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.
Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland Graduate: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut Medical School: University of Rochester, Rochester, New York Galloway Fellow: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York Residency: University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland Fellowship: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Board Certification: American Board of Gynecological Oncology; American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Interests: Robotic and minimally invasive surgery for pelvic masses. Ovarian cancer advanced debulking surgery. Sentinel lymph nodes in vulvar and uterine cancer. Tumor biology and genetically directed treatments. Uterine sarcoma. Immunotherapy in hard to treat cancers. Nutrition and its impact on cancer.
Philosophy of Care: I am to provide compassion and comprehensive, personalized care. I strive to incorporate the highest levels of cutting edge care while caring for the entire woman who is diagnosed with a gynecologic malignancy or a complex benign gynecologic problem.
Hobbies/Interests: I love being with my four children. I spend a lot of time at gymnastics and swim meets! When not working, I like to find some time for running, hiking and playing tennis.
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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.
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Primary LocationVirginia G Piper Cancer Care Network20745 N. Scottsdale Rd.,#115ScottsdaleAZ85255workAdditional LocationVirginia G Piper Cancer Care Network16838 E. Palisades Blvd#152AFountain HillsAZ85268homeAdditional LocationVirginia G Piper Cancer Care Network19646 N. 27th Ave.#301PhoenixAZ85027homeNew Patient Scheduling:855-485-4673Direct Clinic Line:623-238-7570Fax:480-585-4672workfaxDirect Clinic Line:623-238-7570Fax:480-585-4672workfaxDirect Clinic Line:623-238-7700Fax:480-882-5007workfax
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.
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.
Primary LocationVirginia G Piper Cancer Care Network20745 N. Scottsdale Rd.,#115ScottsdaleAZ85255workAdditional LocationVirginia G Piper Cancer Care Network19646 N. 27th Ave.#301PhoenixAZ85027homeNew Patient Scheduling:855-485-4673Direct Clinic Line:623-238-7570Fax:480-585-4672workfaxDirect Clinic Line:623-238-7700Fax:480-882-5007workfax
Graduate School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital
Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital
Fellowship: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Board Certification: American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine: Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Brendan Curley specializes in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. His clinical interests include breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer, and has strong experience and interest in hematologic malignancies. He also enjoys caring for and treating all aspects of benign hematology. He has strong research background in improving patient’s quality of care and patient understanding of their diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Curley joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Curley completed both his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he served as chief fellow his final year.
Dr. Curley has been published in several medical journals, including The Journal of Oncology Practice, Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma, & Leukemia, and The American Journal of Medical Sciences. He authored the breast cancer chapter in fourth edition of The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Curley is a multi-year winner of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award awarded to fellows with highly regarded research. During fellowship, he was twice named fellow of the year and was recognized by the Department of Medicine for his academic excellence and research achievements.
Dr. Curley is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, and American Osteopathic Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and English Bulldog.
Dr. Samuel Day is a radiation oncologist with expertise treating a diverse range of cancers, including breast, prostate, thoracic, brain and spine tumors. He has a particular interest in stereotactic body radiotherapy and radiosurgery applications using modern imaging tools to improve the precision and safety of radiation therapy.
Dr. Day’s favorite part of medicine is the personal relationships he builds with his patients and their loved ones.
He strongly believes in a holistic approach to cancer care, including early access to rehabilitative services to minimize treatment side effects and improve quality of life during and after treatment.
Dr. Day received his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry with a focus on cancer imaging from Cambridge University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado, and completed his Radiation Oncology residency at the University of Washington.
As an Arizona native, Dr. Day enjoys exploring the desert, hiking and cycling. He also loves cooking and spending time with his family.
Residency: University of Nebraska and Michigan State University
Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Specializing in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, Dr. Donovan joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013, when his team at Scottsdale Cancer Center partnered with the practice. He earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska and completed medical school and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Michigan State University, and a fellowship at the University of California San Francisco in medical oncology and hematology. Dr. Donovan is certified by the American Board of Medical Oncology and American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, American Society of Clinical Oncology and Arizona Clinical Oncology Society, where he currently President. Dr. Donovan has special interests in breast cancer, lymphomas, and melanoma.
Dr. Justin Famoso specializes in radiation oncology treating a wide variety of malignant and benign diseases with innovative radiation technologies He promotes continuity of care and emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach in his practice.
Dr. Famoso specializes in the treatment of malignancies of the breast, prostate, lung, head and neck, gynecologic tract, gastrointestinal tract, skin, central nervous system, hematologic/lymphatic systems, and musculoskeletal systems. He has extensive training with modern radiation treatment technologies and techniques including external beam radiation therapy, IMRT, SBRT, and brachytherapy.
