Cancer Medical Experts: Oncologists, Nurses

Medical Experts in Cancer Care

The doctors, nurses, and care team at the hospital or clinic are an integral part of the cancer experience. Hear directly from those who have worked in the industry for years on what you can ask them about, their guidance on navigating a cancer diagnosis, and what got them passionate about working with patients in the first place.

We have interviews with oncologists from across all cancer specialities, including breast, colorectal, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney, leukemia, multiple myeloma, lung.

Also explore interviews with the medical staff members you’ll most likely see and interact with the most, including nurses and social workers. While doctors have answers to your medical questions, this part of the care team will often be the go-to people for navigating the day-to-day life with cancer.

For stories from the people who’ve been in your shoes right now, don’t forget to check out our extensive library of cancer patient stories, and those from our wonderful personal caregivers.


Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Oncologist: HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative | Dr. Doug Blayney, Stanford

Dr. Doug Blayney, Breast Cancer Specialist

Oncologist: Specializing in breast cancer | HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative, Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy
Experience: 30+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large teaching institution
Blood Cancers (Hematology)
Lymphoma, Leukemia, Myeloma Doctor, Hematologist Oncologist: Dr. Babis Andreadis | The Patient Story

Dr. Babis Andreadis, Blood Cancer Specialist

Oncologist: Specializing in blood cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma
Experience: 20+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large teaching institution
Myeloma Doctor, James Berenson, Oncologist | The Patient Story

Dr. James Berenson, Multiple Myeloma Specialist

Oncologist: Specializing in myeloma and other blood and bone disorders
Experience: 35+ years
Hospital/clinic size: Large private practice
CLL Doctor (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) Dr. Jacqueline Barrientos, Oncologist

Dr. Jacqueline Barrientos, M.D.

Role: Hematologist, researcher
Focus: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), lymphoma, 17p Deletion (Ibrutinib, Acalabrutinib, Venetoclax), IgHV mutation
Provider: Northwell Health (NYC)
Hematologist-Oncologist, Dr. Edmund Tai: Multicultural Patients | The Patient Story

Dr. Edmund Tai, M.D.

Role: General oncologist, hematologist
Focus: Specialist in treating Chinese-speaking patients
Provider: Sutter Health (Bay Area, CA)
Myeloma Expert, Hematologist-Oncologist, Clinical Trials: Dr. Rafael Fonseca

Dr. Rafael Fonseca, M.D.

Role: Consultant, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Dept. Chair, Internal Medicine; professor of medicine

Focus: Myeloma; defining sub-type distinctions | Clinical Trials, Selinexor, Darzalex
Provider: Mayo Clinic
Myeloma Doctor, Hematologist-Oncologist, Clinical Trials: Dr. Irene Ghobrial | The Patient Story

Dr. Irene Ghobrial, MD

Role: Clinical investigator and professor of hematological oncology
Focus: Multiple myeloma, Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia, early screening, clinical trials
Provider:Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
CLL/SLL Specialist – CAR T, Acalabrutinib, Ibrutinib, Idelalisib, Venetoclax: Dr. Tim Fenske

Dr. Tim Fenske, Leukemia & Lymphoma Specialist

Oncologist: Specializing in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) & other leukemia and lymphoma | CAR T, Acalabrutinib, Ibrutinib, Idelalisib, Venetoclax
Experience: ~15 years
Hospital/clinic size: Mid-sized institution
Cancer Clinical Trials, CAR T-Cell Therapy, Bone Marrow Transplants, GVHD | Dr. David Miklos

Dr. David Miklos

Role: Chief of BMT & Cell Therapy, Clinical Director of immunotherapy program
Focus: Blood cancers (lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma), CAR T-cell therapy, blood and marrow transplantation
Provider: Stanford Medical
Gastrointestinal Cancers
Colorectal Cancer Expert: Dr. Kimmie Ng, Gastrointestinal Oncologist | The Patient Story

Dr. Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH

Specialty Gastrointestinal cancers like anal, colon, liver, pancreatic, rectal, stomach (gastric)
Focus: Young-onset colorectal cancer, microbiome
Provider: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer (Thoracic) Oncologist, Immunotherapy: Dr. D. Ross Camidge | The Patient Story

Dr. D. Ross Camidge, M.D., Ph.D.

Role: Thoracic oncologist, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research Programs
Focus: Lung cancer, small cell (Immunotherapy), EGFR (Osimertinib), ALK (Alectinib), ROS1 (Crizotinib), BRAF (Dabrafenib & Trametinib), NTRK
Provider: Univ. of Colorado
Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Kenneth Biehl: Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Treatment, IMRT | The Patient Story

Dr. Kenneth Biehl, M.D.

Role: Radiation oncologist
Focus: Specializing in radiation therapy treatment for all cancers | Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiation Treatment, IMRT
Provider: Salinas Valley Memorial Health
Urological Cancers
Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Bladder Cancer: Dr. Christopher Weight, Urological Oncologist

Dr. Christopher Weight, M.D.

Role: Center Director Urologic Oncology
Focus: Urological oncology, including kidney, prostate, bladder cancers
Provider: Cleveland Clinic

Nurses and Nurse Navigators

Cancer Nurse Navigator: What Questions to Ask Nurses

Bernadette Lucas-Burch, Nurse Navigator

Nurse Navigator: help cancer patients and caregivers at diagnosis through treatment.
Experience: 35+ years
Hospital size: Mid-range but largest in the region
Ask A Cancer Nurse | Former Cancer Survivor

Brianna Banachoski, Hem-Onc Nurse

Nurse: works 12-hour shifts on blood oncology floor
Experience: was a lymphoma patient, became a nurse in early 2019
Hospital size: mid-range
Cancer Nurse | Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Stem Cell Transplant

Jennifer Hagerty, Cancer Clinic Nurse

Clinic nurse: works mostly outpatient
Experience: 12 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution

Genetic Counselors

Certified Licensed Genetic Counselor, Oncology

Angela Brickle, Genetic Counselor

Genetic counselor: helps cancer patients and their families with genetic testing
Experience: ~5 years
Hospital size: Mid-sized edu

Social Workers

Oncology Social Worker Q&A: Supporting Cancer Patients and Hospitals

Lia Akhilanda, Social Worker

Social worker: help cancer patients & caregivers on issues like insurance coverage, disability, and housing during treatment.
Experience: 10 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution

Oncology Clinical Trial Program Managers

Oncology Clinical Trial Program Manager | UC Davis, Kaiser, Dignity Health, Sutter, Sierra

Kris Curl Johnston, Program Manager

Program Manager: primary contact for area oncologists and patients needing a phase I trial.
Experience: ~20 years
Hospital size: Large teaching institution

Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Doctor, Cancer

Yelena Deshko, N.D.

Naturopathic Doctor: Part of integrative cancer care, help with complementary therapies
Experience: 10+ years
Treatment Center: Integrative Clinic
Cancer Naturopathic Doctor & Caregiver of Lymphoma Patient

Dr. Heather Paulson

Naturopathic Doctor: Part of integrative cancer care, help with complementary therapies
Experience: 15 years
Treatment Center: Integrative Clinic