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Expert cancer care. Every stage. Every day.

It takes a team of expert oncologists to fight a complex disease like cancer. Treatment approaches and technologies are constantly evolving, providing patients with a growing array of medications, therapies and tools to diagnose and attack the disease. The options available to each person may vary, depending not just on your cancer type, but on your individual needs. That’s why, when deciding on an appropriate treatment plan, it is essential to turn to skilled doctors and clinicians trained in cancer care, from diagnosis and treatment, to side effect management and survivorship.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), treating cancer isn’t just a part of what we do, it’s all we do. Our expert oncologists treat every stage, every day. This means using the advanced tools of precision medicine and state-of-the-art technologies to quickly and accurately provide patients with a diagnosis. It includes developing a thorough treatment plan to attack the cancer, while supporting patients with evidence-informed therapies designed to reduce side effects and improve their quality of life. Expert care means treating the cancer while compassionately caring for the person fighting it.

Start here with a team of expert oncologists.

Surrounding yourself with a team of doctors focused only on treating cancer allows you to explore cutting-edge options sooner. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, or are already undergoing treatment, and you are unsure of what to do, the oncology experts at CTCA® can recommend a treatment plan that is individualized for your cancer and your needs, one designed to help you manage side effects and get back to life.  

Specialists: On your care team

No two cancers, like no two people, are exactly alike. Breast cancer, for example, comes with a very different set of symptoms and risk factors than colorectal or prostate cancer. And one person’s colorectal cancer may behave differently than another’s, depending on its DNA profile, with each requiring a different treatment approach. That’s why it is important to turn to doctors who specialize not just in cancer, but in a specific type of cancer. An oncologist with specialized training in treating lung cancer, for example, may be more proficient in the complexities of that particular disease and its various treatment options than one who treats all cancer types.

The CTCA team includes board-certified specialists with advanced training and expertise in specific cancers—from breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancers to melanoma and lymphoma—as well as various treatment options available to fight them.

Use the interactive menu below to learn more about just a few of the medical specialists across our hospital network:

Dr. Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Rola Eid, DO, FACOS

Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Bradley Mons, DO

Otolaryngolist & Head, Neck, and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn, DO

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Charles Komen Brown, MD, PhD

Medical Director of Surgery & Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Daniel Nader, DO, FCCP

Chief, Division of Pulmonary Services, Department of Medicine; Chief of Staff, Director of the Lung Center

Dr. Herbert Beck, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Dr. Jonathan Kiev, MD, FACS

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Kelly Manahan, MD, FACOG

Gynecologic Oncologist

Dr. Lanceford Chong, MD, MPH

Chief of Radiation Oncology Program Development

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, MD, MSc

Director of Cancer Research & Breast Medical Oncologist

Dr. Robert Whitehead, MD

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Sean Cavanaugh, MD

Chief of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Shayma Kazmi, MD, RPh

Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist

Meet our cancer experts

The specialists are only some of the members of our extensive team of cancer experts. Because each cancer patient is unique, cancer care should be personalized to meet his or her specific needs. At CTCA, each patient is assigned a cancer care team of doctors and clinicians. Some, like the medical or radiation oncologist, will be dedicated to treating the cancer. Others, such as the dietitian or the pain management physician, will help you manage the side effects of cancer, to reduce the risk of treatment delays and improve your quality of life, so you can focus on healing. The care team works in the same location, meets regularly about your personal treatment plan and collaborates to keep you strong throughout your treatment. Typically, your care team will include these experts:  

Dr. Dennis Citrin, MB, PhD

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Dennis Citrin is a double board certified medical oncologist with more than three decades of experience in cancer care. He specializes in the multi-disciplinary treatment of patients with all stages of breast cancer at our hospital near Chicago. Dr. Citrin has served on the faculty of several medical schools, including the University of Wisconsin, University of California in San Diego, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. His research has been published extensively in journals such as Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and he is the author of “Knowledge is Power: What Every Woman Should Know about Breast Cancer.”

Dr. Rola Eid, DO, FACOS

Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Rola Eid is Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at our hospital in Tulsa. Double board certified in general surgery and plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery, she is an expert in a broad range of breast, facial and cosmetic reconstructive surgery techniques. Dr. Eid recently added 3D nipple tattooing to the approaches she offers, inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer to bring patients as many options as possible to restore their sense of normalcy.

