: Prostate Brachytherapy Using Conscious Sedation and Local Anesthesia: Patient Satisfaction Survey, Short Term Morbidity Assessment and Implant Quality Assessment. Abstract poster presentation to the American Brachytherapy Society 24th Annual Meeting, New York, May 2003

Fuller DB, Koziol JA: Prostate Brachytherapy Seed Migration and Dosimetry: Analysis of Potential Predictive Factors. Abstract oral presentation to the American Brachytherapy Society 24th Annual Meeting, New York, May 2003

Fuller DB, Koziol JA, Feng AC: Prostate Brachytherapy Seed Migration and Dosimetry: Analysis of Stranded Sources and Other Potential Predictive Factors. Brachytherapy Vol. 3(1): 10-19, 2004

Fuller DB, Jin H, Koziol J, Feng A: CT Ultrasound Fusion Prostate Brachytherapy: A Dynamic Dosimetry Feedback and Improvement Method: Report of 54 Consecutive Cases. Brachytherapy Vol.4(3): 207-216, 2005.

Prestidge B, Bice W, Jurkovic I, Moran B, Fuller DB, Gray J, Beyer D, Kurtzman S, Sylvester J, Sadeghi A: A multi-institutional Phase II trial for Cesium-131 permanent prostate Brachytherapy. Brachytherapy Vol 5(2): 79, May 2005

Prestidge B, Bice W, Jurkovic I, Moran B, Fuller DB, Gray J, Beyer D, Walker E, Sims M, Sadeghi A: Cesium-131 Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy: An Initial Report. Abstract poster presentation to the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 47th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, October 2005.

Fuller DB, Hardy S: 131Cs Prostate Brachytherapy: Day 0 Versus Day 7 Dosimetry Result (With Routine Pre-, Peri, and Post-Operative Steroid Use); Early PSA Response and Morbidity Observations. Brachytherapy Vol 5(2): 114, May 2006

Fuller DB, Jin H: Computed Tomography - ultrasound fusion brachytherapy: Description and evolution of the technique. Brachytherapy, Vol 6(4): 272-279. October-December 2007

Fuller DB: Peripheral zone dose escalated Cyberknife prostate radiosurgery: Dosimetry comparison with HDR. Abstract oral presentation to the 6th Annual Cyberknife User’s Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, January 2007

Fuller DB, Lee C, Jin H, Hardy S: Virtual HDRsm CyberKnife Prostate Radiosurgery: Toward the Development of Non-Invasive HDR Dosimetry Delivery and Early Clinical Observations. Abstract oral presentation to the Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery Course 2007, Chicago, IL, March 2007

Fuller DB, Ijaz T, Koziol JA: Permanent Source Brachytherapy: Comparison of the Effectiveness and Safety of Two Different Local Anesthetic Regimens. Abstract poster discussion presentation to the American Brachytherapy Society 28th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2007

Fuller DB, Lee C, Hardy S, Jin H: Evaluation of Cyberknife as a Noninvasive Prostate HDR Dosimetry Delivery Mechanism – Feasibility and Early Clinical Observations. Abstract oral presentation to the 8th Bi-annual Congress of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, San Francisco, California, June 2007

Fuller DB, Lee C, Hardy S, Jin, H: Virtual HDR Cyberknife Treatment: Toward the Development of Non-Invasive HDR Dosimetry Delivery and Early Clinical Observations. Abstract poster presentation to the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Los Angeles, California, October 2007

Prestidge B, Bice W, Jurkovic I, Moran B, Fuller DB, Gray J, Beyer D, Sylvester J, Kurtzman S, Sadeghi A: Results Of A Multi-Institutional Trial Using Cesium-131 Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy. Abstract poster presentation to the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Los Angeles, California, October 2007

Nijdam W, Levendag P, Fuller DB, Schulz R, Prevost JB, Noever I, Uyl-de Groot C: Robotic Radiosurgery vs. Brachytherapy as a Boost to Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Tonsillar Fossa and Soft Palate Tumors: The Clinical and Economic Impact of an Emerging Technology. Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment Vol 6(6) 611-619 December 2007

Fuller DB, Naitoh J, Lee C, Hardy S, Jin H: Virtual HDRsm CyberKnife Treatment for Localized Prostatic Carcinoma: Dosimetry Comparison with HDR Brachytherapy and Preliminary Clinical Observations. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics Vol. 70 (5) 1588-1597 April 2008