Dr. Famoso has authored numerous research articles focused on the combination of immunotherapy and radiation therapies leading to improved patient outcomes. He joined the Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2019. He earned a bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University with a double-major in Biology and Chemistry. He went on to receive his Medical Doctorate from West Virginia University before completing his internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Famoso completed his radiation oncology residency training at the University of Arizona, where he would ultimately serve as Chief resident.
Dr. Famoso enjoys golfing, skiing, playing piano, traveling, and viticulture. He is also passionate West Virginia University Mountaineers sports fan.
Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Internship: University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics
Residency: University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Michael S. Gordon specializes in medical oncology and hematology, and his principle interests have been in the development of new cancer therapies with a focus on targeted therapies as well as drugs that affect angiogenesis (tumor blood vessel supply). His disease focuses include kidney cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and ovarian cancer. In 2014, Dr. Gordon was named medical director for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare and the Translational Genomics Research Institute.
Dr. Gordon joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013 when his team at Pinnacle Oncology Hematology partnered with them. He first came to Arizona to become the associate dean for research for the Phoenix campus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and subsequently founded the Arizona Cancer Center’s Drug Development Program in Scottsdale. Dr. Gordon led the Arizona Cancer Center’s activities in the greater-Phoenix area until November 2005 when the Drug Development Program was converted to Pinnacle Oncology Hematology as a free-standing research practice. Pinnacle Oncology joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013. Currently, Dr. Gordon also serves as an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Gordon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education at the City College of New York and his Medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Gordon performed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. After completing his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1991, he accepted a position at the Indiana University School of Medicine as a faculty member in the Section of Hematology/Oncology. During nine years on the faculty at Indiana University, Dr. Gordon played integral roles in the development of the Indiana University Cancer Center’s Biologics and Developmental Therapeutics Program, the Leukemia Program, Clinical Research Office, and the Scientific Review Committee.
Dr. Gordon is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Experimental Hematology, American Society of Hematology, American Association for Cancer Research and New York Academy of Science. He has been awarded the American Cancer Society’s Clinical Oncology Career Development Award and has served as co-editor of Yearbook of Oncology.
Medical School:State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency:University of Hawaii at Honolulu
Fellowship: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo New York
Born and raised in Western New York, Dr. Grzankowski attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned both her undergraduate degree and her medical degree. Dr. Grzankowski completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu. Following her residency at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Grzankowski began her fellowship training at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers. Dr. Grzankowski has joined the AZCCC team in order to follow her passion of caring for those in need here in the great state of Arizona. Her areas of clinical interest include uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancer, and overall, optimizing one’s quality of life while undergoing cancer treatment.
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Residency: Ohio University
Dr. Sommer R. Gunia is one of the few sub-specialty Fellowship Trained Breast Surgical Oncologists in Scottsdale and is committed to the evaluation and treatment of breast disease. She is dedicated to brining the highest level of breast care to the valley by incorporating her expertise in the newest technologies and advancements available for both the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Her training included oncoplastic surgical technique, which combines the principles of cancer removal with optimal cosmetic results.
Dr. Gunia joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2015 when Comprehensive Breast Center of Arizona entered into a partnership with them. Dr. Gunia earned her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University. She obtained her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her general surgery training through Ohio University and further specialized in Breast Surgical Oncology at Akron General Medical Center in Ohio.
Dr. Gunia enjoys playing cards, country line dancing, relaxing by the pool with a good book, traveling, attending concerts and spending time with her husband, Steve, and their two tabby cats.
Dr. Gunia sees patients at the Scottsdale location.
Medical School: Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic
Internship: East Carolina University School of Medicine, Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Residency: East Carolina University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forrest University
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine: Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Giraldo Kato specializes in medical oncology and hematology and has a special interest in breast cancer. His research interests include new breast cancer therapies as well as gastrointestinal and thoracic malignancies.
Dr. Kato joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013, when his team at Pinnacle Oncology Hematology partnered with the practice. Prior to joining Pinnacle Oncology, Dr. Kato served as chief of hematology/oncology at Maricopa Medical Center.
Dr. Kato received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and attended medical school at the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He subsequently received a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Miami and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1997 at East Carolina University School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. His fellowship in both hematology and medical oncology was completed at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University in 1999.
Dr. Kato is a member of American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Association and The American Society of Hematology. He is certified by the Medical Oncology Board and American Board of Internal Medicine.
