Health Equity & Access Committee

Manpreet K. Chadha, MD
Medical Oncologist
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical Oncology Clinic
Sun City, AZ

Manpreet K. Chadha, MD, is a medical oncologist at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists in Glendale, Arizona. She has worked as an assistant investigator at TGen Clinical Research Services at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. During her time at TGen, she was the principal and co-investigator in various Phase I, II and III studies involving new therapeutics for patients with advanced cancer. She has been serving on The Arizona Community Oncology Society Board of Directors for the past 2 years.

Dr. Chadha earned her medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, India. She completed her fellowship in medical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. She is also fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine.

Abhinav Chandra, MD, MSc, FACP, MBA
Hematology Specialist
Yuma Regional Medical Center; Yuma Regional Cancer Care Center
Yuma, AZ

Abhinav Chandra, MD, MSc, FACP, MBA, is the executive medical director of specialty care at Yuma Regional Medical Center and the medical director of the Yuma Regional Cancer Center. He is also the medical director of the Institutional Research program for the Yuma Regional Cancer Center. Dr. Chandra is the Chair of Treatment Steering Committee, Arizona Cancer Coalition, Arizona Department of Health Services. He has been principal investigator for his site for industry-sponsored and population health based clinical trials.

Dr. Chandra earned his doctorate at Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India, and completed his MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Onyema Okolo-Taku, MD
Hematology Oncologist
Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers
Gilbert, AZ

Onyema Okolo-Taku, MD, is a hematology oncologist at Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers in Gilbert, Arizona.

Dr. Okolo-Taku completed her undergraduate degree at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. earned her doctorate at St. George's University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Arizona.

Addey Rascon, CHES
Office Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Phoenix, AZ

Addey Rascon is the Office Chief for Cancer Prevention and Control at the Arizona Department of Health Services. In addition to her current role, she is a national master trainer for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Ms. Rascon is a leader in the development of the legislatively mandated Diabetes Action Plan and Report and oversight of the Arizona Cancer Control Plan. She is also a community health education specialist (CHES certified).

Alejandro Recio Boiles, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Center
Tucson, AZ

Alejandro Recio Boiles, MD, FACP, is an assistant professor of medicine and a genitourinary clinical researcher at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. He serves in the Arizona Chapter planning committee, The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society- Board of Directors, and is involved in multiple NGOs like Fundacion Mexico and Tucson Sister Cities Board, with goals to target Community Outreach and Education to impact Health Care Disparities.

Dr. Recio Boiles earned his medical degree at Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He completed his internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, New York and his fellowship at the University of Arizona WSHIP University of Arizona Hematology & Medical Oncology Training Fellowship Program.

Mahesh Seetharam, MD, FACP, MBBS
Assistant Professor and Consultant
Mayo Clinic Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Mahesh Seetharam, MD, FACP, MBBS, is a hematology oncologist and director of oncology for the Early Therapeutics Program at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. He specializes in sarcoma and cutaneous malignancies.

Dr. Seetharam earned his medical degree from Government Mysore Medical College in Mysore, India. He completed a year of research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, before pursuing his internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at Stanford University.

Amanda Sweeney
Cancer Control Strategic Partnerships Manager
American Cancer Society
Phoenix, AZ

Amanda Sweeney is the cancer control strategic partnerships manager for the American Cancer Society in Arizona. Her work focuses on building and expanding partnerships with hospitals, federally qualified health centers, payors, and other healthcare organizations to create collaborative approaches for delivering effective and impactful evidence-based strategies for increasing cancer prevention and early detection, quality of life and access to care initiatives, and population health-related efforts.

Raju Vaddepally, MD
Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center
Yuma, AZ

Raju K. Vaddepally, MD, is a medical hematology oncologist at the Yuma Regional Cancer Center. He serves as the director-at-large for The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS), an ASCO state-regional affiliate program. Dr. Vaddepally is a member of the Scientific and Administrative Research Committee (SARC) committee for the Academic and Community Research United at Mayo Clinic, developing protocols and design clinical trials to advance cancer therapeutics. He is also a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Vaddepally received his medical degree at Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Cassandra Webb, MPH
Program Manager
Arizona Department of Health Services
Phoenix, AZ

Cassandra Webb, MPH, is the program manager for the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the Arizona Department of Health Services. As a dedicated public health professional, she has worked in both the public and private sector promoting wellness and health equity.

Cassandra earned her master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota.

Youth Representative

Hurshneet Chadha
CEO and Founder; Chief Smile Officer and Founder
Gamers4Hope; Project Smile AZ
Glendale, AZ

Hurshneet Chadha is a youth representative selected to be the Hugh O'Brien Scholar for his leadership. His startup helps raise funds for cancer research and makes adaptive video games for children with disabilities. He is the founder of Project Smile AZ, a non-profit organization that helps provides support for patients in hospitals, homeless people, and patients with cancer through hopeful messages and care packages. His research work on COVID-19 vaccine administration was published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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