Naomi Rachel Schechter, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
AddressGNH 1100 N. State Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Title(s)Director of Quality & Safety - Keck Medical Center

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    Dr. Naomi Rachel Schechter is an Associate Professor of Clinical and Director of Quality and Safety at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Keck Medical Center of USC, specializing in the treatment of head and neck and breast cancers.  As the Director of Quality and Safety for Radiation Oncology, she plays a central role in building uniformity in policies and procedures, adopting national best practices and enforcing quality control and quality improvement in radiation oncology across the USC Health system.

    Prior to coming to USC, she was on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco for 7 years where she served as Vice Chair and Director of Quality Assurance and Patient Safety in the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology. She was previously on faculty at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, TX for 6 years.  She also served as a radiation oncologist at The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center for 2 years treating a wide variety of cancers including using high dose rate brachytherapy for endometrial cancers.

    She has received numerous awards, including being elected to Best Doctors in America.

    Clinical Expertise: Head and Neck and Breast Cancer

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    1. ACR-ASTRO Practice Parameter for Communication: Radiation Oncology. Am J Clin Oncol. 2020 08; 43(8):553-558. Schechter NR, Brown DW, Bovi JA, Dominello MM, Liu AK, Mattes MD, Michalski JM, Shih HA, Strom E, Wilkinson JB, Rosenthal SA, Hartford A. PMID: 32520791.
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    2. Technical Challenges of Heart Avoidance for Synchronous Breast and Lung Cancers in a Postmenopausal Female: A Planning Case Report From a Safety-Net Hospital. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Sep-Oct; 5(5):1076-1082. Marques C, Schiff J, Momin F, McAllister N, Jennelle RL, Bian SX, Schechter NR, Yoo SK. PMID: 33083670.
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    3. Correction to: A Radiation Oncologist's Guide to Axillary Management in Breast Cancer: A Walk Through the Trials. Curr Breast Cancer Rep. 2020 Mar; 12(1):44. Jang JK, Sverdlik ER, Schechter NR. PMID: 32218887.
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    4. A Radiation Oncologist's Guide to Axillary Management in Breast Cancer: A Walk Through the Trials. Curr Breast Cancer Rep. 2019 Dec; 11(4):293-302. Jang JK, Sverdlik ER, Schechter NR. PMID: 32215182.
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    5. Factors Leading to Decreased Rates of Immediate Postmastectomy Reconstruction. J Surg Res. 2019 06; 238:207-217. Tung L, Jeong YJ, Lane C, Carey JN, Sposto R, Schechter NR, Sener SF, Lang JE. PMID: 30772679.
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    6. Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation: A Story of the Surveyor Experience. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 05; 15(5):787-788. Schechter NR. PMID: 29483048.
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    7. Challenges in using liquid biopsies for gene expression profiling. Oncotarget. 2018 Jan 23; 9(6):7036-7053. Porras TB, Kaur P, Ring A, Schechter N, Lang JE. PMID: 29467948.
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    8. Development of a Radiation Oncology Resident Continuity Clinic to Improve Clinical Competency and Patient Compliance. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 03 01; 100(3):551-555. Yoo SK, Bian SX, Lin E, Batth SS, Ng LW, Andrade J, Williams PA, Pham AH, Ragab OM, Schechter NR, Chang EL, Jennelle RLS. PMID: 29413269.
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    9. Radiotherapy quality assurance and patient safety director presents: Accreditation survey day: Story experience & tips. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2018 May - Jun; 8(3):141-144. Schechter NR. PMID: 28760676.
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    10. Risk of positive nonsentinel nodes in women with 1-2 positive sentinel nodes related to age and molecular subtype approximated by receptor status. Breast J. 2014 Jul-Aug; 20(4):358-63. Freedman GM, Fowble BL, Li T, Hwang ES, Schechter N, Devarajan K, Anderson PR, Sigurdson ER, Goldstein LJ, Bleicher RJ. PMID: 24861613.
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    11. Comparison between hybrid direct aperture optimized intensity-modulated radiotherapy and forward planning intensity-modulated radiotherapy for whole breast irradiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Jan 01; 76(1):91-9. Descovich M, Fowble B, Bevan A, Schechter N, Park C, Xia P. PMID: 19395189.
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    12. Radiation dosimetry and biodistribution of (99m)Tc-ethylene dicysteine-deoxyglucose in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2009 Oct; 36(10):1583-91. Schechter NR, Erwin WD, Yang DJ, Kim EE, Munden RF, Forster K, Taing LC, Cox JD, Macapinlac HA, Podoloff DA. PMID: 19396440.
