Cancer Experts: Oncologists, Nurses | The Patient Story

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
Doug Blayney, Breast Cancer | The Patient Story

Doug Blayney, MD

Oncologist: Specializing in breast cancer | HER2, Estrogen+, Triple Negative, Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy
Experience: 30+ years
Institution: Stanford Medical
Blood Cancers (Hematology)
Newest Treatment for Multiple Myeloma  | Dr. Rafael Fonseca

Rafael Fonseca, MD

Role:Interim executive director, hematologist-oncologist
Focus:Multiple myeloma, new drug development
Institution:Mayo Clinic
Farrukh Awan | The Patient Story

Farrukh Awan, MD

Role:Hematologist-oncologist, associate professor
Focus:Leukemias, Lymphomas, BMT
Institution:UT Southwestern
Dr. Nina Shah, Multiple Myeloma | The Patient Story

Nina Shah, MD

Role:Hematologist-oncologist, researcher
Focus:Multiple Myeloma
Institution:University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Dr. Kerry Rogers, CLL | The Patient Story

Kerry Rogers, MD

Role: Hematologist, researcher
Focus: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL)
Institution: OSUCCC-The James
Clinical Trials, CAR T, BMT: Dr. David Miklos | The Patient Story

David Miklos, MD

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
CLL Treatment: Dr. Tim Fenske | The Patient Story

Tim Fenske, MD, MS

Role: Hematologist-Oncologist
Focus: chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) & leukemia and lymphoma | CAR T, targeted therapy
Provider: Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Irene Ghobrial, Multiple Myeloma | The Patient Story

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)
Hematologist, Dr. Edmund Tai | The Patient Story

Edmund Tai, M.D.

Role: General oncologist, hematologist
Focus: Specialist in treating Chinese-speaking patients
Provider: Sutter Health (Bay Area, CA)
Dr. Jacqueline Barrientos, CLL | The Patient Story

Jacqueline Barrientos, MD

Role: Hematologist, researcher
Focus: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), lymphoma, 17p Deletion (Ibrutinib, Acalabrutinib, Venetoclax), IgHV mutation
Provider: Northwell Health (NYC)
Dr. James Berenson, Multiple Myeloma| The Patient Story

James Berenson, MD

Oncologist: Specializing in myeloma and other blood and bone disorders
Experience: 35+ years
Institution: Berenson Cancer Center
Dr. Babis Andreadis, Leukemia, Lymphoma | The Patient Story

Babis Andreadis, MD

Oncologist: Specializing in blood cancers like lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma
Experience: 20+ years
Institution: Univ. of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Gastrointestinal Cancers
Colorectal Cancer Expert: Dr. Kimmie Ng, Gastrointestinal Oncologist | The Patient Story

Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH

Role: Gastrointestinal oncologist
Focus: Young-onset colorectal cancer, microbiome
Provider: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
Shared Decision Making: Dr. Mark Lewis | The Patient Story

Mark Lewis, MD

Role:Director of Gastrointestinal Cancer, also cancer patient, himself
Focus:Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers (colorectal, liver, pancreatic, stomach, etc.)
Provider:Intermountain Healthcare (Utah)
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
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

Cancer Caregiver Stories | The Patient Story

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 | The Patient Story

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