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Healthy RGV Issue 111- It's in Your Blood, What You Should Know About Hematology and Blood Disorders

McALLEN Billie J. Marek,

McALLEN Billie J. Marek, MD, FACP Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Marek is board-certified and specializes in medical oncology and heamatology. He currently serves as a director of Texas Oncology and is the medical director for Texas Oncology-McAllen. He has served the Rio Grande Valley for the past 22 years as a medical oncologist and hematologist, has been recognized as a “Super Doctor” in oncology for five years in a row, and was recognized as Doctor of The Year for Rio Grande Regional. Dr. Marek received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He completed his fellowship at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Alvaro Restrepo, MD Medical Oncology/Hematology “I can be part of your team... and together we can fight the battle.” Dr. Restrepo specializes in, medical oncology and hematology. He completed his fellowship at the University of Miami. He also serves on the reast Cancer Committee of US Oncology and has completed a fellowship in breast cancer treatment. Through the Life Beyond Cancer Fundation he established the Texas Oncology–McAllen Breast Cancer Ride/Walk undraiser to raise funds for Rio Grande Valley cancer patients. To date approximately $30,000 has been donated to cancer patients in the Rio Grande Valley. Suresh Ratnam, MD, FACP Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Ratnam has been with Texas Oncology-McAllen for 13 years, which he joined after completing his fellowship at the renowned National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He has co-authored several research publications and is passionate about cutting-edge oncology care. He currently serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of US Oncology and chairman of the Credentials Committee for South Texas Health System. Guillermo Lazo, MD Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Lazo specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He completed his fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a recipient of several awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award and is the author of several peer-reviewed medical publications as well as book chapters. He received the highest honors on the professional examination for his medical doctorate degree. McAllen 1901 South 2nd Street McAllen, Texas 78503 PH: 956.687.5150 FAX: 956.687.9546 www.TexasOncology.com

Nurul Wahid, MD Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Wahid was fellowship-trained in medical oncology and hematology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He is board certified in Hematology and Oncology. He has been recognized as Physician of the Year at Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen where he has served as senior attending physician for the past 13 years. Rogelio Salinas, MD Radiation Oncology Dr. Salinas is a board-certified radiation oncologist. He completed his residency training at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York followed by his fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Joseph Litam, MD Medical Oncology/Hematology Dr. Litam was fellowship-trained at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is well known in the community and was in private practice for 27 years before joining Texas Oncology. He has special interest in treating solid tumors. Benjamin West, MD Radiation Oncology Dr. West is board-certified radiation oncologist. He was physicist prior to becoming a physician. Phoebe Verano, RN, FNP-BC Nurse Practitioner Phoebe Cepeda Verano is a certified Family Nurse Practioner, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, who received her Masters degree at the University of Texas- Pan American (UTPA) in 2013. She has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, most of it in an adult critical care setting. As a nurse practitioner, she has the compassion to be a part of a patient’s journey through cancer care and believes that patient education is an important first step following diagnosis and treatment plan development. “I am committed to preparing cancer patients for their journeys and assuring they know that we are always here to support them.” Cristelita Parrocho, RN, BSN,CCRN,MSN,FNP-C Nurse Practicioner Cristy graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California. She is also a certified Adult Critical Care Registered Nurse. Before joining Texas Oncology-McAllen she was a hospitalist with IPC Healthcare. “Cancer is brutal but I believe loving and actually feeling while you care for these patients will somehow bring upon sunshine in the darkest moments of their lives. It is not how much time but how much love you put into it.” McAllen 1901 South 2nd Street McAllen, Texas 78503 PH: 956.687.5150 FAX: 956.687.9546 www.TexasOncology.com