Arizona Center for Cancer Care has brought together the top specialists in cancer treatment, technology and research in order to provide the most cutting-edge, patient-focused service in the state – and beyond.
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Medical School: University of Chana Medical School
Internship: Agnes Hospital
Residency: St. Agnes Hospital
Fellowship: University of Maryland School of Medicine Greenbaum Cancer Center
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine: Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Clarence Adoo specializes in hematology, oncology and internal medicine.
Dr. Adoo joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2008. He received his undergraduate degree from Achimota School Sixth Form College in Ghana. He earned his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School. Dr. Adoo completed his internship and residency at the St. Agnes Hospital, where he would eventually serve as the chief resident. He completed a fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Greenbaum Cancer Center.
Dr. Adoo has been or is currently a member of the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine, American Association of Blood Banks, American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncologists amongst others.
Dr. Adoo has publications in several journals and authored many chapters in books, including Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Alternative Management Strategies in Alloimmunized Thrombocytopenic Patients, Infection in the Neutropenic Host, Management of infection in Oncology Patients and Adult Leukemia: American Cancer Society Atlas. In addition to his published work, Dr. Adoo has participated in several presentations at the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program, National Institute of Health, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society/Cure for Lymphoma Association and Phoenix Veterans Affairs Hospital.
He has been honored as a fellow by the American College of Physicians and lauded by America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, among other honors.
College: University at Albany, State University of New York
Medical School: State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Internship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Residency: State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Board Certification: American Board of Urology
Dr. Jonathan W. Agins specializes in urology, and his expertise in overactive bladder and incontinence has been nationally recognized. He is a much sought-after trainer for Medtronic’s Interstim device, the only such trainer in Arizona.
He is also a cofounder of Erectile Dysfunction Specialists of Arizona, a Center of Excellence for men’s health and penile implant surgery.
He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2010 when his team at Valley Urology Associates, entered into partnership with them. Dr. Agins completed his training in Urology at SUNY Brooklyn and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, receiving an education by the world’s foremost scholars in all aspects of urology.
Currently, he serves as the Member at Large of the Medical Executive Committee of Arrowhead Hospital and a consultant for the Arizona Medical Board. Dr. Agins is Board Certified by The American Board of Urology.
Heather M. Anderson is a nurse practitioner at the Arizona Center for Cancer Care. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a minor in Microbiology in 1997. In 2004 she graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate of Science degree in nursing. Less than ten years later, she earned her Master of Science degree in nursing.
Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Anderson gained a variety of experience, including working as a senior lab technician at the Fairfax Cryobank and as a registered nurse at Georgetown University Hospital, The Center for Laser Surgery and Van Dyke Laser & Skin. As a nurse practitioner at Pinnacle Oncology Hematology Heather has a special interest in working with breast cancer patients.
In addition to Anderson’s schooling and work experience, she holds various certificates and licenses. She is certified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support. She has completed the Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider course and in 2013 she became certified as an Advanced Oncology Nurse Practitioner.
In her spare time Heather enjoys running marathons and competing in long distance triathlons.
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Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Parmjeet Kumar Banghar specializes in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine.
Dr. Banghar joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2008 when his team at Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology partnered with the practice. He earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the Seth G.S. Medical College at the University of Bombay in India, as well as his medical degree. Dr. Banghar would travel to the United States for his residency in internal medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, followed by his fellowship, where he would eventually serve as chief fellow.
Currently, Dr. Banghar is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology.
He has participated in a research study involving cerebrovascular diseases and been published in several journals, including Leukemia Research and the Indian Journal of Medical Sciences. He has presented on a number of topics, including sonographic evaluation of the spleen in sickle cell syndromes, lennox gastaut syndrome and sweet syndrome in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia.
Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Surgery
Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sub-specialty Certification in Gynecologic Oncology
Dr. Ivor Benjamin specializes in minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot, and has performed more than 1,300 complex robotic gynecologic surgeries for both cancer and non-cancerous conditions.
