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Medical Oncology and Hematology

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Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #200
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-326-8553

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Internship

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Residency

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Fellowship

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Board Certification

General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery

In The Media

Biography

Stefanie Schluender, MD earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY before completing her internship and residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

Dr. Schluender has been named Top Doctor in Tucson Lifestyle magazine, as well as Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors, and Exceptional Women in Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Schluender specializes in minimally invasive/robotic assisted procedures for benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. She also treats benign conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse, and colon polyps.

Philosophy

The Colorectal Surgical Team at Arizona Oncology provides expert surgical care that is both comprehensive and compassionate. Our experienced surgeons treat a high-volume of patients, offering proven treatments that are evidence-based and streamlined, focused on better outcomes and low complication rates. At Colorectal Surgical Specialists, we are caring for our community by putting patients first – always.

 

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #200
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-326-8553

Education & Credentials

Medical School

George Washington University

Internship

University of Arizona

Residency

General Surgery - University of Arizona and Colon and Rectal Surgery - Cleveland Clinic Florida

Board Certification

General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery

In The Media

Biography

Cybil Corning, MD earned her medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC before completing her internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She completed her residency in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, FL. She is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

Dr. Corning has been named Top Doctor in Tucson Lifestyle magazine, as well as Exceptional Women in Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and is a member of the American Association Physician Leaders. Dr. Corning specializes in minimally invasive/robotic assisted procedures for benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus. She also treats benign anorectal disease including hemorrhoids, anal fistula, fecal incontinence, and anal dysplasia.

Philosophy

The Colorectal Surgical Team at Arizona Oncology provides expert surgical care that is both comprehensive and compassionate. Our experienced surgeons treat a high-volume of patients, offering proven treatments that are evidence-based and streamlined, focused on better outcomes and low complication rates. At Colorectal Surgical Specialists, we are caring for our community by putting patients first – always.

 

Locations:

Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

7200 W. Bell Rd., Bldg. A
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 623-334-9881

Education & Credentials

College

University of Arizona

Medical School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Internship

Emory University School of Medicine

Residency

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Fellowship

Hematology/Oncology Research Track – University of Arizona Cancer Center

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

University of Pennsylvania T32 Fellowship
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellowship

Languages

English
Italian
Spanish

Research/Publications

  1. Michael Durando, Sanjay Menghani, Jessica Baumann, Danny Robles, Tovah Day, Cyrus Vaziri, Aaron Scott. Four-Year Disease-Free Remission in a Patient With POLE Mutation-Associated Colorectal Cancer Treated Using Anti-PD-1 Therapy. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2022 Mar; 20(3): 218-223
  2. Marcelo G. Kazanietz, Michael Durando, and Mariana Cooke. CXCL13 and Its Receptor CXCR5 in Cancer: Inflammation, Immune Response, and Beyond. Front Endocrinol. 2019 Jul 12; 10:471.
  3. Yang Yang, Yanzhe Gao, Liz Mutter-Rottmayer, Anastasia Zlatanou, Michael Durando, Weimin Ding, David Wyatt, Dale Ramsden, Yuki Tanoue, Satoshi Tateishi, Cyrus Vaziri. DNA repair factor RAD18 and DNA polymerase Polκ confer tolerance of oncogenic DNA replication stress. J Cell Biol. 2017 Oct 2;216(10):3097-3115.
  4. Michael Durando, Hannah Tiu, James Soo Kim. Sulfasalazine-Induced Crystalluria Causing Severe Acute Kidney Injury. Am J Kidney Dis. pii: S0272-6386(17)30748-5, 2017.
  5. Michael Durando, Satoshi Tateishi, and Cyrus Vaziri. A non-catalytic role of DNA polymerase η in recruiting Rad18 and promoting PCNA monoubiquitination at stalled replication forks. Nucleic Acids Research. 41, 3079, 2013.
  6. Yang Yang, Michael Durando, Stephanie L. Smith-Roe, Chris Sproul, Alicia Greenwalt, William Kaufmann, Sehyun Oh, Eric A. Hendrickson, and Cyrus Vaziri. Cell cycle stage-specific roles of Rad18 in tolerance and repair of oxidative DNA damage. Nucleic Acids Research. 41, 2296, 2013.
  7. Laura R. Barkley*, Komaraiah Palle*, Michael Durando*, Tovah Day, Aditi Gurkar, Naoko Kakusho, Jianying Li, Hisao Masai, and Cyrus Vaziri. c-Jun N-terminal kinase–mediated Rad18 phosphorylation facilitates Polη recruitment to stalled replication forks. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 10, 1943, 2012. (*contributed equal efforts to manuscript)
  8. Michael Durando, Rachel Morrish, and Anthony J. Muscat. Kinetics and Mechanism for the Reaction of Hexafluoroacetylacetone with CuO in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide. JACS, 130, 16659, 2008.

Biography

Michael Durando, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine before completing his internship in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and his residency in internal medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a clinical fellowship at the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Dr. Durando has considerable research experience and has been published in several medical publications, including the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Frontiers in Endocrinology, and the Journal of Cell Biology. In recent years, he has presented for the University of Arizona Department of Hematology/Oncology Scientific Grand Rounds. Dr. Durando is board certified in internal medicine.

Locations:

Tucson - Orange Grove

Tucson - Orange Grove

1845 W. Orange Grove Rd., Bldg. 2
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-742-7180

Education & Credentials

College

Washington and Lee University

Medical School

McGovern Medical School

Internship

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Residency

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Fellowship

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Board Certification

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

Golden Tarheel for excellence in medical student education, 2022

UNC OB/GYN Research Day Best Research Project by a Fellow, 2022

UAB OB/GYN Research Day Best Research Project by a Resident, 2019

UAB OB/GYN Research Day Best Abstract/Proposal by a Resident, 2017

Affiliations

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Society of Gynecologic Oncology

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Languages

English
Spanish

Research/Publications

  1. Buckingham L, O’Donnell JA, Hao T, Secord AA, Zhou C, Bae-Jump, V Ipatasertib, an oral AKT inhibitor, effectively inhibits cell proliferation and migration, and induces apoptosis in serous endometrial cancer cell lines in vitro: Endometrial Cancer Molecularly Targeted Therapy Consortium. Poster Presentation – SGO Annual Meeting 2021
  2. Mysona D, O’Donnell JA, Buckingham LK, Dockery LE Evaluation of optimal timing for post-treatment imaging after primary chemoradiotherapy in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer Poster Presentation – SGO Annual Meeting 2021
  3. Recknagel, JD, O’Donnell JA, Buckingham LK, Dockery LE The value of preoperative imaging for identification of metastatic disease and prediction of adjuvant therapy in clinical early-stage cervical cancer Poster Presentation – SGO Annual Meeting 2021
  4. O’Donnell JA, Buckingham LK, Hao T, Secord AA, Zhou C, Bae-Jump, V Ipatasertib, an oral AKT inhibitor, exhibits anti-proliferative and antitumorigenic effects in pre-clinical studies for endometrioid endometrial cancer: Endometrial Cancer Molecularly Targeted Therapy Consortium. Oral Presentation – SGO Annual Meeting 2021
  5. Buckingham L, O’Donnell J, Hao T, Zhou C, Bae-Jump V Ipatasertib, an oral AKT inhibitor, effectively inhibits cell proliferation and migration, and induces apoptosis in both endometrioid and serous endometrial cancer cell lines in vitro: Endometrial Cancer Molecularly Targeted Therapy Consortium. Oral Presentation – MAGOS 2020
  6. Burkett W, Buckingham LK, Zhang Y, O’Donnell JA, Dockery LE Neoadjuvant chemotherapy and interval debulking surgery in patients over 65: how do our older patients fare? Poster Presentation – MAGOS 2020
  7. O’Donnell JA, Buckingham LK, Pierce SR, West L, Yin Y, Sun W, Fang Z, Lee D, Zhou C, Bae-Jump V Docosahexaenoic acid demonstrates anti-tumorigenic effects in endometrial cancer Poster Presentation – AACR Special Conference on Endometrial Cancer 2020 Poster Presentation – MAGOS 2020
  8. O’Donnell JA, Gentry ZL, Dilley SE, Bevis KS The effect of a CPR decision aid on CPR knowledge and code-status preferences in patients with recurrent gynecologic malignancies SGO Annual Meeting (2020) – Poster Presentation
  9. Dilley SE, O’Donnell JA, Smith HJ, Bae S, Huh WK Rethinking cervical cancer screening guidelines in an aging U.S. population SGO Annual Meeting (2018) – Oral Presentation
  10. O'Donnell, Jillian A. (2015, June 01). The Addicted Student. Case Files - Medical Ethics and Professionalism

Biography

Jillian O’Donnell, MD earned her medical degree from McGovern Medical School before completing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed her gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. O’Donnell treats gynecological cancers, including ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and other cancers of the female reproductive tract. She specializes in the comprehensive surgical management of gynecological cancers, including both open and minimally invasive or robotic surgeries.

During her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. O’Donnell was a member of the Medical Student Education Committee, where she organized and participated in educational activities for third-year medical students. She also served as chair of the Ethics Committee, where she organized educational activities related to ethical issues in obstetrics and gynecology. She received the UAB resident research award for best abstract in 2016 and best presentation in 2019. During her fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. O’Donnell received the award for best research project by a fellow in 2022. The same year, she received the Golden Tarheel, which is awarded by medical students to fellows and faculty in the UNC medical system for dedication and excellence in medical student education.

Dr. O’Donnell is committed to contributing to the wider community of gynecological oncologists. In December 2020, she was invited to speak for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society Project ECHO Virtual Tumor Board in Danang, Vietnam, presenting “BRCA Mutations for the Gynecologic Oncologist.” She presented “Surgical Management of Vulvar Cancer” to the same group in June 2021. She is a current member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Philosophy

Dr. O’Donnell strives to build a relationship with each patient and their loved ones. She believes understanding each individual’s goals and values is integral to providing high-quality, personalized care. She is passionate about providing comprehensive care, starting with the initial diagnosis and treatment through surgery, medical management, and supportive care. Dr. O’Donnell became a physician for the opportunity to interact with, learn from, and serve others; gynecologic oncology is a field where she can do that in the hospital, the operating room, and the clinic while interfacing with a diverse group of patients and providers. She is thrilled to serve patients at Arizona Oncology, where she can provide access to the best and latest technologies in a convenient and accessible community setting. Dr. O’Donnell believes it is a privilege to support her patients throughout their cancer journey.

Personal

Outside of medicine, Dr. O’Donnell loves spending time with her family, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors. She is passionate about music, food and wine, and crafts—be sure to ask her about her latest knitting project!

Locations:

Scottsdale - Pima

Scottsdale - Pima

8415 N. Pima Rd., #165
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Fax: 480-270-6020
Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

7200 W. Bell Rd., Bldg. A
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 623-334-9881

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Oregon Health and Science University

Internship

University of Virginia Medical Center

Residency

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Fellowship

University of Virginia Medical Center

Board Certification

Oncology, Hematology

Biography

Lamia Boric, MD, earned her medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University before completing her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she received the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research Fellowship Award.

Dr. Boric treats the broad spectrum of cancer and hematologic disorders. She specializes in treating blood cancers and solid malignancies, with a focus on breast carcinomas. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition to English, she also speaks Bosnian and Croatian.

Philosophy

Dr. Boric believes good communication and trust are central to effective, patient-focused cancer treatment. She strives to treat each patient as if they are a friend or family member, and focuses on treating the patient, not just their cancer. Dr. Boric believes in teaching and empowering her patients, so they can make decisions together and customize their care to their individual needs.

Locations:

Goodyear

Goodyear

13555 W. McDowell Rd., #105
Goodyear, AZ 85395
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Fax: 623-535-7367

Education & Credentials

College

Rice University

Medical School

Baylor College of Medicine

Internship

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Residency

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – MD Anderson Cancer Center

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

Rice University – Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scholar
Rice University President’s Honor Roll and Magna Cum Laude Graduate
Rice University Trustee Distinguished Scholar
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Young Researcher of the Year

Affiliations

American Society for Radiation Oncology
American College of Radiation Oncology
Radiologic Society of North America
Catholic Medical Association

Languages

English
Spanish

Biography

Neil D’Souza, MD, received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine after completing the Rice University – Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scholar combined BA/MD program. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio before completing his residency in radiation oncology at UT Health San Antonio – MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr.  D’Souza has a special interest in treating breast, prostate, bladder, lung, head and neck, brain, skin, gastrointestinal, and gynecologic cancers, as well as lymphomas. He also works with palliative therapy for all forms of cancer. He specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery, fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, intracranially stereotactic body radiation therapy for primary and metastatic disease, and gynecologic brachytherapy.

Dr. D’Souza is an active member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiation Oncology, the Radiologic Society of North America, and the Catholic Medical Association.

Philosophy

Dr. D’Souza believes in personalized, integrated cancer care that is compassionate and comfortable for the patient. He aims to offer every patient the same up-to-date and holistic care he would want his family members to receive. He believes in empowering the patient by educating them as much as possible on their diagnosis and treatment options.

Personal

Outside of medicine, Dr. D’Souza is a commissioned figurative and portrait oil painter who has exhibited in juried group exhibitions both locally and nationally. He enjoys playing basketball and tennis, as well as weightlifting. He is passionate about engaging with his Catholic faith. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new cuisines with friends and traveling with his parents and little brother.

