Who Are We

A community of physicians helping each other treat patients with cancer


Our Mission

Improve knowledge sharing between physicians so that patients get high quality care wherever they are treated.


What We Do

    We help physicians get answers to questions where there is no clear answer in guidelines or published research and expert opinion is necessary. All answers are indexed and searchable so that every physician can quickly access expert knowledge to provide their patients with high quality care.


Our Community of Experts


Our Team

Nadine Housri, MD
Co-Founder
Nadine Housri, MD

Dr. Nadine Housri is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale. She focuses on the community side of theMednet to bring physicians together to discuss topics important to patient care. Nadine's research background is in institutional outcomes disparities. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed publications in major journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Surgery, and PLoS Medicine. Nadine completed her Radiation Oncology residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she was awarded the Roentgen Research Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Dean’s Research Award, and served as Chief Resident for her last 2 years of residency. Additionally, she completed an SRS/SBRT fellowship at Yale. Prior to residency, she was a Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Nadine graduated with Research Distinction from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her clinical focus is thoracic oncology and stereotactic radiotherapy.

Samir Housri
Co-Founder
Samir Housri
Samir focuses on the technology side of theMednet trying to build the best experience for creating and consuming content on theMednet. Samir has spent the past 15 years in the private sector focused on digital media and innovation. His interests lie in building platforms that connect people and information. He has worked with many well-known companies including Major League Baseball, The New York Times and EMI Music. At MLB.com Samir was responsible for the design and development of key components of Gameday, MLB.com's system for broadcasting live scores and stats to millions of baseball fans each day. At EMI Music, Samir launched a video syndication platform which allowed EMI to publish music videos online.

Lindsay Burt
Radiation Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Lindsay Burt is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute where she specializes in CNS, Gyn, Peds, Breast, Skin and Lymphoma. She attended the University Of Utah School Of Medicine where she graduated in 2011 and served as co-president for the student body. She completed her residency in radiation oncology at the University of Utah. She is passionate about leadership, promoting education and research. She served as the chair of the Association of residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Executive committee while she was resident and was a member of many committees at the University of Utah. She is currently a member of a number of ASTRO subcommittees and is actively involved in clinical research. 

"theMednet is making such a big impact, and I feel like I'm a part of that by relaying information from the academic side of medicine to the community." Learn more about Dr. Burt here!

Anthony Bejjani
Medical Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Bejjani is currently a PGY-6 Hematology/Oncology fellow at UCLA. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo followed by Internal Medicine residency at UCLA. He is currently working with in a translational oncology research lab for hepatobiliary malignancies. He is interested in both Hematology & Oncology with a focus on medical education. He is the medical oncology deputy editor for theMednet.

"I love understanding that in order to tackle a problem, you have to frame it well. The Q&A platform really zeroes in on a topic and leads to engaging discussion. theMednet is the next logical step beyond guidelines for learning about and taking care of patients." Learn more about Dr. Bejjani here!

Christina Washington
Gynecologic Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Christina Washington is a gynecologic oncology fellow at the University of Oklahoma. She grew up in New Jersey and went to medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). After completing her training at Pennsylvania Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. While there she had the opportunity to care for women with pre-invasive diseases as well as provide gynecology care to women with non- gynecologic cancer diagnoses. Her research interests include clinical trials, preventative strategies to decrease the incidence of cancer, and health disparities.

"I joined theMednet because of how interesting and valuable it is to see how others are responding to new data across the country. It's a great platform to ask and answer questions, and I think disseminating information through the community is a vital step in improving care." Learn more about Dr. Washington here!

Jessica Zimmerman
Pediatric Oncology Deputy Editor
Linday Burt, MD

Dr. Jessica Zimmerman is an Associate in Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelors’ degree in biology from the University of Iowa and graduated with teaching distinction from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She then completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zimmerman’s clinical interest is hematologic malignancies, and her research focuses on the treatment of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is also a past participant in the American Society of Hematology Medical Educators Institute.

theMednet Associate Editors

Associate Editors are responsible for maintaining quality and professionalism on the platform by moderating questions and engaging key opinion leaders in their field. Each associate editor has been invited to the program because of their commitment to medical education and involvement in their specialty.


Radiation Oncology


David Ly, MD
VA Medical Center (Cleveland OH)
David Ly, MD

Dr. David Ly is a clinical assistant professor in radiation oncology at VA Cleveland. He completed his medical training at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and his residency at the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Hospital. He completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ly has published in the fields of gynecologic, breast and brain malignancies. He is the radiation oncology Associate Editor for GU.

