Medical Team

Cancer Center Medical Team

A highly skilled and compassionate group of physicians and clinical and adminstrative staff provide the latest cancer diagnostic procedures, treatments, and support. Our multidisciplinary group includes:

  • medical oncologists
  • bone marrow transplant specialists
  • surgical and radiation oncologists
  • radiologists
  • oncology nurses
  • pharmacists
  • radiation physicists and technologists
  • laboratory technicians
  • social workers
  • nutritionists
  • financial counselors
  • support staff and trained volunteers

All physicians are board-certified or board-eligible in their specialty. Chemotherapy services are administered by chemotherapy certified nurses.

Physicians

Abbas E. Abbas, M.D., M.S.
Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
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CLINICAL INTERESTS: Diseases of the lung, tracheobronchial tree, esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall. Expertise in thoracic surgical oncology, robotic and other minimally invasive thoracic techniques, advanced bronchoscopic and esophageal endoscopy, lung volume reduction surgery, thymectomy, hiatal hernia repair, and special procedures for benign esophageal disease and other thoracic conditions
EDUCATION: Ain-Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
TRAINING: Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Residency, Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
CERTIFICATION:Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Michael Bromberg, MDMichael Bromberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Section Chief, Hematology/Oncology
Professor, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center

SPECIALTIES: Lymphomas; leukemia; multiple myeloma
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Internal Medicine Residency, Temple University Hospital; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine
CERTIFICATION: Hematology, Oncology, Internal Medicine
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed
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Dina Caroline, MDDina Caroline, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Breast Imaging
SPECIALTIES: Body imaging; breast imaging
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Medical College of Philadelphia
PhD: University of Michigan
TRAINING: Radiology residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Gastroenterology fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
CERTIFICATION: Radiology

Gary Cohen, MDGary S. Cohen, M.D.
Section Chief, Vascular and Interventional Radiology
SPECIALTIES: Interventional oncology; radiofrequency and microwave ablation of liver, lung, kidney and soft tissues; Yttrium radioembolization of liver tumors and colonic mestases; chemoembolization of hepatic cancer; chemotherapy port insertion; tumor biopsy and diagnosis throughout the body, including lung, thyroid, abdomen and neck; bronchial stenting of narrowed airways
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
TRAINING: Vascular/Interventional Radiology fellowship, Temple University Hospital; Radiology residency, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Cherie P. Erkmen, M.D.
Director, Lung Cancer Screening Program, Temple University Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
SPECIALTIES: Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, novel intraoperative imaging techniques and the meaningful application in treating lung cancer, decisional sciences surrounding lung cancer screening
MEDICAL SCHOOL: UCLA Medical School
TRAINING: Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital; Fellowship, Surgery (Research), Brigham & Women's Hospital; Residency, General Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery

David Essex, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Hematology; hemostasis and thrombosis
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Rutgers Medical School
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, UMDNJ; Hematology fellowship, Mt. Sinai Hospital; Hematology research fellowship, Jefferson Medical College; Oncology fellowship, SUNY
CERTIFICATION: Hematology; Oncology; Internal Medicine

Daniel D. Eun, MDDaniel D. Eun, M.D.
Vice Chief of Robotic Surgery
Director of Minimally Invasive Robotic Urologic Oncology & Reconstruction
SPECIALTIES: Urologic oncology and reconstruction with a focus on robotic surgery for advanced tumors of adrenals, kidney, ureters, bladder, testes, and prostate
MEDICAL DEGREE: Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Urology residency, Henry Ford Hospital, Vattikuti Urology Institute; Minimally Invasive Urologic Robotic Oncology fellowship, Henry Ford Hospital, Vattikuti Urology Institute; General Surgery fellowship, Henry Ford Hospital, Vattikuti Urology Institute
CERTIFICATION: Urology

Christopher Fundakowski, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Parapharyngeal space masses (schwannoma, neurofibroma, paraganglia); parotid surgery utilizing face-lift approach with dermal fat transfer; microvascular reconstruction; thyroid and parathyroid surgery, including minimally invasive techniques
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Rush Medical College
TRAINING: Fellowship, Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Residency, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Otolaryngology

Jamie Garfield, MDJamie Garfield, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Women's health and gender disparities in lung disease, lung cancer, interventional pulmonology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Saint George's University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship, Temple University Hospital; Internal medicine residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine

Enrique Hernandez, M.D.
Abraham Roth Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Professor, Pathology
SPECIALTIES: Gynecologic oncology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
TRAINING: Ob Gyn residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; Gynecologic Oncology fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

Karen L. Houck, MD
Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Temple University Hosptial
Associate Professor of Medicine

CLINICAL INTERESTS: gynecologic oncology, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, fertility sparing cancer care and cervical dysplasia
MEDICAL SCHOOL: State University of New York at Buffalo
TRAINING: Fellowship, Gynecologic Oncology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; Residency, Obsetrtrics and Gynecology, State University of New York
CERTIFICATION: Obsetetrics and Gynecology

