Forrest General Hospital loses beloved radiation oncologist, Mike Cheng, MD
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (December 19, 2017) – Forrest General Hospital announced today that Mei-Chang (Mike) Cheng, MD, radiation oncologist at Forrest General’s Cancer Center, died yesterday after suffering a heart attack on Friday, December 15.
“Dr. Cheng spent his life caring for people with cancer and giving them hope. I can think of no better way to spend a lifetime. The Forrest Health family mourns today with Dr. Cheng’s family, friends, co-workers and patients. This is an unexpected loss that will no doubt resonate through our community,” said Andy Woodard, Forrest Health president.
Dr. Cheng, along with Richard Clatterbuck, MD, was instrumental in getting the radiosurgery program underway at the Cancer Center. He also led efforts to get a third radiotherapy vault added to the Cancer Center for treatments; the vault will be added next year.
Dr. Cheng has been with the Forrest General Cancer Center since June 2003. Before his time at Forrest General, he served as chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at the Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center in Cooperstown, New York. He did his undergraduate work at Rutgers University and graduated with a B.S. in 1975. In 1977, Dr. Cheng graduated with an MA from Columbia University and earned his MD from St. George’s University in 1981.
“Dr. Cheng was brilliant and had a passion for finding the latest technology and treatment options for his patients. Everyone who met him loved his wit and excellent sense of humor. He was a favorite among patients as well as medical staff, and I will certainly miss his good humor and cheerful disposition. I never had a conversation with him that he did not emphasize doing what was right for the patients,” said Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president.