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Dr. Daniel McKellar Finds Wayne The Perfect Place To Advance Cancer Care For The Region.

cancercaredr mckellarDr. Daniel McKellar appreciates an environment dedicated to excellence in patient care.  He found exactly that in Wayne HealthCare when he made the decision to join the staff full-time as a general surgeon and director of the cancer program in July of 2009.  

An experienced surgeon focused on cancer treatment, Dr. McKellar had been caring for patients in the region for several days a week until last year. He then came to the personal realization that Wayne offered an ideal place for him to permanently deliver superior cancer care for his patients. It was something that grew out of his fond connection to the community, his patients and associates at Wayne.  But more than anything, it was the environment, leadership team and medical professionals dedicated to unsurpassed cancer treatment.

“I have been involved with a number of hospitals throughout my career, and Wayne HealthCare is the most supportive of physicians of any I have ever experienced. They want their doctors to be as effective and successful as possible in caring for patients,” stated Dr. McKellar.

What Dr. McKellar discovered at Wayne was that the entire system was unified to deliver excellent patient care: new surgical suites for the most modern operating environment, the latest in technology, and high-quality medical professionals. All of this is wrapped in a beautiful environment conducive to the healing process. Plus, patients have access to advanced cancer treatments and are able to participate in national clinical trials.

But what Dr. McKellar truly appreciated was the quality of the medical associates that surround him. Whether the local physicians, pathologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, care coordinators, technicians or hospitalists, he has been impressed with the capable and experienced team associated with Wayne.

Dr. McKellar’s vision for the future is to make Wayne HealthCare an accredited cancer care center, complete with the latest in comprehensive treatment capabilities. He foresees a continuum of care and resources that mean local cancer patients can get superior treatment, closer to home. 

About Dr. Daniel McKellar:  Dr. Daniel McKellar was born in Northern California and attended the University of California, Davis receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors in biochemistry in 1982.  He then attended Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine and received his medical degree in 1987.  He performed his surgical residency at Wright State University, served in the United States Air Force and was in private practice in Dayton for several years. He joined Wayne HealthCare in 2009 as a full-time general surgeon and director of the cancer program. Dr. McKellar has published numerous peer reviewed articles, as well as a surgical textbook.  Dr. McKellar’s main interest throughout his career has been to improve the quality of care for cancer patients. He has been involved in many National Cancer Institute Supported clinical trials.  He has served on many national, state, and local cancer organizations, including the Ohio Division Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Ohio Partners for Cancer Control, and Dayton Clinical Oncology Program, all while serving on the cancer advisory committee to the Ohio Department of Health.  Dr. McKellar has also been active in the Commission on Cancer, serving as the chair of the Accreditation Committee.