2021-2022 Board of Directors


Samith Kochuparambil_MSCO
Samith Kochuparambil, MD
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Minnesota Oncology Hematology, PA

Samith Kochuparambil, MD, is a practicing hematologist/oncologist with Minnesota Oncology in Minneapolis. He completed his hematology /oncology fellowship from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and sub specializes in genitourinary, and head and neck cancers. He serves on several US Oncology Network national executive committees and is a national principal investigator on multiple clinical trials.


Amrit Singh_MSCO
Amrit Singh, MD
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Internist
Mayo Clinic, Andreas Cancer Center


Peter Hurley_MSCO
Peter Hurley, MD
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
HealthPartners and Regions Hospital Cancer Care Centers

Immediate Past President

Lloyd Ketchum_MSCO
Lloyd H. Ketchum, MD
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Essentia Health Cancer Center

Educational Program Chair

Balkrishna Jahagirdar_MSCO
Balkrishna Jahagirdar, MD
Medical Oncologist
HealthPartners Medical Group/Regions Hospital

Balkrishna Jahagirdar, MD, is a board certified medical oncologist-hematologist. He is on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and serves as a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology to help design and conduct clinical trials of new cancer treatments throughout the country.

Dr. Jahagirdar has co-authored a book chapter in the Textbook of Malignant Hematology, and his research is published in prestigious journals, including Nature, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, BloodExperimental Hematology, and Leukemia.

He is a recipient of several awards and honors, including the Clinical Excellence Award of the University of Minnesota, Outstanding Clinical Mentor Award, National Cancer Institute's MetroMinnesota Community Clinical Oncology Program-Silver Certificate for his contribution to clinical trials in oncology, and the Blood and Marrow Transplant Award.

Membership Liaison

Sarah Jax_MSCO
Sarah Jax, APRN, CNP
Oncology/Hematology Advanced Practitioner
HealthPartners Cancer Research Center, HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center

Allied Health Representative

Jodi A. Nordberg, RT, CPC
Billing Operations Manager
University of Minnesota Physicians


Yan Ji, MD
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
HealthPartners Medical Group/Regions Hospital

Yan Ji, MD, is an oncologist/hematologist at HealthPartners Medical Group, Regions Hospital. Dr. Ji's special interests include solid tumors, and lung, breast, and gastrointestinal cancers. Her many years of cancer research in these areas have deepened her understanding of underlying mechanisms that translate to the best treatment for patients.

Rachel Lerner_MSCO
Rachel Lerner, MD
Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center
Konstantinos Leventakos, MD, PhD
Lung Cancer Team and Early Cancer Therapeutic Clinic
Mayo Clinic

Konstantinos Leventakos, MD, PhD, is a medical oncologist with a focus on thoracic malignancies, personalized medicine, and immunotherapy. His clinical focus includes, non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymic malignancies, neuroendocrine tumors, multidisciplinary approach to thoracic malignancies and personalized medicine, and the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for clinical trial matching.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Leventakos is active in research and education of medical students, residents, and oncology fellows. He publishes in many journals and speaks at many national and international meetings.

Karim Saab, MD
Hematologist/Medical Oncologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine
Hennepin Healthcare; University of Minnesota
Charles Shideman_MSCO
Charles Shideman, MD
Radiation Oncologist
Minneapolis Radiation Oncology Physicians, PA

Charles Shideman, MD, is a board certified radiation oncologist at MRO Regions in St. Paul, which he joined in 2017. Dr. Shideman understands that each patient’s cancer fight is unique. Drawing upon his expertise in treating patients who are facing a wide range of cancers, Dr. Shideman is ready to employ his knowledge of cancer treatments and MRO’s advanced radiation equipment to achieve the best possible outcomes.  

Dr. Shideman works closely with medical oncologists, surgeons, and other practitioners to provide customized treatment programs using state-of-the-art radiation therapy protocols.    

Todd Tuttle_MSCO
Todd Tuttle, MD, MS
Surgical Oncologist; Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota
Hilary Ufearo_MSCO
Hilary Ufearo, MD
Coborn Cancer Center

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