Clinical Faculty


Benign Hematology

Brad S Fletcher

Brad S Fletcher M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-9585

Dr. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Medicine within the Division of Hematology and Oncology. He is a Veterans Administration Advanced Career Development Awardee, American Heart Association Career Development Awardee and Florida Biomedical Research Program NIR Awardee.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Hematology and Oncology
Molly W Mandernach

Molly W Mandernach MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 265-0293

Dr. Mandernach is an assistant professor of medicine within the division of hematology and oncology, and serves as a clinician educator with a focus on thrombosis and hemostasis, sickle cell disease, and principally venous thromboembolism and cancer. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Carol M Mathew

Carol M Mathew MD

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Carol Mathew, MD, is an assistant professor in the hematology/oncology division at the University of Florida Department of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate years at College of New Rochelle in New York, getting a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry. She attended Ross University School of Medicine and graduated with her doctorate receiving the highest honors in 2013. Her post-doctoral training includes an internship and residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a fellowship in the division of hematology and oncology.

Mathew has received over six awards such as the President’s Award in the College of New Rochelle, New York, and Honor’s list for eight consecutive semesters. She currently serves on educational and administrative committees as well as clinical teaching activities. Mathew has presented her research at a local, state and national level specializing in leukemia and cardiac risk factors. Additionally, she has contributed to peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications analyzing multidisciplinary approaches to caring for geriatric patients with cancer.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology and Oncology
Anita Rajasekhar

Anita Rajasekhar M.D.

Associate Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7822

Dr. Rajasekhar is a clinician and clinical investigator with a focus on benign hematology, specifically thrombosis and hemostasis. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Marc S Zumberg

Marc S Zumberg M.D.

Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7503

Dr. Zumberg is recognized as an outstanding clinician-educator in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Medicine.   He serves as Section Chief for benign hematology and holds various medical directorships.  He is chairman of the Shands Hospital Transfusion Committee.  He is noted as a key clinical faculty member in the Internal Medicine residency training program and the Division of Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

Breast Cancer

Karen Daily

Karen Daily D.O.

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Karen C. Daily, DO, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Daily’s undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University and her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in internal medicine and a fellowship at UF in hematology and oncology.

Dr. Daily is a clinically-based investigator and educator with a focus on breast and gynecologic cancers. She is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Daily is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Daily founded the High Risk Program, within UF Health Breast Center, that identifies women at above-average risk of developing breast cancer and offers prevention and early detection strategies. Dr. Daily also serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Medical Oncology Clinic. She is committed to resolving access to care barriers in disadvantaged populations and passionate about improving the efficiency of the health care system.

Through her role as the Breast Cancer Disease Site Group’s Research Leader, Dr. Daily is dedicated to increasing available clinical trials, both large cooperative group studies and early phase single institution investigations, so that every patient may be offered the opportunity to participate. She is an active member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Bowel and Breast Project (NSABP) and serves as Co-Chair of the Rare Breast Cancer Committee.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Publications:
Coy Heldermon

Coy Heldermon M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-8008

Dr. Heldermon is an associate professor of medicine, board certified medical oncologist with expertise in the treatment of breast cancer. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His research expertise is in the use of gene replacement and stem cell therapies for the treatment of inherited disorders such as lysosomal storage diseases. He also studies the spread of stem cells from maternal or malignant sources using mouse models.

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology
Publications:
Stephen Staal

Stephen Staal M.D.

Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Dr. Staal’s professional career spans more than 35 years and includes conducting basic and applied cancer research, caring for patients, and organizing and administering a clinical cancer program. He has an interest in the molecular mechanisms that define cancer cells and how these can be exploited therapeutically. Clinically his interests are focused on experimental therapeutics, breast cancer, and clinical management to promote research and improve patient care.

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology

Gastrointestinal Oncology

Thomas J George

Thomas J George M.D., F.A.C.P.

Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Dr. George is a clinical investigator and educator with a focus on gastrointestinal malignancies. As director of the GI Oncology Program at the University of Florida, Dr. George helps to oversee the treatment of all patients with GI malignancies. He previously served as chair of the Medical Advisory Board to the State of Florida Department of Health and the Screen for Life Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, which targets historically underserved populations. He also recently completed a 10 year term as the gubernatorial-appointed chair of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, which advises the legislature, Department of Health, and state surgeon general on all cancer related matters and policy. He currently serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the UF Health Cancer Center. Through participation with large oncology clinical trial cooperative groups and the National Cancer Institute, Dr. George is an active clinician and clinical investigator in GI malignancies and early phase clinical trials testing new therapies for patients with advanced cancers. He is a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and numerous cancer research groups.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Sherise Rogers

Sherise Rogers MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Sherise C. Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2009 in Human Development with a minor in Biological Sciences. She then obtained her Medical Doctorate in 2014 and Master in Public Health in 2015 from New York Medical College.

