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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 oncologist 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:


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. Richard Schraeder and Dr. Yousuf Gaffar, 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.