John T. Lucas Jr., MD, MS
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
John Lucas Jr., MD

Dr. John Lucas is currently an assistant faculty member at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He completed his radiation oncology residency at Wake Forest University in 2015 after a preliminary medicine year at UNC Chapel Hill. He completed his Medical Doctorate at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where he also obtained a masters in Clinical and Translational Research. His current research interests are novel clinical trial designs and patient risk stratification methods. The application of these methods has yielded several web-based prediction tools which can be applied to clinical decision making. Dr. Lucas is the pediatric malignancy Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

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Brandon R. Mancini, MD, MBA
West Michigan Cancer Center
Brandon Mancini, MD

Dr. Brandon Mancini is a radiation oncologist at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, MI. He is originally from Southeast Michigan, attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) for his undergraduate studies and Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI) for medical school. He formerly served as the Chair of the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Executive Committee and was a Resident Representative on several ASTRO committees. Dr. Mancini is the skin cancer, melanoma, and palliative Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"...to be able to facilitate dialogue on theMednet is a privilege, and I appreciate the opportunity to expand our field, ensuring the greatest care possible to all oncologic patients!" Learn more about Dr. Mancini here!

 
Shane Lloyd, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
Shane Lloyd, MD

Dr. Shane Llyod is an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Huntsman Cancer Institute. His primary clinical interests are in the radiotherapeutic management of gastrointestinal, head and neck, genitourinary, and skin cancers. His main research interests are in comparative effectiveness, clinical trials, and health services. Dr. Lloyd is the GI Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet has seen the bigger picture. It's great to see how experts share their knowledge, and I love being a part of that process." Learn more about Dr. Lloyd here!

Omar M. Ragab, MD
USC Keck School of Medicine
Omar Ragab, MD

Dr. Omar Ragab is an Assistant Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, where he specializes in Sarcoma and Gynecologic cancers. He completed his residency training at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles followed by fellowship training in clinical brachytherapy at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in June 2016. His research interests include patient care disparities and combining novel immunologic agents with radiation therapy. Dr. Ragab is the Gynecologic Oncology Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet is a great opportunity to not only contribute to the field, but also to learn from it. It allows me to stay up to date and get invaluable expert knowledge." Learn more about Dr. Ragab here!

Ann C. Raldow, MD, MPH
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Ann Raldow, MD

Dr. Ann Raldow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Raldow graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular biology. She earned her medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. After finishing her internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Raldow completed her residency at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. Dr. Raldow also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Raldow specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. She has expertise in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), MRI-guided radiation therapy (MgRT), and other advanced techniques in radiation therapy. Her research focuses on therapeutic decision making, cost-effective care, quality of life, and health outcomes assessment. 

"For the oncologists who are more isolated in an institution, theMednet is life-changing. There are many instances I have a complex case and need to hear experts weigh in. It really allows everyone to come together to hear from people across the country." Learn more about Dr. Raldow here!

 
Christopher T. Wilke, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota Medical School
Christopher Wilke, MD

Dr. Christopher Wilke is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Minnesota and specializes in the treatment of head and neck and CNS malignancies. He obtained his MD/PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota with his thesis work focused on the development of novel functional brain imaging techniques. He completed his radiation oncology residency and the University of Minnesota followed by a fellowship in Advanced Radiation Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His research interests include advanced imaging and 3D printing applications in radiation oncology. Dr. Wilke is the neuro-oncology Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet is a truly unique resource in the field of oncology. Our patients don't always fit neatly into the boxes defined by the guidelines or clinical trials. In these situations, the insight gained from the answers provided by national experts is invaluable to the practicing physician." Learn more about Dr. Wilke here!

Jason C. Ye, MD
USC Keck School of Medicine
Jason Ye, MD

Dr. Jason Ye is an Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology at USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed his residency at New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center and his MD at Boston University’s Accelerated 7-Year BA/MD program. At NYP/WC, he started the department's first medical student education curriculum as part of the multi-institutional Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Group. Dr. Ye is the Head and Neck and Genitourinary Associate Editor for radiation oncology. 

"the more I read on theMednet, the more I recognized that nothing is a 'textbook case'. There will always be exceptions. When you apply data, you're always extrapolating, which means a lot of gray areas appear. Picking the brains of national experts is an invaluable service; being one of the first to participate in the website after its launch, I really believe in theMednet's process." Learn more about Dr. Ye here!

