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Thompson Proton Center Names Executive Director

Posted on September 19, 2022 in Blog


Thompson Cancer Survival Center names Gary Barlow as executive director of Thompson Proton Center in Knoxville, TN.
Gary Barlow, Executive Director of Thompson Proton Center

Thompson Cancer Survival Center has named Gary Barlow as the executive director of the Thompson Proton Center. Barlow will manage the day-to-day operations of the proton center.

Barlow joins Thompson Cancer Survival Center from the New Mexico Cancer Center, where he was leading the development of a new proton therapy center. Prior to his work there, he spent eight years as the executive director on a team with US Oncology, McKesson and Baylor Scott & White that developed and opened the Texas Center for Proton Therapy in Dallas. He was also previously the technical director at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, where he was responsible for the day-to-day clinical operations for over 150 patients daily.

“I’m pleased to welcome Gary Barlow to the team,” said Scott Warwick, president and chief administrative officer of Thompson Cancer Survival Center. “He is one of the most experienced leaders in the proton therapy field, has an unbelievable work ethic, is dedicated to his team and already lives the Covenant Health pledge of excellence by providing the best care possible to his patients.”


“I am excited to join the team at Thompson Proton Center,” said Barlow. “Proton therapy is expanding in use because of its precision in treating a variety of cancers. Having previously established and operated proton centers in other areas of the country, I’m looking forward to growing this advanced treatment technology here in East Tennessee.”


Thompson Proton Center, formerly the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center, was acquired by Covenant Health in July. The acquisition expanded the offerings of Thompson Cancer Survival Center to include proton therapy, one of the world’s most advanced forms of radiation therapy for cancer treatment.

Barlow received his bachelor’s degree in radiological technology from the Medical University of South Carolina.

About Thompson Cancer Survival Center

Thompson Cancer Survival Center (TCSC) was founded to bring world-class cancer care to East Tennessee. At Thompson, leading cancer specialists use the most advanced technologies to achieve breakthrough successes in treating many types of cancer. Our doctors have the support of a complete team: Dieticians, genetics counselors, physicists, pharmacists, therapists, technologists, oncology nurses, social workers and others are all there to treat – and beat – the disease. To learn more, visit

About Covenant Health

Covenant Health is an award-winning Tennessee healthcare delivery system serving 23 counties and committed to providing excellent care for our 2 million+ patients each year. We fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life in our region through comprehensive services at nearly 150 locations, including 10 hospitals; outpatient clinics; specialized behavioral, oncology and rehabilitation facilities; home care; physician practices, and community programs. With more than 11,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Covenant Health is the area’s largest employer and has been recognized by Forbes as a Best Employer seven times. Learn more at