I am the new Director of Hematology and Medical Oncology for Great Lakes Cancer Care. I am also the Associate Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology for the University of Buffalo, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. I obtained my double major in biochemistry and genetics/cell biology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Thereafter, I completed my MD and PhD degrees at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I did my internal medicine residency at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where I completed four months of training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Subsequently, I completed my clinical fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology, and post-doctoral fellowship in biochemistry at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.
I was the youngest cancer center director in the country when I took over as the leader of the St. Luke’s Regional Cancer Center in Duluth, MN, in October of 2012. Thereafter, I was the Director of Hematology and Medical Oncology of seven cancer centers for Covenant Health/Thompson Oncology Group in Knoxville, TN, prior to coming to Buffalo.
I am a strong proponent of clinical trials, experimental therapeutics, and precision oncology. I have published in numerous journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, on several occasions. My primary interests are precision genomics/oncology, the inhibition of intracellular trafficking of proteins as it relates to the development of new therapeutics, and clinical trials involving novel agents.
This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician’s research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.