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  • Doctors

    Meet the doctors and specialists of the Helen G. Nassif  Community Cancer Center

    Meet the the dedicated doctors, surgeons and cancer experts who work collaboratively with the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center of Iowa to win the fight against cancer.

    Dr. Kerri Nowell, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa surgeon, explains the benefit to patients of having access to many different specialists all under one roof as part of the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

     

    Click on area of specialty for a list of doctors.

    Hematology/Oncology

    • Cancer specialist says early detection can save lives

      Dr. William Fusselman is an expert at treating colon cancer. But he’d rather patients didn’t need his services at all.

      “Colon cancer is so preventable and treatable,” emphasizes Dr. Fusselman, of Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Hematology & Oncology. “In many cases it’s avoidable by making lifestyle changes like exercise and a healthy diet. And if it does develop, if we catch it early, surgery is all that’s required. The cancer is gone.”
      The key is early detection. Dr. Fusselman says today’s screening options, from colonoscopies to non-invasive methods, can find colorectal cancer when it’s very small and easily treated. “It’s only when cancer gets advanced that we have to do chemotherapy,” he explains. “Our goal is to find it when we have the best chance to get a cure with the least toxic treatment.”

      Colorectal cancer typically grows slowly over several years. It usually starts as a non-cancerous polyp—a small growth in the colon or rectum. With a colonoscopy, doctors can find polyps and remove them before they turn into cancer or when the cancer is very small.

      For more advanced disease, surgery is followed by chemotherapy. A typical course of treatment is six months, with follow-up testing and monitoring for five years. Dr. Fusselman and his team work closely with Nassif Community Cancer Center. “It’s tightly tied with how we take care of our patients every day. Colorectal cancer is linked to lifestyle, so patients often need exercise and education about a healthy diet. Because some families are at a higher risk, they may need a referral to the Risk Assessment and Genetic Clinic. We participate in clinical trials through the Nassif Community Cancer Center. And the palliative care team can help improve quality of life for people with very advanced disease.”

      Above all, Dr. Fusselman urges everyone age 50 or above to get regular screenings for colon cancer— sooner if you have a family history of the disease. He adds, “There was a time when people didn’t like to talk about breast cancer because it was too personal. Now women get mammograms and it saves lives. The same is true for colon cancer. We need to talk about it openly because this disease is preventable. Screening can save your life.

      To speak with one of our dietitians, exercise specialist, genetic specialists or care coordinators about colon cancer please call (319) 558-4876.

    • Rasa L. Buntinas, M.D., hematology/oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/297-2900

       

      William P. Fusselman, M.D., hematology/oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/297-2900

       

      Bharat Jenigiri, M.D.
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/297-2900

       

      Nikki Robson, NP-C, hematology/oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/369-8222

       

      Sylvia E. Anspach, A.R.N.P., hematology/oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/297-2900

       

      Nicole Miller, A.R.N.P., FNP-BC
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/297-2900

       

      Lesley G. Vancura, FNP-BC
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Hematology/Oncology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/297-2900

       

    General Surgery

    Thoracic Surgery

    Hospice & Palliative Care

    • Claire M. Baumgartner, M.D.
      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Palliative Care
      1026 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/369-7909

       

      James R. Bell, M.D.
      UnityPoint Hospice – Cedar Rapids
      1026 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/369-7744

       

      Amy Ganske, A.R.N.P.
      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Palliative Care Clinic
      1026 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/369-7909

       

      Julie Shaw, A.R.N.P.
      UnityPoint Hospice – Cedar Rapids
      1026 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/369-7744

       

      Brook N Van Dee, A.R.N.P.
      UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Palliative Care
      1026 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/369-7909

       

    Neurosurgery

    Otolaryngology

    Pathology

    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Pulmonology

    • Lung Cancer Clinic takes a team approach to detection and treatment

      “Early detection and advances in how we treat lung cancer are moving us in the right direction,” says pulmonologist Muhammad Anwer, MD.