Fuller DB: CyberKnife Radiosurgery: Quality of Life and Cost Considerations. Book Chapter in Robotic Radiosurgery, Treating Tumors that Move with Respiration. ed. by Harold C. Urschel, Jr. Chapter 27, 283-293. Springer Publishing 2007

Fuller DB: Testicular Dose from Prostate CyberKnife: A Cautionary Note In regard to King et al., Letter to Editor, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 73(2) p637 February 2009

Fuller DB: Balancing on a Knife's Edge: Evidence-Based Medicine and the Marketing of Health Technology In regard to Bentzen and Wasserman et al (Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2008: 72(1); 12-14)., Letter to Editor, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 73(2) 637-638 February 2009

Fuller DB: Comparison of Virtual HDR Prostate Treatment Plans Fixed Collimator with MultiPlan v 2.6-2.1 versus Iris Variable Collimator with Sequential Optimization MultiPlan v 3.0. Oral presentation to the 2009 8th Annual CyberKnife Users’ Meeting, Hollywood, Florida, February 2009

Fuller DB: Virtual HDR Prostate CyberKnife Radiosurgery: Efficacy, Toxicity and Quality of Life Evaluation.

Abstract oral presentation to the 2009 8th Annual CyberKnife Users’ Meeting, Hollywood, Florida, February 2009.

Abstract poster presentation to the 2009 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Orlando, Florida, February 2009.

Muniruzzaman MM, Mardirossian G, Chu C, Steigerwalt J, Fuller DB: Prostate Treatment with CyberKnife: Comparison of Virtual HDR and Homogeneous Dose Plans and the Effect of Tissue Inhomogeneity. Presented to the AAPM Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, July 2009

Fuller DB: Comparison of Virtual HDR Prostate Treatment Plans Created with Fixed and Variable Aperture Collimators. Presented to the ASTRO 2009 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2009

Muniruzzaman MM, Chu C, Fuller DB, Giap HB, Ijaz T, Mardirossian G, Sanghvi PR, Shirazi R, Smith DE, Tova Y: Dose Planning and Delivery with CyberKnife and Prostate Planning Comparison with HDR BT. Presented to AMPICON 2009: 30th Annual Conference of Association of Medical Physicists of India, Hyderabad India, November 2009

Fuller DB, Goldfarb G, Mardirossian G: Extracranial Melanoma – Response Rate and Duration of Response to CyberKnife Radiosurgery. Abstract poster presentation to the 2010 CyberKnife Scientific Meeting, Dallas, Texas, March 2010.

Giap HB, Fuller DB, Mardirossian G, Muniruzzaman MM, Smith DE, Mansy GJ, Tova Y, Shirazi R, Ijaz T, Lin R. Partial Breast Irradiation with CyberKnife: Solutions to Overcome the Technical Issues to the First Patient Treatment. Abstract presented at the 9th Annual CyberKnife Scientific Meeting. Dallas, Texas, March 2010

Giap HB, Fuller DB, Mardirossian G, Muniruzzaman MM, Smith DE, Shirazi R, Mansy GJ, Tova Y, Ijaz T, Lin R. CyberKnife Treatment for Posterior Lung Tumor: Supine versus Prone Position? Abstract presented at the 9th Annual CyberKnife Scientific Meeting. Dallas, Texas, March 2010

Fuller DB, Shirazi R, Naitoh J, Reilly M, Mardirossian G. Virtual HDR® Prostate CyberKnife Radiosurgery: Intermediate–term Efficacy and Toxicity Evaluation. Abstract presented at the 9th Annual CyberKnife Scientific Meeting. Dallas, Texas, March 2010

Prestidge B, Bice W , Moran B, Fuller D, Gray J, Beyer D, Kurtzman S, Sylvester J, Potters L: Five-year biochemical control following Cesium-131 permanent prostate brachytherapy. Manuscript submitted to the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, October 2010

Fuller DB, Mardirossian G, Wong D, McKellar H: Prospective Evaluation of Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Low and Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer: Emulating HDR Brachytherapy Dose Distribution. Poster presented to the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 52nd Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 2010