Dr. Bradley Mons, DO

Otolaryngolist & Head, Neck, and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Bradley Mons is certified in both otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and sees patients at our hospital in Tulsa. In an elite class of surgeons who have dual certification in treating diseases of the ear, nose and throat and in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Mons focuses his energies on treating patients with head and neck cancers. Because of his education and training, Dr. Mons often performs two surgeries in one—removing the cancer, and then rebuilding parts of the jaw, tongue and/or face to help his patients regain function and a more normal appearance, without having to undergo a second surgery.

Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn, DO

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn is an innovator in lung cancer care. He is a board certified medical oncologist and director of our Lung Center at our hospital near Chicago. While he mainly treats lung cancer patients, he also treats patients with gastrointestinal and kidney cancers. 

Dr. Charles Komen Brown, MD, PhD

Medical Director of Surgery & Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Charles Komen Brown is the Medical Director of Surgery and a surgical oncologist at our hospital near Chicago. He is board certified in surgery. Dr. Brown is the recipient of the Federal Executive Board’s Excellence in Government Award for Research, as well as the Robert Baker Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Charles E. Huggins Research Award, both from the University of Chicago’s Department of Surgery. He has also been recognized among Castle Connolly's Top Doctors® in 2013 and its "Top Cancer Doctors 2015" for the United States. His work has been published in such renowned clinical publications as Clinical Cancer Research, the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the International Journal of Cancer.

Dr. Daniel Nader, DO, FCCP

Chief, Division of Pulmonary Services, Department of Medicine; Chief of Staff, Director of the Lung Center

Dr. Daniel Nader is double board certified in pulmonary disease and internal medicine. Dr. Nader, who has been with CTCA since 1991 and practices at our Tulsa hospital, has performed more than 6,500 bronchoscopy procedures and provided more than 1,700 high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatments. He has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Oklahoma magazine as a top doctor in pulmonary medicine, and Castle Connolly named him to its list of the "Top Cancer Doctors 2015" for the United States.

Dr. Herbert Beck, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist

Dr. Herbert Beck is a gynecologic oncologist at our Chicago-area hospital with more than 30 years of medical experience. He is board certified in obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic oncology, and has been honored three times by Chicago Magazine as a Chicago-Area Top Doctor for gynecologic oncology.

Dr. Jonathan Kiev, MD, FACS

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Jonathan Kiev is an experienced thoracic surgeon at our hospital near Chicago. Double board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, he performs advanced and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat lung cancer as well as other types of cancer that have spread to the lungs. He also performs surgery to treat esophageal cancer and tumors involving mediastinal structures. Dr. Kiev is currently exploring ways to use less invasive surgical methods to improve recovery times for his patients. Named to Castle Connolly's America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Dr. Kiev has researched chemotherapy resistance and sensitivity in lung tumors and has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Vascular Surgery, The American Surgeon and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Kelly Manahan, MD, FACOG

Gynecologic Oncologist

Dr. Kelly Manahan is a gynecologic oncologist at our hospital near Atlanta and is double board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.  She uses her specialized training to manage a patient’s care from diagnosis to completion of treatment, providing both surgical and chemotherapy options. She was awarded the prestigious Galloway Fellowship in Gynecology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and was named Outstanding Resident during her training. Dr. Manahan has an extensive range of clinical experience and has held numerous prestigious professorships since completing her training. In addition to caring for patients and training new doctors, Dr. Manahan regularly conducts clinical trials in the search for new ways to treat gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Lanceford Chong, MD, MPH

Chief of Radiation Oncology Program Development

Dr. Lanceford Chong is the Medical Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology at our hospital near Phoenix. Board certified in radiation oncology, Dr. Chong has served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine; University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. During his 20 years of experience, he has authored multiple, peer-reviewed articles in highly respected medical journals and has written chapters in major oncologic textbooks. Dr. Chong is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, MD, MSc

Director of Cancer Research & Breast Medical Oncologist

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez is the Director of Clinical Research at our hospital near Atlanta. Double board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Alvarez specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and has special interests in the treatment of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a disease that, while rare, kills 15 percent of U.S. breast cancer patients. A native of Argentina, Dr. Alvarez completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center, and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Breast Medical Oncology Department at The University of Texas MD Anderson. Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgia Regents University.

Dr. Robert Whitehead, MD

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Robert Whitehead is a medical oncologist at our hospital near Phoenix. Double board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, he has more than 25 years of experience in medicine and as a faculty member at several medical schools such as the University of Texas Medical Branch where he was involved in the training of medical students, residents and fellows.  A dedicated researcher, Dr. Whitehead has served as a principal and participating investigator for clinical trials involving colorectal cancer, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma and other malignancies. His research studies have been published in numerous medical journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Research, JAMA (the journal of the American Medical Association) and Investigational New Drugs.