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    13. Assessment of carotid artery dose in the treatment of nasopharyngeal cancer with IMRT versus conventional radiotherapy. Radiother Oncol. 2009 Feb; 90(2):213-20. Vitolo V, Millender LE, Quivey JM, Yom SS, Schechter NR, Jereczek-Fossa BA, Milani F, Orecchia R, Xia P. PMID: 18926579.
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    14. Technologies for translational imaging using generators in oncology. Recent Pat Anticancer Drug Discov. 2007 Nov; 2(3):251-8. Schechter NR, Yang DJ, Azhdarinia A, Chanda M. PMID: 18221069.
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    15. Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck treated by surgery with or without postoperative radiation therapy: prognostic features of recurrence. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Sep 01; 66(1):152-9. Chen AM, Bucci MK, Weinberg V, Garcia J, Quivey JM, Schechter NR, Phillips TL, Fu KK, Eisele DW. PMID: 16904520.
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    16. The impact of immediate breast reconstruction on the technical delivery of postmastectomy radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Sep 01; 66(1):76-82. Motwani SB, Strom EA, Schechter NR, Butler CE, Lee GK, Langstein HN, Kronowitz SJ, Meric-Bernstam F, Ibrahim NK, Buchholz TA. PMID: 16765534.
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    17. The impact of young age on locoregional recurrence after doxorubicin-based breast conservation therapy in patients 40 years old or younger: How young is "young"? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2006 Aug 01; 65(5):1345-52. Oh JL, Bonnen M, Outlaw ED, Schechter NR, Perkins GH, Strom EA, Babiera G, Oswald MJ, Allen PK, Thames HD, Buchholz TA. PMID: 16750315.
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    18. Immediate breast reconstruction can impact postmastectomy irradiation. Am J Clin Oncol. 2005 Oct; 28(5):485-94. Schechter NR, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Arzu I, McNeese MD, Langstein HN, Kronowitz SJ, Meric-Bernstam F, Babiera G, Hunt KK, Hortobagyi GN, Buchholz TA. PMID: 16199989.
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    19. Predictors of locoregional recurrence in patients with locally advanced breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2005 Jun 01; 62(2):351-7. Huang EH, Tucker SL, Strom EA, McNeese MD, Kuerer HM, Hortobagyi GN, Buzdar AU, Valero V, Perkins GH, Schechter NR, Hunt KK, Sahin AA, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15890574.
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    20. Postmastectomy radiation improves local-regional control and survival for selected patients with locally advanced breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy and mastectomy. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Dec 01; 22(23):4691-9. Huang EH, Tucker SL, Strom EA, McNeese MD, Kuerer HM, Buzdar AU, Valero V, Perkins GH, Schechter NR, Hunt KK, Sahin AA, Hortobagyi GN, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15570071.
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    21. Clinically relevant pneumonitis after sequential paclitaxel-based chemotherapy and radiotherapy in breast cancer patients. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2004 Nov 17; 96(22):1676-81. Yu TK, Whitman GJ, Thames HD, Buzdar AU, Strom EA, Perkins GH, Schechter NR, McNeese MD, Kau SW, Thomas ES, Hortobagyi GN, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15547180.
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    22. Radiation dosimetry of 99mTc-labeled C225 in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. J Nucl Med. 2004 Oct; 45(10):1683-7. Schechter NR, Wendt RE, Yang DJ, Azhdarinia A, Erwin WD, Stachowiak AM, Broemeling LD, Kim EE, Cox JD, Podoloff DA, Ang KK. PMID: 15471833.
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    23. Her2/neu-positive disease does not increase risk of locoregional recurrence for patients treated with neoadjuvant doxorubicin-based chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2004 Aug 01; 59(5):1337-42. Buchholz TA, Huang EH, Berry D, Pusztai L, Strom EA, McNeese MD, Perkins GH, Schechter NR, Kuerer HM, Buzdar AU, Valero V, Hunt KK, Hortobagyi GN, Sahin AA. PMID: 15275718.
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    24. Factors predictive of having four or more positive axillary lymph nodes in patients with positive sentinel lymph nodes: implications for selection of radiation fields. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2004 Jul 15; 59(4):1074-9. Shahar KH, Hunt KK, Thames HD, Ross MI, Perkins GH, Kuerer HM, Strom EA, McNeese MD, Meric F, Schechter NR, Sahin AA, Middleton LP, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15234041.
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    25. Breast conservation after neoadjuvant chemotherapy: the MD Anderson cancer center experience. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Jun 15; 22(12):2303-12. Chen AM, Meric-Bernstam F, Hunt KK, Thames HD, Oswald MJ, Outlaw ED, Strom EA, McNeese MD, Kuerer HM, Ross MI, Singletary SE, Ames FC, Feig BW, Sahin AA, Perkins GH, Schechter NR, Hortobagyi GN, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15197191.