Locations:

Tucson - Rudasill

Tucson - Rudasill

2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-797-4502

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Aleppo

Residency

University of California Los Angeles

Fellowship

University of Arizona

Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American College of Physician

In The Media

Biography

Basel Shoua, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Aleppo, Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California Los Angeles, Kern Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Shoua completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Arizona in Tucson and served as chief hematology and oncology fellow.

In 2022, he received the Arizona Clinical Oncology Society Outstanding Fellow Award. He specializes in bone marrow biopsy and intrathecal chemotherapy. He has a special interest in lung, GI, and breast malignancy as well as benign and malignant hematology.

Philosophy

My goal is to help my patients live longer and maintain and improve their quality of life. I work with my patients and their families to design individualized treatment plans based on the latest scientific data and tailored to their unique goals and values.

Personal

In his spare time, Dr. Shoua enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball, and traveling the world to explore new places. He is fluent in English and Arabic.

Locations:

Glendale - Arrowhead

Glendale - Arrowhead

6525 W. Sack Dr., #105
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 602-283-3039

Education & Credentials

College

Augustana College

Medical School

University of Arizona

Internship

University of Wisconsin

Residency

University of Wisconsin

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Biography

Craig Hullett, MD, PhD earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson before completing his internship in internal medicine and his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI. While in medical school he earned numerous awards and honors including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the U of A and the Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Hullett has also been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his ability to provide patients with true humanistic care (compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care) by seeing each other’s humanity.

Dr. Hullett has considerable experience in clinical presentations and posters, and an impressive list of medical publications. He has been a journal reviewer for Communication Research, Clinical Breast Cancer, and Practical Radiation Oncology. Dr. Hullett is board certified in radiation oncology and can treat a wide variety of adult malignancies. He specializes in SBRT, IMRT, and brachytherapy treatments.

Philosophy

Dr. Hullett focuses on patients rather than diseases. He recognizes that no patient should be defined by their illness that brings them to his practice. He prides himself in taking the time to collaborate with his patients to mutually determine their best treatment path. Dr. Hullett states “I see patients as partners. I believe the best care occurs when you take time to listen to your patients, to learn about them as individuals, and customize the care plan to their unique needs.”

Personal

When outside of the clinic, Dr. Hullett enjoys basketball, football, fishing, and playing the piano.  He greatly enjoys spending time with his wife of nearly 30 years and his two sons.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Colorado Denver

Internship

University of Arizona

Residency

University of Arizona

Biography

Casandra Liggins, MD specializes in gynecologic cancer and surveillance of women at high risk for gynecologic malignancy. Dr. Liggins earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center before completing her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is a current member of the City of Hope's Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Liggins is experienced with in-office procedures including colposcopy, vulvar, vaginal, cervical, and endometrial biopsies, and IUD insertion, as well as operative procedures including hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy, and robotic modalities.

Outside of work, Dr. Liggins resides in Arizona with her husband and daughter. She enjoys being outdoors, reading, cooking, and spending time with extended family in the area.

Philosophy

“My goal and greatest reward is in making my patients feel heard and supported. I devote the time needed to ensure all my patients understand their diagnoses and are integral in their own management decisions. I work in collaboration with my patients to provide a personalized care plan that is unique to them, their families, and situation.”

Locations:

Goodyear

Goodyear

13555 W. McDowell Rd., #105
Goodyear, Arizona 85395
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Fax: 623-535-7367

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Tennessee

Internship

University of Illinois

Residency

Michigan State University Integrated Residency Program

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

Biography

Jennifer O’Neill, MD, FACS is a breast surgeon with Arizona Oncology. Board certified in general surgery, Dr. O’Neill specializes in breast conservation surgery for breast cancer with an emphasis on cosmetic results, mastectomies, with or without nipple sparing, inoffice core biopsies, SAVI device placement to allow accelerated partial breast irradiation, and benign breast disease, including granulomatous mastitis genetic testing with referrals for further counseling when appropriate. Dr. O’Neill earned her medical degree from the University of Tennessee before completing her internship in general surgery at the University of Illinois. She then went on to serve as Chief Surgical Resident and complete her residency at Michigan State University Integrated Residency Program. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a fellow at the American College of Surgeons.

Outside of work, Dr. O’Neill is an adventurer. She is passionate about photography and brings her camera everywhere, from camping to hiking and underwater scuba diving. Her traveling goal is to reach and know every National Park and byway. Her family grounds her, and she loves spending time with her boys and daughter-in-law.

Philosophy

It is my fundamental belief that everyone should have the care that I would want for myself or my family.

As an exclusive breast surgeon for 22 years, and a survivor myself, I have had an active part in the development of breast surgery as a subspeciality.  The information regarding breast cancer is robust and often confusing.  Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options available is critical in the decision-making process when deciding what is right for you.  To this end, my practice is family oriented so that your support systems are actively involved in helping through this uncertain time.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Gauhati Medical College, India

Residency

PGIMER Chandigarh, India and Henry Ford Health System, USA

Fellowship

Gynecologic Oncology – University of Minnesota and Surgical Critical Care – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Board Certification

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Critical Care Medicine

Affiliations

  • American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Languages

Assamese
English
Hindi

Biography

Shobhana Talukdar, MD earned her medical degree at the Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati, Assam, India before completing her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan. She completed her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and her fellowship in surgical critical care from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

She specializes in all areas of gynecological cancer such as ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, and other cancers of the female reproductive organs.

Philosophy

I believe in working as a team with the patient to meet each individual patient’s needs. My philosophy is to listen wholeheartedly and build relationships with my patients and their families to make sure they feel as safe and secure as possible, providing hope as we walk with them through their cancer journey.

Personal

In her spare time, Dr. Talukdar enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She’s passionate about cooking and travel.

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #200
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-326-8553

Education & Credentials

College

University of Missouri

Board Certification

FNP-C and CRNFA

In The Media

Biography

Sarah Plummer, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CRNFA, RN earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in Kansas City, MO before completing her Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She completed additional training to first assist in the operating room and in anorectal manometry testing. She is a board-certified FNP-C and CRNFA.

Sarah Plummer specializes in patients with a variety of colon issues, including surgical treatment of Inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, anal fistula, anal fissures, anal dysplasia, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor disorders, fecal incontinence, and benign anorectal disease. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Philosophy

The Colorectal Surgical Team at Arizona Oncology provides expert surgical care that is both comprehensive and compassionate. Our experienced surgeons treat a high-volume of patients, offering proven treatments that are evidence-based and streamlined, focused on better outcomes and low complication rates. At Colorectal Surgical Specialists, we are caring for our community by putting patients first – always.

 

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #200
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-326-8553

Education & Credentials

College

Georgetown University

Board Certification

Family Practice Nurse Practitioner

In The Media

Biography

Jennifer Ford, FNP-BC earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from American Public University Systems in Charles Town, WV before finishing her master’s in nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She completed additional training to first assist in the operating room as an RNFA and is a board-certified FNP-BC.

Jennifer Ford specializes in patients with a variety of colon issues, including surgical treatment of Inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, anal fistula, anal fissures, anal dysplasia, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor disorders, fecal incontinence, and benign anorectal disease. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

 

Philosophy

The Colorectal Surgical Team at Arizona Oncology provides expert surgical care that is both comprehensive and compassionate. Our experienced surgeons treat a high-volume of patients, offering proven treatments that are evidence-based and streamlined, focused on better outcomes and low complication rates. At Colorectal Surgical Specialists, we are caring for our community by putting patients first – always.

 

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #200
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-326-8553

Education & Credentials

College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medical School

Columbia University

Internship

University of Minnesota

Residency

University of Minnesota

Fellowship

Rutgers University

Board Certification

General Surgery

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: Best Resident Presentation, 2009

Cassius Ellis Resident Teaching Award, 2008

Research/Publications

  1. Louis E, Lee P, Quinn L, Marder K. “Dystonia in Huntington’s Disease: Prevalence and Clinical Characteristics.”  Movement Disorders. 14(1): 95-101. 1999. PMID 9918350
  2. Altman M, Lee P, Rich A, Zhang S.  “Conformational Behavior of Ionic Self-Complementary Peptides.” Protein Science. 9(6): 1095-1105. 2000. PMID 10892803
  3. Goda S, Hiroshi H, Umehara H, Miyaji M, Nagano Y, Harakawa N, Imai H, Lee P, McCarthy JB, Ikeo T, Domae N, Shimizu Y and Iida J.  “Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Produced by Human CXCL12-Stimulated NK Cells.”  American Journal of Pathology.  169(2):  445-58.  2006.  PMID 16877347
  4. Iida J, Wilhelmson KL, Ng J, Lee P, Morrison C, Tam E, Overall CM, McCarthy JB.  “Cell surface chondroitin sulfate glycosaminoglycan in melanoma:  role in the activation of pro-MMP-2 (pro-gelatinase A).”  The Biochemical Journal. 403(3): 553-63. 2007.  PMID 17217338
  5. Lee PK, Jarosek SL, Virnig BA, Evasovich M, Tuttle TM.  “Trends in the incidence and treatment of parathyroid cancer in the United States.”  Cancer. 109(9): 1736-41. 2007.  PMID 17372919
  6. Lee PK, Windsperger AP, Wilson CM, McCarthy JB, Wasiluk KR, Rothenberger DA, Bullard Dunn KM.  “The Effect of a Hyaluronan-Carboxymethylcellulose Membrane vs. Polyglactin 910 Mesh on Intra-Abdominal Tumor Formation in Mice.”  Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 51(9): 1430-7. 2008.  PMID 18418651
  7. Dunn KM, Lee PK, Wilson CM, Iida J, Wasiluk KR, Hugger M, McCarthy JB. “Inhibition of hyaluronan synthases decreases matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) expression and activity.” Surgery. 145(3): 322-9. 2009.  PMID 19231585
  8. Lee PK, Wilkins KB. Condyloma and Other Infections Including Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Surg Clin N.Am. 90(1): 99-112. 2010.  PMID 20109635
  9. Valente MA, Valente SA, Forsthoefel KF, Lee PK, Aguilar PS. “Ectopic breast adenoma of the anal margin:  an atypical presentation of anorectal pain.”  Tech Coloproctol.  17(5): 613-4. 2013.  PMID 23229560

Biography

Peter Kuan-Teh Lee, MD, FACS earned his medical degree from Columbia University in New York, where he participated in the NIH Summer Research Fellowship. He completed his residency and internship in general surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN before completing his colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

Dr. Lee treats cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus. He specializes in minimally invasive or robotic-assisted procedures for benign and malignant diseases in those areas, as well as surgery for inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. He also treats benign anorectal disease, including hemorrhoids, anal fistula, fecal incontinence, and anal dysplasia.

Before joining the Colorectal Surgical Specialists at Arizona Oncology, Dr. Lee practiced as a colon and rectal surgeon at Northwell Physician Partners in Huntington, NY, and OhioHealth Physician Group and Central Ohio Colon and Rectal Center, Inc. in Columbus, OH. He served on the teaching staff for colon and rectal surgery residents at Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Lee has been published in several medical publications, including Movement Disorders, Protein Science, The Biochemical Journal, and the American Journal of Pathology. He has presented to the New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Academic Surgical Congress. Dr. Lee was named an American College of Surgeons Fellow in 2016 and is also a current member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Philosophy

Dr. Lee’s priority is to provide expert surgical care that is both comprehensive and compassionate. The Colorectal Surgical Team at Arizona Oncology accomplishes this with evidence-based, streamlined treatments that are focused on better outcomes and low complication rates. He believes in putting patients first, always.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Universidad Católica de Honduras

Internship

Canton Medical Education Foundation

Residency

Canton Medical Education Foundation

Fellowship

Hospice and Palliative Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center & Medical Oncology at University of South Alabama

Board Certification

Medical Oncology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Excellence in Critical Care Award; Canton Medical Education Foundation

Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Languages

English
Spanish

In The Media

Biography

Delmer A. Montoya, MD earned his medical degree at the Universidad Católica de Honduras in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Canton Medical Education Foundation in Canton, OH, where he also served as chief Resident. Dr. Montoya completed his fellowship in hospice and palliative care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also completed his fellowship in medical oncology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. He specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of all types of cancer.

Philosophy

My goal is to provide comprehensive and evidence-based medical care including novel therapies that lead to improved survival, better treatment tolerance, and superior quality of life.

Personal

In his spare time, Dr. Montoya enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and dancing salsa. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Locations:

Tucson - Rudasill

Tucson - Rudasill

2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-797-4502

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Kasturba Medical College, India

Internship

Easton Hospital

Residency

Easton Hospital

Fellowship

Ochsner Clinic

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer

Languages

English
Hindi
Telugu

Biography

Suresh Mukkamala, MD earned his medical degree at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education before completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Easton Hospital in Easton, PA. He completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. His areas of interest include breast cancer, gastrointestinal malignancy, and lung cancer, as well as general hematology and oncology.

Philosophy

I believe in providing my patients with the same treatment and care that I would give to my family members. Developing an honest relationship with patients helps to eliminate uncertainty and improve trust toward better outcomes.

Personal

In his spare time, Dr. Mukkamala enjoys volleyball, cricket, table-tennis, and outdoor activities. He also loves to cook and spend time with his family and friends. He is fluent in English, Telugu, and Hindi.

