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Physician Spotlight: Elizabeth Falkenberg, M.D.

What do patients say about Dr. Falkenberg?

“Dr. Falkenberg is a very caring physician, and she spends time with you to answer your questions to ensure you understand your treatment plan.  The entire staff is also wonderful.” 

“Comfortable environment and friendly staff.  Easy access to medical staff when questions arise. Dr. Falkenberg is very helpful and extremely competent.” 

“She is a very kind and compassionate doctor.  If you’re unfortunate enough to need medical services, she will do her absolute best to try to help you through a frightening situation” 

What is your role at Alliance Cancer Care and how long have you worked here?

I am a radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care.  I started here in 2005 after graduating from UAB School of Medicine and completing a radiation oncology residency in Birmingham, AL.

What type of cancers do you treat?

I treat all different types of cancer.  I do treat more breast cancer patients than other physicians, but I do treat all cancers from head to toe.

What do you love most about your job?

The thing I love most about my job is working with people.  Not only do I get to work with a great staff, but I also enjoy working with my patients.  We want to find a specific treatment strategy for each patient, and I enjoy working with patients to make sure they are satisfied with their cancer treatment.  I do like to take a multidisciplinary approach and work with other physicians as well in designing a cancer treatment for each patient.

What do you love to do outside work?

I spend a lot of time with my children – watching soccer games, track meets, and hockey.  With four children, I spend a lot of time outside.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I do have four kids, ranging in age from 21 to age 10.  It is exciting to be at multiple sporting events.  My oldest daughter is at Alabama and my oldest son is at Auburn, so we have an exciting fall season.

What is one piece of advice you want patients to know coming to Alliance Cancer Care for their radiation treatment?

Make sure that we help you with your cancer treatment.  Each patient desires a different cancer treatment strategy, and we want to individualize patient treatment.  We want our staff to be kind and courteous to every patient, and we want our patients to enjoy coming on a daily basis.  While patients do not enjoy coming for cancer treatment, we want it to be a pleasant experience.  I know cancer treatment can sound very scary, but we are here to help you through this process. I look forward to meeting you for our appointment.

What do Dr. Falkenberg’s nurses say about working with her?

“After being a nurse for more than 25 years and working with countless physicians, I can honestly say I have never met anyone with more compassion or who cares about their patients more than Dr. Falkenberg.”