Get to Know: Medical Director Dr. Douglas Widman

Columbus CyberKnife medical director Dr. Douglas Widman is experienced in treating patients using CyberKnife® technology. He is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and has a special interest in stereotactic radiosurgery.

Learn more about his experience since joining Columbus CyberKnife.

What first drew you to radiation oncology?
While I was deciding what type of medicine I wanted to practice, my father-in-law encouraged me to look at the field. He is a retired radiation oncologist and had much experience in the field.

What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy the collaboration involved when treating patients. When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients are ready to listen to what I have to say about their treatment options and their overall prognosis. I think that discussion makes this job different from other types of medicine.

Describe one of your most memorable experiences since you began working at Columbus CyberKnife?
Patients are often excited and relieved when treatment is complete. We had a patient actually kiss the CyberKnife at the completion of his treatment!

What do you feel is the most important thing that Columbus CyberKnife offers?
The CyberKnife offers hope for many patients whose tumors would previously be considered inoperable. I think our center’s ability to help patients and ease their fears is very important.

How do you stay abreast of the latest medical developments?
It definitely takes effort to keep up with the newest information. Along with reading journals and attending meetings, I try to discuss new research with colleagues. Those discussions are often a rewarding way to sort out what is most important.

Watch Dr. Widman and our former patients discuss the CyberKnife treatment process in the video below.