National Proton Conference highlights emerging ideas in proton therapy


The National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) recently hosted the 2022 National Proton Conference – a gathering of physicians, administrators, physicists, and more from proton therapy facilities across the United States. Our very own Dr. James Gray, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville, attended the conference. He serves on the NAPT Board of Directors and Physicians Advisory Committee, and after taking some time to digest all he learned, Dr. Gray is pleased to report that proton therapy is alive and well!

We sat down with Dr. Gray for some Q&A about the new technologies and emerging ideas the nation’s leading proton experts are talking about.


Provision Nashville staff poses with its ASTRO APEx Accreditation certificate

Press Ganey, ASTRO recognize Provision for Culture and Quality of Care


Provision is excited to announce that we have recently received distinguished recognition from two separate, well-reputed organizations in the healthcare industry. Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville was awarded the Press Ganey 2021 Guardian of Excellence Award®, garnering national attention for our Culture of Care for the second year in a row. In addition, Provision Nashville also achieved accreditation from the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s Accreditation Program for Excellence® (APEx), further demonstrating our commitment to excellence in safety and quality in patient-centered care.


Cancer patient holding covid vaccine information card

COVID vaccine and cancer: What patients need to know


It seems like new information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is coming out every day. Most recently, the development and availability of vaccines have stirred up many questions, as well as some confusion. The influx of COVID vaccine information (and misinformation) can be even more daunting for cancer patients and survivors.

To help cancer patients better understand the vaccines, Provision CARES Proton Therapy hosted a special chat session with our Proton Ambassadors. Dr. James Gray, Medical Director and board-certified Radiation Oncologist at our Nashville center, gave a great presentation on “COVID-19 Vaccine and Cancer: Facts vs. Fiction.”


Male cancer patient using telehealth

Telehealth can help cancer patients during coronavirus pandemic


Trying to navigate your cancer care journey is challenging enough without the added stress of a global pandemic.  Normally, you would schedule an in-person consultation with a physician to discuss your treatment options. Understandably though, many cancer patients now have reservations about going out in public during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thankfully, telehealth provides a safe way for someone with cancer to continue moving forward with their care in a timely manner.


Provision doctor diagnosed with cancer, chooses proton therapy for his own treatment


This story starts the way a lot of cancer stories start. A visit to the doctor for an unrelated issue. A few tests. And then, while trying to solve one problem, the doctor discovers another – a red flag.

That discovery sparks a journey down a road far too many have traveled. First, more trips to the doctor. Then more tests. And then the waiting. Waiting with fear and uncertainty – hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Until eventually, the wait is over and the news is in…

It’s cancer.


2019 Year in Review at Provision CARES Proton Therapy

Year in Review: 2019 at Provision CARES Proton Therapy


Major milestones. Community outreach. Inspirational moments.

Those are some of the recurring themes we noticed as we looked back on the highlights of 2019 at Provision CARES Proton Therapy. It was a year marked by plenty of “firsts,” as well as a concerted effort to be an innovative leader in cancer treatment, and a commitment to our mission of making proton therapy more accessible to patients around the world.

Here are some of Provision’s key moments from 2019.


Meet Provision's physicians on National Doctors' Day

National Doctors’ Day: Meet The Doctors of Provision CARES Proton Therapy Centers


In honor of National Doctors’ Day, Provision would like to take a moment to honor and celebrate the excellent care that our physicians provide. This annual event was first recognized in 1933 on the anniversary of the first time general anesthesia was used in surgery and became an official national holiday in 1990.

In Knoxville, we celebrate three doctors providing advanced cancer treatment to our patients.

Dr. Brion Shin is a Radiation Oncologist and serves as the Medical Director for Provision CARES Proton Therapy Knoxville. He has extensive experience in managing a variety of cancers with various radiation modalities, including proton therapy, IMRT, brachytherapy, pediatric protocols, partial breast irradiation, liver and lung SBRT, concomitant boost head and neck irradiation, and reirradiation. Dr. Shin studied at Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and the University of Arizona. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family and play golf.

Dr. Allen Meek is also a Radiation Oncologist, who came to Knoxville from Long Island, New York, where he was the Founding Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical School and a Professor for over 28 years.  While in New York, Dr. Meek received numerous awards, including Top Doctors in New York and Best Doctors in the USA, along with awards for Humanitarianism and Environmental Stewardship. He was also recognized as a 2012 U.S. News and World Report Top Doctor and one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2014.

Dr. Ryan Grover is a Radiation Oncologist with more than 20 years of proton therapy experience. He has a special interest in the treatment of head and neck cancers, as well as central nervous system cancers. Dr. Grover is focused on clinical application and optimization of proton therapy for these and other cancers. He did his studies at Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California. He comes to Provision after previously working at California Protons Center and Loma Linda University.

In Nashville, we also celebrate three doctors who provide proton therapy cancer treatment to our patients.

Dr. James R. Gray is a Radiation Oncologist for Provision Nashville and Tennessee Oncology, as well as the Medical Director for Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville. Dr. Gray studied biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, graduating with highest honors. He then studied medicine at Vanderbilt University on a scholarship with the US Navy. After discovering his fascination with oncology and radiation therapy, he trained in radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and was the recipient of a Clinical Oncology Fellowship from the American Cancer Society. He has also initiated and been involved in local and multi-institutional clinical trials, and has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts, including presentations at national meetings. He has been active in the American Cancer Society at the regional level and has been recognized with the local John C. Tune Award and the St. George National Award.

Dr. Josh Mondschein is a Radiation Oncologist at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville. He is also part of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Tennessee Oncology/Sarah Cannon Research Institute. He studied at Vanderbilt University, where he served as Chief Resident. After finishing his residency, Dr. Mondschein held positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Medical University of South Carolina, and Roper St. Francis Hospital.

Dr. Chase Escott is a Radiation Oncologist at Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville and Tennessee Oncology. He has extensive experience in managing a variety of cancers with various radiation modalities, including proton therapy, SRS, IMRT, brachytherapy, pediatric protocols, partial breast irradiation, liver and lung SBRT, concomitant boost head and neck irradiation, and re-irradiation. He has also performed a great number of hydrogel spacer implants. Dr. Escott received his medical degree from Dartmouth University and completed his radiation oncology residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

Proton Therapy can treat multiple types of cancers including prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancer and many other solid-tumor based cancers.  Our physicians not only offer high quality diagnostic and treatment services, they are advancing cancer care through commitment to research, multidisciplinary collaboration, and community outreach.  To all our doctors, thank you for all you do for our patients and our community!


Proton therapy treatment room at Provision's cancer center in Nashville

Provision CARES Proton Therapy treats first patient at Nashville cancer center


In October of 2018, Provision CARES Proton Therapy announced the opening of a new advanced proton therapy center and comprehensive cancer center in the Nashville area. Located in Franklin, Tennessee, Provision CARES Proton Therapy Nashville became the newest development in the expansion of patient access to one of the world’s most advanced cancer treatments, proton therapy.