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

    Over 400 academic oncologists from every academic cancer center in the US answer questions from other physicians

    Grant funding and participation from SWOG members to answer questions and raise awareness about clinical trials

    Academic partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center to share important information from MDACC tumor boards on theMednet


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, MD
Radiation Oncology Community Manager
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 Department of Radiation Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Institute. 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 many ASTRO subcommittees and involved in many research projects. She is currently the radiation oncology community manager for theMednet where she oversees theMednet radiation oncology moderator and associates program.                    

Maitri Kalra, MBBS
Medical Oncology Community Manager
Maitri Kalra

Dr. Maitri Kalra is a second year Hematology/Oncology fellow at Indiana University. She completed her medical school from India and her Internal Medicine residency at Indiana University. Her primary clinical interest is in solid tumor oncology with a focus on breast cancer. Her research interest has been in triple negative breast cancer, high risk breast cancer and cancer survivorship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

theMednet Moderators

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


Radiation Oncology


Brandon R. Mancini, MD, MBA
University of Michigan
Brandon Mancini, MD

Dr. Brandon Mancini is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan. 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 moderator for radiation oncology.

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 residenct 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 site moderator for radiation oncology.

Christopher T. Wilke, MD, PhD
Christopher Wilke, MD

Dr. Christopher Wilke is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his MD/PhD degrees in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. 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. Dr. Wilke is the neuro-oncology site moderator for radiation oncology.

 
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 site moderator for radiation oncology.

Ian S. Gallaher, MD
St. James Cancer Center
Ian Gallaher, MD

Dr. Ian Gallaher is a radiation oncologist at St. James Cancer Center in Butte, Montana. He is originally from Seattle and received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed his radiation oncology residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gallaher is the Thoracic and Sarcoma moderator for radiation oncology.

Randa Tao, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
Randa Tao, MD

Dr. Randa Tao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute where she specializes in Lymphoma and GI malignancies. She received a BS from the University of Michigan and an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to residency, she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She completed her radiation oncology residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Her research interests include clinical trials and expanding the role of radiation therapy for the treatment of primary liver tumors. Dr. Tao is the lymphoma site moderator for radiation oncology.

 

Medical Oncology


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

Dr. Dwight Owen is currently a 3rd-year fellow and Chief Hematology/Oncology Fellow at the Ohio State University – James Comprehensive Cancer Center. After graduating from medical school at the University College Dublin, he completed Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for Chief Residency. 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 moderator for medical oncology.   

Xin Gao, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Xin Gao, MD

Dr. Xin Gao is a third-year fellow in hematology and oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in biological sciences and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is interested in genitourinary malignancies as well as thoracic oncology. His research interests include identification of new therapeutic targets using genomic tools.

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. Dr. McCann is the gynecologic, head and neck, and sarcoma site moderator for medical oncology. 

 
Saurin Chokshi, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Saurin Chokshi, MD

Dr. Saurin Chokshi is currently a 2nd year hematology/oncology fellow at Yale New Haven Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from University of Kentucky College of Medicine. During medical school he also pursued a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (Clinical Research Training Program). He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  His current research/career interests are in gastrointestinal oncology with a focus on pancreatic cancer. Dr. Chokshi is the melanoma site moderator for medical oncology. 

Spencer Bachow, MD
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Spencer Bachow, MD

Dr. Spencer Bachow is an oncologist at Lynn Cancer Institute and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Medicine at Charles ESchmidt College of Medicine Florida Atlantic University. He recently completed his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Columbia University Medical Center/Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York. Originally from Florida, he received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida. During medical school, Dr. Bachow worked at the NIDDK at the NIH via a Pre-Doctoral Intramural Research Training Award. He 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 an active research portfolio in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Dr. Bachow is the leukemia and lymphoma moderator for medical oncology.   

theMednet Associates

theMednet 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


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. 

