TOPS Board of Directors


Jack Erter_TOPS
Jack William Erter III, MD
Medical Oncologist
Tennessee Oncology, PLLC


Gregg Shepard
Gregg C. Shepard, MD
Medical Oncologist
Tennessee Oncology, PLLC

Gregg Shepard, MD, is a medical oncologist with Tennessee Oncology, PLLC. He is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. Dr. Shepard received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and completed his residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center.

Immediate Past President

Jill Gilbert_TOPS
Jill Gilbert, MD
Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology; Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

Jill Gilbert, MD, joined the Vanderbilt Oncology Program in 2006 and since then has continued her work in head and neck clinical trial investigation. In 2009 she became the program director of the hematology and oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt where she was selected to participate in the ASCO Leadership Development Program. Dr. Gilbert has chaired the Career Development Subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee and now chairs the Oncology Training Program Committee. She is co-chair of the Pre-ASCO Symposium, which targets medical educator professional development, and has been appointed to the Medical Oncology Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Jamison D. Chandler
Reimbursement Manager
The West Clinic, PC
Kathy McGee
Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Tennessee Oncology, PLLC

Fellows Liaisons

Richard Martin_TOPS
Richard Martin, MD, MPH
Hematology/Oncology Fellow
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Jason Porter, MD
Hematology/Oncology Fellow
West Cancer Center


Dana Cardin_TOPS
Dana Cardin, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Vanderbilt Medical Center

Dana Cardin, MD, MSCI, is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology. After receiving her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Cardin worked for two years in a translational research lab that used gene targeting techniques to create mouse modeling systems to better understand human disease. After this invaluable research experience, she attended medical school at the University of North Carolina, and went on to match at NYU in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Cardin completed her internship in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, New York, which subsequently led her to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to complete her residency in internal medicine.

Dr. Cardin specializes in malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract with a research interest in phase I and pancreatic cancer trials. She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Anthony Meluch_TOPS
Anthony A. Meluch, MD
Medical Oncologist
Tennessee Oncology, PLLC
Charles Penley_TOPS
W. Charles Penley, MD
Medical Oncologist
Tennessee Oncology, PLLC
Stephen Schleicher_TOPS
Stephen M. Schleicher, MD, MBA
Medical Oncologist
Tennessee Oncology
Benton Wheeler_TOPS
Benton M. Wheeler, MD, FACP
Medical Oncologist
West Cancer Center

Benton Wheeler, MD, FACP, has been a member of the West team since 1993. He is board certified in oncology and holds medical licenses in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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