Your Epic Care Partners:

 

Medical Oncologists & Hematologists

Radiation Oncologists

Supportive Care

Ravi Arora, M.D.

“Comprehensive Cancer Care means creating a perfect balance between cutting edge science and realistic expectations and to deliver each with deep compassion and trust. I strive to do this everyday so that in addition to treating cancer for cure, I can also help my patients to heal their body and mind with compassion and dignity.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Medical School:

All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

Internship:

All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

Residency:

Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship:

New England Medical Center Tufts Medical School
Boston, MA

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Association of Northern California Oncologists

Facility Privileges:

Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
Kindred Hospital
San Leandro, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer
Ravi Arora, M.D.

Bimal Patel, M.D.

“As your medical oncologist I strive to build a partnership with you to provide comprehensive, compassionate, customized and up to date cancer care. Together we create a healing path utilizing the latest comprehensive treatment options for your cancer diagnosis, thereby achieving an enhancement in your quality of life and life beyond cancer.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

M.S. University
Baroda, India

Internship:

S.S.G. Hospital, M.S. University
Baroda, India

Residency:

Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Fellowship:

Yale University
New Haven, CT

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Association of Northern California Oncologists

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
Eden Medical Center
San Leandro Campus, San Leandro, CA
Eden Medical Center
Castro Valley Campus, Castro Valley, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA

Other Languages:

Hindi and Gujarati

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer, lymphomas and myeloma.

Personal Interests:

Tennis, wine making and traveling

John T. Ganey, M.D.

“My patients are my priority. As a member of the team providing state of the art care available to my patients through Epic Care, my true allegiance is to each individual I serve. Whether with a long-term patient, with whom I've developed a relationship, or a newly diagnosed cancer patient, my role is that of a highly trained, compassionate professional who gives each individual the tools to tackle his or her illness. Each day brings new experiences and rewards that enable me to live my vocation--that of helping people achieve wellness in the face of multi-faceted medical challenges. I am consistently amazed at the power of individuals' fortitude in tackling this illness, and humbled by the grace with which they endure its challenges.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD

Internship:

National Naval Medical Center
Bethesda, MD

Residency:

Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Portsmouth, VA

Fellowship:

National Naval Medical Center
Bethesda, MD

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Association of Northern California Oncologists

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA

Professional Interests:

Lung cancer, myeloma, bleeding and clotting disorders.

Personal Interests:

Golf and cycling

Ostap Melnyk, M.D.

“As your doctor, I must gain your trust by being as honest, direct and plain-speaking as possible. I promise to explore all available treatment options and advise you as I would my own family member. Together, we will define the treatment that is personally best for you. I will be your advocate and guide through every complex step of cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Residency:

Michael Reese Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Fellowship:

Institute University of California
San Francisco, CA

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Association of Northern California Oncologists

Facility Privileges:

Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
Kindred Hospital
San Leandro, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA

Other Languages:

Ukrainian

Professional Interests:

Clinical trials and novel therapeutics.

Personal Interests:

Backpacking, cycling, piano and cooking

Shoba Kankipati, M.D.

“I view cancer as a life transforming experience, and my goal as your medical oncologist is to be a partner and guide you during your cancer diagnosis and treatment. Everyday in my practice I strive to provide the latest, best and most comprehensive treatment options balanced with the compassion, grace and dignity that my patients truly deserve.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

St. Georges's University School of Medicine

Internship:

Drexel School of Medicine, Hahnemann University
Philadelphia, PA

Residency:

Drexel School of Medicine, Hahnemann University
Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship:

Cooper Hospital University of Medicine
Camden, NJ

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Association of Northern California Oncologists

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA

Other Languages:

Hindi, Urdu and Sindhi

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancers

Personal Interests:

Reading, Hiking and going to the park with my kids

Tyler Y. Kang, M.D.

“Compassion in patient care, truth in diagnosis, and integrity in all parts of the treatment process is something I strive for everyday. My pledge to my patients is to provide each and everyone of them with the highest quality medical care in a manner in sync with their own beliefs. The ultimate goal: treat the disease and heal the soul.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Internship:

Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Residency:

Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Fellowship:

Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Memberships:

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
California Medical Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Association of Northern California Oncologists
Society of Neuro-Oncology

Facility Privileges:

Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
Kindred Hospital
San Leandro, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA

Other Languages:

Mandarin Chinese and Spanish

Professional Interests:

Brain cancer, lung cancer, and genitourinary cancers

Personal Interests:

Reading, golf, sailing, snowboarding, tennis, and traveling

Jane Choi, M.D.

