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  • Professor, The Karches Center for Oncology Research, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Chairman, Department of Radiation Medicine, Northwell Health
  • Professor & Chairman, Radiation Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the investigator

Louis Potters, MD, FACR, FASTRO is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Medicine for Northwell Health and the Zucker School of Medicine and Chairman of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Northwell Health Physician Partners.

Dr. Potters is an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of prostate cancer research with over 100 publications, book chapters, and editorials. Board-certified in internal medicine and radiation oncology, Dr. Potters came to Northwell Health after serving as Medical Director of the New York Prostate Institute and prior to that as Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School, and his undergraduate degree from Emory University.

Dr. Potters has served as a past board member and in other leadership roles for the American Society of Radiation Oncology and other medical societies. He has authored several key national cancer treatment Guideline documents for radiation oncology. Dr. Potters has been a consultant to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is a member of the executive committee of the Commission on Cancer, worked on several panels at the National Quality Forum (NQF) and has been a member of several committees at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Potters is a senior editor of Practical Radiation Oncology and on the editorial Board of Oncology and Brachytherapy.

Dr. Potters oversees one of the largest radiation oncology departments with a faculty devoted to excellent patient care, research and the education of tomorrow’s oncologists. Together, the department has become a pioneer for high quality and safe cancer care through its recognized Smarter Radiation Oncology® initiative.


Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Field of study: Value Measurement for Health Care

Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Field of study: General Business Management

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
Field of study: Intern/Resident

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Degree: MD
Field of study: Medicine

State University of New York-Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY
Degree: Residency
Field of study: Radiation Oncology Resident and Chief Resident

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Degree: BS
Field of study: Biology

Honors & awards

  • 2015 Newsweek Magazine America’s Top Doctor for Cancer, Castle Connelly
  • 2013-2016 America’s Top Doctor for Cancer, Castle Connelly
  • 2013-2016 America’s Top Doctor, Castle Connelly
  • 2012-2016 LI Newsday Top Doctor, Castle Connelly
  • 2012-2013 Castle Connelly’s Top Doctor, Castle Connelly
  • 2011 Alumni Luminaire, Emory College
  • 2011 Fellowship, American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
  • 2009-2016 Newsday’s Top Doctor, Castle Connelly
  • 2008-2016 Best Doctors, Newsday
  • 2008 NY Magazine’s Best Doctor, Castle Connelly
  • 2007-2016 Best Doctors in NY Metro, Castle Connolly Guide
  • 2005 Fellow, The Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2002 Fellowship, American College of Radiology
  • 1990 Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1983 Emil R. Viett Scholarship, New Jersey Medical School


