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Dr. Boccia represents The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders on the AON Advisory Board, with two locations located in Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland. Dr. Boccia earned his medical degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at Kern Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant at the combined UCLA-Veterans Administration Program and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Boccia is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the medical director of the International Oncology Network (ION) Clinical Research Program as well as the chairman of the ION Medical Advisory Board. He has been listed as a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine and Consumer’s Checkbook Magazine since 1992. And was recognized as a Super Doctor by the Washington Post Magazine and a Regional Top Doctor for Washington, D.C. Baltimore and Washington-Baltimore by Castle Connolly.
Dr. Moran represents the AON Advisory Board from Georgia Oncology and Hematology Consultants in Brunswick, Georgia. Dr. Moran earned his medical degree from World University, School of Medicine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He completed his internship and residency at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Michigan, a Wayne State University affiliate and a research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute for the National Institutes of Health Division of Cancer Etiology, followed by a clinical fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. He is Board certified in medical oncology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Moran is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, serving ten years as a captain in the Army Medical Department. He actively sits on several medical boards in Brunswick, Georgia, including the Board of Directors for Hospice and American Cancer Society. He was awarded Physician Recognition by the American Medical Association.
Dr. Kandahari serves on the AON Advisory Board representing Cancer & Blood Specialists of NOVA. Dr. Kandahari earned his medical degree from the top medical school in India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He completed his residency at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center in NY. Followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Pittsburgh where he received extensive training in autologous bone marrow transplantation and an oncology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY.
Dr. Kandahari has been practicing in Northern Virginia since 1987. He served two non-consecutive terms as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and two terms as Chairman of the Cancer Committee at Potomac Hospital. He also served as President of the Medical Staff at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
Dr. Yakan serves on the AON Advisory Board representing Michigan Cancer Specialists. Dr. Yakan earned his medical degree from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Aleppo, Syria. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Providence Hospital and Medical Center, affiliated with Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Dr. Yakan is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He won the Providence Hospital Teaching Excellence Award and was recognized by the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Patel serves on the AON Advisory Board Executive Committee representing Zangmeister Cancer Center located in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Patel received his M.B.B.S. from Baroda Medical College at Maharaja Sayairao University in Gujarat, India, where he completed his internship and residency in pathology. Formerly a research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital and his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Patel is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in medical oncology.
The author of many peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Patel is a member of the Community Oncology Alliance, Columbus Medical Association, The Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Hematology Oncology Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Divers represents Genesis Cancer Center, with eight locations in Arkansas, on the AON Advisory Board Executive Committee. Dr. Divers is originally from Mississippi, but currently lives in Hot Springs, Ark. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, La. He completed his residency at the University of North Carolina, followed by his fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Center, which has been named in the top 20 cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Divers received several awards and was recognized for his outstanding work during his training. In addition, Dr. Divers serves on the boards of the Community Oncology Alliance and ION. Board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, Dr. Divers is active in clinical research, including trial data which he presented at the American Association for Cancer Research.
Dr. Elwood serves on the AON Advisory Board Executive Committee representing Zangmeister Cancer Center located in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine, Dr. Elwood completed his internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, then attended Flight Surgeons School at Randolph Air Force Base. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, followed by an additional year as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in the Hematology-Oncology Division at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Elwood is Board certified in hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Elwood served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon and on active duty in Public Health Service. From 1994 to 2000, he was Lead Clinical Investigator and served on the attending staff in the Lymphoma Clinic at the Developmental Chemotherapy Section/National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. Dr. Elwood is the recipient of the EEO Officer’s Recognition Award, Public Health Service Commendation Medal, Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation, and the National Research Service Award.
He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Community Oncology Alliance, Columbus Medical Association, Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio Hematology Oncology Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Castine represents the AON Advisory Board Executive Committee from Hematology/Oncology Clinic in Baton Rouge, La. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La., and completed his internship, residency, and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A native from New Orleans, he moved to Baton Rouge in 1999 following training. Dr. Castine is Board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology. His practice centers around the treatment of all cancer diagnoses, as well as, the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the blood such as anemias and clotting disorders.
Dr. Castine has volunteered time in the community as the president of the Louisiana Oncology Society for three years. He also serves on various local hospital committees and is a member of several local social and charitable organizations.
