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Welcome to Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia

Thousands of patients trust their care to Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia was founded in 1984 by renowned radiation oncologist Dr. Frank Critz. It is a center of excellence in radiation treatment for cancer. We use the latest radiation technology and meticulous research to treat men and women with different types of cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, colon, lymphatic and many others. Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia is also home to the oldest and most successful prostate seed implant program in existence. We’re proud to say that our treatment for prostate cancer, ProstRcision®, has the world’s highest proven cure rate.

Our story is spreading.

We started with one location in Conyers, Georgia, a quiet suburb of Atlanta. But over the years, we’ve branched out with offices throughout metro Atlanta. As we’ve expanded, our reputation has grown as well. Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia has become one of the country’s top cancer treatment and research facilities, especially in the area of prostate cancer.

We have treated more than 17,000 men for prostate cancer. We have compiled our observations of these men, both before and after treatment, into one of the largest computerized databases on prostate cancer in the U.S. In addition, our doctors have written over 80 peer-reviewed research papers on prostate cancer that have been published or presented at major medical meetings.

Each year, patients from across the United States and around the globe, come to us seeking a cure for their cancer. Sure, we can tout our credentials, but we would rather talk about results. The physicians at Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia are some of the finest, most experienced radiation oncologists in the United States. Though their backgrounds differ, each has come here because they believe that data-driven, evidence-based medicine can save more lives. In addition to being talented practitioners, our physicians are actively involved in the advancement of cancer research. In fact, Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia is responsible for more published papers on prostate cancer than any other radiation practice in Georgia.

Physicians



James Benton, MD

Radiation Oncology

James Benton, MD is board certified as a Radiation Oncologist by the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Benton believes in providing quality, personalized cancer care in a community setting, and demonstrates that commitment daily in his patient care activities.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia with a BS degree in Chemistry and Math. Dr. Benton attended Morehouse School of Medicine, where he completed his medical degree and graduated first in his class. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, and a second residency in Radiation Oncology at Emory University.

Dr. Benton’s love of math, physics and science led him to radiation oncology, a specialty he admires for the depth of its technical detail and the breadth of its clinical application. Prior to joining the staff at Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia in 1998, Dr. Benton served as Chief Resident and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Emory University. Dr. Benton is a life-time member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. This distinction is given out to only 5-10% of medical school graduates throughout the United States.

Dr. Benton practiced as a board certified Internist for a few years before becoming a board certified Radiation Oncologist more than 15 years ago. Currently, he is President of Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG), and he practices at RCOG’s main campus in Decatur, specializing in treating a variety of cancers such as breast, prostate and many other sites. Along with other experts in the field of prostate cancer treatment, Dr. Benton has authored numerous medical research manuscripts and his work has been published in numerous peer review journals.

Education:
• Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine/Medical College of Georgia

Residencies:
• Radiation Oncology Residency – Emory University
• Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology – Emory University
• Internal Medicine Residency – Medical College of Virginia

Board Certification:
• American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology
• Board Certified in Internal Medicine ACLS Instructor

Memberships:
• American Board of Radiology
• American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

Honors:
Voted Top Doctor in Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, 2016

