Department of Hematology / Oncology (Adult Services)

At James P. Wilmot Cancer Center’s Department of Hematology/Oncology, we care for and treat patients with cancers that affect blood-forming cells (e.g. leukemia, lymphoma) and solid tumors. Our Hematology / Oncology physicians are expert in choosing and administering drug therapies, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy (sometimes called biological response modifiers) or hormonal therapy, either alone or in combination with other treatments.

About Our Team Approach

While most cancer patients receive several types of treatment including radiation treatment, oncology treatment and surgery, no two patients are alike. That’s why the Cancer Center takes a team approach to create an individual care plan for each cancer patient. Our medical oncologists work closely with their surgical and radiation oncology counterparts to make sure that each patient receives the best care possible – care that is just right for their particular circumstance.

Because the medical oncologist has a broad knowledge of all aspects of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and management of side effects, he or she plays a central role in this “shared care” approach to cancer. They provide advice to you and your medical team on treatment options, then carry the team approach forward into the meticulous planning and delivery of treatment with their own crew of therapists and specially trained registered nurses. They also collaborate with your primary care physician and other specialists, as appropriate.

Our Range of Treatment Services

We offer a full range of the most up-to-date diagnostic studies and therapeutic treatments available today. In addition to the very best in conventional cancer therapies, over 100 ongoing clinical trials offer patients unique access to the latest in cutting edge treatment for a wide variety of malignancies. Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Second opinions
  • Consultations on complicated cases
  • Outpatient and inpatient care
  • Short-term and long-term care and disease management
  • Chemotherapy
  • Transfusions
  • Infusions of antibiotics
  • Apheresis services
  • Programs specifically tailored to the unique needs of women and the elderly

Our Hematology Oncology Physicians

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center radiation oncology physicians are board-certified and have experience in treating all cancer types. Many of them are also involved in research to further our understanding of cancer and increase its curability.

Our hematology oncology physicians include:

Each physician has a particular interest in treatment of one or more areas, as follows:

Breast Cancers
Alissa Huston, M.D.
Gary Lyman, M.D., M.P.H. Michelle Shayne, M.D.
Blood and Coagulation Disorders
Charles Francis, M.D.
Manish Kohli, M.D.
Blood and Marrow Transplant / Leukemia
Gordon L. Phillips II, M.D.
Jane Liesveld, M.D.
JJ Ifthikharuddin, M.D.
Jonathan W. Freidberg, M.D.
Deborah Mulford, M.D.
Bone Cancer
Edward Fox, M.D. Regis O’Keefe, M.D., Ph.D.
Randy Rosier, M.D., Ph.D.
Brain Tumors
David N. Korones, M.D.
Gynecological Cancers (endometrial, cervical, ovarian, uterine)
Cynthia Angel, M.D.
Brent DuBeshter, M.D.
Eugene Toy, M.D.
Gastrointestinal / Colorectal Cancer
Alok Khorana, M.D.
Raman Qazi, M.D.
Michelle Shayne, M.D.
Head and Neck Cancers
Kishan Pandya, M.D., F.A.C.P.
John D. Norante, M.D.
Richard I. Fisher, M.D.
Steven H. Bernstein, M.D.
Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D.
Faith “Fay” Young, M.D.
Lung Cancer
Kishan Pandya, M.D., F.A.C.P.
David N. Korones, M.D. 
Prostate Cancer / Genitourinary Oncology
Edward M. Messing, M.D.
Jean V. Joseph, M.D.
Deepak Sahasrabudhe, M.D. 

Our disease-specific clinics include:

Our Locations

Our program has active outpatient and inpatient services.

  • Because of today’s techniques for the management of side effects, more patients can stay at home while they receive treatment. Adult hematology / oncology outpatients are seen in the Ambulatory Pediatric Center on the third Floor of the Strong Memorial Hospital Ambulatory Care Center where transfusion, infusion chemotherapy and procedures can be performed without hospital admission. Outpatients may also be seen at the Highland Hospital Cancer Treatment Center.
  • Adults needing inpatient care are treated on the 6th floor (6-3400) of Strong Memorial Hospital and at the Highland Hospital Inpatient Oncology Unit (West 7). Each unit is staffed by highly trained physicians and nurses with specialized oncology experience.
  • Adults requiring bone marrow transplant are cared for by the Pediatric and Adult Stem Cell Transplantation Center. This Unit is on the 8th floor of Strong Memorial Hospital (8-1200) and has 12 specially equipped isolation rooms and a staff of approximately 40 nurses. An Inpatient/Outpatient (IPOP) area on 8-1200 optimizes continuity of care by allowing both inpatients and outpatients to be treated on the same unit, by the same team. More information

Making An Appointment

If you’re a new patient and would like to be treated at the Cancer Center or consult our faculty physicians for a second opinion, your physician or you can call us at 585-275-5830. Or use our online appointment request form.

If you’re an existing patient and you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 585-275-5823.

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Our Mission

To provide optimal chemotherapy or immunotherapy for the patients at the Cancer Center, curing patients when possible, but always aiming to improve the patient’s quality of life. To improve prevention and treatment of cancers as well as management of long-term complications of therapy through clinical and laboratory research. Our patients are our highest priority.

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