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Medical Oncology

Dennis Slamon

Dennis Slamon, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Dennis J. Slamon serves as director of the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program and Clinical/Translational Research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). He is a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and executive vice chair for research for UCLA's Department of Medicine. A 1975 honors graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Slamon earned his Ph.D. in cell biology that same year. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, becoming chief resident in 1978. One year later, he became a fellow in the division of Hematology/Oncology at UCLA. For 12 years, Slamon and his colleagues conducted clinical and laboratory research that led to the development of the breast cancer drug Herceptin. The drug targets a specific genetic alteration found in about 25 percent of breast cancer patients. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the Herceptin monoclonal antibody for treatment of advanced breast cancer and, in 2006, this drug was approved for the treatment of early breast cancer. Slamon's research proved a relationship between the gene HER-2/neu and a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. He continues to place research as one of his top priorities.

Slamon has won more than a dozen national research awards honoring his scientific endeavors. In 2000, Slamon was awarded the Translational Medicine Award by the USCD-Salk Institute as well as the Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Millennium Award for significant achievement and leadership in breast cancer research. In 2001, Slamon was awarded the Wadsworth Center's Brown-Hazen Award for Excellence in the Basic Sciences, and in 2002, he received the Jeffrey A. Gottlieb Memorial Award from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. In 2003, Slamon received the Dorothy P. Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research, an international award given by the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation and the American Association for Cancer Research. In 2004, the American Cancer Society presented Slamon with the Medal of Honor, the top award bestowed by the organization. In 2007, Slamon was the recipient of the prestigious Canadian Gairdner Award for achievement in medical research and the 2006 Warren Alpert Foundation Scientific Prize.

Sara A. Hurvitz

Sara A. Hurvitz, M.D.Dr. Sara Hurvitz is the leader of the Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Program at UCLA. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1993 with degrees in biology and psychology and went on to medical school at the University of Southern California. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at UCLA and was selected to be chief resident of internal medicine in 2002. She received fellowship training in hematology and oncology at UCLA. Her research on immunology and lymphoma during her fellowship earned her an American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award in 2006. She is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, and an expert in the treatment of breast cancer. Her current research endeavors earned her an American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award in 2007. She teaches medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine and is a member of JCCC's Women’s Cancers Program Area. Her leadership activities include: serves on the advisory board to the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology; leads the weekly conference at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center multidisciplinary clinic; and directs multiple national and international clinical trials evaluating new treatments for breast cancer.

Saeed Sadeghi

Saeed Sadeghi, M.D.Dr. Saeed Sadeghi is a full-time staff physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He serves as the medical director of the UCLA hematology/oncology outpatient clinic in Santa Monica. After earning his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed an internal medicine residency at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and subsequently, a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UCLA. While keeping a busy practice, he is an active member of the clinical research program at UCLA in gastrointestinal and breast malignancies.

John Barstis John Barstis, M.D.Dr. John Barstis received his medical school degree from the State University of New York, where he also completed his internship and residency, and was Chief Medical Resident. He then completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at UCLA and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. He also served as the Principal Investigator for UCLA of the Southwest Oncology Group. He has been the Medical Director of three of UCLA’s outpatient cancer centers, and currently is the Medical Director of the Santa Clarita site. He also practices in the Santa Monica clinic. He maintains a busy practice in oncology and hematology, seeing patients with all types of cancer.

Barstis has had research interests and has published in the areas of lung cancer and lymphoid malignancies during his tenure at UCLA. His current research is focused on breast cancer, including hormone therapy. Barstis is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the hematology/oncology division of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
John Glaspy

John Glaspy, M.D.
Dr. John A. Glaspy received his M.D. and his M.P.H. in health services administration from UCLA, where he also completed his residency in medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology. He is currently a professor of medicine at UCLA and holds the Estelle, Abe, and Marjorie Sanders Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at JCCC. Glaspy is associate chief of the division of hematology/oncology and associate director of the Women's Cancers Program Area at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Glaspy’s research focuses on melanoma, breast cancer, immunotherapy and cancer-associated anemia. He is associate editor of the Journal of Supportive Oncology, serves on the editorial board of Core Evidence and was editor-in-chief of Hematopoietic Therapy Index and Reviews.

Dr. Parvin F. Peddi

Parvin F. Peddi, M.D.
Dr. Parvin Peddi is a full-time staff physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University with Honors and obtained her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, during which she spent a year performing medical research at the NIH as a Howard Hughes Scholar. She completed her internship and residency at Washington University in St. Louis after which she was selected to serve as a Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed two years of Hematology Oncology training at Washington University and a third year at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is a recipient of the American Society of Clinic Oncology Young Investigator Award for research in breast cancer. She is involved in clinical and translational research and leads the weekly conference at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center multidisciplinary clinic. Dr. Peddi has clinics in Santa Monica and Torrance.

