Medical Oncology and Hematology
Medical Oncology and Hematology at UM St. Joseph Medical Center provides a seamless continuum of patient-centered medical care under the personal supervision of director Dr. Richard Schraeder and medical oncologists Dr. Rima Couzi and Dr. Yousuf Gaffar. They work closely with surgeons, radiation oncologists and specialized infusion nurses.
Both inpatient and outpatient consultative services are available. The medical oncologists stay involved with patients and remain available throughout the cancer journey. They treat the patient, not just the diagnosis, helping provide psycho-social care as needed. They work with the patient’s Cancer Navigator, coordinating such support services as nutrition counseling, genetics counseling and ostomy/wound care, when needed.
When patients no longer respond to curative treatment, medical oncologists help patients and their families decide on and choose hospice care, or palliative care for symptom management and bring in spiritual resources so that each patient is as comfortable as possible.
There are also a multitude of support services available for our patients such as:
- Nurse Navigation
- Genetic Counseling
- Nutrition Counseling
- Counseling for patients and family
- Pastoral/Spiritual Care
For more information or for a patient consultation, please call 410-427-5585.