  1. Potters L, Kapur A. “Implementation of a ‘No Fly” Safety Culture in a Multi-Center Radiation Medicine Department.” Practical Radiation Oncology 2012: 2 (1); 18-26.
  2. Kapur A, Potters L. “Six-sigma tools for a patient safety oriented, quality-checklist driven radiation medicine department.” Practical Radiation Oncology 2012: 2 (2); 86-96.
  3. Vichare A, Eads N, Punglia R, Potters L. “American Society for Radiation Oncology’s Performance Assessment for the Advancement of Radiation Oncology Treatment: A Practical Approach for Informing Practice Improvement.” Practical Radiation Oncology, 2012 e ahead of press.
  4. Potters L, Raince J, Chou H, Kapur A, Bulanowski D, Stanzione R, Lee L. “Development, implementation, and compliance of treatment pathways in radiation medicine.” Front Oncol. 2013 May 6;3:105. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2013.00105. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 23653892; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3644823.
  5. Michalski J, Pisansky TM, Lawton C, Potters L, Kuban D. Chapter 51. “Prostate Cancer.” Clinical Radiation Oncology, 3rd Edition. Gunderson L, Tepper J, ed. Elsevier Churchill Livingston, Philadelphia, PA 2012; 1037-1098.
  1. Lee LN and Potters L. “Image-Guided External Beam Radiotherapy.” Smith’s Textbook of Endourology 3rd edition. Edited by Arthur D. Smith, Gopal Badlani, Glenn Preminger, and Louis Kavoussi. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK 2012; 1376-1393.
  2. Potters L and Lee LN. “Image-Guided Portstae Brachytherapy.” Smith’s Textbook of Endourology 3rd edition. Edited by Arthur D. Smith, Gopal Badlani, Glenn Preminger, and Louis Kavoussi. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK 2012; 1371-1375.
  3. Efstathiou JA, Nassif DS, McNutt TR, Bogardus CB, Bosch W, Carlin J, Chen RC, Chou H, Eggert D, Fraass BA, Goldwein J, Hoffman KE, Hotz K, Hunt M, Kessler M, Lawton CAF, Mayo C, Michalski JM, Mutic S, Potters L, Rose CM, “Bekelman Practice-Based Evidence to Evidence-Based Practice: Building the National Radiation Oncology Registry.” J of Onc Practice, 2013; (9), 3 e90-e95
  4. Seung SK, Larson DA, Galvin JM, Mehta MP, Potters L, Schultz CJ, Yajnik SV, Hartford AC, Rosenthal SA. “American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Practice Guideline for the Performance of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS).” Am J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jun;36(3):310-5.
  5. Smith KS, Harris KM, Potters L, Sharma R, Mutic S, Gay HA, Wright J, Samuels M, Ye X, Ford E, Terezakis S. “Physician attitudes and practices related to voluntary error and near-miss reporting.” J Oncol Pract. 2014 Sep;10(5):e350-7.
  6. Thaker NG, Kudchadker RJ, Swanson DA, Albert JM, Mahmood U, Pugh TJ, Boehling NS, Bruno TL, Prestidge BR, Crook JM, Cox BW, Potters L, Moran BJ, Keyes M, Kuban DA, Frank SJ. “Establishing High-Quality Prostate Brachytherapy Using a Phantom Simulator Training Program.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Nov 1;90(3):579-86.
  7. Hahn C, Kavanagh B, Bhatnagar A, Jacobson G, Lutz S, Patton C, Potters L, Steinberg M. “Choosing Wisely: The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s Top 5 list.” Pract Radiat Oncol. 2014;4(6):349-55.
  8. Pawlicki T, Potters L. “Research on Quality and Safety: What Are We Missing?” Int J Rad Onc Bio Phys 2015 91(1):17-19 (Editorial)
  9. Teckie S, Potters L. “The Dangers of Incorporating Reimbursement Data into Clinical Decision Making.” Pract Radiat Oncol. 2015 Jul-Aug;5(4):274-6 (Editorial)
  10. Michalski J, Pisansky TM, Lawton C, Potters L. Chapter 53. “Prostate Cancer.” Clinical Radiation Oncology, 4th Edition. Gunderson L, Tepper J, ed. Elsevier Churchill Livingston, Philadelphia, PA 2015; 1038-1095.
  11. Wolff RF, Ryder S, Bossi A, Brigante A, Crook W, Henry A, Karnes J, Potters L, de Reijke T, Stone N, Burckhardt M, Duffy S, Worthy G, Kleijnen J. “A systematic review of randomised controlled trials of radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer.” Euro J of Cancer 2015 Aug 5. pii: S0959-8049(15)00699-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2015.07.019.
  12. Kelley KD, Benninghoff DL, Stein JS, Li JZ, Byrnes RT, Potters L, Knisely JP, Zinkin HD. “Medically inoperable peripheral lung cancer treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy.” Radiat Oncol. 2015 May 28;10:120. doi: 10.1186/s13014-015-0423-7
  13. Cox BW, Kapur A, Sharma A, Lee L, Bloom B, Sharma R, Goode G, Potters L. “Prospective contouring rounds: A novel, high-impact tool for optimizing quality assurance.” Pract Radiat Oncol. 2015 Jul 24. pii: S1879-8500(15)00172-1. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2015.05.005.
  14. Thaker NG, Pugh TG, Mahmood U, Choi S, Spinks TE, Martin NE, Sio TT, Kudchadker RJ, Kaplan RS, Kuban DA, Swanson DA, Orio PF, Zelefsky MJ, Cox BC, Potters L, Buchholz TA, Feeley TW, Frank S. “Defining the Value Framework for Prostate Brachytherapy using Patient-Centered Outcome Metrics and Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing.” Accepted, Pract Radiat Oncol.
  15. Riegel AC, Antone JG, Zhang H, Jain P, Raince J, Rea A, Bergamo AM, Kapur A, Potters L. “Deformable Image Registration and Interobserver Variation in Contour Propagation for Radiation Therapy Planning.” J Applied Clin Med Phys 3 (17), 347-357, 2016
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