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Mark J. Fireman, M.D.

  • Radiation Oncology
  • MyMidMichigan Participating Provider

Profile

Gender:
Male
Year began practicing:
1992

Specialties

  • Radiation Oncology

Provider Type

  • Physician

Board Certified

  • Radiation Oncology

Languages

  • English

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • High-Dose-Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) Procedures
  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Participating Insurances*

  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid
  • Molina - Medicaid
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)

Education & Training

Medical School

1988
Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, DOCTOR OF MEDICINE

Internships

1989
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, INTERNAL MEDICINE

Residency

1992
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Fellowship

1992
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, CLINICAL ONCOLOGY

Employed By

MidMichigan Medical Center

Philosophy

"It’s my job to educate the patient and their loved ones about their disease. They can’t help fight the disease if they are not taught about the diagnosis and treatment options."

Biography

Radiation Oncologist, Mark Fireman, M.D., with MidMichigan Health, is not only a physician who specializes in cancer treatment, he’s also a scientist and educator. In fact, Dr. Fireman’s first career was as a chemist including pharmaceutical research. He also taught high school science; physics and biology. Then before and during medical school, he did leukemia research at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

As a radiation oncologist, Dr. Fireman is privileged to be able to treat patients who have a wide assortment of cancer diagnoses, from breast to prostate to lung as well as in many other locations of the body. Even though he is a cancer specialist, some nonmalignant diseases can be treated with radiation.

Philosophy of Care

Great radiation oncologists who were his teachers during medical school and in subsequent training helped Dr. Fireman recognize that radiation oncologists combine physical diagnosis with evidence-based medicine and technology while working with surgeons, medical oncologists and primary care physicians to provide fully integrated care. “Radiation oncology board exams are one of the few disciplines that are one-third medicine, one third biology and one third physics,” he said. He was fortunate enough to be part of the team to treat the first stereotactic radiosurgery patient in the state of New York. This was an application for benign disease. This is an expanding area for highly targeted therapies such as MidMichigan’s Gamma Knife.

“The field of radiation oncology is constantly evolving. We’ve been on the cutting edge of using technology as it evolves to improve the quality of cancer care we deliver,” he explained. “We set quality measures and make rational treatment decisions while maintaining the human touch.” With more precise technology, such as the Gamma Knife and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), radiation beams can be targeted for shorter courses of treatment with higher doses. Yet sometimes longer courses of treatment are better for patients. “Cancer is a diverse set of diseases and each course of treatment for each patient must be individualized for each patient’s diagnosis.” Dr. Fireman takes a team approach with the patient, the nurse, the physicist and the radiation therapist, as well as the patient’s team of physicians.

Dr. Fireman wants his patients to know that he is “patient-centric.”

Dr. Fireman, his wife, AnnMarie, and their children, Joshua, a University of Michigan law student, and Lilly, have returned to Michigan because they like the physical and cultural environment and to be nearer to memories of their daughter and sister, Sarah, who passed away. Sarah was raised in Michigan. Dr. Fireman said that his family is his “first hobby.” AnnMarie, a metal clay artist, and Dr. Fireman are “super excited” to be back in the middle of Michigan.

Special Interests and Procedures

  • Brachytherapy
  • IGRT
  • IMRT
  • Rapid Arc and Helical Therapy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy

*Insurance Disclaimer

These are the insurance plans in which this individual is a "participating provider". This provider may accept other insurance, but your costs may be higher if they do not "participate" in your plan.

Address, Phone & Map

Provider's Contact Information

  • Office Phone: 989-463-9300
  • Alternate Phone: 888-349-4012
  • Fax: 989-463-9305

Locations

  • Radiation Oncology
    315 E. Warwick Drive
    Suite C
    Alma, Michigan 48801
    • Main: 989-463-9300
    • Alternate: 888-349-4012
    • Fax: 989-463-9305
  • Radiation Oncology
    4000 Wellness Drive
    Midland, Michigan 48670
    • Main: 989-839-3450
    • Alternate: 888-723-4283
    • Fax: 989-839-1347