Locations:

Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley

3188 N. Windsong Dr., Suite A
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Fax: 928-775-9431
Prescott

Prescott

1100 Gail Gardner Way
Prescott, AZ 86305
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Fax: 928-775-9431

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Universidad Americana, Nicaragua

Residency

Ohio State University Medical Center

Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine.

Biography

Allan V. Espinosa, MD is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. Dr. Espinosa earned his medical degree from the Universidad Americana, Nicaragua, and then went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He finished his fellowship in oncology/hematology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Espinosa also worked as a post-doctoral researcher on thyroid cancer at Ohio State University. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Espinosa specializes in general oncology with a special interest in endocrine malignancies. He was awarded the Excellence in Continuity Clinic Care Resident Award, as well as the Resident Teaching Award and the Humanism Award. He is a member of the ASCO and the ASH.

Philosophy

“I believe in treating every patient as if they are family. My goal is to provide compassionate and comprehensive cancer care, improving the lives of my patients through my dedication and hard work.”

Personal

Dr. Espinosa is married with a daughter. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, kayaking, skiing, and playing soccer.

Locations:

Tucson - Silverbell

Tucson - Silverbell

1620 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Fax: 520-623-6145
Green Valley

Green Valley

1315 S. La Cañada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Fax: 520-623-6145

Education & Credentials

College

Mount Holyoke College

Medical School

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Residency

National Naval Medical Center

Fellowship

SAUSHEC

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Languages

English
Spanish

Biography

Dr. Susannah Cooper is board certified in both medical oncology and hematology and has been practicing since 2011. As a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, she spent the early part of her career as a military physician. She had a distinguished military career as a hematologist/oncologist, caring for active-duty military members, retirees, and their dependents. During her career in the Air Force, she served in multiple roles including the director of the oncology clinical trial program at Wright-Patterson Medical Center, member of the Cancer Care Committee, medical student site director, and key clinical faculty member for the fellowship training program at San Antonio Military Medical center. She reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received the Meritorious Service Medal as part of her deployment to Afghanistan in support of the NATO-led Medical Training Advisory Group. After leaving the military, Dr. Cooper practiced as a general hematologist/oncologist in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and Knoxville, TN.

Philosophy

I am very passionate about my role as an advocate for my patients. Fighting cancer is for many one of the most challenging experiences they will ever have. For each patient and their family, this means something entirely different and it is my job to work with you, your family, and all other members of your multidisciplinary care team to provide you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and caring treatment possible. I believe that honest and clear communication with my patients from diagnosis through treatment and on to survivorship will allow us to make the best treatment decisions together as a team.

Personal

Outside of work, I dedicate much of my time focusing on wellness. I exercise daily and am always trying out new programs to improve my overall health. In addition to my focus on personal wellness, I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends.

Locations:

Tucson - Rudasill

Tucson - Rudasill

2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-797-4502

Education & Credentials

College

University of Rochester

Medical School

University of Zaragoza, Spain and Mount Sinai

Internship

Kaiser Medical Center

Residency

Kaiser Medical Center

Fellowship

University of Arizona Health Science Center

Board Certification

Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

Fellowship American College of Physicians

Affiliations

  • ASCO
  • ACP
  • AMA

Languages

English
Italian
Spanish

Biography

Gerald D. Hagin, MD, FACP is an internal medicine doctor specializing in hematology/oncology. Dr. Hagin has traveled the world with Christian medical missions and served in the United States Navy reserve, rising to the rank of Captain. His work with the National Health Service Corps enabled him to provide care to underserved communities throughout Arizona.

Dr. Hagin has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. His distinguished career includes teaching, private practice, and clinical investigator in clinical research. Dr. Hagin is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

Dr. Hagin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, and American Medical Association.

Dr. Hagin is married with two children and three grandchildren. He is active in his Christian faith. He enjoys music, astronomy, traveling, sports, and Bible study. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and is currently studying Italian.

Philosophy

“I believe in treating patients with a holistic approach which includes not only physical comfort but also emotional and spiritual comfort for patients and their families. An oncologist must be ready to care for all these needs and know when to seek consultation. It also requires a strong sense of humility. My medical and life experiences have helped shape my perspective with compassion for patients in all stages of their treatment.”

Locations:

Tucson - Silverbell

Tucson - Silverbell

1620 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Fax: 520-623-6145
Green Valley

Green Valley

1315 S. La Cañada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Fax: 520-623-6145
Oro Valley

Oro Valley

1850 E. Innovation Park Dr.
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
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Fax: 520-415-7937

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Minnesota Medical School

Residency

University of Arizona

Fellowship

Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Breast Surgical Oncology - Maimonides Medical Center

Board Certification

General Surgery

Affiliations

  • American College of Surgery

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Hendershott is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist who also completed a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she was named the Chief Academic Fellow.  Previously she was an assistant professor of surgery and assistant residency program director at Cooper University Hospital where she was an award-winning educator. She then worked as an attending surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Hendershott has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national surgical conferences. She is board certified, is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons, has fellowship training in breast surgical oncology from Maimonides Medical Center, and has 15 years of experience specializing in the care of breast patients.

Dr. Hendershott specializes in the surgical management of genetic, familial, and triple-negative breast cancers and has a special interest in invasive lobular cancers. She has additional training in the performance of oncoplastic techniques to maximize cosmetic outcomes in breast conservation surgery. In addition to nipple-sparing mastectomies, she offers "aesthetically flat" mastectomy scars using complex closures and performs Goldilocks procedures in women desiring breast mounds without formal reconstruction. 

Philosophy

As a breast cancer survivor, myself, I emphasize clear, compassionate communication and care coordination during cancer treatment. I focus on a "shared decision-making" approach with patients where we work together to identify the goals of care and the most appropriate treatments to achieve those desires. At the Silverbell and Green Valley offices, I can offer multidisciplinary visits where patients meet with the entire breast cancer team (medical and radiation oncology) at a single site and often at a single visit. Integrated care has been shown to decrease delays in treatment and optimize outcomes as well as increase patient satisfaction.

Locations:

Glendale

Glendale

6320 W. Union Hills Dr., #B1600
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 602-476-5077
Scottsdale - Pima

Scottsdale - Pima

8415 N. Pima Rd., #165
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Fax: 480-270-6020

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Loyola University Chicago Stritch

Residency

Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital

Fellowship

Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital

Board Certification

General Surgery

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Chief of Operations of Arizona Oncology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Past President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • AOA Medical Honor Society
  • Regularly listed in Best Doctors in America & America’s Top Doctors for Cancer

Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Surgical Association
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Society of University Surgeons

In The Media

Biography

Edgar D. Staren, MD, PhD, MBA is the Statewide Director of Breast Surgery Services and a Surgical Oncologist at Arizona Oncology. He is also the President of TransMed7, LLC, a minimal access medical technology company addressing patient needs from diagnosis to therapy. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor in the department of surgery at the University of Arizona, Phoenix College of Medicine.

He is a graduate of Loyola University - Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital. Dr. Staren also has a PhD in immunology/microbiology from Rush University and an MBA from Benedictine University. After his extensive training, Dr. Staren remained as a faculty member at Rush and held positions as Professor of General Surgery and Associate Dean for Medical Student Programs. Over the years he has served in a variety of roles, such as Professor, Chairman of Surgery, Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer, and CEO at various Colleges, Cancer Treatment Centers, and Research Institutes.  

Dr. Staren is a current member of numerous academic organizations including the American Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He is a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society and has been regularly listed in “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.” He has published nearly 300 scientific works including more than 150 manuscripts, 80+ abstracts, 45 book chapters, and 12 books. 

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of New Mexico

Residency

University of Arizona

Fellowship

University of Arizona

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology

Languages

Burmese
English
Hindi

Biography

Dr. Bajaj finished both his residency and fellowship at the University of Arizona. He served as a co-chief fellow in his last year of fellowship, taking responsibility for junior fellows' education at the program. During this time, he also focused his training on hematology with special interest in blood and bone marrow disorders. His clinical interests include: acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms, plasma cell dyscrasias, multiple myeloma, as well as a variety of benign hematologic issues, such as bleeding and clotting disorders, anemias and immune thrombocytopenic purpura. 

Dr. Bajaj also treats patients with genitourinary tract cancers, brain tumors such as glioblastoma, head and neck cancers, and skin cancers including melanoma.

 

Philosophy

I believe in honest and effective communication with my patients and care providers. I realize that it takes a multidisciplinary team approach to take care of our patients with cancer. My care philosophy is that at the end of our discussion, my patients received and understood all the information given to them in regards to their diagnosis and prognosis, as well as therapeutic options available to them when deciding on a treatment. I also advocate my patients for participation in clinical trials whenever available as it allows for them to receive frontline drug therapies while contributing to research and knowledge to improve care in the future.

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #201
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-323-0076 

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Jefferson Medical College

Residency

University of Arizona

Fellowship

University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center

Board Certification

General Surgery

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Participant, Surgeons as Educators course, American College of Surgeons
  • Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching

Affiliations

  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • Association for Surgical Education Clerkship Director Committee

Languages

English

Research/Publications

Chapters in scholarly books and monographs

1. Neumayer, L, Viscusi, R; Assessment and Designation of Cancer Stage; pp 531-554; The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Disease; Elsevier Inc.; Philadelphia, PA; 2017; 5th edition

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Rebecca Viscusi is a breast surgical oncologist who has been practicing medicine since 2005. Specializing in surgical care for breast cancer patients, she was the first surgeon in the Tucson area to utilize radar localization to target cancer during a lumpectomy.¹ She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and certified in ultrasound through the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Viscusi has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has delivered conferences, scholarly presentations, and seminars on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and general medical education. She has served as a reviewer for the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of Surgery.

Highly involved in service and outreach, Dr. Viscusi has been a member of the Susan G. Komen board, Tucson Society of Women Physicians and the Tucson Surgical Society. She served as a faculty advisor for the Association of Women Surgeons.

Prior to joining Arizona Oncology in 2019, Dr. Viscusi served as associate professor of surgery for the Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Viscusi is very involved in medical education and served as the director of the Medical Student Surgery Clerkship while at the University of Arizona.

1. Acoba, Elena, In Health-Breast Cancer: Better Ways to Detect and Treat, Tucson Lifestyle, 2017.

Philosophy

I strive to provide comprehensive, innovative, and compassionate care that is personalized for each individual patient. Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. I am passionate about helping patients navigate through this process as easily as possible while providing the best care possible.  

Personal

Dr. Viscusi is an Arizona native and a huge Arizona Wildcats fan. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as reading, spending time outdoors, and attending Arizona Wildcats basketball games.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829
Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #201
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-323-0076 

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Karachi, Pakistan

Internship

University of Nevada

Residency

University of Nevada

Fellowship

Michigan State University Breslin Cancer Center, McLaren/Sparrow Hospital

Board Certification

Medical Oncology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

Graduated with highest Distinction from KMDC, Pakistan

Second Place Scholarship Award, KMDC, Pakistan

Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Association for Cancer Research

Languages

English
Hindi

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Aisha Ahmed has been in practice for 10+ years, treating cancer patients, teaching, and participating as a Clinical Investigator in clinical trials. She treats and evaluates ALL cancer types with a special interest in breast cancer.

Dr. Ahmed has extensive experience and expertise in treating breast cancer. She previously practiced in Western Canada and contributed to provincial Breast Cancer Clinical Guidelines. She served as Chair of the Breast Cancer Disease Site committee at the Allan Blair Cancer Center, SCA. In addition, she served as the lead Breast Oncologist at Ascension Medical Group.

Dr Ahmed is also interested in teaching. She served as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Canada.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr Ahmed is highly involved in cancer research.  She has served as a Principle Investigator for several practice changing clinical trials conducted by the National Cancer Institute and Canadian Cancer Trial Group (CCTG) for breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.  She has also worked as principal investigator of industry sponsored clinical trials.

Philosophy

Patient care is of utmost importance to me, and I strive to provide compassionate, personalized, leading-edge and the best possible care for every patient I see, and at every step of their cancer journey.  Cancer is a diagnosis that affects not only the patient but the entire family, and I believe in taking care of the patient and their family as a whole, and not just the cancer.

Personal

When not working, Dr Ahmed enjoys time with her family including her two kids.  

Locations:

Tucson - Silverbell

Tucson - Silverbell

1620 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Fax: 520-623-6145
Green Valley

Green Valley

1315 S. La Cañada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Fax: 520-625-8467

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, India

Internship

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Residency

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Fellowship

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Board Certification

Medical Oncology

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Sreekanth Vasireddy has been practicing medical oncology since 2010. His areas of research and interest include breast cancer and pancreatic cancer along with general medical oncology. He practiced with the Ochsner health system in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before moving to Tucson in 2019 to join Arizona Oncology. He provides comprehensive and personalized cancer care to his patients by working with an excellent multidisciplinary team. He works closely with the team of experts at Arizona Oncology to develop the best treatment plan individualized to each patient while incorporating all the relevant insights from the latest research findings.

Dr. Vasireddy previously served as the chairman of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee at Ochsner Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A dedicated volunteer, he has taken an active part in community medicine outreach programs for medically underserved areas, HIV prevention awareness programs, breastfeeding awareness programs, and cancer screening and prevention programs over the years.

Philosophy

I strive to get to know my patients and their families so that I can provide them with a personalized care plan to treat their cancer which considers their individual preferences. I believe in close communication with my patients and the excellent multidisciplinary cancer care team at Arizona Oncology to provide the best possible care for my patients. I aim to keep up-to-date with all of the rapid advances in cancer care so that this can benefit my patients. I believe in empathetic and honest communication so that we can make the best decisions together to treat the disease.