“;I believe in a comprehensive and compassionate approach to cancer and blood disorders. I believe that an open and honest communication is crucial to building a strong patient physician relationship. I believe in partnering together to define our goals and to form a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan to meeting those goals. As your physician, I will partner with you every step of the way.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Hematology
Medical Oncology

Medical School:

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway NJ

Internship:

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Residency:

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship:

Cardeza Foundation for Hematological Research
Philadelphia, PA
Kimmel Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology (ASH)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA)
Association of Northern California Oncologists (ANCO)

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer, lymphoma, and general hematology.

Personal Interests:

Shopping, dining out, spending time with family

Frank A. Santoli, M.D.

“You live inside your body every minute of every day. It would be hubris to think that the relationship we develop together would ever allow me to know you as well as you know yourself. I believe, however, that everyone has an innate sense of what is best for them. This is true of any situation, but especially with a cancer diagnosis. I perceive my job to quietly listen to you and to determine what your hopes and goals are. Together we can unlock what we will achieve and then pursue its fruition. You are not a client or a study number or a point on an algorithm. You are an individual who deserves individualized care.”

Board Certification:

Board Eligible in Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Internship:

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Residency:

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Fellowship:

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Memberships:

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
California Medical Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Association of Northern California Oncologists
Community Clinical Oncology Program (pending)
Bay Area Tumor Institute (pending)

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Ashby Campus
Berkeley, CA (pending)
Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Herrick Campus
Berkeley, CA (pending)
Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Summit Campus
Oakland, CA (pending)
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA (pending)
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA (pending)
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA

Professional Interests:

General oncology, prostate cancer

Personal Interests:

Woodworking

Larry Strieff, M.D.

“It has been said "Medicine is the science of uncertainty and the art of probability". While still largely accurate, this is changing in the field of oncology.The scientific technics now available through genetic analysis of tumor cells, allows the oncologist to make much more accurate assessment of a patients individual needs in terms of management and treatment. This "genetic profiling" allows for rational decision making and thereby allows for "personalized" care. This personalized, individualized care of the patient allows the physicians at Epic Care to deliver the optimal combination of holistic care combined with the most advanced currently available scientific techniques.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Medical School:

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Internship:

Kaiser Hospital
San Francisco, CA

Residency:

First Year- Kaiser Hospital
San Francisco, CA
Second Year- University of California, Irvine and Orange County Medical Center
Irvine, CA

Fellowship:

University of California School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Memberships:

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
California Medical Association
Hills Physicians Medical Group
Southwest Oncology Group

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Summit Campus
Oakland, CA

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

Personal Interests:

Fly fishing, horse back riding, hiking and snow shoeing

Jason Sun, M.D.

“This is an exciting time to be an Oncologist. The field is rapidly evolving and therapies continue to become more personalized. My approach is to recognize that no two patients are the same. I believe it is important to listen to the patient and understand who they are what their needs may be. It's easy to get caught up on laboratory results and imaging reports, but every patient needs to be heard. As your physician my goal is to not only deliver the best medical care, but to deliver it with empathy and compassion.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Hematology
Medical Oncology

Medical School:

New York Medical College
New York, NY

Internship:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Residency:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Fellowship:

UCLA-Olive View Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Memberships:

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA

Professional Interests:

General oncology, lymphoma, and leukemia

Personal Interests:

Guitar, basketball, traveling

Mervyn A. Sahud, M.D.

“Being dedicated to complex hematological problems for 40 years has been a challenging and humbling experience. The goal has always been to make patients comfortable and be a very good listener. Earning the trust of a frightened patient is critical if one is to obtain a clear and authentic history. I always run through a set of questions and answers before dismissing a patient and family member.”