Trevor Bledsoe, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Trevor Bledsoe, MD

Dr. Trevor Bledsoe is currently a PGY-5 resident in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Originally from Utah, he completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University. He received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2013 and completed an internship in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His clinical research interests include comparative effectiveness and health services research among head and neck, thoracic, and prostate malignancies.

Ankit Modh, MD
Henry Ford Health System
Ankit Modh, MD

Dr. Ankit Modh is currently a PGY-3 resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He completed his education through the combined BS/ MD program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College. His current research interests include evaluating treatment trends and patterns through population based registries, palliative radiation therapy, and toxicity mitigation.

 
Mohamad H. Fakhreddine, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Mohamad Fakhreddine, MD

Dr. Mohamad Fakhreddine, MD, is PGY-4 resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he serves as chief resident.  He earned his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 2013 and earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  His current research interest includes analyzing various trends in population-based databases.  His other interests include the psychology of communication with cancer patients during times of stress and bereavement.  In his spare time, he enjoys learning about markets and investing.

Tyler Robin, MD, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Tyler Robin, MD

Dr. Tyler Robin is currently a PGY-5 resident at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is originally from the Evanston, IL, and he completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Colorado College.

Wendy Gao, MD
Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers
Wendy Gao, MD

Dr. Gao is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist at Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology Centers. A graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, she obtained her medical degree at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, New York. She completed her internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and her residency in radiation oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center. During the course of her education, Dr. Gao received several awards. She was the recipient of the Ruth F. Meyers Weinberg Scholarship, Principal’s Scholarship, and the Einstein Research Fellowship. She has special interests in women’s cancers including Breast and GYN malignancies.

 
Nathan C. Sheets, MD
UNC Rex Radiation Oncology
Nathan Sheets, MD

Dr. Nate Sheets is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC Rex Radiation Oncology in Raleigh, NC, where he has practiced since completing residency at the University of North Carolina in 2013.  Originally from just outside Ann Arbor, Dr. Sheets obtained his undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan.

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. 

Lauren M. Tait, MD
Coastal Radiation Oncology
Lauren Tait, MD

Dr. Lauren Tait is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who has worked for Coastal Radiation Oncology in the Central Coast of California since 2015. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she majored in Biology. She received her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was recognized as the outstanding intern of the year.  She completed radiation oncology residencies at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center and the University of California, Davis where she served as Chief Resident.

 

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.

Judah D. Friedman, MD
UH Geauga Medical Center
Judah Friedman, MD

Dr. Judah Friedman is a medical oncologist and hematologist who has been working with University Hospitals of Cleveland Seidman Cancer Center since 2007. He completed his medical education at Case Western University in Cleveland, and his Internal Medicine Residency at Washington University's Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis. He completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Michigan. While serving as Medical Director at his practice location, he is also involved in regional practice development, multidisciplinary tumor conferences and clinical trials offered through the health system. 

Amy L. Cummings, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Amy Cummings, MD

Dr. Amy Cummings grew up in Southern California and majored in Communication Studies and English at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before attending the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she became involved in Informatics. Currently, she is completing a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at UCLA while pursuing a Masters in Science in Clinical Research with a focus on informatics and immunotherapy biomarkers under the mentorship of Edward Garon, MD.

 
Christie Hancock, MD
Lutheran General Hospital
Christie Hancock, MD

Dr. Christie Hancock grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and went to Middle Tennessee State University where she majored in biology. She went to medical school at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and did her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She felt so inspired everyday by the patients on the malignant hematology service that she decided to go into hematology-oncology. She is currently a second year fellow at Advocate Lutheran General hospital in the suburbs of Chicago. She is one of few in that she enjoys both hematology and oncology equally. 

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. 

Tala Achkar, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Tala Achkar, MD

Dr. Tala Achkar is a second year fellow in Hematology & Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine. She is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and has an MS in Human Genetics from McGill University. Her research interests lie in genitourinary cancers, specifically in the use of immunotherapy in the management of bladder and renal cancers.