Neuro-oncologist joins Cancer Network of West Michigan

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Dr. Lindsay Robell. Courtesy University of Michigan Health-West

University of Michigan Health-West hired Dr. Lindsay Robell as a neuro-oncologist for the Cancer Network of West Michigan.

Robell said she was drawn to neuro-oncology because of the opportunity to provide meaningful care at a time that could be the most difficult in someone’s life.

“Part of our job is treating the cancer, the other part is treating the person,” she said. “That means understanding what’s important to them, what their goals are, what sacrifices they are willing to make and what they are not willing to sacrifice,” she said. “Until you are treating those things, you are only treating half of the person.”

“Dr. Robell specializes in treatment of patients with primary brain tumors, metastatic disease to the brain and spine, as well as the neurologic complications of cancer — services that are much needed in West Michigan,” said Dr. Rakesh Pai, president of the medical group and chief population health officer, University of Michigan Health-West.

The Cancer Network of West Michigan is a collaboration between University of Michigan Health-West, Mercy Health St. Mary’s and Mercy Health Muskegon, allowing the network to leverage combined resources, capabilities and expertise from multiple organizations.

“Patients have been facing the prospect of traveling to southeast Michigan or Chicago to receive treatment,” Pai said. “We’re thrilled that Dr. Robell is bringing her expertise home to offer hope and treatment to patients in the region she knows so well.”

The Cancer Network of West Michigan will provide Robell the opportunity to split her time between University of Michigan Health-West Cancer Center and the Mercy programs in both Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

“This is such a unique opportunity to have sub-specialty cancer care available to people in West Michigan,” Robell said. “I’m excited to see where this will be in five years.”

Robell earned her undergraduate degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and later returned to Michigan where she attained her medical degree from Wayne State University. After completing her residency at University of Michigan Medical Center in neurology, she pursued a neuro-oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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