The following article was published in Happenings Magazine

Meet Thomas M. Churilla, MD

Northeast Radiation Oncology Center Welcomes Commonwealth Medical College Graduate

Following graduation from residency at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Dr. Thomas Churilla joins Northeast Radiation Oncology (NROC) as an oncologist. A native of Northeast PA, he worked with mentors from NROC during medical school and looks forward to working alongside them as partners.

Dr ChurillaEducation:
Residency, Radiation Oncology—Fox Chase Cancer Center
Residency, Preliminary Internal Medicine— Abington Memorial Hospital
Medical School—The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry—The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.

Why oncology? It was my dream ever since I was young. The older I got, the more interested I became. My parents encouraged and supported me, and I am so grateful. I love what I do and realize that I am very lucky to be able to say that.

Why oncology? I was initially drawn to it in my undergraduate studies, and was drawn to its humanistic component as a caretaker for my father before he passed away of colon cancer. During medical school, my general interest was supported by two wonderful mentors, Drs. Harmar Brereton and Christopher Peters at NROC.

Why NROC? At NROC, I can provide outstanding care for my patients and continue academic pursuits through clinical trials and working with the medical college.

Most exciting part of your new position: It will be a privilege to help care for the people in the community where I grew up. My wife, Tara, is also a physician who grew up in the area. We are incredibly excited to be returning home.

In five years: I hope to be an active member of the Northeastern PA medical community working with NROC, The Commonwealth Medical College and The University of Scranton. I hope to be able to give back to our local patients and students through teaching, mentoring and patient care.

Advice for aspiring medical students: Seek out mentors. Keep an open mind when deciding on a specialty. Seize opportunities.

If you weren’t a doctor: I sometimes wonder if I missed my true calling as a veterinarian.

Favorite part of Northeast PA: The food! There are so many outstanding small and family owned restaurants. We are looking forward to visiting both our favorites and new places.

Favorite summer activity: Mountain-biking.

Passions: I am an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and love playing recreational slow-pitch softball. I am a free agent looking for a team!