Dr. Benjamin joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, respectively, in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Benjamin attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He completed both his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He then completed a three-year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Following this, he returned to Philadelphia where he served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Benjamin is an Associate Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Specializing in minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot, and has performed more than 1,000 complex robotic gynecologic surgeries for both cancer and non-cancerous conditions. He serves as a robotic surgery proctor for training and skills certification of other surgeons throughout the country for Intuitive Surgical on the da Vinci Surgical System. Dr. Benjamin is also a proctor and trainer for Plasma Surgical on their PlasmaJet system.
Dr. Benjamin is board certified by American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and has a Subspecialty Certification in Gynecologic Oncology. He has been named in the Guide to America’s Top Oncologists, a multi-year Top Doc in US News and World Report and awarded for his work by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, among others.
Dr. Benjamin is a multi-year “Top Doc” honoree by Phoenix Magazine.
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship: University of Southern California
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology
Dr. Christopher Biggs specializes in radiation oncology and is an expert in radiosurgery and gynecological oncology.
Dr. Biggs co-founded Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2008 with Drs. Daniel Reed and Terry Lee. He attended the University of Arizona, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular biology. His interest in cancer research took him to the University of Southern California, under the Borchard Cancer Research Fellowship. There, he performed research on the molecular genetics of cancer at the Norris Cancer Center and at LA Children’s Hospital. After completing his Doctor of Philosophy degree, he moved to Stanford University, where he earned his medical degree, and developed an interest in radiation oncology. Dr. Biggs completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he eventually served as chief resident.
For five years, Dr. Biggs performed radiosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute and also served as director of the Baptist Oncology Center.
Dr. Biggs is certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a Diplomat of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, Radiology Society of North America, American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology and the American Association of Advancement of Science.
Dr. Biggs is a multi-year “Top Doc” honoree by Phoenix Magazine.
He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2010 when Valley Urology Associates, which he founded, entered into partnership with them. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Blick trained as a resident in both General Surgery and Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. In addition, his residency required him to complete six months of oncology training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
In Arizona, Dr. Blick currently serves as the Chief of Staff at Paradise Valley Hospital. He has also previously served as the Medical Director and Chairman of the Board at the Surgical Elite Surgery Center, the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Paradise Valley Hospital, West Valley Hospital, and Maryvale Hospital.
He has attended multiple courses on advanced techniques for penile prosthesis insertion for erectile dysfunction, pelvic floor reconstruction for pelvic prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, laser surgery and UROLIFT for BPH, cyroablation and robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomies for prostate cancer, and hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomies for kidney cancer.
In the community, Dr. Blick has proven himself to be an excellent educator. He was an Adjunctive Faculty Member at Midwestern University Osteopathic College of Medicine for 12 years and has been given an award for his teaching skills. He has delivered multiple lectures to patients and physicians on the topics of erectile dysfunction, overactive bladders, stress urinary incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer.
Dr. Blick is certified by the American Board of Urology. He is a multi-year “Top Doc” honoree by Phoenix Magazine.
Dr. Lynn W. Blunt, Jr. specializes in General Urology and Focuses on BPH, Prostate Cancer and Kidney Stone disease. He also has a background in the diagnosis and treatment of Urologic Trauma.
He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2010 when his team at Valley Urology Associates, entered into partnership with them. Dr. Blunt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, where he served as an assistant in the microbiology lab, and earned his medical degree from the Tulane University Medical School. He completed his residency in urology at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University.
Prior to joining Valley Urologic Associates and Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Dr. Blunt served as the chairman for the Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. During his term, Dr. Blunt was responsible for educating residents and medical students at the University of Chicago Urology Residency Program and the Chicago Medical School, respectively. Dr. Blunt also served as the institution’s physician liaison to The Commission on Cancer for The American College of Surgeons, making Dr. Blunt a leading authority in urologic oncology.
Dr. Blunt is Board Certified by The American Board of Urology.
Dr. Paul Bombino specializes in urology. He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2011 when his team at Sun Valley Urology partnered with the practice.
