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M. D. Anderson Clinical Care Center in Katy Adds Medical Oncology Practice

M. D. Anderson News Release 02/10/10

With the addition of two medical oncologists, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has expanded its Katy location to better serve more patients living in west Houston and surrounding communities.

Originally established in 2007 as a M. D. Anderson radiation treatment center, the Katy facility has added on-site services, staff and square footage to accommodate the new practice.

With the arrival of the two M. D. Anderson medical oncologists who see patients full time in the Katy location only, the center offers outpatient chemotherapy, laboratory and pharmacy services as well as nutrition and social work counseling.

In addition to the two physicians, 10 additional M. D. Anderson employees including nurses, laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, pharmacists and business specialists will staff the new practice. Sixteen semi-private chemotherapy treatment rooms are available for on-site infusion.

The M. D. Anderson Clinical Care Center in Katy is located on the campus of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital at 19770 Kingsland Blvd. M. D. Anderson and CHRISTUS St. Catherine continue their clinical collaboration just as they have since the radiation center opened.

"M. D. Anderson has experienced a great deal of growth in the last decade, and we are pleased that our community facilities have been a part of that growth in recent years," said Thomas W. Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief for M. D. Anderson. "It's our mission to extend our reach well beyond the Texas Medical Center, and knowing that we are moving our care, people, technologies, services and research closer and more conveniently to patients is especially important."

Joining Gregory Chronowski, M.D., the M. D. Anderson radiation oncologist who opened the Katy facility, will be general oncologists Nikesh Jasani, M.D. and Sunil Patel, M.D. both assistant professors in the Department of General Oncology. All three take part in weekly multidisciplinary conferences via teleconference with the M. D. Anderson main campus and participate on the tumor board composed of Katy area physicians, surgeons, radiologists and others.

As general oncologists, Jasani and Patel are experienced in diagnosing, assessing and treating a wide variety of cancers. Both have been on the M. D. Anderson faculty since 2008 and have worked alongside each other at the main campus since then. The two worked especially closely after Hurricane Ike when M. D. Anderson triaged and cared for more than 200 cancer patients from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston whose treatment and follow up was interrupted for many months.

Both were attracted to community practice early in their careers, though they agree that their M. D. Anderson work brings unique expertise to the suburban setting.

"Coming to the Clinical Care Center in Katy is an ideal opportunity for me. I get to see and be involved with my patients in a community that I know and love, stay a part of the M. D. Anderson team and practice cancer care at the highest level," said Jasani.

Patel said, "I've always been very interested in community practice, seeing a diversity of cancers and becoming a tight-knit partner with my patients and their families as they go through difficult times."

Jasani, who graduated from Elsik High School and grew up in Alief, received his undergraduate degree from Houston Baptist University and medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada. He completed his medical training and specialization in medical oncology at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville and Shands Hospital. Jasani lives in Katy with his wife, a pediatrician, and three young children, not far from his parents and extended family.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Patel earned his medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He came to Texas in 2002, completing his residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a three-year oncology/hematology fellowship at M. D. Anderson. He and his wife, who teaches at The University of Texas Health Science Center - Dental Branch, have a two-year-old daughter and live in west Houston.

With the expansion of the Katy facility, M. D. Anderson now has three Clinical Care Centers in the Houston area. In addition to locations in the Bay Area (Nassau Bay) and Sugar Land which offer both radiation and medical oncology, M. D. Anderson also has radiation treatment centers in Fort Bend (Richmond), Bellaire and The Woodlands. 02/10/10


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