Surgical Oncologists

Helena R. Chang

Helena R. Chang, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Helena Chang, director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center and professor of surgery, is a world-renowned surgical oncologist with a dedicated interest in breast cancer. She has held the Revlon Chair at UCLA since 1997 and has repeatedly been named as one of America’s top doctors in her field. Chang received her Ph.D. in cancer immunology and M.D. from Temple University, and completed her general surgery training at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia .  She completed her surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and also an advanced research fellowship training in cell cycle regulation at Temple University.

As director of the Gonda/UCLA Breast Cancer Research Laboratory and the Clinical Trials Unit for Breast Cancer, Chang’s research focuses on developing biomarker-based laboratory tests for breast cancer detection, tailored-treatment and vaccine development. Her work has earned her numerous awards and honors.

Nova Foster

Nova Foster, M.D.
Dr. Nova Foster, assistant clinical professor of surgery, graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine and completed her surgical residency training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her practice is located at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and includes general surgery with a special focus on breast cancer. She is board certified in general surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, the Association for Academic Surgery and the Los Angeles Surgical Society. She has given several talks to community groups on breast cancer and written an article on breast cancer for a local newspaper.

Mai Brooks

Mai Brooks, M.D.
Dr. Mai Brooks, associate professor of surgery, graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, attended Harvard Medical School and completed her surgery/surgical oncology training at Harvard Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1995. Her clinical practice includes UCLA Medical Center (the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center and UCLA Oncology Center) and the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Brooks has multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals, with an emphasis on breast cancer.

Paul Schmit

Paul Schmit, M.D.
Dr. Paul Schmit, professor of surgery, received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Schmit completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery. Schmit has a wide range of clinical interests, including breast disease.

Robert Bennion

Robert Bennion, M,D.
Dr. Robert Bennion, professor of clinical surgery, received his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed his residency in vascular surgery at UCLA. Bennion’s clinical interests include general surgery, surgical infections and breast disease. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery, Association for Academic Surgery, Los Angeles Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons, Southwestern Surgical Congress, and Pacific Coast Surgical Association.

Charles Chandler

Charles Chandler, M.D.
Dr. Charles Chandler, associate professor of surgery, received his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine and completed residencies in surgery at UCLA and Queen's Medical Centre.  He also completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of California, Irvine.  Chandler's clinical interests include breast, colorectal (colon, rectum and anus), critical care, gastrointestinal, general surgery, hepatobiliary, liver, oncology, pancreas, surgical nutrition and urgent gastrointestinal surgery.

Radiation Oncologists

Guy Juillard

Guy Juillard, M.D.After receiving his M.D. from the University of Paris (1963) and completing residency training at the Institute Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France (1963), Dr. Guy Juillard started his professional career in France, ultimately becoming chairman of the department of radiology and chief of the division of radiation therapy at the Cancer Hospital in Nice, France. He became a staff radiation therapist at UCLA in 1973 and has been here since, with appointment to full professor in 1977. Currently he is vice chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and he is the inaugural holder of the Jennifer Jones Simon Professorship.

Steve P. Lee

Steve P. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Steve Lee came to the United States from Taiwan at age 15. He attended public school in Los Angeles, and received his bachelor's degree in physics at UCLA in 1984. He pursued his graduate training in biomedical physics at UCLA and received his master's degree in 1986, under the guidance of Professor J. B. Smathers of the department of radiation oncology. Lee then attended medical school at Ohio State University. He subsequently chose UCLA for his residency training, because he planned to simultaneously pursue a Ph.D. in radiation biology under Professor H. R. Withers. Before returning to his alma mater, UCLA, Lee spent two years in private practice in downtown Los Angeles and one year in San Bernardino, serving patients from a diverse spectrum of ethnic backgrounds. Lee returned to UCLA and was appointed the director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Program. This has given him the opportunity to have a more direct influence in training quality radiation oncologists to serve the community. Lee was presented the 2007 Physician of the Year Award by the UCLA Medical Enterprise during National Nurses Week.

Breast Reconstruction Team

Andrew Da Lio

Andrew Da Lio, M.D.Dr. Andrew Da Lio, an assistant professor in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has clinical expertise in microsurgery with a major emphasis on breast reconstruction and breast aesthetic. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed a general surgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a plastic surgery residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and a fellowship in microsurgery at UCLA.

James Watson

James Watson, M.D.
Dr. James Watson, associate director of the plastic surgery service at the West Los Angeles Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and chief of plastic surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has expertise in laser surgery, head and neck microsurgery for congenital defects, breast surgery, endoscopic surgery and lymphedema. Watson directs the Lymphedema Clinic in the Gonda-Goldschmeid Vascular Center and was founder of the Lymphedema Foundation for research in the treatment of chronic lymphedema. He received his M.D. from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed residencies in surgery and plastic surgery at Wright State University in Ohio. He completed a fellowship in microsurgery at UCLA.