Residency: University of Miami Medical Center and Phoenix Integrated Residency Program
Fellowship: Georgetown University
Board Certification: American Board of Urology
Dr. Edward R. Katz specializes in urology and joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013 when his team at Scottsdale Urologic Associates partnered with the practice. He has been practicing at Scottsdale Urologic Associates since 1976 and also served in the United States Public Health Service branch of the military at the Sacaton Indian Hospital in Arizona.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Queen College in New York and attended medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Katz completed his internship in internal medical at Georgetown University and D.C. General Hospital before taking on residency programs in general surgery at the Phoenix Integrated Residency Program and in urology at the University of Miami Medical Center.
Dr. Katz is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of American Urologic Association as well as the Phoenix Urology Society.
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Internship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Certification: American Board of Urology
Dr. Mitchell C. Kaye specializes in both adult and pediatric urology. He joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2013 when his team at Scottsdale Urologic Surgeons partnered with the practice. He has been practicing at Scottsdale Urologic Surgeons since 1997. He previously served his country in the United States Air Force and was Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services School of Medicine.
Dr. Kaye received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University. He completed medical school at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he would eventually serve as chief resident.
Dr. Kaye is noted as being amongst the first to offer several advanced treatment technologies to Arizona, including robotic surgery used for treatment of prostate, kidney, bladder and adrenal cancers, as well as female pelvic prolapse He was the first to use cryosurgery to manage urologic tumors and continues to offer minimally invasive treatment strategies for BPH and incontinence, and other urologic issues.
Dr. Kaye is certified by and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Urologic Association and past president of the Phoenix Urologic Society.
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology; American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Dr. Robert R Kuske is a radiation oncologist, who has sub-specialized in the treatment of breast cancer.
Dr. Kuske moved to the valley from Wisconsin in 2003. He co-founded Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists in 2008 as the first ever radiation oncology facility in the world focused solely on breast cancer treatment with radiation. In 2012 Dr. Kuske and Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists partnered with Arizona Center for Cancer Care to extend this expertise throughout the valley.
Dr. Kuske received his B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He completed medical school, residency and Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After starting his career in academics at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Kuske was named Chairman of Radiation Oncology at the famed Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, where he was also chief of staff to more than 470 physicians. Dr. Kuske helped lead the breast cancer program at the University of Wisconsin, continuing his clinical research accomplishments as full professor of Human Oncology.
Dr. Kuske is the inventor and pioneer of “accelerated partial breast irradiation,” (APBI) a five-day alternative to conventional six weeks of external beam whole breast irradiation in select early-stage breast cancer. In 1991, a Venezuelan business woman flew to New Orleans and insisted on a shorter radiation treatment for her early stage breast cancer. By treating only the affected part of the breast with a radioactive seed, Dr. Kuske was able to shorten her therapy to less than one week. The success of this novel idea led to the first trial at the Ochsner Clinic, then to the national Phase II and III trials that Dr. Kuske wrote and directed. He also invented a technique to treat breast cancer in women with breast augmentation that does not cause hardening of the implants.
Dr. Kuske’s critical work in radiation oncology and breast cancer has been published in several hundred U.S. and international textbooks, trade association journals and other publications. In 2018, he received the 32nd Henschke Award from the American Brachytherapy Society, the “Gold Medal.” In 2018, the landmark National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project B-39 trial was presented in San Antonio with a tiny 0.7% difference in breast recurrence rates for APBI vs whole breast RT. In 2019, Dr. Kuske and several other breast cancer experts published the TRIUMPH-T trial, which further shortens breast cancer radiotherapy to 2 days. After 28 years as the champion of research into a more convenient option for women with early stage breast cancer, Dr. Kuske is proud that APBI is now considered a standard after lumpectomy in select early stage breast cancers. This change represents an important “paradigm shift.”
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Internship: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Dr. Stephanie Lindauer specializes in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. Her clinical interests include breast cancer and benign breast disease, gastrointestinal cancer and cancer survivorship.
Dr. Lindauer joined Arizona Center for Cancer Care in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Honors Program. She completed medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Lindauer completed both her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She completed her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; training at their NCI-designated cancer center with exposure to a variety of cancers as well as clinical trials.
Dr. Lindauer has held a variety of leadership roles. She was Chief Resident of the Department of Internal Medicine, serving an additional year after completing her residency in San Antonio. She also served as Chief Fellow during her last year of fellowship in San Antonio. Dr. Lindauer has several abstracts and poster presentations at local and national meetings, including ASCO Survivorship Symposium, ASCO Quality Care Symposium and ASH Hematologic Malignancies. She is passionate about engagement within her community and has presented at Updates for the San Antonio Community from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2017.
Dr. Lindauer was drawn to the field of oncology from a young age, having seen the effects of cancer in loved ones. She feels honored to be able to fulfill such an important role now and strives for compassion and empathy with all her patients.
Dr. Lindauer is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her chocolate lab.