Board certified radiation oncologist Tamara Vern-Gross, DO, FAAP, has joined Provision Center for Proton Therapy. Dr. Vern-Gross specializes in palliative medicine and pediatrics, with specific research interest in the diagnosis and treatment of central nervous system tumors, sarcomas, breast cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, chest wall/lung tumors, and pediatric malignancies.
“I am really excited to become part of the team here at Provision,” said Dr. Vern-Gross. “Ever since my first day here, everyone has made me feel right at home. It feels wonderful to be part of an organization where the priority is working together to provide the best care for our patients.”
Originally from Chicago, Dr. she received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her medical degree from the Des Moines School of Osteopathic Medicine. After a Pediatric residency at Advocate Christ Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago, her specific interests in improving quality of life and optimizing symptom management led her to pursue the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She subsequently completed her Radiation Oncology training at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. She comes to the Provision Center for Proton therapy after a Fellowship in Pediatric Proton Therapy at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute. Dr. Vern-Gross is board-certified in Radiation Oncology, Palliative Medicine, and Pediatrics.
She is the author of a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed publications. She embraces family centered-care with a focus on improving disease outcomes and cure rates, minimizing the late effects of radiation therapy, and addressing survivorship concerns for both children and adults.
When she is not working, Dr. Vern-Gross enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting with her family in the Midwest. She enjoys cooking for and entertaining friends and family; however, she prefers her husband’s culinary creativity. Leisure activities include music (piano/cello/elective listening), horseback riding, windsurfing, great conversation, and indulging in a rare lazy Saturday afternoon nap.