Personal

A former high school field hockey player and medical school debate competitor, I currently enjoy all sports and the occasional debate. In my free time I love to spend time with my wife and daughter traveling and learning new things. Whenever I get a chance, I like to catch up on my reading, especially biographies and fiction books.

Locations:

Prescott

Prescott

1100 Gail Gardner Way
Prescott, AZ 86305
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Fax: 928-775-9431

Education & Credentials

College

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Medical School

The University of Nebraska

Internship

Denver Presbyterian

Residency

University of California, San Francisco

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners

Languages

English

In The Media

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Fax: 602-234-0417

Education & Credentials

College

University of Arizona

Medical School

University of Arizona

Internship

Emory University

Residency

Emory University

Languages

English
Gujrati
Hindi

Biography

Dr. Patel was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and moved to Arizona in 2000. He completed his general surgery internship and urologic surgery training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, obtaining recognition from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons as the 2019 Outstanding Minimally Invasive Surgeon.

Dr. Patel graduated magna cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona and obtained his medical degree from The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

During his time at Emory, Dr. Patel received advanced surgical training in all aspects of urology, including open and minimally invasive surgery, all urologic cancers, advanced robotic surgery (prostate, kidney, ureter, and bladder), cryoablation, brachytherapy, stone disease, vasectomy, male and female urinary issues, urological trauma, erectile dysfunction, prosthetic surgery, and infertility. Dr. Patel has also published book chapters, papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has presented at several national urology conferences.

Dr. Patel strives to provide the highest quality care for his patients, focusing on the importance of an open line of communication and treating each patient as he would his own family.

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #201
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-323-0076 

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Saint Louis University

Residency

University of Arizona

Fellowship

University of California San Francisco, Carol Frank Buck Breast Care Center

Board Certification

General Surgery

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor Award 

Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society of Breast Surgery 

Languages

English
Spanish

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Ley is a breast surgical oncologist who has practiced in the Tucson community since 2006. She provides compassionate and personalized care for each patient, working with Arizona Oncology’s team of breast specialists in medical and radiation oncology, and genetics. Together they develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on the latest research tailored to the individual.

Dr. Ley specializes in surgical care for breast cancer, those at high risk for breast cancer, and benign breast conditions. She utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques including axillary node preserving procedures and nipple sparing mastectomies. She practices oncoplastic breast surgery to optimize the surgical outcomes for her patients.

Dr. Ley previously served as director of breast surgery and associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona. She also serves as medical director of TMC’s Breast Health Program. 

Philosophy

I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families. I strive to understand the experiences, values, and influences that shape each patient’s life and response to illness and treatment. This holistic view helps me to collaborate with my patients to plan the surgical therapy that will provide the most successful outcome for their diagnosis, while helping them achieve the best possible quality of life. As a breast cancer survivor Dr. Ley personally understands the importance of surgical decision making that is shared between the patient and the surgeon. I aim to communicate with my patients frankly, yet gently, and with empathy. No matter our background, we are all people with challenges, successes, and feelings.  

Personal

Originally from northern California, Dr. Ley has lived in Tucson since 2000. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, camping, and skiing with her husband and two children, as well as reading, cooking, and baking. 

Locations:

Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley

3188 N. Windsong Dr., Suite A
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Fax: 928-775-9431
Prescott

Prescott

1100 Gail Gardner Way
Prescott, AZ 86305
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Fax: 928-775-9431

Education & Credentials

College

Arizona State University

Medical School

University of Arizona

Internship

University of Arizona

Residency

University of Arizona

Fellowship

University of Arizona and Arizona Cancer Center

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology                          
  • American Society of Hematology

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Langerak’s expertise includes multiple myeloma, lymphoma, breast, pancreatic, stomach, colon, lung, kidney, ovarian, uterine, testicular, bladder, and prostate cancers, as well as benign hematological problems. He received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Langerak is board certified in hematology and medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, and the American College of Physicians. Additionally, he is co-author of a handbook entitled "Chemotherapy Regimens and Cancer Care".

Personal

Dr. Langerak is married to Kelly Langerak, PharmD. They have 2 grown children, Andrew and Madison. They have 3 golden retrievers, Penny, Blue, and Gus.

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Fax: 602-234-0417
Scottsdale

Scottsdale

3501 N. Scottsdale Rd., #246
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Fax: 602-234-0417

Education & Credentials

College

Florida State University

Medical School

Florida State University

Internship

Mayo Clinic

Residency

Mayo Clinic

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Martin completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he served the final year as chief resident of urology. During training, he maintained an interest in research, presenting projects across the nation and publishing in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals, including the Journal of Urology. His clinical interests include robotic surgery, urologic oncology, BPH, kidney stone disease, prosthetic surgery, incontinence, and vasectomy. He is excited to stay in Arizona as a member of the Affiliated Urologists team.

In his spare time, Dr. Martin enjoys playing and coaching sports, participating in alpine and water sports, traveling, and playing the guitar and piano. He holds a black belt in martial arts and loves deep sea fishing.

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Fax: 602-234-0417
Scottsdale

Scottsdale

3501 N. Scottsdale Rd., #246
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Fax: 602-234-0417

Education & Credentials

College

University of California at Santa Barbara

Medical School

University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School

Internship

National Naval Medical Center

Residency

Naval Medical Center

Board Certification

Urology

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Lipson completed a general surgery internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after which he served two years as a battalion surgeon and regimental surgeon with the First Marine Division. He completed his urology residency at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, and then served as a staff urologist at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton until his release from active duty in 1998.

Following three years of practice in Southern California, Dr. Lipson moved to the Phoenix Valley in 2001. His style of high quality, compassionate care with attention to the patient’s needs resulted in his being named a PHOENIX Magazine Top Doc in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016, as selected by his peers. He has established himself as a local thought leader in the treatment of benign and malignant prostate disease. Additionally, his urologic interests include management of stone disease, testosterone supplementation, and vasectomy.

Dr. Lipson is board certified by the American Board of Urology. He is an active member of the American Urologic Association, the Society of Government Service Urologists, the Phoenix Urologic Society, and the National Organization of American Mohalim.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Alexandria, Egypt

Residency

Wayne State University

Fellowship

Wayne State University

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians, Member
  • American Society of Hematology, Member
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member
  • Alexandria Student Scientific Association, Member
  • Art committee; Medical Students Union 2002-2004, President
  • Medical Students Union 2001-2004, Member

Languages

Arabic
English

Research/Publications

  • Abdelaziz, Ahmed, and Ulka Vaishampayan. "Cabozantinib for Renal Cell Carcinoma: Current and Future Paradigms." Current treatment options in oncology 18.3 (2017): 18. 
  • Abdelaziz, Ahmed, and Ulka Vaishampayan. “Cabozantinib for the treatment of kidney cancer.” Expert Rev Anticancer Therapy. 2017 Jun 21.
  • Holdhoff, M., Ambady, P., Abdelaziz, A., Sarai, G., Bonekamp, D., Blakeley, J., ... & Ye, X. (2014). High-dose methotrexate with or without rituximab in newly diagnosed primary CNS lymphoma. Neurology, 83(3), 235-239.
  • Matthias Holdhoff, Guneet Sarai, Ahmed Abdelaziz, David Bonekamp, Stuart A. Grossman, Xiaobu Ye. High-dose methotrexate with and without rituximab for the treatment of newly diagnosed primary CNS lymphoma: Johns Hopkins Hospital experience; ASCO 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting (May 31 - June 4, 2013).
  • Ahmed Abdelaziz, Vuk Sekicki. A case of myasthenia gravis presenting with apnea: an unusual presentation of the neuromuscular disease; ACP Maryland chapter meeting 2012.
  • Rihab Sharara, Safa Hegazin, Inas Abuali, Ahmed Abdelaziz, Sapna Kuehl. Norovirus deserves our respect; ACP Maryland chapter meeting 2013.

In The Media

Biography

After graduating from the University of Alexandria, Dr. Abdelaziz completed his internal medicine residency in Baltimore, MD. During his residency, he participated in brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He finished his combined hematology and medical oncology fellowship at Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University. During his fellowship, he published in the field of kidney cancer. He has a special interest in lung cancer and breast cancer.

Philosophy

My ultimate goal is to help patients live longer and lead healthier lives. Quality of life is extremely important. This can be achieved by using recent advances in precision and individualized medicine as well as immunotherapy, which have changed the landscape of cancer treatment tremendously.  

Beside all the new advances in diagnosis and treatment, it is very important to treat the person, not the diagnosis. Understanding the goals and values of each patient is an integral part of any treatment plan. 

Personal

Outside of work, Dr. Abdelaziz enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He also enjoys movies and playing basketball.

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #100
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Education & Credentials

College

University of Oklahoma

Medical School

University of Oklahoma

Residency

University of Colorado (Urology)

Board Certification

Radiation and Urology

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Westmacott is originally from Tulsa, OK. After enlisting and serving in the Navy for four years, he attended the University of Oklahoma for undergraduate and medical school. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering, in 1982, and an MD degree, in 1986, from the University of Oklahoma.

He subsequently completed a residency in Urology, at the University of Colorado, in 1991. He worked as a urologist for Kaiser Permanente in Denver, CO, from 1991 to 2000. He re-trained in Radiation Oncology at the University of Arizona, from 2000–2004. 

Dr. Westmacott is board certified, in both Urology and Radiation Oncology, although he no longer practices Urology. He is a Radiation Oncologist at Arizona Oncology’s Craycroft office in Tucson.

He takes care of patients with all types of cancer, and has a particular interest in genitourinary cancers given his Urology background.

Personal

Outside of work, he enjoys cycling and visiting the kids in Colorado.

Locations:

Glendale

Glendale

6320 W. Union Hills Dr., #B1600
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 602-357-2401
Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Sonoran

Sonoran

33300 N 32ND AVE SUITE 201
Phoenix, AZ 85085
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Fax: 602-264-0417

Education & Credentials

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Art completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at Kansas University in Kansas City. He continued ongoing research in prostate cancer during his training at the university and was selected as the chief resident for his exceptional clinical and leadership skills. After completing his residency, Dr. Art practiced in Tennessee for several years before returning to his hometown to serve as chief of urology at St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington.

Dr. Art credits his early experience as a child watching his father fight kidney cancer as the driving force that led him into urology. He has expertise in urologic oncology with an emphasis on robotics and laparoscopy, benign disorders of the prostate, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, stone disease, and incontinence.

His outside interests include spending time with his wonderful wife, Melissa, and their two young children, Madison and James. Dr. Art is an avid fisherman and recreational shooter. When he's not working or spending time with his family, Dr. Art is a rabid college sports fan, most notably for his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Education & Credentials

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Stephen H. Ponas was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan Honors Program in 1984 with a degree in chemistry. He received his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1988. He did two years of general surgery training at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis from 1988-1990. He completed his urologic surgery training at Washington University in 1994. His practice includes general adult urology with particular interests in urologic oncology including laparoscopic and robotic surgery, endourology, stone diseases, and female urology.

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Fax: 602-234-0417
Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Education & Credentials

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Jaffee received his bachelor’s degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1993. After graduating from McGill magna cum laude, Dr. Jaffee received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. During his time at Albany Medical College, Dr. Jaffee was involved in medical research for diseases affecting the prostate at the Leahy Clinic in Massachusetts. It was that experience, combined with the influence of his father who was also a urologist, that convinced him to become a urologist as well.

“I saw how passionate my father was about caring for people and how meticulous he was as a surgeon; he combined his love of science, medicine, and people," said Dr. Jaffee. "He found his work to be profoundly satisfying, and I am fortunate enough to have followed in his footsteps.”

Dr. Jaffee completed his surgical internship and urology residency at SUNY Stony Brook. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Jaffee practiced urology in a diverse academic setting for 10 years in Providence, Rhode Island. He also gave lectures and mentored the medical students at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Jaffee's role as a faculty member at Brown University Medical Center required training the residents in urology as well as the fellows in urogynecology.

Dr. Jaffee is proud to have been selected as one of Rhode Island Magazine's Top Docs. He is proficient in the treatment of diseases affecting the prostate, bladder, kidney, and genitourinary system. He has additional expertise in issues relating to female pelvic organs and incontinence. In his spare time, Dr. Jaffee enjoys playing tennis, hiking, or unwinding with a good book.

He considers himself extremely lucky to be married to a physician who can help him solve all of life's mysteries, whether they be work or home-related. Together they have four wonderful children and a friendly miniature schnauzer.

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Fax: 602-234-0417
Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Scottsdale

Scottsdale

3501 N. Scottsdale Rd., #246
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Fax: 602-234-0417

Education & Credentials

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • US News and World Report Top Doctor in the United States in 2012
  • Phoenix Magazine Top Doc 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Patient Choice Awards 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Compassionate Doctor Awards 2011, 2010, 2009

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

As a leader in the field of robotic urological surgery, Dr. Borhan has one of the largest case series in the state of Arizona with regional and national draw, and has served as a robotic surgery instructor, training other surgeons in robotic and advanced laparoscopic techniques throughout the West Coast. He is well known for his practice philosophy emphasizing integrity and compassion, providing patients with unparalleled access and communication, leading to excellent outcomes.