Board Certification:

Hematology

Medical School:

Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Chicago, IL

Internship:

San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF Service)
San Francisco, CA

Residency:

University of California
San Francisco, CA

Memberships:

American Medical Association
American College of Physicians (Fellow)
Council on Thrombosis, American Heart Association
American Society of Hematology
International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis
International Fibrinogen Research Society
International Society of Fibrinolysis and Thrombosis
California Medical Association
Alameda County Medical Association

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Summit Campus
Oakland, CA

Professional Interests:

Coagulation including problems in hemostasis and thrombosis, anti coagulation and disorders of platelet production and number

Personal Interests:

Cello, reading books

Qaiser Niaz, M.D.

“Oncology is an ever evolving field of medicine. Every day newer treatments are evolving. My professional goal is to ensure I offer the best and most updated treatment to my patients. I believe in treating you as a person and not a disease condition or diagnosis. Every person is different from one another and deserve individualized care and attention.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Hematology
Medical Oncology

Medical School:

The Aga Khan University
Karachi, Pakistan

Internship:

Nassau University Med Center
East Meadow, NY

Fellowship:

Nassau University Med Center
East Meadow, NY

Memberships:

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

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Ashby Campus
Berkeley, CA
Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Herrick Campus
Berkeley, CA
Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Summit Campus
Oakland, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
Kindred Hospital
San Leandro, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA

Other Languages:

Urdu

Professional Interests:

GI malignancies, Lymphomas

Personal Interests:

Spending time with family, dining and experiencing different food, sight seeing and hiking.

Margaret E. Seaver, MD

“Exceptional cancer care requires that a physician understand not only a patient's complex medical issues but appreciate the impact an illness has on his or her life and loved ones. As a physician I must be a guide for patients through harrowing times and promote the understanding of not only the best medical recommendations but how those recommendations affect the individual.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Board Eligible, Hematology
Board Eligible, Medical Oncology

Medical School:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY

Internship:

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Residency:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY

Fellowship:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY

Memberships:

Association of Northern California Oncologists
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA

Professional Interests:

Care of the elderly cancer patient and solid tumors.

Personal Interests:

Running, swimming, scuba diving and playing with my child.

Srikanth Reddy, MD

“Practicing medical oncology and hematology is more than a career - to me it is a calling. My mission is to work tirelessly in helping my patients. To that end, I continually strive to improve my medical knowledge and skills to provide leadership and guidance for all in my care. I also strive to stay grounded, take time to understand my patients, and establish with them the close partnership that is vital to good care.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine
Hematology
Medical Oncology

Medical School:

Albany Medical College

Residency:

University of California
Irvine, CA

Fellowship:

University of California
Irvine, CA

Memberships:

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
Association of Northern California Oncologists
American Society of Hematology

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Ashby Campus
Berkeley, CA
Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center- Summit Campus
Oakland, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
Kindred Hospital
San Leandro, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA

Professional Interests:

Lymphomas and benign hematology

Personal Interests:

Automobiles, architecture, photography, tennis and basketball.

Jasdeepa Nagi, MD

“Strong patient-physician relationship is the crux of excellent oncologic care, and I strive to nurture it through open communication, respect for patient autonomy and keen attention to their medical, emotional and social well being. As an oncologist, it is my goal to keep my patients well informed of their treatment options and how the latest advances in cancer care relate to their individual needs.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine

Medical School:

Government Medical College
Amritsar, India

Residency:

Division of Internal Medicine Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Fellowship:

Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Wayne State University, Karmanos Cancer Center
Detroit, MI

Memberships:

Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA

Other Languages:

Punjabi, Hindi

Professional Interests:

Solid malignancies and palliative care

Personal Interests:

Tennis

Natalie A. Marshall, M.D.

“Great communication and a team approach to the patient doctor relationship define my style of medicine. I am here to help educate and guide my patients and their loved ones through treat-ment. I am an honest, positive person and believe in evidence-based medicine. I also think that lifestyle choices, exercise, stress reduction and psychological health have a profound effect on outcomes for patients.”

Board Certification:

Medical Oncology

Medical School:

University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

Internship:

University of New Mexico Hospital and VA Hospital
Albuquerque, NM

Residency:

University of New Mexico Hospital and VA Hospital
Albuquerque, NM

Fellowship:

Yale New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT

Memberships:

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

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Berkeley, CA

Other Languages:

Medical Spanish

Professional Interests:

General medical oncology, breast cancer, lung cancer

Personal Interests:

Jazz singer, hiking and gardening

Michael Min Yan, M.D.

