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Precision Medicine Panel

Ralph Boccia, MD, FACP
Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Ralph Boccia, MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and Director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Bethesda, Md. He is also Chief Medical Officer for ION Solutions and Oncology Medical Director for the clinical research organization (CRO) Accelovance. Dr. Boccia earned a medical degree at the University of Minnesota and completed training in internal medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)–affiliated hospitals. His hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant fellowships were completed at the combined UCLA-VA Program and The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He is a member of many professional societies including the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. With his vast experience and research, Dr. Boccia has published numerous articles in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, New England Journal of Medicine, British Journal of Hematology, Cancer, Blood, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet and Oncology. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, has been voted into Washingtonian’s Best Physicians in Washington, is listed in Best Physicians in America, and Consumers’ Checkbook’s Guide to Top Doctors in Washington, DC, every year since 1992.
Gary Grad, MD
Northwest Oncology & Hematology
Gary Grad, MD, completed his medical training at the University of Chicago, medical school through fellowship. He then joined Northwest Oncology and Hematology, an independent group practice in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Grad is in his 25th year of clinical practice. Northwest Oncology is a 15 physician/six Advanced Practice Nurse practice with five offices and staffs five hospitals across three hospital networks. In addition to a broad clinical practice, Dr. Grad has been involved with applications of Precision Molecular Oncology to clinical practice. He serves on the National ION Precision Oncology advisory committee, as well as the Ascension Health National Precision Oncology advisory board. Dr. Grad has worked as a consultant with companies combining tumor molecular sequencing and clinical correlations with applied analytics, to help try to actualize the promise of precision molecular oncology in real world clinical practice.
William Harwin, MD
Florida Cancer Specialists
William Harwin, MD, founded Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) in 1984 and has since guided the organization to become the largest independent oncology/hematology practice in the United States. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, and is a former President of Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO). After receiving his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and his medical degree (M.D.) from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Harwin completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Miami. In 1997, Dr. Harwin performed the first peripheral stem cell transplant in Lee County for a woman with breast cancer. He is a noted lecturer and has been published in leading medical journals, including the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Oncology Business Review (OBR). Dr. Harwin has served as a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials throughout his career; he has been the driving force in developing the Florida Cancer Specialists Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program, which has set a national benchmark for community oncology and rivals programs at many larger academic medical centers.
Taral Patel, MD
Zangmeister Cancer Center
Dr. Patel is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology. He received his M.B.B.S. from Baroda Medical College at Maharaja Sayairao University in Gujarat, India, where he completed his internship and residency in Pathology. Formerly a research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital and his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Cincinnati. The author of many peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Patel is a member of the Community Oncology Alliance, Columbus Medical Association, The Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Hematology Oncology Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
James Gilmore, PharmD
Georgia Cancer Specialists
James Gilmore, PharmD is the Executive Vice President at Georgia Cancer Specialists.
Nishan Tchekmedyian, MD
Pacific Shores Medical Group
Nishan Tchekmedyian, MD, joined Pacific Shores Medical Group’s Hematology and Oncology practice in July 2016 and cares for patients at their offices and nearby hospitals. Dr. Tchekmedyian received his Hematology and Oncology training at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Tchekmedyian completed a residency in Internal Medicine from 2010 to 2013 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Boston. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He attended medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from 2006 to 2010 and completed his undergraduate studies earning a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Business Economics.
Natasha Khrystolubova, RPh
Florida Cancer Specialists
Natasha Khrystolubova, RPh is the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Florida Cancer Specialists in their RxToGo Pharmacy. She is a board certified oncology pharmacist with over 15 years of experience as a pharmacist in various settings, such as hospital, home infusion, pharmacy, and oncology specialty pharmacy.
Arielle Lee, MD
HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas
Arielle Lee, MD is a physician at the HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas. She is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, hematology, hospice and palliative medicine. She received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
Kelli Martin, RN
St. Louis Cancer Care
Kelli Martin, RN, is a certified clinical research coordinator at St. Louis Cancer Care. She assists in enrolling patients in clinical trials. Kelli graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1987 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Maryville University in 1989. She immediately specialized in oncology and maintained her OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) from 1992-2002, when she became interested in Clinical Trials. Since 1999 she has been running oncology clinical trials and chose to become certified in Research in 2002. She has maintained her CCRC (Certified Clinical Research Coordinator) since that time and has been assisting Dr. Cuevas with the Research Program at St. Louis Cancer Care since 2010.
Kashyap Patel, MD
Carolina Blood & Cancer Care Associates
Kashyap Patel, MD, is the CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates. Dr. Patel is a full time practicing medical oncologist, board certified in Hematology, Oncology and Internal Medicine. He is also serving as a secretary for the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). He is a chair elect for the clinical affairs and trustee for the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). He is also a member of the CPC committee for the ASCO and NCQA. He has been an advisor for the large payers including DHHS (SC) and Palmetto GBA. He also serves on an advisory board for Medicaid HMOs. Dr. Patel is past president of the South Carolina Oncology Society. He has had extensive research experience in the field of oncology and has published and presented articles in journals nationally and internationally.
Manish Patel, MD
Florida Cancer Specialists
Manish Patel, MD, serves as the Director of Drug Development for Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS). He practices out of Sarasota, Fla specializing in Phase I Medical Oncology and malignant Hematology clinical trials. The Phase I trial unit currently has approximately 50 active trials that are enrolling, many in dose escalation and first-in-human. Dr. Patel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida and Medical Degree from the University of Miami. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
Eileen Peng, PharmD
Regional Cancer Care Associates
Eileen R. Peng, PharmD, received her Masters of Science degree in Pharmaceutics from SUNY Buffalo and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Colorado, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to joining RCCA, she was an Oncology Pharmacist at several hospitals. She currently serves as Director of the RCCA Pharmacy and the Practice Administrator of the Central Jersey Division of RCCA.