Dr. Rajendra represents the AON Advisory Board Executive Committee from Loudoun and Reston counties in northern Virginia. He attended St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India. After completing his internal medicine training at Grant Hospital in Chicago, Ill., he completed his fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.
During his training, he conducted research on breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer. Dr. Rajendra is Board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He founded Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston in 1997.
Dr. Rajendra has earned many accolades for his work. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Inspire Award from the Tigerlily Foundation. He was selected as a Top Doctor in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual survey of top physicians as chosen by their peers from 2008 – 2016. He has been named one of the area’s ‘Super Doctors’ by Key Professional Media, Inc., and honored as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s ‘Outstanding Physicians’ by Washington Consumer Checkbook magazine. He has been recognized as a Staff Star at Inova Loudoun Hospital and served for many years on the Cancer Committee. Dr. Rajendra has twice been voted one of Loudoun County’s favorite medical specialists in Leesburg Today’s ‘Best of Loudoun’ poll.
Dr. Chay serves on the AON Advisory Board representing Messino Cancer Centers, with six locations located in Asheville, N.C. Dr. Chay received his medical degree and completed his internal medicine residency from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He was awarded his Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He is Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Chay has a special interest in clinical research and advanced medical technology and is highly regarded for his modern approach to patient care that incorporates the most effective treatments.
Dr. Graham represents the AON Advisory Board representing Waverly Hematology Oncology in Cary. N.C. Dr. Graham earned his medical degree at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colo., and in cell biology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Dr. Graham is Board certified in internal medicine. He specializes in all oncology and hematology disciplines with a special interest in breast cancer. He is an active member in several societies including the American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research and the National Surgical Adjunct Breast/Bowel Project.
For over 30 years Dr. Graham has been an active clinical investigator through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a cancer clinical trials network in the U.S., leading in patient accrual and data. Waverly is also the only Triangle site of the Southeast Clinical Oncology Research (SCOR), representing over 20 communities in six states.
Dr. Hussain represents Heartland Oncology & Hematology in Council Bluffs, Iowa on the AON Advisory Board. A native of India, Dr. Hussain obtained a medical degree and postgraduate training from Aligarh Muslim University. He completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Fiest Wieller Cancer Center, Louisiana University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.
Dr. Hussain is Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Life Member of Association of Physicians of India and the American College of Physicians. His research work has been presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and American Federation of Medical Research.
Dr. Mehdi represents the AON Advisory Board from Hope Cancer Care of Nevada. After graduating from the prestigious Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Mehdi had the honor of being appointed Chief Resident during his residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University at St. Vincent Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He then went on to practice for more than five years at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Mehdi completed his fellowship in medical oncology at the Providence Cancer Institute in partnership with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is Board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Dr. Mehdi is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Having been ranked among America’s “Top Oncologists,” Dr. Mehdi continues to be a leader in advance cancer research through his collaboration with Cancer Trial Support Units funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Milton serves on the AON Advisory Board representing Hematology Oncology of Indiana with six locations. Dr. Milton earned his medical degree at Columbia University in New York. He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago, where he then served as Chief Medical Resident and Instructor of Medicine. Dr. Milton then completed his fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. After completing his training, Dr. Milton practiced in the metro Chicago area and served on faculty at the University of Chicago Medical School. He has participated in clinical research and has published manuscripts in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Seminars in Oncology and Cancer. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.
Dr. Palmeri serves on the AON Advisory Board representing Messino Cancer Centers, with six locations located in Asheville, N.C. Dr. Palmeri received his medical degree from the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire where he was also awarded his Fellowship in Hematology. He is Board certified in hematology and medical oncology.
Dr. Palmeri serves as a board member of the North Carolina Oncology Association and on the Government Relations Committee and the Rural Oncology Subcommittee of the the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He is an ASCO Physician Leadership Development Awardee and received the American Medical Associations Excellence in Medicine Award.
Dr. Raghavan represents the AON Advisory Board from Cancer & Blood Specialists of Louisville. After graduating from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Dr. Raghavan completed a residency in internal medicine at JIPMER and New York Medical College. He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Raghavan is Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology.
Committed to providing the most effective and innovative treatments for his patients, Dr. Raghavan has a special interest in research and oversees several clinical studies and has been published in numerous prestigious journals.