“New, safer and more effective cancer therapies are emerging at an unprecedented rate. I work hard to deliver these cutting-edge therapeutic approaches to my patients so they can personally benefit from the most recent breakthroughs in cancer therapy. I strive to be an exceptional physician, who spends sufficient time listening to my patient and their needs as well as their family's needs. With this personal information, I can then treat the patient as a whole individual.”

Board Certification:

Medical Oncology
Hematology

Medical School:

M.D., Peking Union Medical School
People's Republic of China
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Internship:

Albert Einstein University Long Island
Jewish Medical Center
New York

Residency:

Albert Einstein University Long Island
Jewish Medical Center
New York

Fellowship:

University of California
San Diego, CA

Memberships:

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology

Facility Privileges:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Other Languages:

Mandarin

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, benign and malignant hematological diseases

Personal Interests:

Surfing, reading, and spending time with family

Ramandeep K. Bambrah, M.D.

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.

I believe in the compassion of the medical field and will be with you each step of the way on your journey through cancer. I am driven by the continual need to learn and providing up to date and innovative care through our multidisciplinary cancer care center. I work with you and involve you in your treatment plan; after all, it is your journey.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine

Medical School:

Ross University School of Medicine
Dominica

Internship:

University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Residency:

University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Fellowship:

University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Memberships:

American Society Clinical Oncology
American Society Hematology

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA

Other Languages:

Punjabi and Hindi

Professional Interests:

Lymphoma and breast cancer

Personal Interests:

Yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, sunshine

Wilson Tong, M.D.

“My personal family experience with cancer provided the catalyst for my interest in hematology/oncology and strong desire to care for people with cancer. I strive to be a healer, educator, innovator, and advocate for my patients. I assist my patients in making informed choices on therapies that not only help them face their cancer, but allows them to thrive despite it and celebrate life's important milestones: be it the birth of a child, celebrating an anniversary, or seeing a child graduate.”

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine

Medical School:

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, AZ

Internship:

Mayo Clinic Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Residency:

Mayo Clinic Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Fellowship:

University of California Irvine
Orange, CA

Memberships:

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Oncology
American Association for Cancer Research
Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA

Other Languages:

Basic Cantonese

Professional Interests:

Head and neck cancers, plasma cell dyscrasias, general hematology and oncology

Personal Interests:

Basketball, indoor rock climbing and traveling

K. Kenneth Chao, M.D.

“As your radiation oncologist, I aspire to build a foundation of trust and compassion as I provide you with the best and most appropriate care. Being a son of a cancer survivor, the challenges my mother and our entire family faced in her battle with this disease have fostered a deep appreciation and understanding of each individual's unique perspective and personal struggles. From this experience, I carry my oath as your physician and partner to assist you on your path to well being, and to treat you with respect and dignity”

Board Certification:

Radiation Oncology

Medical School:

School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX

Internship:

William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Residency:

William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Memberships:

Northern California Radiation Oncology Society
American College of Radiology
American College of Radiation Oncology
American Brachytherapy Society
Radiological Society of North America
American Society of Radiation Oncology
Michigan Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology
American Medical Association

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA

Other Languages:

Mandarin Chinese

Professional Interests:

Dr. Chao is a recognized expert in Prostate Brachytherapy and Advanced Targeted Techniques such as Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART), Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Partial Breast Irradiation, and Stereotactic Radiotherapies (SABR, SRT, SRS).

Prostate/Genitourinary, Breast, Lung/Esophageal, Skin, Head and Neck, Brain, Gastrointestinal, Lymphoma, Sarcomas, and Gynecologic cancers. General Oncology.

Personal Interests:

Hiking, snowboarding, cooking, painting, and spending time with wife and daughter.

Nicola Ally, M.D.

“Cancer is a journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. There is a chance for renewed hope and healing at each waypoint. I will work with you and your medical team to create a personal , world-class treatment plan using the best medical information, clinical trials and technology available. I will advocate for your dignity and comfort and help you navigate the information and difficult options you face as a patient and survivor. I also respect the incredible commitment of your family and caregivers and will do my best to help them find the resources they need along the way.”

