A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Arkans received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College before attending veterinary school back in his hometown at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation he stayed on the east coast, performing a one-year rotating internship at a large, multi-specialty practice in Red Bank, New Jersey, followed by a residency in Radiation Oncology at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. His residency program involved joint study with both the Duke and UNC Chapel Hill Medical Schools, including didactic training and participation in comparative and translational oncology studies. After completing residency and achieving board certification, Dr. Arkans practiced for a year in Sacramento, California, before moving to Chicago, Illinois where, in addition to running a busy clinical practice, he served as the Specialty Leader of Radiation Oncology across the entire nation-wide organization.
In clinical practice Dr. Arkans has experience with and expertise in a wide array of radiation treatment modalities, including image-guided, intensity-modulated, and stereotactic radiation therapy (including stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and dynamic adaptive radiotherapy). His clinical interests include neuro-oncology (treating tumors of the nervous system), incorporation of a multi-specialty and mult-modal approach to cancer patient care, adaptation of progressive radiotherapy techniques to unique veterinary challenges, injectable radiotherapy treatments (including I-131), and techniques for cancer screening and early cancer detection in the veterinary world.
When not at work, Dr. Arkans enjoys spending time with his family: his wife, Elaine (a veterinary surgeon and his personal career hero), young son, and ill-behaved lab mix Lord Eddard Stark (AKA Eddie).