Larry Kaiser, MD, FACSLarry R. Kaiser, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Temple University
Professor of Surgery and Dean, Temple University School of Medicine
CEO, Temple University Health System
SPECIALTIES: Lung cancer, mediastinal tumors, mesothelioma, myasthenia gravis
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Tulane University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Surgery residency, University of California at Los Angeles; Thoracic Surgery residency, University of Toronto; Cardiovascular Surgery fellowship, University of Toronto; Research Fellowship, Surgical Oncology, University of California at Los Angeles
CERTIFICATION: Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery; Surgery

Andreas Karachristos, MD, PhD, FACSAndreas Karachristos, M.D., PhD., F.A.C.S
SPECIALTIES: Liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery; renal and pancreas transplantation; general surgery on the end-organ failure patient
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Crete School of Medicine
TRAINING: General surgery residency, Temple University Hospital; Organ Transplantation/Hepatobiliary Surgery fellowship, University of Cincinnati
CERTIFICATION: Surgery

Bong-Soo Kim, MDBong-Soo Kim, M.D.
Director, Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Fellowship Program
SPECIALTIES: Minimally invasive treatment of spinal disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine: herniated disc, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, tumors, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, infections, congenital disorders and spinal cord injury; minimally invasive spinal fusion; minimally invasive spinal deformity surgery; cervical artificial disc; kyphoplasty for compression fractures and spinal tumors; spinal cord stimulation; neuro-oncology, including brain and spinal cord tumors; spinal radiosurgery; Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine
TRAINING: Neurosurgery residencies: Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine and Temple University Hospital; Neuro-Oncology and Stereotaxis fellowship, Cleveland Clinic; Minimally Invasive and Complex Spinal Surgery fellowship, University of Chicago Hospitals
CERITFICATION: Neurosurgery (board-eligible)

Benjamin Krevsky, MDBenjamin Krevsky, M.D.
Chief, Section of Gastroenterology
Director, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Gastrointestinal malignancies, especially esophageal and colon cancers; motor disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, especially constipation and fecal incontinence; capsule endoscopy; endoscopic laser therapy and ablative therapy for Barrett’s esophagus; hemorrhoid therapy
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Cincinnati
TRAINING: GI fellowship, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine; Gastroenterology

Patricia Kropf, MDPatricia L. Kropf, M.D.
Assistant Director, Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program
SPECIALTIES: Bone marrow transplant for hematologic malignancies; hematopoietic malignances; differentiation therapy in acute myelogenous leukemia
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Georgetown University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Hematology and Oncology fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Hematology; Medical Oncology; Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Liu, MDJeffrey Liu, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Head and neck cancers, including thyroid, salivary, squamous cel carcinomas, and skin origin; translational research to evaluate new agents in head and neck cancer, oropharynx and larynx squamous cell carcinomas, and Merkel cell carcinoma
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Weill Cornell Medical College
TRAINING: Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell Campus
CERTIFICATION: Otolaryngology

Malini Mathur, M.D.
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Endoscopic ultrasound and gastrointestinal oncology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Boston University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, New York University Medical Center; Gastroenterology fellowship, New York University Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology (board-eligible)

Alan Maurer, MDAlan Maurer, M.D.
Director, Nuclear Medicine
SPECIALTIES: Cardiology; GI motility; PET/CT molecular imaging
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, Temple University Hospital; Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine research fellowship, Hahnemann University Hospital; Oncology fellowship, American Cancer Society
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine

Bizhan Micaily, MD, FACRBizhan Micaily, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
SPECIALTIES: General external beam radiation; 3-D conformal radiotherapy; IMRT; IGRT; Gamma Knife® treatments; stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT); stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT); total skin electron therapy (TSET); hyperthermia; lung, breast, head & neck and GI cancers; gynecologic cancers, lymphoma (especially Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma)
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Pahlavi University, Iran
TRAINING: Radiation Oncology residency, Hahnemann University Hospital; Radiation Oncology/Medical Oncology fellowship, Hahnemann University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Radiation Oncology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed
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Juhi Mittal, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Colon cancer, rectal cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, esophageal cancers, gastric cancers, pancreatic cancers, hepatobiliary cancers
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Kasturba Medical College, India
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, State University of New York/Downstate Hospital; Hematology/Oncology fellowship, State University of New York/Downstate Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Hematology/Oncology (board-eligible); Internal Medicine
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Curtis Miyamoto, MDCurtis Miyamoto, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Medical Director, Oncology Service Line
SPECIALTIES: General external beam radiation; 3-D conformal radiotherapy; IMRT; IGRT; Gamma Knife® treatments; stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT); stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT); hyperthermia; translational research; brain tumors and disorders; prostate, lung, breast, head & neck, and GI cancers
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Universidad de Navarra, Spain
TRAINING: Radiation Oncology residency, Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia; Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Research fellowship, Hahnemann University Hospital; Oncology fellowship, American Cancer Society
CERTIFICATION: Radiation Oncology
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed
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Jack Mydlo, MDJack Mydlo, M.D.
Chair, Urology
SPECIALTIES: Trauma; uro-oncology; erectile dysfunction
MEDICAL SCHOOL: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
TRAINING: Surgery and Urology residencies, Montefiore Einstein College of Medicine; Urologic Oncology fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
CERTIFICATION: Urology