Board Certification:

Radiation Oncology

Medical School:

McMaster University School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Internship:

York Hospital
York, PA

Residency:

Washington Hospital Center & Howard University Hospital
Washington, DC

Memberships:

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Board of Radiology

Facility Privileges:

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA

Professional Interests:

Breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, head-and-neck cancer and skin cancers

Personal Interests:

Reading literature, theater, boating, skiing and cycling

Gautam Prasad, M.D., PhD

“Staying on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, always providing a compassionate ear, and putting patients first are the three tenets of my practice. As your Oncologist, I believe my patients deserve the best and I pledge to always strive to that end.”

Board Certification:

Radiation Oncology

Medical School:

M.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Ph.D., Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Internship:

University of Alabama Hospital

Residency:

University of California San Francisco

Memberships:

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA)
Association of Northern California Oncologists (ANCO)

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA
Sutter Delta Medical Center
Antioch, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
San Ramon, CA
Valley Care Hospital
Pleasanton, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley Campus
Castro Valley, CA
Eden Medical Center, San Leandro Campus
San Leandro, CA
St Rose Hospital
Hayward, CA
Washington Hospital
Fremont, CA

Professional Interests:

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), neuro-oncology

Personal Interests:

Hiking, world travel, computers

Michael R. Forrest, M.D.

“My goal for each patient and family is to listen carefully to their concerns and needs, respond to each in a straight-forward, yet compassionate manner, then provide the highest quality of care with the latest methods. It is a pleasure to be associated with Epic Care, as this group delivers the latest options in radiation therapy, systemic therapy, and imaging, for best treatment outcome and quality of life.”

Board Certification:

Radiation Oncology

Medical School:

Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Surgical Internship:

University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
Portland, OR

Radiation Oncology Residency:

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Memberships:

Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association
California Medical Association
American College of Radiology
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American College of Radiation Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology

Hospital Privileges:

Sutter Health Hospitals:
Eden Medical Center
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center-Summit
Alameda Health System
San Leandro Hospital
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
ValleyCare Hospital

Professional Interests:

Image-guided, intensity modulated radiation therapy for all solid tumors, particularly head and neck, lung, prostate, breast and gastrointestinal cancers. Intraoperative radiation for breast cancer.

Personal Interests:

Masters swimming, mountain biking, ballroom dancing, and spending time with children and grandchildren.

Mariam P. Korah, M.D.

“As the daughter of a cancer patient, the challenges that my father and our family endured during his battle with the disease have heightened my awareness of the personal trials and tribulations that each patient and their loved ones face. With compassion, commitment, knowledge, and skill, I strive to guide and support you as you face the challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. I feel privileged and humbled to have the opportunity to assist you in this time of need and beyond. As your physician, I pledge to uphold your respect, dignity, and personal treatment goals as we partner together to combat your illness and restore your health.”

Board Certification:

Radiation Oncology

Medical School:

University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida

Internship:

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Residency:

Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology
Atlanta, Georgia

Memberships:

American Society of Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Brachytherapy Society
Radiological Society of North America
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group

Other Languages:

Malayalam

Professional Interests:

Benign and malignant brain, spinal canal, gastrointestinal, prostate, and breast tumors.

Personal Interests:

Tennis, college basketball, travel, and spending time with family

Donna E. Foliart, M.D., MPH

“Palliative care has been defined as comfort care for the body, mind and soul. As a palliative care doctor, my focus is on patients and their families. We discuss the person's current medical status, options for care, and future challenges. Most importantly, I listen to what type of care the person wants, making sure that the medical care we are providing respects his/her wishes. I continue to be inspired by patients and their families, by their strength, commitment, and loving support of each other. My hope is that, by managing pain and discomfort and helping people navigate medical decisions, I can improve the quality of life for my patients.”

Board Certification:

Preventive Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Medical School:

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Internship:

UCSF - Mount Zion Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Residency:

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Memberships:

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA

Professional Interests:

Palliative Medicine

Personal Interests:

Running with my dog, spending time enjoying my family and reading great books

Sherellen Gerhart, M.D.