Serving patients in both his Scottsdale and Phoenix offices, Dr. Borhan continues to provide top of the line care to men and women in the Phoenix Valley in areas of cancer treatment (prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular), prostate enlargement and disease, stone disease, female and male incontinence, hormonal therapy and fertility, nutrition and preventative health, and state-of-the-art vasectomies. His practice continues to be on the leading edge of the field, recently performing two new surgical techniques including bladder Botox injections for patients with neurogenic bladders, and Firefly fluorescence imaging used to make the robotic surgery less invasive and more precise. Both of these techniques were the first in the Valley. He currently is a clinical assistant professor at the Arizona campus of Creighton University, lecturing, educating, and serving as a mentor for medical students. He also serves as an instructor for a Minimally Invasive Gynecological Fellowship and additionally teaches surgical, internal medicine, and family practice residents as part of their curriculum. Dr. Borhan places an emphasis on education with frequent community seminars and setting up free men’s health screenings for Valley patients.

As an expert in Men's Health and Preventative Health, he serves as a medical consultant for local and national news, including CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, PBS and 3TV, KTAR-radio, and print media. He is considered a medical expert providing opinions on current medical issues, medical breakthroughs, policy, health, and wellness. He has been featured on multiple panels representing expert opinion on a wide array of topics including men's health and prostate cancer in a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Since moving to the Valley, he has become an avid climber and can be found at the top of Camelback Mountain most weekends working out with his two German shepherds; he balances his busy schedule with yoga, swimming, and training for triathlons. He supports multiple charities and causes including the Phoenix Heart Ball, Best Buddies AZ, and Night for Life.

Locations:

Phoenix

Phoenix

20940 N. Tatum Blvd., #125
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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Fax: 602-234-0417
Phoenix

Phoenix

5133 N. Central Ave., #206
Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Scottsdale

Scottsdale

3501 N. Scottsdale Rd., #246
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Fax: 602-234-0417

Education & Credentials

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Cooper earned his medical doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Medicine while on scholarship with the U.S. Navy. After completing his surgical internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Cooper provided much-needed medical support for the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry out of Camp Pendleton for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After eight months in Fallujah, Iraq, as a battalion surgeon, he was injured in the line of duty, distinguishing himself as the first U.S. Navy physician awarded the Purple Heart in nearly 30 years. Following his service with the Marine Corps, he completed his urology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, one of the largest military medical centers in the world. After graduating from his residency program, Dr. Cooper was transferred to Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida. He served as chief of urology at Naval Hospital Jacksonville before returning to his home in the Southwest as a member of the Affiliated Urologists team.

Dr. Cooper is an experienced robotic surgeon, having established the robotic urology program at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Orange Park Medical Center in North Florida. Additionally, he has an extensive background in general urology, genitourinary cancers, stone disease, prostatic enlargement, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, infertility, vasectomy reversal, and prosthetic surgery.

Dr. Cooper is a diplomat of the American Board of Urology and an assistant professor of surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Cooper is a compassionate and well-rounded physician who takes pride in patient care. He enjoys spending time with his family and staying active by playing softball, golfing, hiking, and going scuba diving. Dr. Cooper is an avid philanthropist and enjoys giving back to his community through healthcare outreach and charitable organizations. Additionally, he continues to serve the U.S. Military in the Naval Reserves.

Locations:

Tucson - Rincon

Tucson - Rincon

10350 E. Drexel Rd. , # 204 & 210
Tucson, AZ 85747
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Fax: 520-415-7925
Green Valley

Green Valley

1315 S. La Cañada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Fax: 520-625-8467

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Trivandrum Medical College, India

Internship

Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital

Residency

Overlook Medical Center, New Jersey

Fellowship

New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Languages

English
Malayalam
Hindi
Tamil

In The Media

Biography

Shamudheen M. Rafiyath, MD earned his medical degree from Trivandrum Medical College in India before completing his internship in internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital in Queens, NY. Dr. Rafiyath went on to complete his fellowship in hematology and oncology at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY and his internal medicine residency at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. He is board certified in medical oncology and hematology.

Dr. Rafiyath specializes in breast, lung, skin, and head and neck as well as gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, and blood malignanices. He is part of several professional affiliations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He is fluent in English, Malayalam, and familiar with Hindi and Tamil.

Philosophy

Compassion is an integral part of cancer care. It’s important that I take the time to listen and understand my patient’s goals. My aim is to educate and inform patients and their families about the disease so we can make a shared decision and tailor treatment according to each individual patient’s needs.

Personal

When not at work, Dr. Rafiyath spends his time with his wife and three kids. They love to travel and visit family members abroad. They also play sports, particularly badminton. Both Dr. Rafiyath and his wife are active in community, especially in social services, with the hope of helping those in need.

Locations:

Tucson - Craycroft

Tucson - Craycroft

2625 N. Craycroft Rd., #100
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Fax: 520-324-2680

Education & Credentials

College

The College of New Jersey

Medical School

Rutgers University

Internship

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Residency

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Fellowship

Administration - University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Clinical/Translational Research - University of Pittsburgh

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology and Clinical Informatics

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • 2022 Project Management Professional (PMP) certification; Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • 2020 Physician Leadership Tier 2 Development Program for Emerging Leaders; The US Oncology Network
  • 2020 Scholarship, Quantic School of Business and Technology
  • 2018-2019 ASTRO Health Policy Fellowship; American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • 2016 Travel Grant Award; ASTRO Advocacy Day
  • 2016 Jesse H. Jones Fellowship Endowment Award in Cancer Education; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2015 RSNA Trainee Research Prize; Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting
  • 2015 Judith Stitt Award Winner in Socio-Economics; American Brachytherapy Society
  • 2015 ABS Resident/Fellow Travel Award; American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting
  • 2015 NCCN Oncology Fellows Recognition Program; National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • 2014 E. Stephen Amis, Jr. Fellow in Quality and Safety; American College of Radiology
  • 2014 Finalist, Cancer Survivorship Research Competition; Bristol-Myers Squibb Second Place Award Winner; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2014 Luis Delclos Resident Research Award Winner; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2014 Young Oncologist Award Travel Grant Winner; American Radium Society Annual Meeting
  • 2014 Texas Radiological Society Travel Award Grant; Texas Radiological Society Annual Meeting
  • 2013 Best of ASTRO Award
  • 2013 Dr. Mary Fletcher Memorial Award for Humanism in Cancer Care; Division of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2013 Bristol-Myers Squibb Award Finalist; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 2011 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Recognition Award; Rutgers– NJMS, Beta Chapter of AOA
  • 2010 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Service Award; Rutgers– NJMS, Beta Chapter of AOA
  • 2010 Scholarship in Honor of Professor A. K. Bhattacharya; Rutgers– NJMS, Alumni Association
  • 2009 Junior Member, Alpha Omega Alpha; Rutgers– NJMS, Beta Chapter of AOA
  • 2009 – 2010 Winner, American Medical Association Seed Grant; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • 2007 – 2010 Class of 1970 and 1960 Alumni Association Scholarship; Rutgers– NJMS, Alumni Association
  • 2008 1st Place Research Award in Graduate Student Category; Institute of Aging, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • 2007 Summa Cum Laude; The College of New Jersey
  • 2007 Dr. Paul Miranti Award; Highest Academic Achievement in Human Anatomy and Development; Rutgers – NJMS

Affiliations

  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Brachytherapy Society
  • American College of Medical Quality
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Association for Cancer Education
  • American College of Radiation Oncology
  • American Cancer Society