Dr. Sean Cavanaugh, MD

Chief of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Sean Cavanaugh is the Director of the Prostate Center of Advanced Oncology and Chief of Radiation Oncology at our hospital near Atlanta. Dr. Cavanaugh, who is board certified in radiation oncology, regularly performs high-dose rate and low-dose rate brachytherapy, completing more than 500 procedures every year. His work has been published in numerous journals, including Urology, Prostate Cancer, American Journal of Brachytherapy, The International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, and Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment

Dr. Shayma Kazmi, MD, RPh

Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist

Dr. Shayma Kazmi is a medical oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Kazmi is board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the Medical Society of New Jersey. Throughout her career, Dr. Kazmi has written abstracts and conducted numerous cancer research studies. She joined CTCA because she wanted not only to administer conventional medicine, such as chemotherapy, but also wanted to treat the entire person through the use of evidence-based supportive therapies.

Pain Management Practitioner

Pain is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatments, making the pain management physician a key member of the care team. Our pain management practitioners are physicians with special training in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different types of pain. Using a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, they can recommend ways to control pain and improve quality of life.

Medical Oncologist

The leader of the care team, this is a physician who uses medicine, such as chemotherapy or targeted therapy, to treat the disease. The medical oncologist manages your course of treatment. In most cases, medical oncologists must complete seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training and become board certified in internal medicine. Then, for an additional two years, they are broadly trained in all areas of oncology. Some medical oncologists also further specialize in specific types of cancer, such as breast cancer, lung cancer or prostate cancer.

Rehabilitation Therapist

Oncology rehabilitation is a broad field that uses occupational, speech, massage, physical and manual therapies to help patients recover strength and mobility. An occupational therapist, for example, may recommend exercises and strategies to help you feel strong enough to complete daily activities at home, work and in the community. A speech-language pathologist may help you overcome difficulty swallowing or speaking, and a physical therapist can assign range-of-motion exercises designed to rebuild muscle strength and mobility.

Surgical Oncologist

Many patients undergo surgical procedures to remove a tumor and surrounding tissue. The surgical oncologist is the expert who performs these operations, which may also include biopsies. Surgical oncologists are general surgeons who have completed three years of additional fellowship training in treating all cancer types. Some surgical oncologists specialize in specific cancer types such as lung cancer, breast cancer or ovarian cancer.

Spiritual Support Provider

Nurturing your faith may help you better cope with the challenges associated with cancer. Our spiritual support providers can help identify your spiritual needs and provide counsel regarding spiritual and emotional matters. Spiritual assistance is available to you and your loved ones to help improve your psychological outlook and emotional well-being during treatment. Spiritual support may include individual or group prayer, spiritual counseling, worship services, classes or other services. Like all of our evidence-based supportive therapies, this is a voluntary program, and each plan is personalized to your needs and beliefs.

Dietitian

Cancer and its treatment often lead to digestive challenges, nausea, malnutrition and other potentially debilitating side effects. That’s why the dietitian may be instrumental to your care team, working regularly with the medical oncologist to prescribe therapeutic options to help you maintain your strength and stamina throughout treatment. Oncology dietitians at CTCA provide expert nutrition counseling services to both patients and their caregivers.

Naturopathic Clinician

Our naturopathic clinicians provide strategies using natural, non-toxic therapies including dietary supplements, exercise and acupuncture, to manage cancer-related side effects and strengthen the body during cancer treatment. Our naturopathic oncology practitioners are trained and licensed in natural medicine and can advise you on how to avoid adverse reactions from taking certain drugs and supplements during cancer treatment.

Radiation Oncologist

If radiation therapy is part of your regimen, the treatments will be performed by a radiation oncologist, who has specific training and expertise in delivering high-energy radiation, radioactive substances and other radiation therapies to treat cancer. Radiation oncologists have completed at least four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of general medical training, and four years of residency or specialty training in radiation oncology.

Mind-Body Therapist

Mind-body medicine uses psychosocial support as an integral part of whole-person care, recognizing the powerful ways emotional, mental, social and behavioral factors can directly affect a cancer patient’s health. As a member of your care team, your mind-body therapist may help you manage stress, fatigue, depression, insomnia and intimacy challenges posed by cancer and its treatment.

Care Manager

A key member of the care team, the care manager is responsible for coordinating the communication among other care team members, and helping patients navigate the cancer journey. Each of our care managers is a registered nurse with oncology expertise who acts as your 24/7 point person for appointments, medications and questions from the time you arrive at the hospital, through recovery."