“To me, the Physician-Patient relationship represents a very unique collaboration which I approach with respect. I believe that my role as a physician is to use my expertise to educate patients and families in a way that allows them to make the best choices toward meeting their goals of care. I consider it a privilege to assist others in their healthcare choices, especially at times of serious illness. The best health care is delivered in an individualized manner referencing input from all care team members. The patient is the team leader.”

Board Certification:

Internist
Geriatric Medicine
Palliative and Hospice Medicine

Medical School:

University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX

Residency:

University of California, Davis Medical Center
Sacramento, CA

Fellowship:

University of California, Davis Medical Center & Mather Veterans Hospital
Sacramento, CA

Memberships:

American Academy of Home Care Physicians (AAHCP)
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
California Medical Association (CMA)
National Hospice and Palliative Care organization (NHPCO)

Facility Privileges:

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Medical Center, Concord
Concord, CA

Professional Interests:

Being a better physician, learning, teaching and helping people to understand their choices

Personal Interests:

Gardening, cross sport training

Donna Saba, AOCNP

“I love working in the Antioch/East Bay community helping patients with both cancer and blood disorders. My personal goal is to help enable patients to feel their best and provide holistic care to patients and their families.”

Certification:

Advance Certified Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner-ANCC (National Certification by American Nurse Credentialing Center)

Education:

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
(Bachelor of Science, Nursing)
University of Washington
(Masters of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialist degree)
Samuel Merritt College, Oakland
(Family Nurse Practitioner Certification)

Memberships:

Oncology Nursing Society--National and local chapter (CEBONS)

Professional Interests:

Support services for Cancer Patients (Wellness Community, American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Leukemia, and Lymphoma

Personal Interests:

Gardening, bird watching, bicycling, and traveling to National Parks

Stacey Teicher, AOCNP

“The field of adult oncology is so challenging and exciting - advances happen so quickly, and I hope to see a universal cure in my lifetime. Meanwhile, I am so proud to be a part of a group of dedicated providers at Epic Care where our mission is to administer the most effective treatment possible while also offering compassion, comfort, and a generous amount of hugs.”

Certification:

Advance Certified Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Education:

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA (Bachelors of Science in Nursing)
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (Masters of Science in Nursing)

Memberships:

California association for Nurse Practitioners
Oncology Nursing Society

Professional Interests:

Leukemias, lymphomas, breast cancer

Personal Interests:

Traveling, cycling, enjoying time with my family

Christine Eicher-Raymond, FNP-B.C., RN, MSN, OCN

“As a Nurse Practitioner I am devoted to improving the health and well-being of my patients and their families by providing high quality, compassionate care. I believe comprehensive cancer care that emphasizes health promotion, disease management, and prevention through education and collaboration is key.”

Certification:

ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Oncology Certified Nurse
Registered Nurse

Education:

University of Phoenix
(Master of Science, Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner)
University of Phoenix
(Bachelor of Science, Nursing)
Regents College
(Associate Degree, Nursing)
Fairmont New Haven Vocational Nursing Program
(LVN)

Memberships:

Oncology Nursing Society
California East Bay Chapter ONS
Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society, Omicron Delta Chapter
American Nurses Association
California Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American College of Nurse Practitioners
American Diabetes Association

Professional Interests:

Clinical research, integrative medicine, medical oncology, palliative care

Personal Interests:

Hiking, skiing, snow sports, spending time with family and golden retriever

Sierra Velasquez, MS, RN, ANP-BC

“As you travel down what is likely an unfamiliar and frightening road, my goal is to help you feel supported and cared for as we partner with you throughout your diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. I can imagine no greater honor than being by my patients' sides while on this journey, helping to find ways to cope, and hopefully to thrive.”

Certification:

Adult Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (ANP-BC)
American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified (ANCC)

Education:

University of California
San Francisco, CA
(Diploma, Nursing)
University of California
San Francisco, CA
(Masters of Science, Nursing, Adult Nurse Practitioner)

Professional Interests:

General medical oncology, breast cancer, colon cancer

Personal Interests:

Reading good fiction and The New Yorker, weightlifting, swimming, transcendental meditation, learning, meaningful time with family, friends and my three dogs.