St. Luke's University Health Network

Our Doctors

Some of the nation's best-trained cancer specialists are right here.

Specialization improves survival for patients with cancer. The cancer specialists from St. Luke's Cancer Care Associates have trained at some of the nation's premier medical schools and cancer centers, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, The Arthur G. James Cancer Center Hospital at The Ohio Sate University, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University, St. Luke's Medical Center.

These cancer specialists could have gone anywhere - they chose St. Luke's.

The fellowship-trained cancer experts from St. Luke's Cancer Care Associates specialize in surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology and medical oncology. Training for fellowship-trained surgical oncologists includes a five-year surgical residency, followed by a two- to three-year fellowship in an oncology program. Only 19 oncology programs are approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

St. Luke's cancer specialists continually pursue excellence in cancer care by serving as principal investigators in breast cancer vaccine research and melanoma clinical trials, performing major liver resections laparoscopically and offering innovative treatments for women with reproductive cancers.

The Doctors of St. Luke's Cancer Care Associates

 

 

Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, FACS
Surgical Oncology

Medical Director, St. Luke's Cancer Center

  • Awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in San Antonio, Texas
  • Awarded Doctor of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, Texas
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in surgical oncology research completed at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Hospital and Cancer Center in Houston, Texas
  • Completed fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Serves as Section Chief, Surgical Oncology; Medical Director, Oncology Service Line; and Director of Surgical Research at St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Currently conducting vaccine research for solid malignant tumors
  • Special interests in breast cancer and melanoma
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Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

Chief of Medical Oncology & Hematology, St. Luke's University Health Network

  • Earned medical degree from the University of Bombay in Bombay, India
  • Completed medicine internship and residency at University of Bombay, in Bombay, India and at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Completed fellowships in oncology at Tata Memorial Cancer Center in Bombay, India, at Otago University, New Zealand and at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Internationally recognized expert in the field of melanoma and immunotherapy
  • Member, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery, the International Society of Biological Therapy and the European Society of Medical Oncology
  • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology
  • Principal investigator to numerous clinical trials in melanoma, kidney cancer and other diseases 

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Asim Ali, MD
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

  • Earned medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Completed internship in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH
  • Completed residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Hillman Cancer Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Completed fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Hillman Cancer Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in medicine, medical oncology and hematology
  • Medical Director of GI Oncology, St. Luke's University Health Network
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine/St. Luke's University Health Network
  • Clinical Professor, DeSales University 

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Neil D. Belman, DO
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

  • Received doctor of osteopathy from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, New York
  • Completed hematology/oncology fellowship at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Completed residency in internal medicine at Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Medical Oncology

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Darius C. Desai, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncology

Section Chief of Surgical Oncology, St. Luke's University Health Network

Dr. Desai holds these additional positions:
 - Associate Director, St. Luke's Cancer Center
 - Medical Director, Family Cancer Risk Evaluation Program

  • Earned medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Research fellow in human cancer genetics at The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Ohio State University in Colombus, Ohio
  • Special interests include gastrointestinal, endocrine and breast cancers

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Yacoub (Jack) Faroun, MD
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

  • Received medical degree from Damascus University Medical School, Damascus, Syria
  • Completed residency in internal medicine at Temple University/Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Completed fellowship in hematology/oncology at The Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Hematology and the American board of Medical Oncology

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Dr. Dennis Giangiulio

Dennis J. Giangiulio, MD
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

  • Awarded medical degree at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
  • Completed internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA
  • Completed fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, MD
  • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Hematology and the American Board of Medical Oncology
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Lehigh County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Society of Hematology Oncology and the American Society of Hematology

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Tricia A. Kelly, MD, FACS
Breast Surgical Oncology

  • Received medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Completed residency in General Surgery at Cooper Hospital/UMC, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey
  • Completed fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Completed fellowship in Research at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Member of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American College of Surgeons

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Hikaru Nakajima, MD
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

  • Received medical degree from Nagoya University School of Medicine in Japan
  • Completed residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, St. Luke's Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Completed fellowship in Hematology/Medical Oncology at the University of Minnesota
  • Board certified in Hematology, Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine
  • Special interest in breast cancer and blood cancers 

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Roderick Quiros, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncology

  • Received medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in Houston, Texas
  • Completed fellowship in surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Special interests include gastrointestinal, endocrine and breast cancers

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Subhash C. Proothi, MD, FACP
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

  • Received medical degree from Medical College Rohtak, Haryana, India
  • Completed fellowship in hematology at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York
  • Completed fellowship in oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Completed fellowship in hematology at Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus, New Jersey
  • Completed residency in internal medicine at Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus New Jersey
  • Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Hematology and the American Board of Medical Oncology

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Nicholas Taylor, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

  • Received medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia
  • Completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York
  • Completed fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practices the surgical and medical management of gynecologic malignancies
  • Performs complex pelvic surgery and minimally invasive surgery through laparoscopy and robotics
  • Special interest in treatment of ovarian, endometrial, cervical, and vulvar cancers
  • Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology
  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Member of Gynecologic Oncology Group, Society for Gynecologic Oncologists, American Society of Clinical Oncologists
  • Published in numerous peer reviewed journals 

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Zighelboim

Israel Zighelboim, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

  • Received medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela
  • Completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
  • Completed a research and clinical fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practices the surgical and medical management of gynecologic malignancies
  • Performs complex pelvic surgery and minimally invasive surgery through laparoscopy and the da VinciTM Surgical System
  • Special interest in the treatment of endometrial cancer, vulvar cancer, cervical cancer and ovarian cancer
  • Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology
  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology; the International Gynecologic Cancer Society; the American Society of Clinical Oncology; and the Gynecologic Oncology Group
  • Has authored numerous publications and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for respected journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Research, Gynecologic Oncology, Annals of Surgical Oncology and the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, among others
  • Fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew

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