Kiri Cook, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Kiri Cook, MD

Dr. Kiri Cook is an assistant professor in the department of Radiation Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR.  She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Philosophy.  She received her M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2014 and completed her internal medicine intern year at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  She completed her residency training at UCLA.  She has been active in clinical research throughout medical school and residency with projects involving breast, GU, CNS, and GI cancers, as well as patient-reported outcomes and patterns of care. Dr. Cook is the breast malignancies Associate Editor for radiation oncology.

"theMednet is social media in its best form, where actual experts answer questions in a way that everyone can benefit." Learn more about Dr. Cook here!

 
Krisha J. Howell, MD
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Krisha Howell, MD

Dr. Krisha Howell is currently an Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Program Director in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Originally from Southeastern Michigan, she majored in biophysics at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and received her Medical Doctorate at Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI). Thereafter, she completed Internal Medicine internship at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) and a residency in Radiation Oncology at the Medical University of Charleston (Charleston, SC). Additionally, she received brachytherapy fellowship training at Princess Margaret Hospital (Toronto, ON). Dr. Howell is the sarcoma Associate Editor for radiation oncology

"theMednet is a great opportunity to see what questions physicians are facing daily. I want to be clued in, and really lean in on the up to date information. It's been so rewarding, both the leadership and colleagues!" Learn more about Dr. Howell here!

Rebecca Levin-Epstein, MD
University of California Los Angeles
Rebecca Levin-Epstein, MD

Dr. Rebecca Levin-Epstein is currently a PGY-5 chief resident at UCLA. She is originally from Oakland, California. She completed her undergraduate degree with dual majors in Biopsychology and Spanish Literature at Tufts University. She earned her MD from UCLA, where she was a Junior AOA inductee. She completed her intern year at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and returned to UCLA for radiation oncology residency. She is active in clinical research involving brain metastases, prostate cancer, GI malignancies, MR-guided radiation therapy, palliative radiation, and treatment toxicity. At UCLA she is also part of the Clinical Informatics program, in which she builds features within the electronic health record system to improve patient safety, data quality, and clinic workflow. Dr. Levin-Epstein is the thoracic Associate Editor on theMednet.

"It's exciting to pick the brains of experts in the field and get their feedback on tough questions. theMednet is an incredible learning experience and an amazing resource. I feel so lucky to be a part of theMednet!" Learn more about Dr. Levin-Epstein here!


Medical Oncology


Kelly McCann, MD, PhD
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kelly McCann, MD

Dr. Kelly McCann is faculty at UCLA Medical Center. She majored in Biomedical Engineering at Rice University, was part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Stanford University to earn a PhD in Cancer Biology, and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She completed Hematology/Oncology fellowship at UCLA in 2017. She is a member of Dr. Dennis Slamon’s Translational Oncology Research Laboratory. Dr. McCann’s research interests are in the genetic and molecular biology of cancer for the development and use of targeted therapies. She and Sara Hurvitz recently published a textbook on treatment of HER2+ breast cancer. Dr. McCann is the gynecologic Associate Editor for medical oncology. 

Dwight Owen, MD
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Dwight Owen, MD

Dr. Dwight Owen is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research and clinical focus is thoracic oncology, and understanding mechanisms of secondary resistance to targeted and immune-based therapies. Dr. Owen is the thoracic malignancies Associate Editor for medical oncology.   

Maitri Kalra, MBBS
Indiana University
Maitri Kalra, MD

Dr. Maitri Kalra is a Hematologist/Oncologist working at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. She completed medical school in India and her Internal Medicine residency and Hem/Onc fellowship at Indiana University. She is the lead of the Precision Genomics Program at IU Health Ball. Dr. Kalra is the NCI-CCC Tumor Board Program Manager.

 
John H. Baird, MD
Stanford University
John Baird, MD

Dr. John Baird is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford. Originally from Arkansas, he received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During medical school, Dr. Baird worked at NIDDK and NHLBI at the NIH as part of the intramural Clinical Research Training Program. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is primarily interested in hematologic malignancies and has been involved in clinical trials for myeloproliferative neoplasms and aggressive lymphomas. Dr. Baird is the Bone Marrow Transplant, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, and Myeloma Associate Editor for medical oncology.