Languages

English

Research/Publications

  1. Thaker NG, McDonald PR, Zhang F, Shun TY, Lewen MD, Pollack IF, Lazo JS: Identification of Survival Genes in Human Glioblastoma Cells Using siRNA Screening. Mol Pharmacol. 2009 Dec;76(6):1246-55. PMID: 19783622
  2. Thaker NG, McDonald PR, Zhang F, Shun TY, Pollack IF, Lazo JS: Designing, optimizing, and implementing high-throughput siRNA genomic screening with glioma cells for the discovery of survival genes and novel drug targets. J Neurosci Methods. 2010 Jan 15;185(2):204-12. PMID: 19782703
  3. Thaker NG, Zhang F, Shun TY, Pollack IF, Lazo JS. Functional genomic analysis of glioblastoma multiforme through short interfering RNA screening: a paradigm for therapeutic development. Neurosurg Focus. 2010 Jan;28(1):E4. PMID: 20043719
  4. Thaker NG, Mammis A, Yanni DS, Singh R, Carmel PW. Distal subgaleal-peritoneal shunt regression into the extra-peritoneal space: a rare complication. J Surg Case Reports. 2010 7:9.
  5. Yanni DS, Mammis A, Thaker NG, Goldstein IM. Traumatic Fracture of Thin Pedicles Secondary to Extradural Meningeal Cyst. J Surg Tech Case Reports. 3(1): 40-43, 2011. PMID: 22022654
  6. Thaker NG, Turner JD, Cobb WS, Quinn J, Catrambone J, He W, Gandhi C, Prestigiacomo CJ. Computed Tomographic Angiography vs. Digital Subtraction Angiography for Post-operative Detection of Residual Aneurysms: A Meta-Analysis. J Neurointerv Surg doi:10.1136/neurintsurg-2011-010025. PMID: 21990495
  7. Nagele RG, Clifford PM, Siu G, Levin EC, Acharya NK, Han M, Kosciuk MC, Venkataraman V, Zavareh S, Zarrabi S, Kinsler K, Thaker NG, Nagele EP, Dash J, Wang HY, Levitas A. Brain-reactive autoantibodies prevalent in human sera increase intraneuronal amyloid beta 1-42 (Aβ42) deposition. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011; 25(4): 605-22. PMID: 21483091
  8. Mammis A, Yanni DS, Thaker NG, Goldstein IM. Reduction of displaced Hangman’s fracture by compression across crossed translaminar screws: Technical Note. J Clin Neurosci. 2012 Apr;19(4):582-4 PMID: 22249011.
  9. Gutowski N, Thaker NG, Heinrich GF, Fadem B: Evaluation of Medical School Applicants is Enhanced by Current Medical Student Input. Medical Education Online. 2010, 15: 5245. PMID: 20548967. http://med-ed-online.net/index.php/meo/article/view/5245/html_8
  10. Thaker NG, Pollack IF: Molecularly targeted therapeutics for malignant glioma: rationale for combinatorial strategies. Exp Rev Neurotherap. 2009 Dec;9(12):1815-36. PMCID: PMC2819818. PMID: 19951140
  11. Thaker NG, Mahmood U, Pugh TJ, Boehling NS, Bruno TL, Prestidge BR, Crook JM, Cox BW, Potters L, Moran BJ, Keyes M, Kuban DA, Frank SJ. Establishing High Quality Prostate Brachytherapy using a Phantom Simulator Training Program. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys (In Press).
  12. Awan M, Kalpathy-Cramer J, Bongers E, Dahele M, Yang J, Dyer B, Walker GV, Thaker NG, Holliday E, Bishop A, Thomas CR, Rosenthal D, Fuller CD. Auto-segmentation of the brachial plexus assessed with TaCTICS - a software platform for rapid multiple-metric quantitative evaluation of contours. Acta Oncol. 2014 Oct 3: 1-5. PMID: 25279958
  13. Thaker NG, Klopp AH, Jhingran A, Frumovitz M, Iyer RB, Eifel PJ. Survival Outcomes for Patients with Pelvic Lymph Node Positive Stage IVB Vulvar Cancer: Time To Reconsider the FIGO Staging System? Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Dec 16.
  14. Thaker NG, Hoffman KE, Stauder MC, Shaitelman SF, Strom EA, Smith BD, Perkins GH, Huo L, Munsell MF, Pusztai L, Buchholz TA, Woodward WA. The 21-Gene Recurrence Score Complements IBTR! Estimates in Early-Stage, Hormone Receptor-Positive, HER2-Normal, Lymph Node-Negative Breast Cancer. Springerplus. 2015 Jan 30;4:36. PMID: 25674496.
  15. Ye JC, Mohindra P, Spektor A, Krishnan MS, Chmura SJ, Howard AR, Viswanathan AN, MacDonald SM, Thaker NG, Das P, Mancini BR, Higgins SA, Braunstein S, Haas-Kogan D, Bradley KA, Hung AY, Thomas CR Jr, Kharofa J, Wheatley M, Currey A, Parashar B, Du K, Jimenez RB, Golden DW. Medical Student Perspectives on a Multi-institutional Clerkship Curriculum: A Report From the Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Jun 1; 92(2): 217-9. PMID: 25968822
  16. Golden DW, Spektor A, Krishnan MS, Mohindra P, Ye JC, Chmura SJ, Howard AR, Viswanathan AN, MacDonald S, Thaker NG, Das P, Mancini BR, Higgins S, Braunstein S, Haas-Kogan DA, Bradley KA, Hung A, Thomas CR, Kharofa J, Wheatley MD, Currey A, Parashar B, Du KL, Jimenez RB. Implementation and evaluation of a multi-institutional pilot curriculum for the medical student clerkship: A report from the Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Feb;13(2):203-9.
  17. Thaker NG, Pugh TJ, Mahmood U, Choi S, Agarwal A, Spinks TE, Martin NE, Sio TT, Kudchadker R, Kaplan RS, Kuban DA, Swanson DA, Orio PF, Zelefsky MJ, Cox BW, Potters L, Feeley TW, Frank SJ. Defining the Value Framework for Prostate Brachytherapy using Patient-Centered Outcome Metrics and Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing. Brachytherapy. 2016 Feb 22.
  18. Agarwal A, Thaker NG, Tawk B, Allen P, Grosshans DR, Herzog C, Gombos DS, Mahajan AM. Advanced Radiation Therapy Techniques for Retinoblastoma: The MD Anderson Cancer Center Experience. International Journal of Particle Therapy. 2015.
  19. Thaker NG, Sturdevant L, Jhingran A, Das P, Delclos ME, Gunn GB, McAleer MF, Tereffe W, Choi S, Simeone WJ, Martinez W, Hahn SA, Famiglietti R, Kuban DA. Assessing the Quality of a Radiation Oncology Case-based Peer Review Program in an Integrated Academic and Community Cancer Center Network. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Apr;12(4):e476-86.
  20. Thaker NG, Agarwal A, Palmer M, Hontiveros R, Hahn SA, Minsky BD, Walters RS, Bingham J, Buchholz TA, Frank SJ. Variations in Proton Therapy Coverage in the State of Texas: Defining Medical Necessity for a Safe and Effective Treatment. International Journal of Particle Therapy. 2015.
  21. Fogh S, Pope CH, Rosenthal SA, Conway PD, Hulick PR, Johnson JL, Mian TA, Das IJ, Thaker NG, Monzon BT. American College of Radiology (ACR) Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation: A pattern of change. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2016 Sep-Oct;6(5):e171-7.
  22. Sio TT, Lin HK, Shi Q, Gunn GB, Cleeland CS, Lee JJ, Hernandez M, Blanchard P, Thaker NG, Phan J, Rosenthal DI, Garden AS, Morrison WH, Fuller CD, Mendoza TR, Mohan R, Wang XS, Frank SJ. Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy Versus Intensity Modulated Photon Radiation Therapy for Oropharyngeal Cancer: First Comparative Results of Patient-Reported Outcomes. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Jul 15;95(4):1107-14.
  23. Holliday EB, Kocak-Uzel E, Feng L, Thaker NG, Blanchard P, Rosenthal DI, Gunn BG, Garden AS, Frank SJ. Dosimetric advantages of intensity modulated proton therapy for oropharyngeal cancer compared with intensity-modulated radiation: A case-matched control analysis. Med Dosim. 2016 Autumn;41(3):189-94. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2016.01.002. Epub 2016 May 4.
  24. Gunther JR, Liauw SL, Choi S, Mohamed AS, Thaker NG, Fuller CD, Stepaniak C, Das P, Golden DW. Clinical Target Volume Delineation Before and After a Teaching Intervention: Evaluation of a Post-operative Prostate and Seminal Vesicle Fossae Contouring Module. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Jul;13(7):835-841.e1.
  25. Thaker NG, Ali T, Porter ME, Feeley TW, Kaplan RS, Frank SJ. Communicating Value in Healthcare using the Radar Chart: a Case Study with Prostate Cancer. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Sep;12(9):813-20.
  26. Blanchard P, Garden AS, Gunn GB, Rosenthal DI, Morrison WH, Hernandez M, Crutison J, Ye R, Fuller CD, Hutcheson KA, Holliday EB, Thaker NG, Sturgis EM, Kies MS, Zhu XR, Mohan R, Frank SJ. Intensity modulated proton beam therapy (IMPT) versus Intensity modulated photon therapy (IMRT) for oropharynx cancer patients - a case matched analysis. Radiother Oncol. 2016 Jul;120(1):48-55.
  27. Thaker NG, Orio PF, Potters L. Defining the Value of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Prostate Brachytherapy using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing. Brachytherapy. 2017 Jul - Aug;16(4):665-671.
  28. Boyce-Fappiano D, Ning MS, Thaker NG, Pezzi TA, Gjyshi O, Mesko S, Anakwenze C, Olivieri ND, Guzman AB, Incalcaterra JR, Tang C, McAleer MF, Herman J, Ghia A. Time Driven Activity Based Cost-Analysis of Radiation Treatment Options for Spinal Metastases. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Nov 25:JOP1900480. doi: 10.1200/JOP.19.00480.
  29. Ning MS, Klopp AH, Jhingran A, Lin LL, Eifel PJ, Vedam S, Lawyer, AA, Olivieri ND, Guzman AB, Incalcaterra JR, Mesko SM, Pezzi TA, Boyce-Fappiano DR, Shaitelman SF, Frank SJ, Thaker NG. Quantifying institutional resource utilization of adjuvant brachytherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy for endometrial cancer via time-driven activity-based costing. Brachytherapy. 2019 Jul - Aug;18(4):445-452.
  30. Ward MC, Vicini F, Chadha M, Pierce L, Recht A, Hayman J, Thaker NG, Khan A, Keisch M, Shah C. Evaluating the Cost of Endocrine Therapy vs Radiation Therapy Alone for Low Risk Hormone Positive Early Stage Breast Cancer in Elderly Patients. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Oct 1;105(2):296-306.
  31. Ning MS, Gomez DR, Shah AK, Kim CR, Palmer MB, Thaker NG, Grosshans DR, Liao Z, Chapman BV, Brooks ED, Tang C, Rosenthal DI, Garden AS, Frank SJ, Gunn GB. The Insurance Approval Process for Proton Radiation Therapy: A Significant Barrier to Patient Care. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2019 Jul 15;104(4):724-733.
  32. Ning MS, Venkatesan AM, Stafford RJ, Bui TP, Carlson R, Bailard NS, Vedam S, Davis R, Olivieri ND, Guzman AB, Incalcaterra JR, McKelvey FA, Thaker NG, Rauch GM, Tang C, Frank SJ, Joyner MA, Lin LL, Jhingran A, Eifel PJ, Klopp AH. Developing an Intraoperative 3T MRI-Guided Brachytherapy Program within a Diagnostic Imaging Suite: Methods, Process Workflow, and Value-Based Analysis. Brachytherapy. 2019 Nov 27. pii: S1538-4721(19)30588-4.
  33. Thaker NG, Holloway J, Hodapp C, Mellen M, Fryefield D, Meghani R, Tong K, Rose CM. Automated Big Data Analytics for the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model within The US Oncology Network using a Novel Healthcare Software Technology. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Apr;16(4):e333-e340.
  34. Li R, Yashar C, Thaker N, Beriwal S, Glaser S. Radiation Oncology APM: An Introduction and Primer for the Proposed Rule for Practices and Providers. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2020 May 15;S1879-8500(20)30108-9.
  35. Allen CJ, Eska JS, Thaker NG, Feeley TW, Kaplan RS, Huey RW, Tzeng CWD, Lee JE, Frank SJ, Aloia TA, Gottumukkala V, Katz MHG. Developing a Value Framework: Utilizing Administrative Data to Assess an Enhanced Care Initiative. J Surg Res. 2021 Jun;262:115-120. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2020.12.061. Epub 2021 Feb 6.
  36. Pasalic D, Ludmir EB, Allen PK, Thaker NG, Chapman BV, Hanna EY, Su SY, Ferrarotto R, Glisson BS, Reddy JP, Brandon Gunn G, Fuller CD, Phan J, Rosenthal DI, Morrison WH, Garden AS, Frank SJ. Patient-reported outcomes, physician-reported toxicities, and treatment outcomes in a modern cohort of patients with sinonasal cancer treated using proton beam therapy. Radiother Oncol. 2020 May 15;148:258-266. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.05.007.
  37. Mesko S, Chapman BV, Tang C, Kudchadker R, Bruno TL, Sanders J, Das P, Pinnix C, Thaker NG, Frank SJ. Development, implementation, and outcomes of a simulation-based medical education (SBME) prostate brachytherapy workshop for radiation oncology residents. Brachytherapy. Nov-Dec 2020;19(6):738-745. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2020.08.009. Epub 2020 Sep 17.
  38. Pezzi TA, Ning MS, Thaker NG, Boyce-Fappiano D, Gjyshi O, Olivieri ND, Guzman AB, Incalcaterra JR, Mesko S, Gandhi S, Chun S, Tang C, Frank SJ, Herman J, Gomez DR. Evaluating Single-Institution Resource Costs of Consolidative Radiotherapy for Oligometastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing. Clin Transl Radiat Oncol. 2020 May 30;23:80-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ctro.2020.05.007. eCollection 2020 Jul.
  39. Shah C, Kamrava M, Thaker NG. Evaluating Reimbursement of Skin Radiation Therapy: Technique and Fractionation. Brachytherapy. 2020 Jul 15;S1538-4721(20)30123-9. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2020.06.005.
  40. Ward MC, Vicini F, Al-Hilli Z, Chadha M, Pierce L, Recht A, Hayman J, Thaker N, Khan AJ, Keisch M, Shah C. Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Endocrine Therapy Alone Versus Partial-Breast Irradiation Alone Versus Combined Treatment for Low-Risk Hormone-Positive Early-Stage Breast Cancer in Women Aged 70 Years or Older. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Jul;182(2):355-365. doi: 10.1007/s10549-020-05706-2.
  41. Thaker NG, Boyce-Fappiano D, Ning MS, Pasalic D, Guzman A, Smith G, Holliday EB, Incalcaterra J, Garden AS, Shaitelman S, Gunn GB, Fuller CD, Blanchard P, Feeley TW, Kaplan RS, Frank SJ. Activity-based Costing of Intensity-Modulated Proton versus Photon Therapy for Oropharyngeal Cancer. International Journal of Particle Therapy (2021) 8 (1): 374–382.
  42. Huang D, Frank SJ, Verma V, Thaker NG, Brooks ED, Palmer MB, Harrison RF, Deshmukh AA, Ning MS. Cost-Effectiveness Models of Proton Therapy for Head and Neck: Evaluating Quality and Methods to Date. International Journal of Particle Therapy. Accepted 2021.
  43. Thaker NG, Kudchadker R, Incalcaterra J, Bathala T, Kaplan RS, Agarwal A, Kuban DA, Frank BD, Das P, Feeley TW, Frank SJ. Improving Efficiency and Reducing Costs of MRI-Assisted Radiosurgery for Prostate Brachytherapy by using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing. (Brachytherapy).
  44. Abraham A, Ward MC, Thaker NG, Tendulkar RD, Vicini F, Shah C. Comparing Activity-based Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Ultra-Hypofractionated Whole and Partial Breast Irradiation Regimens. (JCO OP).
  45. Shah C, Vicini F, Beriwal S, Thaker NG, Frank SJ, Rossi P, Orio P, Joshi N, Campbell S, Naghavi A, Chao S, Suh JH. American Brachytherapy Society: Quality Metrics for Brachytherapy. (Brachytherapy).
  46. Thaker NG, Meghani R, Wilson C, Garey J, Nelson P, Thaker GH, Shah C, Orio P, Yashar CM, Kavadi V. Impact of the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model on Brachytherapy Reimbursement. (Brachytherapy).
  47. Bates JE, Thaker NG, Parekh A, Arnone A, Sanders T, Royce TJ. Geographic Access to Brachytherapy Services in the United States. (Brachytherapy).
  48. Boyce-Fappiano D, Nguyen KA, Kamrava M, Gjyshi O, Klopp A, Yashar C, Orio P, Thaker NG, Chang AJ. Compromising Care of Cervical Cancer Patients through Disincentivizing Brachytherapy: Exploring the Impact of Reimbursement on Utilization and Outcomes. (JCO OP)
  49. Mantz CA, Thaker NG, Pendyala P, Hubbard A, Eichler TJ, Shah C, Orio PF, Petereit DG. Disproportionate Negative Impact of the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model on Rural Providers: A Cost Identification Analysis of Medicare Claims. (JCO OP).
  50. Hubbard A, Mantz C, Mohideen N, Hartsell W, Thaker NG, Orio P, Yashar C, Kavadi V, Kavanagh B, Adler D. Radiation Oncology’s Place in Payment Reform: ASTRO Advocates for a Place at the Table. (JCO OP)
  51. Thaker NG. Practical Applications of the Internet of Things in Radiation Oncology. Applied Radiation Oncology. 2022.