Shirazi R, Goldfarb P, Fuller D, Smith, D, Tova Y, Mansy G, Giap H, Sanati H: Hypofractionated CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer. Abstract presented at the 2011 CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery Summit, San Francisco, February 2011

Fuller DB, Mardirossian G, Wong D, McKellar H: Prospective Evaluation of CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Low- and Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer: Emulating HDR Brachytherapy Dose Distribution. Abstract presented at the 2011 CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery Summit, San Francisco, February 2011

Fuller DB, Shirazi R, Naitoh J, Mardirossian G: Virtual HDR SBRT for Localized Prostatic Carcinoma: Efficacy and Quality of Life Assessment. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the American Society for Radiation Oncology 53rd Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, Florida, October 2011

Low R, Fuller DB, Muradyan N:  Dynamic Gadolinium-Enhanced Perfusion MRI of Prostate Cancer: Assessment of Response to Hypofractionated Robotic Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy.  American Journal of Radiology 197: 907-915 October 2011

Academic Appointments

Prostate Brachytherapy Research Group
Founding Member
Dallas, Texas
1998

Radiation Therapy Oncology Group:
Radiation Medical Group Principal Investigator
2000-2001

Scripps Mercy Hospital
Clinical Faculty for Graduate Medical Education
2008

Consulting Appointments

Calypso Medical
Seattle, Washington
Clinical Advisor

Philips Radiation Oncology Systems
Milpitas, California
Clinical Advisor

Accuray
Sunnyvale, California
Clinical Consultant / Speaker’s Bureau

CyberKnife Society
Sunnyvale, California
Board of Directors
2010 - present

Journal Reviewer

2008 – present International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
2008 – present Brachytherapy

Coalition Membership

CyberKnife Coalition (CKC)
Board of Directors
2005 – present

Invited Presentations

Multimodality Image Fusion Treatment Planning for IMRT
Presented to the 10th Annual Oncology Symposium
Sponsored by Philips Medical Systems
Salt Lake City, Utah October 2003

Multimodality Image Fusion Treatment Planning
Presented to the 11th Annual Oncology Symposium
Sponsored by Philips Medical Systems and HealthStream
Atlanta, Georgia October 2004

11th Annual Oncology Symposium
Sponsored by Philips Medical Systems and HealthStream
Course Director and Moderator
Atlanta, Georgia, October 2004

IMRT Planning for Head & Neck
IMRT Planning for Prostate
Presented to the 8th Annual International Conference and Workshop: New and Future Developments in Radiotherapy
San Diego, California, November 2004

Peripheral Zone Dose Escalated CyberKnife Prostate Radiosurgery: Dosimetry Comparison with HDR
Presented to the CyberKnife 6th Annual Users’ Meeting
Palm Springs, California, January 2007

Cyberknife Applications: Pelvis
Presented to the 2007 ASTRO Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT II) Symposium
St. Petersburg, Florida, April 2007

Evaluation Of Cyberknife As A Noninvasive Prostate HDR Dosimetry Delivery Mechanism Feasibility And Early Clinical Observations
Presented to the 8th Bi-annual Congress of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, San Francisco, California, June 2007

Developing a Successful Freestanding CyberKnife Center
Presented to the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery Course
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2007

CyberKnife as Noninvasive HDR Dosimetry Delivery Mechanism: Feasibility and Preliminary Clinical Results
Presented to the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery Course
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2007

HDR-like CyberKnife Radiosurgery for Prostate Cancer: Rationale, Feasibility and Clinical Results. Presented to the CyberKnife
Robotic Radiosurgery Course.
Moderator of Prostate Section
Dana Point, California, November 2008

Extreme External Beam Hypofractionation for Prostate Cancer: Rationale, Feasibility, and Clinical Results.
Presented to the 2009 American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting
Toronto, Canada, June 2, 2009

Robotic Prostate SBRT
Presented to Symposium of the International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology (IS3R)
San Diego, California, August 2009

Awards

Top Doctor Award, Radiation Oncology
San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine
2005, 2007

Society Memberships

  • American College of Radiology
  • American College of Radiation Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • American Brachytherapy Society
  • California Medical Association
  • CyberKnife Society
  • International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
  • San Diego County Medical Society
  • San Diego Radiological Society
  • Southern California Radiation Oncology Society

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