Anthony Bejjani, MD
UCLA Medical Center
Anthony Bejjani, MD

Dr. Bejjani is currently a PGY-6 Hematology/Oncology fellow at UCLA. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo followed by Internal Medicine residency at UCLA. He is currently working with in a translational oncology research lab for hepatobiliary malignancies. He is interested in both Hematology & Oncology with a focus on medical education. He is the medical oncology deputy editor for theMednet.

"I love understanding that in order to tackle a problem, you have to frame it well. The Q&A platform really zeroes in on a topic and leads to engaging discussion. theMednet is the next logical step beyond guidelines for learning about and taking care of patients." Learn more about Dr. Bejjani here!

Sonya Reid, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Sonya Reid, MD

Sonya Reid, MD, is a clinical fellow in hematology and oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, a Master of Public Health candidate in the Global Health track at Vanderbilt University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer training program. She received her degree in medicine from The University of the West Indies and completed an internal medical residency at Meharry Medical College.

"I love the engaging atmosphere where you have access to experts in the field who are willing to delve into the literature and respond with high quality answers; it's an email I look forward to every day!" Learn more about Dr. Reid here!

 
Lauren E. Lee, MD
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC)
Lauren Lee, MD

Dr. Lauren Lee is a third year Hematology/Oncology fellow at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC). She graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She then commissioned into the United States Air Force where she completed her internal medicine residency training at SAUSHEC. She has an interest in academic medicine and served as the Air Force Chief of Residents for the SAUSHEC Internal Medicine Residency Program before starting her Hematology/Oncology fellowship. Her clinical interests include hematologic malignancies with a focus on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapies.

"Because of the pace at which oncology advances, it's hard to keep up with everything. For rare cases, it's so helpful to have an expert in the field. theMednet is a great opportunity to see experts come together from many specialties to offer their opinions and experiences." Learn more about Dr. Lee here!

Ali R. Khaki, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Ali Khaki, MD

Ali Raza Khaki, M.D. is a hematology/oncology fellow at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. Ali received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College and studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He went on to complete internship and residency in internal medicine at University of California, San Francisco. As a fellow, Ali's clinical and research interests are in genitourinary oncology and health services/healthcare utilization research.

Technology plays a big role in how physicians and researchers access expertise, which is why Dr. Khaki was so excited to join theMednet. "I stumbled upon it accidentally, and after a few colleagues helped me connect with theMednet leadership team, the rest fell into place." Learn more about Dr. Khaki here!

Talal Hilal, MD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Talal Hilal, MD
Dr. Talal Hilal recently completed his training in Hematology/ Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic Arizona, and joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a hematologist, with a focus on Lymphoma and CLL. He completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington after graduating medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is interested in clinical reasoning and decision-making, medical humanities, and cancer policy. He is the Lymphoma moderator for medical oncology.
 
Abeer A. Alfaraj, MD, MBBS
Bayhealth Medical Center
Abeer Alfaraj, MD
Dr. Abeer Alfaraj is a hematologist and oncologist at Bayhealth cancer center in Dover, DE. She attended Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, for medical school. She completed her internal medicine residency at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., followed by a hematology and oncology fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She enjoys practicing general oncology, but has a special interest in colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, MPN, and lymphoma. 
 
"theMednet has helped me a lot as a fellow and now as a practicing oncologist. I feel fortunate to be a part of the theMednet team, as I believe it is a very unique resource allowing experts to share their deep knowledge with community oncologists, and it gives me the chance to expand my knowledge."
Marina N. Sharifi, MD, PhD
UW Madison Hospital and Clinics
Marina Sharifi, MD

Dr. Sharifi is a PGY-5 Medical Oncology fellow in the ABIM research pathway at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her MD as well as a PhD in cancer biology through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, followed by Internal Medicine residency at UW Madison. Her clinical interests include breast and thoracic oncology as well as melanoma, and her research focuses on the development and application of liquid biopsy technologies to delineate mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies.

Charles D. Bodine, MD
University of Alabama Birmingham
Charles Bodine, MD

Dr. Charlie Bodine was born and raised in Gainesville, GA. He attended the University of Georgia for undergrad followed by Mercer School of Medicine in Savannah, GA for medical school. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky, including a chief year. He is currently a second year Hematology/Oncology fellow at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

 
Sassine Ghanem, MD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Sassine Ghanem, MD

Dr. Ghanem is a Chief Hematology/Medical Oncology fellow at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his medical school at Saint Joseph's University in Beirut, Lebanon. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Northwell Health - Staten Island University Hospital. He has a special interest in Hematologic malignancies as well as Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy. He is currently completing his Hematology/Oncology fellowship in State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He will then proceed with further specialized training in Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for the academic year of 2021-2022. 

