TACOS Board of Directors

President

Mahesh Seetharam
Mahesh Seetharam, MD, FACP
Mayo Clinic

Dr. Seetharam a hematology & oncology specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from Mysore University, Mysore Medical College in 1998.

Vice President

Tomislav Dragovich
Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Dragovich is a hematology specialist in Gilbert, AZ and has been practicing for more than 18 years. He graduated from University Of Belgrade in 1988.

Secretary/Treasurer

Chad C. Cherington
Chad C. Cherington, MD
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

An Arizona native, Dr. Cherington joined Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers in July 2016 after completing his fellowship at the Mayo clinic. He developed a passion to fight cancer at a young age, when a childhood friend was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. The fire that was ignited as a child was further fueled when Dr. Cherington also lost his step-sister to cancer. He is passionate about creating a close relationship with his patients and promotes living a healthy lifestyle in conjunction with the best cancer treatment modern medicine has to offer to combat cancer.

Immediate Past President

Patrick Donovan
Patrick J. Donovan, MD, FACP
Scottsdale Cancer Center

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.

In addition to his role in The Clinical Oncology Society, he is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, and American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Donovan has clinical interest in breast cancer, lymphomas, and melanoma.

Directors-at-Large

Hani Babiker
Hani Babiker, MD
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Rajesh Bagai
Rajesh Bagai, MD
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Dr. Bagai joined Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers in August 2013. He specializes in several solid tumor and hematologic disorders and has participated in several clinical research trials to develop novel treatment strategies.

Mitesh Borad
Mitesh Borad, MD
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Dr. Borad graduated from the UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School at Newark in 2000. He specializes in Hematology/Oncology and is affiliated with Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Chadha
Manpreet K. Chadha, MD
Palo Verde Cancer Specialists
Ian Derook
Ian DeRoock, MD
Ironwood Cancer & Research Center

Dr. DeRoock joined Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers in 2009, specializing in adult cancers and hematologic disorders. He has been active in developing clinical trials for pancreatic cancer and lymphoma, and has presented his research findings at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Annual Pan-Pacific Lymphoma Conference.

Jody Pelusi, PhD, FNP, AOCNP
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Honor Health Research Institute
Chenthilmurugan Rathnasabapathy, MD
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Parminder Singh, MD
Mayo Clinic Arizona

Dr. Singh is a medical oncologist/hematologist specializing in melanoma and bladder, kidney, prostate, and testicular cancer. He has received numerous awards for his research including Young Investigator Workshop Award from SWOG and third place in a poster competition from the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Ruth Walker-Simelton, MBA
Alliance Cancer Care Arizona
Albert Wendt
Albert G. Wendt, MD
Dignity Health

Dr. Wendt is a medical oncologist in the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, with expertise in breast cancer risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Wendt was  the President of The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS) from 2003-2007.


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