Dr. Rogers completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York in 2017. She completed her Hematology & Oncology Fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center where she also served as Wellness Chief Fellow in 2020. Aside from her educational achievements, Dr. Rogers has a passion for mentoring and has completed many professional development programs such as the Physician Leadership Academy and Medical Journalism elective at the ABC News Medical Unit in New York City.

Her peer reviewed publications and presentations have concentrations in oncology, physician wellness and strategies to address burnout among hematology and oncology trainees. She is a member of many professional memberships such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Rogers’ area of clinical and research focus are gastrointestinal malignancies with a special interest in pancreas and hepatobiliary cancers.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology and Oncology
Brian H Ramnaraign

Brian H Ramnaraign M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 265-0725

Brian Ramnaraign, MD is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Ramnaraign attended the University of Toronto for his undergraduate studies where he was awarded an Honors Bachelors of Science degree with a specialization in molecular genetics and microbiology. This was followed by attending St. George’s University for his medical training where he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine and graduated cum laude.

His internal medicine residency was completed at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY where Dr. Ramnaraign had the opportunity to participate in rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan. After residency he obtained a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Ramnaraign completed his hematology and oncology fellowship here at the University of Florida and upon completion stayed on as faculty. His wife is also here at the University of Florida and is training to be a pediatric oncologist.

His expertise and research interests are in the fields of genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers and neuroendocrine cancers. He is interested in the role of targeted therapies and immunotherapies in providing personalized treatments to individuals with advanced cancers.​

Subspecialties:
  • Cancer
  • Hematology and Oncology
Jesus C Fabregas

Jesus C Fabregas MD, MPH, FACP

AST PROF
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Jesus C. Fabregas, MD, MPH, FACP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Fabregas received his medical degree from Universidad Del Norte in Colombia. Following medical school, he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, where he earned the American College of Physicians Outstanding Resident Award. He then finished a post-doctorate fellowship in hematology and oncology at Sylvester Cancer Center – University of Miami.

Dr. Fabregas most recently completed his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Harvard University – Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. As part of his public health efforts, his research evaluated inequities and the impact of social determinants of health in cancer care in the US.

At UF Health, Dr. Fabregas will take care of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies, with a special interest in colon and rectal cancer, using a multi-disciplinary approach. He aims to improve patient’s quality of life and to provide personalized care by accessing the latest targeted and immunotherapy treatments through clinical trials.

His recent research endeavors included a meta-analysis studying the feasibility of minimizing toxicities in patients with early rectal cancer, and refining prognosis and treatment selection for patients with early colon cancer applying a machine-learning model. He has presented the results of his research in several oncology society meetings including American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Society of Hematology (ASH) and European Society of Medical Oncology – GI (ESMO-GI).

He is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine with the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

In addition to his passion about oncology, Dr. Fabregas enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

Subspecialties:
  • Gastroenterology
  • Oncology
Ilyas Sahin

Ilyas Sahin

Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7832

General Oncology

Anna M Murillo

Anna M Murillo M.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Dr Murillo has had multiple enriching experiences in other institutions prior to joining UF. She did her internship in Internal Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts then went on to finish Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She then went on to Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where she completed her fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology.

After completing fellowship, she moved to Ashland, Kentucky, where she started a hospital based private practice and was active in creating a more robust oncology program in that institution.

Stephen Staal

Stephen Staal M.D.

Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Dr. Staal’s professional career spans more than 35 years and includes conducting basic and applied cancer research, caring for patients, and organizing and administering a clinical cancer program. He has an interest in the molecular mechanisms that define cancer cells and how these can be exploited therapeutically. Clinically his interests are focused on experimental therapeutics, breast cancer, and clinical management to promote research and improve patient care.

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology

Genitourinary Oncology

Brian H Ramnaraign

Brian H Ramnaraign M.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 265-0725

Brian Ramnaraign, MD is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Ramnaraign attended the University of Toronto for his undergraduate studies where he was awarded an Honors Bachelors of Science degree with a specialization in molecular genetics and microbiology. This was followed by attending St. George’s University for his medical training where he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine and graduated cum laude.

His internal medicine residency was completed at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY where Dr. Ramnaraign had the opportunity to participate in rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan. After residency he obtained a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Ramnaraign completed his hematology and oncology fellowship here at the University of Florida and upon completion stayed on as faculty. His wife is also here at the University of Florida and is training to be a pediatric oncologist.

His expertise and research interests are in the fields of genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers and neuroendocrine cancers. He is interested in the role of targeted therapies and immunotherapies in providing personalized treatments to individuals with advanced cancers.​

Subspecialties:
  • Cancer
  • Hematology and Oncology
Jonathan A Chatzkel

Jonathan A Chatzkel M.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 265-0725

Jonathan Chatzkel, MD is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Chatzkel attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude, receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree with honors in Economics. He completed his medical degree at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and a hematology and oncology fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Dr. Chatzel’s clinical interests include the care of patients with genitourinary cancers, including cancers of the kidney, bladder, prostate, and testis. He believes strongly in delivering individualized care to each of his patients. Professional affiliations include the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO.