"There are a lot of grey zones in the field of Hematology/Oncology where a discussion with experts in the field is the best thing that you can provide for your patient. The Mednet acts to facilitate just that and creates an inquisitive atmosphere for everyone to give their input on controversial matters. For the common clinical scenarios you have the published guidelines, for everything else there is the MedNet."

Arjun Gupta, MBBS
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Arjun Gupta, MD

Dr. Arjun Gupta is a Medical Oncology Fellow at Johns Hopkins. He is interested in GI cancers, palliative / supportive care/ care delivery. Dr. Gupta is an Associate Editor for Medical Oncology at theMednet!

"theMednet caught my eye as a resource where brilliant people post real life questions, and brilliant people answer; it's an amazing tool to keep up and learn, and hopefully soon for myself, even answer." Learn more about Dr. Gupta here!

Erica Nakajima, MD
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Erica Nakajima, MD

Dr. Erica Nakajima completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh as a member of their five year Physician-Scientist Training Program, and then Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt. She is now a medical oncology fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital with plans to join the FDA as a clinical reviewer in their oncology department. Her research interest has focused on the extraction of quantifiable data from medical images to improve upon oncology care, a field known as radiomics. Dr. Nakajima was excited when she first learned about theMednet because “knowledge is power,” and she is delighted to join the editorial team!

 
Mohana Roy, MD
Stanford Cancer Center
Mohana Roy, MD

Dr. Roy is a PGY5 fellow in Hematology and Oncology at Stanford University. She majored in neurobiology and physiology at UC Davis, and then attended medical school at Albert Einstein in New York. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, where she got interested in quality improvement and implementation science. Clinically, she is interested in Thoracic and Breast Malignancies. Her work now as a fellow focuses on improving patient reported outcomes, with current focus on tailoring and improving distress screening in cancer patients. She is very interested in topics of equity of care and methods to improve that in a complex field. Therefore, she is excited to be contributing and helping the knowledge sharing that occurs on theMednet!


Pediatric Oncology


Alicia Bach, MD
St Louis Children's Hospital
Alicia Bach, MD

Dr. Alicia Bach is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brandeis University, and her MD from University of Texas Health San Antonio. Dr. Bach then went on to complete her pediatric residency from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She has a clinical interest in sarcomas and palliative care.

Ajay Gupta, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Ajay Gupta, MD

Ajay is currently a Pediatric Sarcoma fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In July, he will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute working in Developmental Therapeutics. His hope is to push forward promising pre-clinical compounds into early phase trials and improve outcomes for children with relapsed and refractory sarcomas. In his spare time, according to his Twitter profile @AjayguptaMD1, he enjoys fiction, Buddhism, music, travel, and sweets.

Jessica A.O. Zimmerman, MD
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
Jessica Zimmerman, MD

Dr. Jessica Zimmerman is an Associate in Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelors’ degree in biology from the University of Iowa and graduated with teaching distinction from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She then completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zimmerman’s clinical interest is hematologic malignancies, and her research focuses on the treatment of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is also a past participant in the American Society of Hematology Medical Educators Institute.

 
Trisha Larkin, MD, MBA
St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Trisha Larkin, MD

Dr. Trisha Larkin attended the University of Miami, followed by a master's degree in Business Administration prior to earning her MD from Florida International University. She then completed her pediatrics residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Pediatric Care Award followed by Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship at the University of Florida. During fellowship, she was active in Phase I and II immunotherapeutic strategies utilizing hematopoietic stem cells and adoptive T-cell therapy to overcome treatment resistance in pediatric high-grade gliomas and in using pharmacogenomic strategies to evaluate chemotherapy toxicities. She has also led efforts to improve patient safety, data quality, and clinical care practices. Dr. Larkin is currently completing an advanced fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Camille Keenan, MD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center/West Cancer Center
Camille Keenan, MD

Dr. Camille Keenan is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She grew up in Texas, prior to venturing up to the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering. She then moved back south to Houston to attend McGovern Medial School (previously University of Texas Health Medical School), as well as obtain an MPH at the UT School of Public Health. She then completed her Pediatrics residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas, where she solidified her interest in Pediatric Oncology. 

theMednet Associates

Associates are responsible for helping drive dialogue on theMednet by highlighting important research, topics of discussion, and best practices from their respective institutions. Each associate has been invited to the program because of their commitment to medical education and a desire to advance their field through information technology.


