Meet Dermatologist Nicholas Flores
I'm Dr. Nicholas Flores. I'm a board-certified radiation oncologist, and I'm the Medical Director for electronic brachytherapy at Arizona Dermatology. I originally trained at University of Rochester in upstate New York. I went to medical school at SUNY at Buffalo.
A lot of people ask me how I ended up in Arizona, and my response is usually, "I got tired of shoveling snow." I was offered the opportunity to originally come to Arizona in 1997, to design and develop the first hospital-based radiation oncology clinic at Scottsdale Healthcare. We were successful in designing and building two centers, and introducing technologies that, up until my arrival, hadn't been available anywhere in the Southwest.
Arizona Dermatology has taken a very proactive academic approach to trying to integrate the most modern, comprehensive techniques that are available within the practice of dermatology here. They've been the first in the area to offer a lot of the more cutting-edge procedures, radiation oncology being one of them.
I've been particularly impressed with the degree which they go to make sure the patient feels comfortable, is aware of all the potential treatments, and has as much time to spend with their doctors as possible.
Dr. Nicholas E. Flores, M.D. came to Arizona Dermatology from Scottsdale Healthcare where he served as the Director of Radiation Oncology. He also acted as Medical Director for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and has been multiple-time recipient of the Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor Award.
Dr. Flores earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Cell and Molecular Biology, with an emphasis in radiation biology and biophysics. While still a medical student he also ran the Metabolic Disorder Division for the statewide Pediatric Genetics Program. He went on to complete his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester in Upstate New York and helped start the city’s first dedicated veterinary oncology program.
After completing his residency and still in his fellowship, Dr. Flores was recruited for the position of Divisional Director of Radiation Neuro-oncology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to develop the state’s first intracranial brachytherapy program for the treatment of malignant brain tumors. By 1997, Dr. Flores could not think of a good reason to keep shoveling snow and accepted Scottsdale Healthcare’s offer to design and staff their first hospital-based radiation oncology program.
Shortly after his arrival in the Valley, Dr. Flores developed the first intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) program in Scottsdale, the first LINAC-based radiosurgery program for brain tumors in Arizona and the Southwest’s first modern image guided radiotherapy program (IGRT) for prostate cancer. These same techniques were eventually adapted by him for the rare and recurrent tumors in the body and have since become the standard of care throughout the country. His growing experience in introducing advanced procedures in non-academic centers made him a sought-after speaker at various national conferences focusing on the implementation of new technologies in the community cancer hospital.
Working closely with local ophthalmologists, Dr. Flores began the Phoenix Eye Cancer Center Program in 2013, using directly implanted radioactive sources to treat retinal melanomas. It was during this time that Arizona Dermatology presented Dr. Flores with a unique opportunity to develop one of the country’s first dedicated radiation oncology skin cancer centers.
“The Physicians at Arizona Dermatology are a nationally-recognized group of board-certified dermatologists specializing in cutting-edge medical and surgical techniques. It was their interest in developing the region’s first dermatology-dedicated radiotherapy clinic that convinced me to join their practice. I am proud to say that we have taken a fledgling program based on an entirely new technology and turned it into one of the most active dermatological brachytherapy centers in the country. At this point we have delivered thousands of radiation treatment with virtually no side effects and excellent results.”
When not caring for patients, Dr. Flores enjoys hiking trails that are too steep, biking when it is too hot, writing a book he will never finish and tripping over two rescued Labrador Retrievers that nobody wants.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Board of Radiation
- Radiation Oncology – Board Certified