Dr. Bombino earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University. He completed medical school at The Chicago Medical School and his internship as well as a residency in both general surgery and urology at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He has been honored with the Bristol Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the Mylan Pharmaceutical’s Excellence in Pharmacy.
Dr. Bombino has been a member of American Medical Student Association and American Urologic Association. He is certified by the American Board of Urology.
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Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Internship: University of Arizona
Residency: University of Arizona
Fellowship: Arizona Cancer Center Hematology/Oncology
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Andrew J. Buresh specializes in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. He is interested in all aspects of clinical oncology and hematology, with a particular interest in gastrointestinal, breast, lung, and prostate cancer, as well as myelodysplasia, coagulation disorders, lymphoma, and myeloma.
Dr. Buresh joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013 when Desert Springs Cancer Care Center, which he founded, partnered with the practice. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and Latin, respectively, from the University of Arizona, where he was named outstanding graduating senior in the College of Humanities. Dr. Buresh attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his fellowship at the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, where he would eventually serve as chief fellow and participate in research in the field of myelodysplasia.
Dr. Buresh is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and Arizona State Physicians Association.
Dr. Buresh is a multi-year “Top Doc” honoree by Phoenix Magazine, and was chosen for the cover of the annual ranking magazine in 2013. He was also honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as among its “40 Top Business Leaders under Age 40.”
Dr. Buresh and his wife are blessed to be the proud parents of three beautiful children. When not caring for patients, Dr. Buresh enjoys spending his time with family, exercising, reading, playing basketball, golf, guitar, and coaching youth sports. He speaks basic medical Spanish.
Christina Celestino is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. Christina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In November of 2014, Christina earned her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Christina gained experience as a registered nurse in Hematology/Oncology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Christina is licensed in the state of Arizona as both a Registered Nurse and as an Advanced Practice Nurse-Nurse Practitioner. She has certifications in Chemotherapy administration through Oncology Nursing Society, Basic Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Christina is an active member of several national nursing organizations, including Oncology Nursing Society, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: St. Louis University
Residency: University of Iowa
Dr. Vincent A. Chehval speciliazes in Urology
He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2017.
Dr. Chehval was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate taining at the University of Dayton in Ohio, earning a Bachelors Degree in science with a minor in psychology. He then went on to complete a Masters Degree with a thesis in physiology at Loyola University in Chicago in 2005. Following, he attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was awarded Honors for the top performance in the behavioral sciences department and for the most outstanding ability in the department of surgery. He graduated medical school in 2010 and completed the early years of his residency at St. Louis University before completing his training in urology at the University of Iowa in 2017.
Dr. Chehval has a particular interest in endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery (robotics/laparoscopy), stone disease, management of BPH and infertility.
College: Vanguard University of Southern California
Graduate College: Drexel University
Candice George is a certified physician’s assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care, working alongside Dr. Daniel Reed.
Upon graduating Cum Laude from Vanguard University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, George completed her Master of Health Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. During graduate training, she fulfilled her clinical rotations and preceptorships in surgery, adult medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric care, psychiatry and emergency medicine. She discovered an interest in oncology during her adult medicine rotation in the Hematology Oncology Department at Lankenau Hospital, where she blended medicine and compassion.
While completing her undergraduate education, George worked during the summer in the medical research laboratory at Arizona State University Biodesign Institute for Innovations in Medicine. She has served patients in various medical settings. Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, she worked as a physician assistant for an internal medicine practice.
George holds professional memberships in the Association for Physician Assistants in Oncology, the American Academy of Physicians Assistants and the Arizona State Association of Physicians Assistants. In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing humanitarian work both locally and throughout the world.