Publications:
• Cigarette Smoking Does Not Affect Treatment Results of Simultaneous Irradiation For Prostate Cancer
J.B. Benton, F.A. Critz, A.K. Levinson, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 22:444, 2003.
• Patient Age Related To Prostate Specific Antigen Bound By Recursive Partitioning Analysis After Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
F.A. Critz, J.B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake, A. Ciampi, A. Couturier. ASCO Proceedings, 22:438, 2003.
• Pretreatment Erectile Function Of Men Who Underwent Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
F.J. Schnell, F.A. Critz, J.B. Benton, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 22:444, 2003.
• Probability of Achieving PSA Nadir 0.5 Ng/ml After Radiotherapy of Prostate Cancer
V.Griffin, F. Critz, K. Levinson, J. Benton. ASCO Proceedings, 18:339a, 1999.
• Prostate Cancer in African-American Men Treated by Simultaneous Radiotherapy
F.Critz, K. Levinson, V. Griffin, J. Benton. ASCO Proceedings 18, 1999.
• Prostate Specific Antigen Nadir After Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer Correlates With Prognosis of Men Who Recur
Frank A. Critz, A. Keith Levinson, James B. Benton, Frederick J. Schnell, and Philip D. Shrake. J Urol 169 (supplement):179, 2003.
• A Standard Definition of Disease Freedom is Needed for Prostate Cancer
F. Critz, J. Benton, F. Schnell, P. Shrake. American Brachytherapy Society Meeting. ABS Proceedings, 1:57, 2001.
• Acute and Late Morbidity Following Simultaneous Irradiation for Prostate Cancer
F.A. Critz, K. Levinson, F. Schnell, J. Benton, P. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 20:189a, 2001.
• Disease Free Survival Rates Following Irradiation of Prostate Cancer According to Age
J.B. Benton, F.A. Critz, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 21:167B, 2002.
• Sexual Function Following Simultaneous Irradiation for Prostate Cancer
F.A Critz, J.B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 21:188a, 2002.
• Ten-Year Disease Free Survival Rate Calculated With PSA Cutpoint 0.2 ng/ml In Men After Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
F.A. Critz, A. Keith Levinson, J. B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. J Urol 169 (supplement):181, 2003.
• Treatment of Gleason Score 7 Prostate Cancer with I-125 Implant Followed by External Beam Radiotherapy
J. Benton, F.A. Critz, K. Levinson, V. Griffin. ASCO Proceedings, 18:317a, 1999.
• Young Men with Prostate Cancer Treated by Simultaneous Radiotherapy
A. A. Sheikh, F.A. Critz, A.K. Levinson, J.B. Benton, F. Schnell, P. Shrake, L.S. Maxa. ASCO Proceedings, 19:227a, 2000.
• Obstructive Uropathy Following Simultaneous Irradiation For Prostate Cancer Measured By A Longitudinal Study of The American Urological Association Symptom
Index For Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
F.A. Critz, A. Keith Levinson, James B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, Philip D. Shrake. ABS Proceedings, 2:67, 2003.
• Postirradiation Prostatitis: A Previously Unrecognized Syndrome Following Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
F.A. Critz, A.K. Levinson, J.B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ABS Proceedings, 2:66, 2003.



Mark Merlin, MD

Radiation Oncology

Mark Merlin, MD is board certified as a Radiation Oncologist by the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Mark Merlin, a Louisiana native, was practicing at a large radiation and medical oncology group in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina uprooted him and his family to Atlanta. Dr. Merlin reached out to Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG) because of its strong reputation in the treatment of prostate cancer, and he has been practicing at RCOG’s Decatur location ever since.

Dr. Merlin believes in providing quality, personalized cancer care in a community setting, and demonstrates that commitment daily in his patient care activities.

Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, Dr. Merlin elected to become a physician. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University and trained at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

“I decided to pursue radiation oncology because I had an interest in caring for patients with cancer and the technology used in treatment,” Dr. Merlin said.
After losing everything in the hurricane, he and his wife and their two children decided to make Georgia their permanent home, filling their spare time with soccer, gymnastics and hiking. He and his wife also compete in triathlons and marathons.

Education:
• Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Internship:
• Internal Medicine, Medical College of Georgia

Residency:
• Radiation Onclogy, Medical College of Georgia
• Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology – Emory University
• Internal Medicine Residency – Medical College of Virginia

Board Certification:
• American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology

Memberships:
• American College of Radiation Oncology
• American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology
• Jefferson Parish Medical Society
• Louisiana Society Radiation Oncology
• New Orleans Radiation Oncology


Technologies

Brachytherapy
Cone Beam CT
CT Scanning & Simulation
Eclipse Treatment Planning System
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
ProstRcision®
Seed Implants (Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy)
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)


News / Events

Tracy McElveen Named a Top Doctor at Atlanta Magazine’s 2016 Top Doctors Reception

(June 23, 2016) ATLANTA, Ga. – Every year Atlanta magazine’s editorial staff partners with the New York-based research firm, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., to assist in producing our Top Docs issue. The issue is immensely popular among our readers, and the Top Doctors covet the honor of being named in the issue. This year’s reception […]

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Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia – 25 Year Disease Free Survival Rate after Irradiation of Prostate Cancer

(March 15, 2013) Newswise – ATLANTA, Ga. – The March 2013 issue of The Journal of Urology, the official journal of The American Urological Association, includes a study conducted by four physicians from Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG), a Vantage Oncology affiliate. This study, 25 Year Disease Free Survival Rate after Irradiation of Prostate Cancer […]

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