David John de Harter, MD, Recognized for Contributions to Radiation Oncology

Dr. de Harter is credited with developing a system for more accurate delivery of radioactive sources


PALM CITY, FL, May 09, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — David John de Harter, MD, is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Drawing on over four decades of expertise in the field of health care, Dr. de Harter specialized in radiation oncology. Prior to his retirement in 2009, he found much success as a radiation oncologist, partner and an assistant medical director at Mid-Florida Radiation Oncology Associates, while concurrently serving as the head of operations for radiation oncology at the Treasure Coast Radiation Oncology Center and the Florida East Coast Cancer Center in Port Saint Lucie and Fort Pierce, Florida from 1996 to 2010. Throughout the course of his career, Dr. de Harter has held leadership positions at various medical institutions, including at Northern Arizona Health Care, the Flagstaff Medical Center, the Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and the LewisGale Medical Center, to only name a few.

In his career related endeavors, Dr. de Harter has also held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. Outside of his main vocational path, he has excelled as a sculptor and owner of Galerie MOTO. Furthermore, Dr. de Harter has served as the director of the Panasiatic Corporation in Seattle, Washington since 1988, and the president of Harter Land and Lumber Company in Greene County, Virginia as of 1986.

Before pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. de Harter attended the Salvatorian Seminary, where he graduated summa cum laude. He initially joined the Jesuit Order and served as a novice until he became very ill and encountered a doctor who steered him toward a medical profession. In 1969, upon completing his formal education, he began his vocation serving as a physician in the United States Navy, where he advanced to the rank of lieutenant commander prior to his honorable discharge from active service in 1972. In addition to his main responsibilities in the field, Dr. de Harter has authored and co-authored various academic papers; and in 1975, his research on the development of a system for more accurate delivery of radioactive sources was presented at the XI International Cancer Congress in Florence, Italy.

Prior to embarking on his professional journey, Dr. de Harter pursued an education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. He continued his academic efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1968. He graduated with high honors from both college and medical school. He subsequently completed a rotating internship with the United States Naval Hospital in 1969, and a residency in radiation oncology, as well as a fellowship in radiotherapy at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1975.

As a commitment to his field, Dr. de Harter was certified in therapeutic radiology and radiation oncology through the American Board of Radiology. Additionally, he was active with several industry-related organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, among others. Likewise dedicated to civic advocacy, he contributes to the American Cancer Society, the Sheldon Art Museum, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation, the City of Omaha Art in Public Places and the Omaha Public Library. Moreover, Dr. de Harter has notably established a regional radiation oncology center along with Dr. Gordon Adams and the famous television show host Johnny Carson in Norfolk, Nebraska, where he christened the facility as the Carson Cancer Center, named in honor of Mr. Carson’s parents.

Well-regarded for his contributions to the field, Dr. de Harter has received multiple awards, including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Middleton Fellowship through the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin in 2012. Additionally, he has been featured in the Journal of Radiology and recognized as a Marquis Who’s Who Top Professional. Among his professional accomplishments, he is most proud of receiving a research award while serving as a resident physician at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Reflecting on a long career, he attributes much of his success to his drive, curiosity and optimism. Looking toward the future, Dr. de Harter aspires to master his craft in sculpting and hopes to write his memoirs. 

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