Editorials and Commentaries

  • Thaker NG, Guzman AB, Feeley TW, Jones TM, Incalcaterra JR, Kolom C, Tatum LS, Walters RS, Cantor SB, Rosenthal DI, Garden AS, Gunn GB, Fuller CD, Palmer MB, Frank SJ. Defining the Value of Proton Therapy in an Evolving Healthcare System Using Time-driven Activity-based Costing. Oncology Payers, Policy Makers, and Prescribers. 2014 Sept; 1: 22-28.
  • Thaker NG, Kuban DA, Buchholz TA. Predictors of breast radiotherapy plan modifications: Quality assurance rounds in a large cancer centre. Lymberiou T, et al Radiother Oncol. 114(1):17-21, 2015. Commentary. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly.
  • Thaker NG, Frank SJ, Feeley TW. Comparative costs of proton and x-ray therapies for advanced head and neck cancer: lessons from Time-driven Activity-based Costing. Commentary. J Comp Eff Res. 2015 Aug;4(4):297-301.
  • Kaplan RS, Blackstone RP, Haas DA, Thaker NG, Frank SJ. Measuring and Communicating Health Care Value with Charts. Harvard Business Review. 26 Oct 2015.
  • Deal NS, Babber PA, Thaker NG. Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing in Emergency Medicine. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Dec;68(6):785-786.
  • Thaker NG, Staggs S, Meghani R. De-Constructing the Proposed Radiation Oncology Model Payment Methodology: Implications for Practices and Opportunities for Improvement. Journal of Oncology Practice: Discussion & Analysis in Short. Dec 19, 2019. https://jopblog.org/blog/2019/12/16/de-constructing-the-proposed-radiation-oncology-model-payment-methodology-implications-for-practices-and-opportunities-for-improvement
  • Royce TJ, Thaker NG, Agarwal A. Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model. JAMA Mar 10, 2020.
  • Thaker NG, Rewari A, Hubbard A. Future of Alternative Payment Models and Big Data Analytics in the Post-COVID-19 era: Implications for Radiation Oncology. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Oct 1; 108(2): 353–355.
  • Williams VM, Kahn JM, Thaker NG, Beriwal S, Nguyen P, Arthur D, Petereit D, Dyer BA. Radiation Therapy Following COVID-19: Making the Case for a Brachytherapy Renaissance. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Mar-Apr; 6(2): 100605.
  • Hubbard, Thaker NG, Mohideen N, Orio P, Yashar C, Kavadi V, Kavanagh B, Mantz C. Radiation Oncology’s Place in Payment Reform: At the Table, Not on It. (JCO OP)
  • Boyce-Fappiano D, Ning MS, Gjyshi O, Chang AJ, Thaker NG. Payment Methodology for the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO-APM): Primary Concerns and Suggestions for Improvement. (JCO OP)

Book Chapters

  • Thaker NG, Pollack IF. Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Inhibition as a Therapeutic Strategy for Glioblastoma Multiforme. Book chapter, Tumors of the Central Nervous System: Glioblastoma (Volume 1), Hayat MA (Ed). Springer, New York 2011.
  • Thaker NG. "Intracranial Germ Cell and Pineal Tumors." Radiation Oncology: A Question-Based Review. Chapter 9. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, 2014.
  • Thaker NG. "Medulloblastoma." Radiation Oncology: A Question-Based Review. Chapter 7. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, 2014.
  • Thaker NG and Lin SH. "Pleural Mesothelioma." Radiation Oncology: A Question-Based Review. Chapter 41. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, 2014.
  • Thaker NG and Lin SH. "Early-Stage (I-II) Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer." Radiation Oncology: A Question-Based Review. Chapter 37. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, 2014.
  • Thaker NG and Feeley TW. “Creating the Healthcare Transformation from Volume to Value” in Healthcare Delivery Redesign.” Creating the Healthcare Delivery Transformation. Rutgers University Press. 2015.
  • Thaker NG. Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Pocket Radiation Oncology. 2018.
  • Thaker NG. Moderate (Conscious) Sedation. ASTRO Radiation Oncology Coding Resource 2020.
  • Thaker NG. ASTRO Radiation Oncology Coding Resource 2020. Co-Editor.
  • Thaker NG. ASTRO Radiation Oncology Coding Resource 2021. Co-Editor.

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Thaker received his undergraduate degree in biology with summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey and his medical degree with junior Alpha Omega Alpha status from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School. He received both degrees through the highly competitive 7-year accelerated combined medical program. During medical school, Dr. Thaker helped develop novel therapeutic combinations for brain tumors and was awarded a clinical research fellowship through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Upon graduating medical school, Dr. Thaker completed a transitional internship at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he worked with leading community doctors in general medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. He then completed residency training in radiation oncology at the prestigious University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas - the #1 ranked cancer center in the country by US News and World Report. In an effort to improve the quality of cancer care in patients’ communities, Dr. Thaker also completed a fellowship in healthcare management, where he worked with national leaders in quality improvement and healthcare innovation at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Harvard Business School on innovative cancer care delivery initiatives.

Dr. Thaker is double-board certified in radiation oncology and clinical informatics, holds an MBA degree, is Certified in Medical Quality, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He works with leading experts in all aspects of radiation oncology and has helped develop cutting-edge cancer therapies. He has expertise in treating a wide range of cancers, including breast, gynecologic, gastrointestinal, lung, head and neck, genitourinary, and central nervous system malignancies. Dr. Thaker holds several national leadership positions in the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), and The US Oncology Network.

Philosophy

I have a strong devotion to community-based cancer care, and I strive to bring the highest quality of cancer care to patients living close to their homes. I am deeply passionate about helping patients and their families through their fight against cancer, and I believe in patient-centered care, where I combine each patient’s personal values with strong multidisciplinary collaboration and the most cutting-edge standards of cancer care. I constantly strive to maximize the effects of treatment while minimizing side effects, and I work tirelessly to communicate with patients, families, doctors, nurses, and staff throughout their cancer care. Through Arizona Oncology and The US Oncology Network, I can bring the latest advancements and clinical trials to patients who need them most.

Personal

In addition to his devotion to community cancer care, Dr. Thaker enjoys swimming, running, biking, hiking, traveling, watching movies, and singing Bollywood songs. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Gandhi Medical College, India

Residency

Case Western Reserve University

Fellowship

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

2011 - Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP)

Affiliations

  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Oncology
  • American College of Physicians
  • General Medical Council, UK

Languages

English

Research/Publications

Impact of Comorbidities on Treatment Outcomes in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: A Retrospective Analysis; Sudhir Manda, Spencer James, Rebecca Wang, Rajeev Krishnan and Alexey V. Danilov; American Society of Hematology, Blood® 2014 Vol. 124 No. 1312; Published online December 4, 2014. 

Ibrutinib is an effective treatment of autoimmune haemolytic anemia in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Manda S, Dunbar N, Marx-Wood C R, Danilov A

Cocaine-induced thrombotic vasculopathy, John S, Manda S, Hamrock D., American Journal of Medical Sciences 2011 Dec; 342(6): 524-6

A rare case of primary ovarian lymphoma in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Can we attribute this to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors?, Thota S, Manda S, Dahbar M, Daw M

Clinical Ovarian Cancer, Vol. 2, No. 2, 121-123, 2009, Temporal evolution of the characteristics of patients enrolled on phase I clinical trials, Dowlati A, Kundranda M, Manda S, Patrick L, Fu P

Investigational New Drugs, 2011 Apr; 29(2): 312-5

A phase I study of Rebeccamycin analog in combination with Oxaliplatin in patients with refractory solid tumors., Nock CJ, Brell JM, Bokar JA, Cooney MM, Cooper B, Gibbons J, Krishnamurthi S, Manda S, Savvides P, Remick SC, Ivy P, Dowlati A

Investigational New Drugs, 2011 Feb; 29(1): 126-30

Multi-institutional phase I trials of anti-cancer agents Dowlati A, Manda S, Patrick L, Remick S, Gibbons J, Fu P Journal of Clinical OncologyVol 26, No 12 (April 20), 2008: pp. 1926-1931

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Manda’s areas of expertise are gastrointestinal cancers, which include colorectal, pancreatic, biliary, hepatocellular, gastric and esophageal cancers. He has a focused interest in the field of GI malignancies that includes detection and treatment of colorectal and other gastrointestinal neoplasms.  

Malignant hematology is another area of special interest to Dr. Manda, and he is a member of the US oncology hematology committee. He is actively involved in both hematology and GI clinical trials through the US Oncology Network Research program. 

Dr. Manda believes in a multidisciplinary approach for holistic patient care that includes integrated services such as working with a radiation oncologist, the patient's primary care doctor or specialist, diagnostic imaging, clinical research, genetic counseling, in-house lab work, social worker assistance, nurse navigation, patient support groups, nutrition counseling, and programs for survivorship. 

Philosophy

I value getting to know my patients personally. I believe in active collaboration with patients and families to design individualized treatment plans that are based on the latest scientific data and tailored to their unique goals and values. It is important to me that I listen to and communicate with my patients unambiguously, discussing their treatment options and answering their questions in plain language, so that they have a clear understanding of their disease and are able to choose what is best for their needs. I want no patient to leave the office thinking they were rushed through their visit. 

Personal

Outside work, I try to balance the joy and demands of raising two young girls.  

Locations:

Goodyear

Goodyear

13555 W. McDowell Rd., #105
Goodyear, AZ 85395
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Fax: 623-535-7367

Education & Credentials

Medical School

MGR Medical University, India

Internship

Mercy Catholic Medical Center

Residency

Mercy Catholic Medical Center and National Health Service, United Kingdom

Fellowship

West Virginia University

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Masters in Clinical Research, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston

Languages

English
Tamil
Telugu

Research/Publications

1. Nagaiah G, Hossain A, Mooney CJ, Parmentier J, Remick SC. Anaplastic thyroid cancer: A review of epidemiology, pathogenesis, and treatment. J Oncol. 2011;2011:542358.

2. Batalo M, Nagaiah G, Abraham J. Cognitive dysfunction in postmenopausal breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2011;11(8):1277-1282.

3. Nagaiah G, Remick SC. Combretastatin A4 phosphate: A novel vascular disrupting agent. Future Oncol. 2010;6(8):1219-1228

4. Mooney CJ, Nagaiah G, Fu P, et al. A phase II trial of fosbretabulin in advanced anaplastic thyroid carcinoma and correlation of baseline serum-soluble intracellular adhesion molecule-1 with outcome. Thyroid. 2009;19(3):233-240.

5. Nagaiah G, Almubarak M, Khan M, Altaha R. Cerebrospinal fluid leak during treatment with bevacizumab and irinotecan after carmustine-impregnated wafers placement in patients with grade 2 oligodendroglioma and glioblastoma multiforme: Report of two cases and review of literature. Cancer Invest. 2010;28(10):1048-1053 

Philosophy

I believe that being an oncologist is a privilege that is not to be taken lightly. I strive to provide, evidence-based care that is appropriate to my patients' particular problem, recognizing and respecting individual patient’s wishes. I take a multidisciplinary approach to care, including alternative therapies that have been shown to be effective.

Locations:

Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley

3188 N. Windsong Dr., Suite A
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Fax: 928-775-9431
Prescott

Prescott

1100 Gail Gardner Way
Prescott, AZ 86305
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Fax: 928-775-9431

Education & Credentials

College

University of Jordan

Medical School

University of Jordan

Internship

King Hussein Cancer Center

Residency

University of Iowa Health Care

Fellowship

University of Iowa Health Care

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • 2009 Chief Fellow in Hematology-Oncology
  • 2008 Nominee Internal Medicine Fellow of the Year
  • 2007 Residents’ Award for Medical Excellence
  • 2007 Resident Teacher of the Year
  • 2007 Nominee M4 Teacher of the Year

Languages

English

Research/Publications

  • 2008 - 2010 Epigenetic Modifications in Sarcoma,The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Advisor: Milhem, M.D., clinical assistant professor
  • July – 2005 Immunotherapy in B-cell Malignancies, The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.Advisor: George Weiner, M.D., professor and director 

In The Media

Philosophy

I strive to know my patients as well as their families because I treat human beings and not cancers. In doing so, I listen, understand, and address their concerns and fears. Fighting cancer is a long journey and I endeavor to always be there for my patients. Medicine is an extremely humbling profession for which I have a keen appreciation of, and gratitude for, the privilege of caring for all my patients and their families.

Locations:

Tucson - Silverbell

Tucson - Silverbell

1620 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Fax: 520-791-3329
Green Valley

Green Valley

1315 S. La Cañada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Fax: 520-625-8467

Education & Credentials

College

Arizona State University

Medical School

University of Wisconsin

Internship

Gundersen Lutheran Hospital

Residency

University of Arizona

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Languages

English

Biography

After completing his undergraduate studies in physics at Arizona State University, Dr. Vonk graduated with honors, with a focus in medical physics. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Vonk completed a transitional internship at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Arizona where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Vonk's primary focus is to compassionately deliver evidence-based care that is patient-centered. He has a particular interest in the implementation of advancing radiation technologies including intensity modulation, stereotactic ablative therapy, and functional imaging for target delineation.

When outside of the clinic, Dr. Vonk spends his time hiking and camping in the beautiful desert and mountains of Tucson with his wife and three young boys.

Locations:

Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

7200 W. Bell Rd., Bldg. A
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 623-334-9881
Scottsdale - Pima

Scottsdale - Pima

8415 N. Pima Rd., #165
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Fax: 480-270-6020

Education & Credentials

College

Regis College

Medical School

University of Colorado

Internship

University of Utah Medical Center

Residency

University of Utah Medical Center

Fellowship

University of Utah Medical Center

Board Certification

Medical Oncology

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Volk was born in Omaha, Nebraska but later moved to Torrington, Wyoming where he grew up. His father was a well-respected family doctor in Torrington. He spent time in Queensland, Australia as a Rotary exchange student. He graduated magna cum laude from Regis College in Denver, Colorado in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

He attended the University of Colorado School Of Medicine and received his medical degree in 1977. His internal medicine internship and residency was completed at the University of Utah Medical Center in 1980. He stayed at the University of Utah and completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology in 1982.

He is board certified in medical oncology. He has served as vice chief of staff at Banner Thunderbird Hospital and has been named as a “Top Doc” by PHOENIX Magazine multiple times.

His special interests include skiing, and he still likes to spend time in the great outdoors of Wyoming.

Dr. Volk has special expertise in lymphoma.

