“It is my responsibility to listen to my patients, present their diagnosis and treatment in a way they can understand, and care for them as individuals.”
Dr. Norleena Gullett views her relationship with patients as a partnership in which both doctor and patient work toward each person’s treatment goals. Dr. Gullett joined Erlanger Health System in December of 2014. She moved to Chattanooga to be closer to her parents.
“My responsibility as a physician is to provide cancer care using the latest technologic advances and expertise,” says Gullett. “It is also my responsibility to listen to each patient, present their treatment in a way they can understand, and care for them as individuals. My patients teach me their goals of care.”
Dr. Gullett completed her residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University where the original clinical trials for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) were completed in the United States. Her training allowed her to focus on treating lung and spine tumors using this specialized radiation technique.
Dr. Gullett has experience treating brain tumors with proton therapy as well as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) using both the Cyberknife™, Gamma Knife™, as well as linear accelerators.
Dr. Gullett is passionate about women’s health and has trained extensively in breast cancer. She employs newer radiation schedules that shorten the course of treatment and for selected patients, can target radiation to only part of the breast to reduce side effects. She is interested in provided holistic care and developed a clinical trial examining the use of complementary and alternative medicine by breast cancer patients during their radiation.
In 2008, Dr. Gullett received her Doctor of Medicine from Emory University in Atlanta. Prior to this she completed a Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Johns Hopkins University. She was awarded the C. Everett Koop, Surgeon General, Award from the American Society of Nutrition in 2006. During her residency at Indiana University, Dr. Gullett studied medical journalism at ABC News. Her work can be viewed at ABCnews.com.