Medical School: State University of New York, Health Science Center at Syracuse
Internship: Northwestern University Medical Center
Residency: University of Chicago
Fellowship: University of Chicago
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology
Dr. Luci M. Chen specializes in radiation oncology, and her clinical interests include brachytherapy for breast and gynecological malignancies as well as therapy for lung cancer, head and neck cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, lymphomas, and prostate cancer. She also has experience treating skin cancers, and thyroid malignancies. Dr. Chen has extensive experience with various forms of conformal treatment including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), as well as Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
Dr. Chen, an American Cancer Society Fellow, joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and both her Master of Science and Medical degrees from State University of New York. She completed her internship at Northwestern University Medical Center and her residency in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology at the University of Chicago, where she would eventually serve as assistant professor of radiation oncology. She also served as clinical director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital before moving to Arizona in 1999.
Dr. Chen’s expertise led her to also serve as a manuscript reviewer on cancer research for such publications as the International Journal of Oncology Biology and Physics, Journal of Clinical Oncology and The Cancer Journal from Scientific American.
Dr. Chen is a current or was a past member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society, American College of Radiology, Chinese Alliance for Professional Advancement and National Association for Asian American Professionals. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Chen is a multi-year “Top Doc” honoree by Phoenix Magazine.
Graduate College: Arizona School of Health Sciences
Diane Childers-Watson is a physician’s assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Arkansas State University. Upon moving to Phoenix in 1994, Scottsdale Medical Specialists hired her as a medical technologist, and then a laboratory manager.
In 2003, Childers-Watson was accepted at Arizona School of Health Sciences in the physician assistant program and earned her Master of Science degree in 2005. Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, she was rehired by Scottsdale Medical Specialists as a physician assistant in oncology and hematology.
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Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital
Fellowship: Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Dr. David Cho specializes in Hematology and Medical Oncology. He believes in a comprehensive approach to cancer care, not just to treat patients but also improve survivorship and quality of life. He also has experience in treating a wide spectrum of benign and malignant hematologic conditions.
Dr. Cho received a Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. After college, he worked as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He attended Ross University School of Medicine, graduating with Highest Honors. Dr. Cho completed both his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Cho has had an interest in research. His work has been published and presented at local and national events. Most recently, his study comparing chemotherapy regimens for stem cell transplantation in multiple myeloma patients, was presented at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exhibition.
Dr. Cho is board certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology. He is board eligible in Hematology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology. In his free time, Dr. Cho enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
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Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Arizona Medical Center
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. James Choi specializes in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine.
Dr. Choi joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in October 2008. He received his Bachelor degree in Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University. He completed medical school at Wright State University School of Medicine, his medical residency at Loyola University Medical Center and fellowship at the University of Arizona Medical Center where he was the chief fellow.
Dr. Choi has participated in a number of research studies involving role of U5 in mRNA splicing complex, second allogeneic transplant for relapsed high-grad hematologic malignancies, radiation therapy for gastroesophageal junction and gastric carcinoma as well as transcriptosome profiling of B-CLL to identify novel markers for prognosis and therapeutic targets.
In addition to his research, Dr. Choi has been published in the Journal of Bone Marrow Transplant and has presented his research findings at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting.
Internship: St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Residency: St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Board Certification: American Board of Urology
Dr. Aubrey Chung specializes in urology. He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2011 when his team at Sun Valley Urology partnered with the practice.
Dr. Chung earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and completed medical school at the University of Miami. He served his internship and residency, both in urological surgery, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Connecticut.
Dr. Chung is certified by the American Board of Urology and is licensed by the American Board of Medical Examiners. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Timothy Coyne is a certified physician’s assistant at Arizona Center for Cancer Care. Coyne earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a certificate of competition in the Physician Assistant Program in 2003 from Drexel University. While attending Drexel University, he also received a certificate of completion in HIPPA Privacy Program.
Prior to joining Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Coyne’s professional experience includes working in the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia as a tissue coordinator where he worked with medical examiners to obtain permission to recover tissues as well as offered tissue donation opportunities for next-of-kin. He also worked for An Ounce of Prevention as the north east project director in Tampa. He supervises a staff of 20 for nationally based organizations specializing in disease management, health education and health screening services. In addition, he also most recently worked as a physician assistant for Valley Urologic Associates.
Coyne has been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants since 2001. He also volunteered as a camp counselor for the Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and as well as in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.