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    26. T3 disease at presentation or pathologic involvement of four or more lymph nodes predict for locoregional recurrence in stage II breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy and mastectomy without radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2004 May 01; 59(1):138-45. Garg AK, Strom EA, McNeese MD, Buzdar AU, Hortobagyi GN, Kuerer HM, Perkins GH, Singletary SE, Hunt KK, Sahin A, Schechter N, Valero V, Tucker SL, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15093909.
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    27. Is concurrent chemoradiation the treatment of choice for all patients with Stage III or IV head and neck carcinoma? Cancer. 2004 Mar 15; 100(6):1171-8. Garden AS, Asper JA, Morrison WH, Schechter NR, Glisson BS, Kies MS, Myers JN, Ang KK. PMID: 15022283.
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    28. The delivery of IMRT with a single physical modulator for multiple fields: a feasibility study for paranasal sinus cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2004 Mar 01; 58(3):876-87. O'Daniel JC, Dong L, Kuban DA, Liu H, Schechter N, Tucker SL, Rosen I. PMID: 14967445.
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    29. Advances in radiation treatments of breast cancer. Clin Breast Cancer. 2004 Feb; 4(6):401-6. Frank SJ, McNeese MD, Strom EA, Perkins G, Salehpour M, Schechter N, Buchholz TA. PMID: 15023240.
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    30. Changes in the 2003 American Joint Committee on Cancer staging for breast cancer dramatically affect stage-specific survival. J Clin Oncol. 2003 Sep 01; 21(17):3244-8. Woodward WA, Strom EA, Tucker SL, McNeese MD, Perkins GH, Schechter NR, Singletary SE, Theriault RL, Hortobagyi GN, Hunt KK, Buchholz TA. PMID: 12947058.
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    31. Uncertainties in physical and biological targeting with radiation therapy. Rays. 2003 Jul-Sep; 28(3):211-5. Cox JD, Schechter NR, Lee AK, Forster K, Stevens CW, Ang KK, Komaki R, Liao Z, Milas L. PMID: 15018309.
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    32. Basal cell nevus syndrome concurrent with adenoid cystic carcinoma of salivary gland. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 May; 48(5 Suppl):S64-6. Yilmaz B, Goldberg LH, Schechter NR, Kemp BL, Ruiz H. PMID: 12734479.
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    33. Adjuvant irradiation for cervical lymph node metastases from melanoma. Cancer. 2003 Apr 01; 97(7):1789-96. Ballo MT, Bonnen MD, Garden AS, Myers JN, Gershenwald JE, Zagars GK, Schechter NR, Morrison WH, Ross MI, Kian Ang K. PMID: 12655537.
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    34. Imaging with 99mTc ECDG targeted at the multifunctional glucose transport system: feasibility study with rodents. Radiology. 2003 Feb; 226(2):465-73. Yang DJ, Kim CG, Schechter NR, Azhdarinia A, Yu DF, Oh CS, Bryant JL, Won JJ, Kim EE, Podoloff DA. PMID: 12563141.
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    35. Results of radiotherapy for T2N0 glottic carcinoma: does the "2" stand for twice-daily treatment? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2003 Feb 01; 55(2):322-8. Garden AS, Forster K, Wong PF, Morrison WH, Schechter NR, Ang KK. PMID: 12527044.
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    36. Assessment of epidermal growth factor receptor with 99mTc-ethylenedicysteine-C225 monoclonal antibody. Anticancer Drugs. 2003 Jan; 14(1):49-56. Schechter NR, Yang DJ, Azhdarinia A, Kohanim S, Wendt R, Oh CS, Hu M, Yu DF, Bryant J, Ang KK, Forster KM, Kim EE, Podoloff DA. PMID: 12544258.
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    37. Assessment of antiangiogenic effect using 99mTc-EC-endostatin. Cancer Biother Radiopharm. 2002 Apr; 17(2):233-45. Yang DJ, Kim KD, Schechter NR, Yu DF, Wu P, Azhdarinia A, Roach JS, Kalimi SK, Ozaki K, Fogler WE, Bryant JL, Herbst R, Abbruzzes J, Kim EE, Podoloff DA. PMID: 12030117.
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    38. Postoperative radiotherapy for malignant tumors of the submandibular gland. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2001 Nov 15; 51(4):952-8. Storey MR, Garden AS, Morrison WH, Eicher SA, Schechter NR, Ang KK. PMID: 11704316.
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    39. Can positron emission tomography improve the quality of care for head-and-neck cancer patients? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2001 Sep 01; 51(1):4-9. Schechter NR, Gillenwater AM, Byers RM, Garden AS, Morrison WH, Nguyen LN, Podoloff DA, Ang KK. PMID: 11516844.
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    40. Low-grade MALT lymphoma of the stomach: a review of treatment options. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2000 Mar 15; 46(5):1093-103. Schechter NR, Yahalom J. PMID: 10725618.
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    41. Treatment of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma of the stomach with radiation alone. J Clin Oncol. 1998 May; 16(5):1916-21. Schechter NR, Portlock CS, Yahalom J. PMID: 9586910.
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    42. Prognosis of patients treated with whole-brain radiation therapy for metastatic gestational trophoblastic disease. Gynecol Oncol. 1998 Feb; 68(2):183-92. Schechter NR, Mychalczak B, Jones W, Spriggs D. PMID: 9514808.
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