Thyra Endicott, MD, Radiation Oncologist

Established 30 years ago, the Department of Radiation Oncology at Torrance Memorial Medical Center is staffed with board-certified medical specialists who are experts at eliminating or halting the progress of cancer.

Established 30 years ago, the Department of Radiation Oncology at Torrance Memorial Medical Center is staffed with board-certified medical specialists who are experts at eliminating or halting the progress of cancer. One of those specialists is radiation oncologist Dr. Thyra Endicott, who has been with Torrance Memorial for 10 years. Dr. Endicott graduated from medical school in Canada, where she grew up. She completed her radiation oncology residency at a regional comprehensive cancer center in Ontario, where she served as chief resident. She then received an ASTRO fellowship award to spend a year at UCLA as a fellow in radiation therapy, focusing on cancers of the brain and spinal cord. She stayed on another year as UCLA faculty before joining the Torrance Memorial practice.

What would you like potential patients to know about you?

“One of the great strengths of this community hospital is that the physicians in the different specialties have also formed a community. We know each other, we talk to each other, we enjoy working together. That leads to a team approach that I have not experienced at other centers. Many members of our radiation therapy staff have been with us for more than 10 years–some for 30 years. My patients love them as much as I do. They recognize the thoughtfulness and expertise that goes into every radiation treatment.”

What does the future hold for your practice?

“At Torrance Memorial, we have developed an excellent program for delivering technologically advanced radiation therapy. We will expand on that in the coming year, to offer stereotactic radiotherapy for many different cancer types. We have recently opened a second treatment center in Redondo Beach. Our goal is to deliver state-of-the-art cancer treatment with the greatest possible compassion and coordination of care.”

How do you give back to your community? 

“I am on the board of managers at the Torrance-South Bay YMCA. I am co-chair of the Leadership and Education Council at Torrance Memorial, and I am also a member of the Torrance Memorial Tumor Board, Breast Cancer Committee, Bioethics Committee, Institutional Review Board and Palliative Care Committee. I am very involved in the life of Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. My husband, Jonathan Chute, is the senior pastor there. It’s more fun to be a minister’s wife than one might think!”

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