Radiation Oncology


Shana R. Coplowitz, MD
St. Anthony's Medical Center
Shana Coplowitz, MD

Dr. Shana Coplowitz is an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and practices at Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services in Cornwall, NY, an affiliate of Montefiore Medical Center.  Prior to this she was in practice at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.  Shana attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in European History.  Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, she obtained her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2013. 

Parul N. Barry, MD
Rush University
Parul Barry, MD

Dr. Barry received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College. She returned to her hometown to attend medical school at the University of Louisville and stayed on for residency in radiation oncology. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL where she focuses on the treatment of breast cancer. She is active in clinical research in breast cancer. She maintains a strong interest in resident education, mentorship, and studying gender disparities in medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. 

Timothy V. Waxweiler, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Timothy Waxweiler, MD

Dr. Timothy Waxweiler is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He attended Emory University School of Medicine where he graduated in 2011. He completed his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He completed his radiation oncology residency at the University of Colorado Denver. 

 
Na L. Smith, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Na Smith, MD

Dr. Na Smith is currently a PGY-3 radiation oncology resident at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. After graduating from medical school in China, she came to the U.S. and completed her PhD training in basic science and
biomedical research studying breast cancer at the University of South Dakota, followed by a 2-year fellowship training in ovarian cancer research at University of Washington. Subsequently she earned her MD degree and completed her intern year at the University of South Dakota prior to joining the radiation oncology residency program at Mayo Clinic. Her current clinical research involves breast cancer, GI, and Gyn malignancies.

Kimberly R. Gergelis, MD
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Kimberly Gergelis, MD
Dr. Kimberly Gergelis is currently a PGY-2 radiation oncology resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She completed her undergraduate education, earning a dual degree in Chemistry and Spanish, at State University of New York at Buffalo. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, completing her MD, where she was an AOA inductee. Kimberly completed a preliminary internal medicine year at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. She is active in clinical research at Mayo Clinic, studying trimodal therapy for bladder cancer, breast cancer, and quality of life outcomes after radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

Medical Oncology


Sameer P. Desai, MD
Center for Hematology and Oncology
Sameer Desai, MD

Dr. Sameer Desai obtained his M.D. from Yale and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. He practiced as a primary care physician for several years before completing his fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He joined The Center for Hematology and Oncology in 2007. He was voted Top Docs by New Jersey Monthly 5 years in a row from 2012 to 2016.

Nagla F. Abdel Karim, MD
Augusta University
Nagla Abdel Karim, MD

Dr. Nagla Abdel Karim is Professor of Medicine and leader of the Thoracic Oncology Multi-disciplinary Clinic and the University of Augusta. Additionally she serves as the Medical Director of the Georgia Cancer Center Clinical Trials Program. Her research interests include small cell lung cancer, personalized approach to therapy and phase I clinical trials. She received her medical degree from the University of Cairo. She completed internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Hospitals - Fairview Hospital and hematology and oncology fellowship at University of Cincinnati. Additionally Dr. Karim completed postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the university of Washington. Dr. Karim is the liaison between the Facebook Hematology and Oncology Women Physician Group and theMednet.

Joseph Maly, MD
Norton Cancer Institute
Joseph Maly, MD

Dr. Joseph Maly received his medical education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He completed the rest of his medical training at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH with a focus during his fellowship training on clinical trial design and translational research. He now practices general oncology in Louisville, KY with a primary interest in hematologic malignancies and the provision of clinical trial opportunities for patients within the community setting. 

 
Jamie T. McClain, MD
East Carolina University
Jamie McClain, MD

Dr. Jamie McClain grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC with a major in Biology and a minor in Government. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and completed residency at Greenville Health System/University of South Carolina in Greenville, SC. He became interested in Oncology due the intrigue of a rapidly changing field and the rewards of treating the most grateful group of patients. He is currently in his final year of Hematology/Oncology fellowship at East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. McClain intends to practice general oncology.

