September 2014 NewsFlash

Pocono Health Systems' Oncology Program Continues to Grow

In an opportunity to better serve the cancer needs of our patients, we have added four highly skilled physicians to the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. These physicians offer convenient, university-level care to patients right here in our community.

Michael Marte, MD has joined the Hughes Cancer Center team as a full time medical oncologist. He comes to us from the San Antonio Military Medical Center where he served on the hematology/oncology staff. Prior to this position, he was Chief of Hematology/Oncology at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, Dr. Marte has been involved in the training of interns, residents, fellows and nursing staff and served as a principal investigator for research protocols. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed both an internal medicine residency and his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Christine Kim, MD joins us from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Kim is a gynecologic surgical oncologist trained in robotic surgery. Highly skilled in minimally invasive laparoscopy (including the da Vinci Robot), she performs fertility-sparing procedures including radical trachelectomy for early stage cervical cancer, radical ovarian tumor debulking, and sentinel lymph node mapping for gynecological malignancies. Dr. Kim received her medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, performed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed her fellowship in GYN surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Patients will now have access to the expertise of Michael Ramirez, MD, a medical oncologist from Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, specializing in second opinions for cancer diagnoses. Board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, Dr. Ramirez received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where he also performed a residency. He completed his fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Also joining us is Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Prior to SUNY, he was a member of the senior staff at the National Cancer Institute, where he also completed his fellowship in urologic oncology. Active in both clinical and basic science research, Dr. Bratslavsky also performs robotic surgical procedures. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College, where he received his degree with Distinction in Research and completed a residency in urologic surgery. Dr. Bratslavsky will be providing his services in partnership with Urology Associates and Pocono Medical Center.

Part of the Pocono Health System, the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center provides a range of cancer treatment services to patients. Our mission is to provide the most technologically advanced cancer therapy and treatment in order to offer every patient the optimal chance for cure. These highly specialized and expert physicians join our team of experienced physicians and staff who are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, to bring the most recent medical advances close to home.
If you should have any questions or need to make an appointment, please call (570) 422-1700.

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