      Dr. Anwer of UnityPoint Clinic® Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids is part of the Nassif Community Cancer Center Lung Cancer Clinic—a team approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating lung cancer. Pulmonologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and radiation oncologists, as well as care coordinators from the Nassif Community Cancer Center, work together for the best possible outcome for every patient, every time.

      Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women—and the leading cause of cancer death. “The problem with lung cancer,” explains Dr. Anwer, “is by the time you have symptoms, generally the cancer is very advanced.”

      Today early detection is helping doctors save lives. “We’ve diagnosed some patients at stage one,” says Dr. Anwer. “Their cancer was so small we could treat it with just radiation therapy. If diagnosis had been delayed a year, things could be very different.”

      Dr. Anwer credits St. Luke’s Lung Check with helping to catch cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. An accredited program of UnityPoint Health® – St. Luke’s Hospital and Nassif Community Cancer Center, Lung Check is a non-invasive test that uses low-dose X-rays to provide a detailed image of the lungs.

      “We target a group of the population age 55 to 74 who have a strong history of smoking,” says Dr. Anwer. “We look for tiny nodules that could indicate cancer.”

      If a nodule is detected and follow-up tests confirm it is cancer, Dr. Anwer brings the patient in to explain the diagnosis and treatment options. The patient also meets with a care coordinator from the Nassif Community Cancer Center. “The care coordinators are amazing!” says Dr. Anwer. “If patients have questions, they call the coordinator and she takes care of it. It’s so easy for patients to have one number to call for everything.”

      Dr. Anwer says coordination is important because teamwork is essential in treating lung cancer. Pulmonologists, oncologists, and radiation oncologists meet every week to review all lung cancer cases. “We share our expertise with one another. If the patient isn’t progressing and we need to change the treatment plan, the care coordinator helps us get the patient in quickly.”

      Dr. Anwer adds, “Our goal is to get the patient from diagnosis to the start of treatment within two weeks. In most hospitals, it’s nearly impossible to do that. But the level of care here is so good, there’s no reason to leave town.”

      For more information on the Lung Check screening or other services through the Lung Care Clinic, call (319) 558-4876.

    • Muhammad Anwer, M.D.
      UnityPoint Clinic – UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids
      855 A Ave NE
      4th Floor
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

      Hamad Azam, M.D.
      UnityPoint Clinic – UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids
      855 A Ave NE
      4th Floor
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

      James H. Boddicker, M.D., pulmonology
      IPC
      115 8th Street NE
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

       

      Vijaya Kumar Gogineni, M.D.
      UnityPoint Clinic – UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids
      855 A Ave NE
      4th Floor
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

      Donald E. Paynter, M.D., pulmonology
      IPC
      115 8th Street NE
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

      Warangkhana Wongba, M.D.
      UnityPoint Clinic – UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids
      855 A Ave NE
      4th Floor
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

      Sarah Cole, A.R.N.P.
      UnityPoint Clinic – UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids
      855 A Ave NE
      4th Floor
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

      Mary Jo Henry, A.R.N.P.
      UnityPoint Clinic – UnityPoint Clinic Multi-Specialty – Cedar Rapids
      855 A Ave NE
      4th Floor
      Cedar Rapids, IA
      319/363-3565

       

       

    Radiology

    Urology

    • Arthur W. Devine, Jr. M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/363-8171

       

      Logan Hoxie, M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/363-8171

       

      Steven Mindrup, M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/363-8171

       

      K. Neil Mittelberg, M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/363-8171

       

      Thomas Richardson, M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
      319/363-8171

       

      Jonathan Rippentrop, M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, 202 10th Street SE
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
      319/363-8171

       

      Steven M. Wahle, M.D., urology
      Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Dept. of Urology
      1260 Second Ave SE
      Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
      319/363-8171

    Family Medicine

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