Packard welcomed to cancer center as newest radiation oncologist


REED CITY — Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Matthew Packard to the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.

Dr. Packard is a radiation oncologist specializing in radiation therapy, which destroys cancer within the body using carefully aimed beams of radiation. He prescribes how much radiation is received, plans how treatment will be given and follows patients closely during their course of treatment. He recommends care that may be needed to help with side effects and works closely with other providers on the team to ensure comprehensive treatment for patients.

Dr. Packard earned his medical degree at the University of Toledo and completed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he was the chief resident. He received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and also attended a Post-Baccalaureate Medical Sciences Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Packard treats all types of cancer patients who have been identified as candidates for radiation therapy. The most frequently diagnosed and treated cancers are solid tumors in the breast, prostate, lung, head and neck, gynecological area, skin, colon, lymphomas and multiple myeloma.

Outside of the office, Dr. Packard and his wife enjoy gardening and running. They spend much of their free time outdoors, and frequently camp, fish and hike.