Aruna Padmanabhan, MDAruna Padmanabhan, M.D.
Director, Medical Breast Oncology
Associate Professor of Medicine
SPECIALTIES: Breast cancer and supportive care in cancer patients
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Kasturba Medical College, India
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, Trinitas Hospital, Seton Hall University; Medical Oncology fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
CERTIFICATION: Medical Oncology; Internal Medicine
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Alvaro Pereira-Rico, MDAlvaro Pereira-Rico, M.D.
Director, Medical Genitourinary Oncology
Associate Professor of Medicine

SPECIALTIES: Uro-oncology, including prostate, renal and bladder cancers
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Universidad Complutense de Madrid School of Medicine, Spain
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center; Medical Oncology and Hematology fellowship, Jefferson Medical College; Women's Health fellowship, St. Louis University Health Sciences Center/John Cochrane VA Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
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A. Koneti Rao, MDA. Koneti Rao, M.D.
Director, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center
SPECIALTIES: Hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, platelet function
MEDICAL SCHOOL: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Hematology/Oncology fellowship, Temple University Health Sciences Center; Hematology fellowship, Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research
CERTIFICATION: Hematology; Internal Medicine

Adam C. Reese, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology, Temple University School of Medicine
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Urologic oncology, prostate cancer
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
TRAINING: Residency, Urology, University of California, San Francisco, CA; Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, Johns Hopkins James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Baltimore, MD
CERTIFICATION: Urology

Kathleen Reilly, MDKathleen Reilly, M.D.
SPECIALTIES: Breast cancer care, wound management, surgical critical care
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Pennsylvania
TRAINING: Surgery residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Surgery Research fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
CERTIFICATION: Surgery
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Howard M. Ross, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery
Surgical Director, Digestive Disease Center, Temple University Hospital
Professor of Clinical Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
CLINICAL INTERESTS: Colon resection for colon cancer, rectal cancer and polyps; surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease; ostomy and wound care; treatment of common anorectal diseases
EDUCATION: Medical degree, University of Rochester School of Medicine
TRAINING: Fellowship, Surgical Oncology Research, Laboratories of Surgical Metabolism and Solid Tumor Immunology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Fellowship, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA; Residency, General Surgery, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
CERTIFICATION: Colon and rectal surgery, general surgery
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Ronald Rubin, MDRonald Rubin, M.D.
Professor, Medicine
Associate Professor, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center
SPECIALTIES: Bleeding and thrombotic disorders; general hematology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Medicine residency, Temple University Hospital; Hematology Clinical and Research fellowships, Thomas Jefferson Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Hematology; Internal Medicine
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed
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Deric C. Savior, MD
SPECIALTIES: Head & Neck Cancer, Lung Cancer
MEDICAL SCHOOL: MD, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA,
TRAINING: Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology, Lankenau Hospital; Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Georgetown University Hospital/National Rehabilitation Hospital; Residency, Internal Medicine, Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
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Michael Smith, MD, MBAMichael S. Smith, M.D., M.B.A.
SPECIALTIES: Diagnosis and treatment of Barrett's esophagus, including BARRX® radiofrequency ablation, cryo-ablation, complex endoscopic mucosal resection, narrow band imaging and endoscopic ultrasound
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
TRAINING: Internal medicine residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus
CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine; Gastroenterology

John Travaline, MDJohn M. Travaline, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Invasive Pulmonary Procedures Laboratory
SPECIALTIES: Respiratory muscle function, lung cancer, bioethics
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Jefferson Medical College
TRAINING: Internal Medicine residency, University of Maryland Hospital; Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellowships, Temple University Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Internal Medicine
PUBLICATION LISTING: PubMed

Qing Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
SPECIALTIES: Hematopathology; coagulation
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Shandong Medical University, Shandong, China
TRAINING: Biomedical Science (Cancer Research) PhD, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; Pathology residency, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; Hematopathology fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center
CERTIFICATION: Anatomic & Clinical Pathology; Hematology Pathology

Michael Weaver, MDMichael W. Weaver, M.D.
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Temple University School of Medicine
SPECIALTIES: Brain and spinal cord tumors; skull base neurosurgery; cerebrovascular neurosurgery (aneurysm and AVM); complex spinal instrumentation, Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Temple University School of Medicine
TRAINING: Neurosurgery residency, Temple University Hospital; Surgical Neuro-oncologic fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital/Brigham & Women's Hospital
CERTIFICATION: Neurosurgery

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