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Today’s spotlight: Marnee Spierer, MD

Title: Chief of radiation oncology and chief of staff, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Phoenix

After receiving her BA at the University of Michigan, Dr. Spierer earned her MA in exercise physiology followed by her MD at Columbia University. She completed her radiation oncology residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and began her career as the residency program director at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in 2014 and is currently the chief of radiation oncology and chief of staff. She has received numerous awards, including Patients’ Choice Award, Best Doctors, Compassionate Doctors and Top Oncologists. In May 2019, Dr. Spierer earned her MBA at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. 

Source of pride:Earning my MBA while working as a full-time radiation oncologist/chief of staff.  My family and friends were extraordinarily supportive as I spent the majority of my non-working hours studying and doing homework.  I graduated with the highest honors proving to myself that although I had no business background, I could do this.”

The personality trait that helped you succeed:I value relationships above all else. Treasuring human capital, being kind to each other, helping one another – it is all about relationships.  The power of true connections is incredible.”

The personality trait that got you into trouble:My chairman at my first academic position had a heart-to-heart with me after I told him I was leaving. He told me to be careful about my medical righteousness. I can get over-the-top passionate about doing the right thing on behalf of my patients which can put me at risk for alienating others.”

Best childhood memory:Every year on my siblings’ and my birthdays, the birthday kid woke up the other siblings early and we all got on my parents’ bed.  There was a stack of presents on their dresser which the birthday kid opened.   And then we’d go downstairs and see the handmade HAPPY (AGE) BIRTHDAY sign hanging in the kitchen.   Such a fun way for each of us to start our birthdays.  I now have a similar tradition with my kids.”