Medical Oncology and Hematology at UM St. Joseph Medical Center provides a seamless continuum of patient-centered medical care under the personal supervision of our medical director Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger and medical oncologists Dr. Richard Schraeder, Dr. Selvi Lingam, Dr. Shruti Murali and Dr. Sankari Sivasailam. They work closely with surgeons, radiation oncologists and specialized cancer 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 psychosocial care as needed. They work with the patient's health care team, coordinating such support services as nutrition counseling, financial counseling, spiritual support, 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:


Patients with hematologic malignancies or cancers that affect the blood often have a complex array of medical issues. Our team of specialists provides patients with individualized treatment plans. Our board certified hematologists, Dr. Kimberly Schlesinger, Dr. Richard Schraeder, Dr. Selvi Lingam and Dr. Shruti Murali, have expertise in treating:

  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas—Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

Clinical trials are available to further advance the care of these conditions.

We also treat benign hematology such as bleeding disorders, red cell disorders, platelet abnormalities and white cell disorders. Services offered for hematology include:

  • Consultative services
  • Diagnostic services
  • Infusion services for oncology patients
  • Blood transfusions
  • Iron and clotting factor infusions for a range of blood disorders
  • Bone marrow examination
  • Other specialized testing

For more information or for a patient consultation, please call 410-427-5585.