Locations:

Tucson - Rudasill

Tucson - Rudasill

2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-797-4502

Education & Credentials

College

Mount Saint Mary’s College

Medical School

Northwestern University

Residency

University of Arizona

Fellowship

University of Arizona

Board Certification

Medical Oncology 

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Director of Northwest Hospital, Tucson Cancer Committee
  • Assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Arizona
  • Vitals® Patients’ Choice Award

Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology  
  • American Society of Hematology 
  • American Association for Cancer Research 
  • Department of Health and Human Services

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Swart earned her medical degree from Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago in 2003. She also earned a PhD in Tumor Cell Biology from Northwestern University in the combined MD/PhD program. She went on to complete both her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Arizona. In 2006, Dr. Swart was appointed assistant professor in the section of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Arizona, where she focused on treating breast cancer and researching circulating tumor cells in breast cancer. 

Dr. Swart joined Arizona Oncology in January of 2011. She treats a variety of malignancies in women with a specialty in breast cancer. She also directs the practice’s high-risk breast cancer clinic. In 2016, she developed a survivorship program and clinic. Currently, she leads our Tucson division’s breast cancer clinical trials program.

Philosophy

As both a physician leader and patient advocate, I am extremely passionate about helping patients and their families through the hardest battles of their lives – the fight against cancer. Inspired by my aunt’s battle against ovarian cancer and my mother surviving breast cancer twice, I know how important it is to recognize patients’ individualized needs. I understand that every patient is different.  Every patient brings something to their situation that you have to understand – it’s not just the disease, it’s that person’s values, experiences, and their perception. I believe by understanding this, it allows me to treat each patient as a whole. Instilling hope and guidance for my patients and their families is my passion, and it makes my career as a medical oncologist extremely rewarding and satisfying.  

Personal

When I’m not providing direct care, I dedicate my time to causes and events that help raise funds to provide financial assistance to those who struggle in the fight against cancer. In addition, I enjoy staying active, cycling with my husband, and participating in Taekwondo.

Locations:

Tucson - Rudasill

Tucson - Rudasill

2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-797-4502

Education & Credentials

College

University of Florida

Medical School

University of Florida

Internship

Downstate Medical Center

Residency

Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York

Fellowship

Medicine Branch of the National Cancer Institute

Board Certification

Medical Oncology

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His research has been widely published in journals including Surgery, Science and Oncogene.

Locations:

Tucson - Orange Grove

Tucson - Orange Grove

1845 W. Orange Grove Rd., Bldg. 1
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-544-2943

Education & Credentials

College

Columbia University

Medical School

Georgetown University

Internship

Tufts – New England Medical Center

Residency

Tufts – New England Medical Center

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Languages

English

Research/Publications

Dr. Neuschatz has published numerous articles on breast and lung cancer in prestigious journals including Cancer, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics. In addition, he has served on the review board of Medical Physics.
 

Biography

Dr. Neuschatz completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, where he graduated with honors. After graduating, he remained in New York City to complete research projects in cancer biology. He earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating with honors in 1998.

Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Neuschatz completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in radiation oncology at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. He served as chief resident before joining Arizona Oncology. While there, he was awarded an Oliver Smith award for excellence, compassion, and service to patients at Tufts-New England Medical Center.

He has a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of invasive breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies, and the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Dr. Neuschatz has been recognized by his peers as a Tucson “Best Doctor” and one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2013.

When not spending time with his two daughters and his dogs, he enjoys running, skiing, and traveling.

Locations:

Tucson - Orange Grove

Tucson - Orange Grove

1845 W. Orange Grove Rd., Bldg. 2
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-742-7180

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of North Dakota

Residency

Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center

Fellowship

University of Texas Medical Branch

Board Certification

Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
  • Excellence in teaching, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Preceptor Recognition Award, University of Arizona

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Lewis is a full member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She specializes in the treatment of gynecologic cancers including endometrial, cervical, ovarian, vulvar, and vaginal cancers. Dr. Lewis is an accomplished robotic surgeon, providing state of the art surgical techniques for the treatment and staging of endometrial cancer. She actively enrolls patients in clinical trials, offering hope for a better outcome with each patient.

Dr. Lewis has practiced in Tucson since 2006. She resides with her husband, a fighter pilot with the Arizona National Guard, and their three sons. Her other interests include running, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.

Locations:

Tucson - Orange Grove

Tucson - Orange Grove

1845 W. Orange Grove Rd., Bldg. 1
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-544-2943

Education & Credentials

Medical School

University of Michigan

Residency

University of Arizona

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Mack is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. Additionally, he is credentialed to perform Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and prostate seed implants on RTOG/NRG protocols. He is also highly experienced in placing SpaceOar for diminishing radiation dose to the rectum during the delivery of treatment with IMRT, Seed implant, and SBRT, having handled hundreds of cases.

Dr. Mack performed rotations in gynecologic oncology and head and neck cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. After completing his residency, he has maintained a private practice with strong emphasis in treating prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, and breast cancer, using the ever-changing technology of radiation oncology. Dr. Mack is trained in stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT/SABR) for lung cancer using his new state-of-the-art equipment. He also performs Hippocampal Sparing Whole Brain IMRT that can potentially diminish long term side effects.

He is involved in ongoing practice improvement with participation on a national radiation technology committee and has been an active participant in research within the US Oncology network. He also served as a principal investigator for a trial involving prostate cancer patients.

Dr. Mack received an American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology research fellowship and a Radiological Society of North American research and education fellowship to fund a dedicated research year during which he investigated the mechanisms of how prostate cancer invades the human body. Selected by his peers as one of the best doctors in America every year since 2010, Dr. Mack serves on the editorial advisory board for CURE Magazine, a national award-winning publication for cancer patients and survivors.

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Personal

Dr. Mack has been very active on the board of Handi-Dogs, a non-profit organization dedicated to training service and therapy dogs for seniors and those with disabilities. He is a cancer survivor himself after battling Acute Leukemia with chemotherapy, total body radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. He is now in excellent health after a full recovery and appreciates the insights he gained “on the other side of the stethoscope”.  He enjoys CrossFit, running, camping, photography, and reading, with his weimaraners nearly always at his side.

 

Locations:

Tucson - Orange Grove

Tucson - Orange Grove

1845 W. Orange Grove Rd., Bldg. 2
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-742-7180

Education & Credentials

College

University of the South

Medical School

Augusta University

Residency

Johns Hopkins University

Fellowship

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Board Certification

Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology 

Academic Honors & Professional Achievements

  • Alpha Omega Alpha designation at the Medical College of Georgia
  • Patients' Choice Award, University Medical Center
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching the Clinical Sciences, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Top Doctors: Regional, Castle Connolly
  • Vitals® Patients’ Choice Award

Affiliations

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  • American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
  • Pima County Medical Society
  • Felix Rutledge Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Languages

English
Spanish

In The Media

Biography

Prior to joining Arizona Oncology Associates, Dr. Hallum was director of gynecologic oncology and associate professor, clinical OB/GYN at University of Arizona College of Medicine. He has been practicing obstetrics & gynecology and gynecologic oncology for more than 30 years, specializing in treating cancers of the female reproductive tract, such as cervical cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulva cancer. His research has been widely published in journals including Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Techniques. He has also written chapters for two books on gynecologic cancers.

Locations:

Tucson - Silverbell

Tucson - Silverbell

1620 W. St. Mary's Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Fax: 520-791-3329
Green Valley

Green Valley

1315 S. La Cañada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85622
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Fax: 520-625-8467

Education & Credentials

College

University of Arizona

Medical School

University of Arizona

Internship

Good Samaritan Hospital

Residency

University of Arizona

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Affiliations

  • American College of Radiology
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • St. Mary's Breast Center Steering Committee

Languages

English

Biography


Dr. Gin practices radiation oncology with a special interest in breast and head and neck malignancies. He is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all soft tissue cancers such as breast, prostate, and lung cancer. Dr. Gin is also active in the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) of adult cancers.
 
While earning his Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona, Dr. Gin also earned membership in the academic honors society, Phi Beta Kappa. He served as chief resident while completing his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Arizona.
 

Personal

Outside of work, Dr. Gin enjoys spending time with his wife Rebekah and their two children. He also enjoys cycling, running, and hiking.

Locations:

Tucson - St. Joseph’s

Tucson - St. Joseph’s

6567 E. Carondelet Dr., #185
Tucson, AZ 85710
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Fax: 520-546-3125

Education & Credentials

College

University of Arizona

Medical School

Dartmouth

Internship

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Residency

Georgetown University Hospital

Board Certification

Radiation Oncology

Languages

English

Biography

Dr. Frye specializes in radiation oncology with expertise in treating brain and spine tumors, as well as lung, gastrointestinal, and head and neck malignancies.

While studying for his undergraduate degree, he participated in a research fellowship at The University of Florence, Italy in neuropharmacology. He received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School.

Dr. Frye completed residency in the Department of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital where he received specialized training in stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He was also trained in using unsealed radiation sources. Following his residency, Dr. Frye was an attending radiation oncologist for the Duluth Clinic in Duluth, MN, where he served as the section chair and medical director of the region’s first stereotactic radiosurgery program. He was then recruited to Georgetown University Hospital, where he served as a clinical instructor.

Currently, Dr. Frye serves as division chief of neuro-oncology at the Carondelet Neurological Institute. He is an active member of the American Society of Radiation Oncology.

 

Philosophy

He believes in patient-centered care, including a commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration with each patient’s clinical team, which can be comprised of additional physicians, nurses, radiologic technicians, and medical physicists. This team approach is enhanced by thorough communication with his patients, their families, and the clinical care providers. He practices goal-oriented care, maximizing treatment results and minimizing side effects, with an aggressive approach to pain management.

Personal

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Frye enjoys cycling, running, skiing, and traveling.

Locations:

Scottsdale - Pima

Scottsdale - Pima

8415 N. Pima Rd., #165
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Fax: 480-270-6020
Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

Glendale - Saguaro Cancer Center

7200 W. Bell Rd., Bldg. A
Glendale, AZ 85308
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Fax: 623-334-9881

Education & Credentials

College

Chemistry Doctorate: California Institute of Technology

Medical School

Medical Doctorate: University of California, Davis

Internship

University of California-San Diego

Residency

University of California-San Diego

Fellowship

University of California, San Diego

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Christopher Di Simone has served the Arizona community in clinical practice with Arizona Oncology as a board-certified hematologist and oncologist for over 15 years. He directed the TMC GU Tumor Board and acted as the Hematology/Oncology chair for Carondelet St. Joseph’s hospital. With his expertise, he treats a wide variety of cancer and blood illnesses.

His scientific training has been extensive, earning a BA with general and departmental honors at Johns Hopkins University and then completing a PhD in Chemistry at Caltech. At the Scripps Research facility, he served as faculty researching issues involving immunology and vaccine development. For medical education he graduated from UC Davis medical school with the prestigious Edward M. Gold award for outstanding student in Medicine.

He has continued to pursue new innovations in medicine and cancer treatment throughout his career, serving as the long-time site director of Arizona Oncology research. His contributions have been presented at many meetings including ASCO and ESMO, and published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, Virology, Vaccines and BMC Microbiology. Dr. Di Simone has served as a medical director and consultant for multiple pharmaceutical companies, assisting in the development of the newest drugs for blood diseases and cancer. As a long-term member of the US Oncology steering committee directing Genitourinary research, his clinical practice has focused on improving care for patients with Prostate, Bladder and Kidney cancers. Outside of clinic he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, with frequent travels to both national and amusement parks.

Philosophy

Dr. Di Simone is dedicated to bringing the newest clinical approaches to patient treatment.

Locations:

Tucson - Rudasill

Tucson - Rudasill

2070 W. Rudasill Rd., #130
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-797-4502

Education & Credentials

Medical School

China Medical University

Residency

Jersey Shore Medical Center

Fellowship

State University of New York

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Affiliations

American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians

Languages

English
Mandarin Chinese

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Chen has been practicing Medical Oncology and Hematology in Tucson since 2004. She received a first class scholarship throughout her five years of medical school education and was honored as intern of the year in her residency training. Dr. Chen is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians. She has published numerous scientific articles in journals including Blood, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Journal of Bacteriology.
 
Dr. Chen is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Locations:

Tucson - Wilmot

Tucson - Wilmot

603 N. Wilmot Rd., #151
Tucson, AZ 85711
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Fax: 520-886-0829

Education & Credentials

College

Johns Hopkins University

Medical School

Johns Hopkins University

Residency

Johns Hopkins University

Fellowship

Johns Hopkins University

Board Certification

Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Dr. Buscema is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvo Vaginal Diseases, a fellow of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, a fellow of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has authored numerous articles on gynecologic cancer, which have been published in Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Cancer, The Annual Review of Medicine, and The American Journal of Clinical Pathology. He has also been invited to present at meetings of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the International Society for the Study of Vulvar Disease, and The American Cancer Society. Dr. Buscema has authored book chapters in Te Linde's Operative Gynecology and Drugs in Pregnancy.

Locations:

Tucson - Silverbell

Tucson - Silverbell

1620 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
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Fax: 520-623-6145
Tucson - Orange Grove

Tucson - Orange Grove

1845 W. Orange Grove Rd., Bldg. 2
Tucson, AZ 85704
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Fax: 520-742-7180

Education & Credentials

College

Texas Christian University

Medical School

University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center

Residency

University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Memorial Hospital

Fellowship

Arizona Science Center

Board Certification

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Arizona Clinical Oncology Society

Languages

English

In The Media

Biography

Prior to joining Arizona Oncology, Dr. Brooks served as assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Arizona Health Science Center in Tucson. He continues to serve the Center as a private practice and clinical assistant professor. Dr. Brooks is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Arizona Clinical Oncology Society.
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