Jaco Festekijian

Jaco Festekijian, M.D.
Dr. Jaco Festekjian, assistant professor of surgery in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has a wide range of expertise in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. The majority of his reconstructive work and clinical interests are focused on the breast. He received his M.D. from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, and completed residencies in surgery at Kern Medical Center and plastic surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an advanced aesthetic and microsurgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Christopher Crisera

Christopher Crisera, M.D.Dr. Christopher Crisera, an assistant professor in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, specializes in microvascular surgery for breast and other oncologic reconstructive surgery. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego and completed his surgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco.  He completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery and a fellowship in microsurgery at UCLA.

Breast Imaging Radiologists

Nanette Debruhl

Nanette DeBruhl, M.D.
Dr. Nanette DeBruhl, a professor in the department of Radiological Sciences, received her M.D. from Georgetown University. She completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. and a fellowship in breast imaging at UCLA. DeBruhl’s clinical and research interests include breast magnetic resonance and interventional breast imaging. She has published multiple research papers, with an emphasis on breast imaging technologies.

Lawrence Bassett

Lawrence Bassett, M.D.
Dr. Lawrence Bassett is a professor of radiology and section chief of the Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging. He received his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School and completed his residency at UCLA. He is a member of the American Board of Radiology, and he has authored books, contributed book chapters and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.

Ann Hoyt

Ann Hoyt, M.D.
Dr. Ann Hoyt, an assistant professor in the department of Radiological Sciences, received her M.D. from UCLA and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of California, San Diego.  She completed a fellowship in breast imaging and ultrasound at the UCLA-Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging. Hoyt’s interests focus on breast imaging with expertise in image guided biopsy of breast lesions. She has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed book chapters.

Nazarin Yaghmai

Nazarin Yaghmai, M.D.
Dr. Nazarin Yaghmai is director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital's Women’s Imaging Center. She received her M.D. from UCLA and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at UCLA. She completed a fellowship in breast imaging at the UCLA-Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging.

Genetics Counselors


Joyce Seldon

Joyce Seldon, M.S.
Joyce Seldon is a genetic counselor at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and deputy director for the UCLA Familial Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program. She received her B.A. in psychology and M.S. in genetic counseling from the University of California, Irvine and her certification in genetic counseling from the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She has expertise in the field of cancer genetic counseling, cancer risk assessment, and cancer genetic predisposition testing. She has also spoken and written extensively on cancer genetic issues. She is an ad hoc reviewer and member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Genetics in Medicine.

Julianne Wojciak

Julianne Wojciak, M.S., C.G.C.
Julianne Wojciak is a genetic counselor by training. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1997. Wojciak attended graduate school at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, where she received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling in 2000. In 2002, she obtained certification in genetic counseling from the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Wojciak has counseled patients for prenatal, pediatric and adult-onset genetic conditions. She has a strong interest in cancer genetic counseling. In 2003, Wojciak joined the UCLA Familial Cancer Registry and Genetic Evaluation Program at UCLA. At UCLA, she counsels patients and families at risk for inherited cancer syndromes and is involved in recruitment and coordination of a variety of research studies related to hereditary cancer. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Integrative Medicine


Ka-Kit Hui

Ka-Kit Hui, M.D.Dr. Ka-Kit Hui is a clinician, educator and researcher whose broad-based knowledge of comprehensive medical care stems from multiple areas of specialization: internal medicine, clinical pharmacology, geriatrics, traditional Chinese medicine and integrative medicine. His basic and clinical investigations have provided him with unique insights into the concepts of regulation, homeostasis and balance. The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, founded by Hui in 1993, has a dynamic clinical program that exceeds 5,000 patient visits per year, with the majority referred by more than 100 UCLA physicians. Hui and his staff have developed expertise in blending traditional Chinese medicine with western medicine to develop a unique healthcare paradigm. The UCLA Center for East-West Medicine conducts successful educational programs in integrative East-West medicine for clinicians who are physicians, fellows, house staff, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical students, patients and the public. Dr. Hui has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Health, World Health Organization, universities, health insurance companies, drug companies and the media. Outside the United States, he is a medical sub-committee member of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and has been a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, University of Sydney, and Zhongshan Medical University in Guangzhou, China. He serves on the editorial boards of the Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, and the China Anesthesia and Analgesia Journal. He is a series editor on the Annual Review of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the World Scientific Publishing Co. Hui’s current research interests lie in five areas: acupuncture and cardiovascular regulation; the correlation between brain MRI and Chinese medical diagnostic systems in hypertension; the development of educational programs in integrative medicine that include outcome evaluation; drug discovery, particularly from plant-based products; and optimization of clinical approaches to improving quality of life for patients with chronic pain or cancer.

Counseling and Support Services

The Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology provides a full team of support specialists.

Last updated: 11/4/2013 3:46:36 PM