Yazhini Vallatharasu, MD
Gundersen Health System
Yazhini Vallatharasu, MD

Yazhini Vallatharasu is practising hematology/onvology at Thedacare cancer center, Appleton, WI. After completing her medical school from Stanley medical college, India she went on to do residency in Internal medicine and hem/onc fellowship at Gundersen health system, La Crosse, WI. Her interests are in Benign and malginant hematology especially lymphomas.

Salman R. Punekar, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Salman Punekar, MD

Dr. Salman Punekar is currently a PGY 5 medical oncology fellow at NYU. His clinical and research interests focus on thoracic oncology and the development of experimental therapeutics. His prior research includes work on immunotherapy development and mesothelioma.

 
Shahid S. Ahmed, MD, MBBS
UVM Larner College of Medicine
Shahid Ahmed, MD

Dr. Shahid Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont Cancer Center, where he specializes in GU and skin cancers. He grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan, and went to medical school at the Aga Khan University in Karachi. He completed his residency, chief residency, and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Indiana University. He is interested in clinical investigation focusing on immunotherapy.

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Gynecologic Oncology


Lindsey K. Buckingham, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lindsey Buckingham, MD

Dr. Lindsey Buckingham is a Gynecologic Oncology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She grew up in North Carolina and completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at UNC. Lindsey trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She went on to complete a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to the south. Lindsey’s academic interests include quality of life for gynecologic cancer survivors, geriatric oncology, and end of life care for women with gynecologic cancers.

Melissa H. Lippitt, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Melissa Lippitt, MD

Dr. Melissa Lippitt is currently a gynecologic oncology fellow at Johns Hopkins University. She received her undergraduate degree with a major in biochemistry from Colorado College and earned her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her Gynecology & Obstetrics residency at Johns Hopkins and then stayed for her fellowship. She also received her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include early palliative care integration, quality improvement and patient safety and improving patient quality of life.

Marina Stasenko, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Marina Stasenko, MD

Dr. Marina Stasenko is a senior gynecologic-oncology fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She grew up in New York, did her undergraduate studies at CUNY Hunter College, and received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. Her post-graduate training in obstetrics & gynecology was at the University of Michigan Health Systems. Her research interest includes identify genomic alterations as potential therapeutic targets in gynecologic malignancies.

 
Jenna Emerson, MD
Jenna Emerson, MD

Jenna Emerson is a fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at Brown University / Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI. She earned her bachelor's degree at Carroll College in Helena, MT, and attended medical school at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. She completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Brown University / Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, and remained at Brown for gynecologic oncology fellowship. Upon completion of her training in June 2020, she will be returning to the west coast and a faculty position at OHSU. Her interests include being the vocalist in the WIH Women's Oncology cover band Hot Lights/Cold Steel, where she also dabbles in harmonica.

Melissa Javellana, MD
Melissa Javellana, MD

Dr. Melissa Javellana is currently a gynecology oncology fellow at University of Chicago. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. She went on to earn her MD at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was an AOA inductee. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at University of Chicago. Melissa’s academic pursuits are focused on translational research in ovarian cancer with a focus on transcriptomics, including single cell sequencing of the normal and cancerous ovary.

Adrianne Mallen, MD
University of South Florida
Adrianne Mallen, MD

Dr. Adrianne Mallen is a gynecologic oncology fellow at University of South Florida/Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Psychology at College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN where her college soccer team made a national tournament appearance. She went back home to medical school at University of North Dakota. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at University of Iowa. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology, clinical trials and cancer care delivery.

 

Pediatric Oncology


Alicia Bach, MD
St Louis Children's Hospital
Alicia Bach, MD

Dr. Alicia Bach is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brandeis University, and her MD from University of Texas Health San Antonio. Dr. Bach then went on to complete her pediatric residency from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She has a clinical interest in sarcomas and palliative care.

Zhongbo Hu, MD, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Zhongbo Hu, MD

Dr. Zhongbo Hu is a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Medical Degree from Beijing Medical University and his Ph.D. from Tongji Medical College Huazhong University of Science and Technology, with a focus on hematology and immunology. Then he came to United States and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Florida, focusing on the studies to look for new strategies to target high risk childhood leukemia. He then completed his pediatrics residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital / Holtz Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hu continues to be active in translational and laboratory research investigating new strategies to target high risk leukemia and its relapse, and GVHD after hematopoietic stem cell transplant. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications.  

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Rheumatology


Marco Lopez-Velazquez, MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Marco Lopez-Velazquez, MD