Hematology Oncology Team Refocused, Revitalized
Published September 2010
In just over a year, UC’s hematology oncology division has gone through a major revitalization and continues to make changes focused on providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary adult cancer care.
Under the direction of George Atweh, MD, the hematology oncology division has expanded, organized around subspecialty disease-based teams including breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neuro-oncology, lung, head and neck and blood cancers/hematologic malignancies.
Atweh has recruited seven hematologists and/or oncologists, two advanced practice nurses and two basic scientists since March 2009 when he assumed the helm.
"We have built an enthusiastic, highly skilled medical oncology team that is ready to work with referring physicians both at UC Health and in the community,” says Atweh.
New recruits include Tahir Latif, MD;Mahmoud Charif,MD; Rekha Chaudhary,MD; Olivier Rixe,MD; and Olugbenga Olowokure, MD.
Atweh’s long-term goal is to recruit up to 25 new faculty members who will form multidisciplinary disease-based teams that serve as the foundation and differentiating factor for the UC Health adult cancer program.
"We are making great progress toward our goal of building a robust teamof clinicians and scientists who can provide cutting-edge care to our community,” he adds.
In addition, Brenda Ziegler has assumed administrative directorship of the Barrett Center, UC Health’s outpatient cancer facility.
Kelly Rabah has also joined the team as director of patient services to lead a number of new initiatives to improve the patient experience at the Barrett Center, including a new compassionate care program.