Subspecialties:
  • Cancer
  • Hematology and Oncology

Gynecological Oncology

Merry J Markham

Merry J Markham MD, FACP FASCO

Chief, Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP, serves as the associate director for medical affairs at the UF Health Cancer Center as well as interim chief of the division of hematology and oncology within the department of medicine. She serves as the chief medical officer for cancer at UF Health and is the research lead for the UFHCC’s Gynecologic Cancers Disease Site Group. She is the principal investigator for all chemotherapeutic and investigational therapy trials for gynecologic cancers and is site PI for all Gynecologic Oncology Group/NRG Oncology gynecologic cancer trials. Dr. Markham earned her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and then completed her residency in internal medicine at UF where she served as chief medical resident and later completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology. Clinically, Dr. Markham’s primary focus is on the care of women with gynecologic malignancies. Her research is focused on investigations of experimental therapeutics and prognostic factors for gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Markham is also involved in the study of quality of cancer care, quality improvement strategies and cancer survivorship. Dr. Markham is board-certified in medical oncology. She is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Physicians, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and several clinical trial cooperative groups.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Martina C Murphy

Martina C Murphy M.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 265-0725

Martina Murphy, MD is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida. She is clinical investigator and educator with a passion for women’s health who specializes in caring for patients with gynecologic malignancies. Her research focuses in the study and reduction of healthcare disparities & inequity as it pertains to patient related outcomes in cancer care as well as workplace and training environments. She serves as the Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. Additionally, she is the Course Director for Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1 & 2, part of an 18 month longitudinal curriculum for pre-clerkship medical students. Dr. Murphy has a strong dedication to medical education and is actively involved on a national level in research in medical education primarily related to novel curriculum development, mentorship and career development.

Dr. Murphy is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH) where she serves on the ASH Committee on Training and as a faculty mentor for the ASH Medical Educators Institute. She is also a participant in the ASCO Educational Scholars Program. She sees gynecological cancer patients at UF Health.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology and Oncology
Karen Daily

Karen Daily D.O.

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Karen C. Daily, DO, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Daily’s undergraduate degree is from The Ohio State University and her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in internal medicine and a fellowship at UF in hematology and oncology.

Dr. Daily is a clinically-based investigator and educator with a focus on breast and gynecologic cancers. She is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Daily is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Daily founded the High Risk Program, within UF Health Breast Center, that identifies women at above-average risk of developing breast cancer and offers prevention and early detection strategies. Dr. Daily also serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Medical Oncology Clinic. She is committed to resolving access to care barriers in disadvantaged populations and passionate about improving the efficiency of the health care system.

Through her role as the Breast Cancer Disease Site Group’s Research Leader, Dr. Daily is dedicated to increasing available clinical trials, both large cooperative group studies and early phase single institution investigations, so that every patient may be offered the opportunity to participate. She is an active member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Bowel and Breast Project (NSABP) and serves as Co-Chair of the Rare Breast Cancer Committee.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology

Head & Neck Cancer

Aaron J Franke

Aaron J Franke M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9167

Aaron Franke, MD, MS is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Franke received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University and his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean where he graduated summa cum laude.

He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of Florida where he was recognized as the exemplary mentor of the year.

He most recently completed his fellowship in Hematology & Medical Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. During fellowship, Dr. Franke grew his passion for learning, teaching and the importance of adapting a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and medical education. He served as one of the inaugural founding members and co-directors of Moffitt’s Multidisciplinary Leadership Journal Club.

Here at UF Health, Dr. Franke will focus on thoracic oncology, seeing patients with lung cancer. He serves as the Associate Research Lead for the Thoracic Cancers Disease Site Group at UF Health Cancer Center.

His clinical and research interests focus on Thoracic and Head & Neck malignancies. He aims to conduct industry-sponsored, and investigator initiated clinical trials, as well as participate in large oncology clinical trial cooperative group efforts to expand patient access to promising novel targeted and immunotherapeutic agents for patients with advanced lung cancer.

Dr. Franke is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Hematology. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO).

He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Scouts BSA

Subspecialties:
  • Cancer
Frederic J Kaye

Frederic J Kaye M.D.

Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7766
Email: fkaye@ufl.edu

Dr. Kaye is a professor of medicine, medical director of the thoracic oncology program and director of the lung cancer center within the division of hematology and oncology. He is a clinical and basic science investigator with a focus on thoracic malignancies. Dr. Kay is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Dennie Jones

Dennie Jones M.D.

Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7830

Dr. Jones is a Professor with the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of Florida. He is a board certified medical oncologist with expertise in the study and treatment of lung cancer. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, then completed in residency in Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and then his fellowship in Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson cancer Center, where he remained on the faculty. After two years of research at Genentech, Inc., he returned to academic medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and then joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico as the Director of Thoracic Oncology as well as the Medical Director of the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance.

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology

Lymphoma/Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Nam H Dang

Nam H Dang M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7832

Dr. Nam H. Dang is a board certified medical oncologist with expertise in the study and treatment of lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology
James W Lynch

James W Lynch M.D.

Professor And Assistant Dean
Phone: (352) 265-0725

Dr. Lynch received his BA from the University of Virginia and MD from Eastern VA Medical School in 1984. After internal medicine training at the University of Florida, he did his training in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda MD. In 1991 he returned to the UFCOM and has served in multiple roles during this tenure including, course director in Oncology (20 years), program director for hematology/oncology (13 years), section chief of hematology/oncology at the VAMC and now serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions. He is a nationally recognized well published expert in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphomas and has coauthored over 130 papers, book chapters and abstracts. His educational roles include teaching cancer biology, clinical oncology, clinical reasoning and humanism in medicine. He was the first faculty inductee into the Chapman Humanism Society at the UFCOM and serves on its board of directors. He has received multiple teaching awards including clinical teacher of the year 5 times, the Hippocratic award three times, is a member of the College of Medicine Society of Teaching Scholars and in 2006 was honored by the University of Florida as one of 5 Distinguished Teaching Scholars. He was co-founder with his wife of the Christian Study Center at the University of Florida and serves as its board president. He and his wife Laura, have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Sarcoma & Melanoma

Julia L Close

Julia L Close MD

Designated Institutional Official (DIO) & Associate Professor

Julia Close, MD is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida. Her primary appointment is as the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for the University of Florida College of Medicine. She was previously the Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.  She is a clinician educator, with research interest in curriculum related to general oncology and interactions with patients at the end of life. She is actively nationally in education, serving on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Professional Development Committee and the In-Training Exam Writing Committees for both Internal Medicine and Oncology.  She was previously Section Chief of Oncology at the Gainesville VAMC, and was the Assistant Chief of the Medical Service from 2015-2018. She previously chaired the VHA Oncology Field Advisory (FAC) Committee, a national committee providing guidance for national VA policy. She is interested in performance improvement in oncology, and has a national role in this through the VA FAC and through her membership on ASCO’s Workforce Advisory Group Committee.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
Clinical Interests:
  • Adult soft tissue sarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Kaposi sarcoma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Melanoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
Bently P Doonan

Bently P Doonan MD

CLIN AST PROF

Bently Doonan, MD, MS is an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Doonan earned his undergraduate degree in biology, cum laude, from Coastal Carolina University. He then received both his Master of Biomedical Sciences specializing in cancer immunology and his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Doonan completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in hematology and oncology from the University of Florida College of Medicine. During his time at UF, Dr. Doonan took on multiple leadership roles including Chief resident in internal medicine, curriculum development Gator Counsel and quality and efficiency Gator Counsel.

His clinical and research interests focus on melanoma, immunotherapy development and design, brain metastases, and identification of microenvironment targets to induce an immunogenic response in advanced metastatic disease.

Dr. Doonan is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Subspecialties:
  • Cancer
Clinical Interests:
  • Melanoma
  • Metastasis
  • Metastatic brain tumor
Research Interests:
  • Immunogenic Response to MSS Colorectal Cancer
  • Immunotherapy Development
  • Metastasis
  • Metastatic Brain Tumor
  • Metastatic Melanoma
Stephen Staal

Stephen Staal M.D.

Professor

Dr. Staal’s professional career spans more than 35 years and includes conducting basic and applied cancer research, caring for patients, and organizing and administering a clinical cancer program. He has an interest in the molecular mechanisms that define cancer cells and how these can be exploited therapeutically. Clinically his interests are focused on experimental therapeutics, breast cancer, and clinical management to promote research and improve patient care.

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology
Clinical Interests:
  • Brain tumor – primary – adults
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer – resources
  • Cancer treatment information
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic brain tumor

Thoracic Oncology

Aaron J Franke

Aaron J Franke M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Aaron Franke, MD, MS is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Franke received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida State University and his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean where he graduated summa cum laude.

He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of Florida where he was recognized as the exemplary mentor of the year.

He most recently completed his fellowship in Hematology & Medical Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. During fellowship, Dr. Franke grew his passion for learning, teaching and the importance of adapting a multidisciplinary approach to patient care and medical education. He served as one of the inaugural founding members and co-directors of Moffitt’s Multidisciplinary Leadership Journal Club.

Here at UF Health, Dr. Franke will focus on thoracic oncology, seeing patients with lung cancer. He serves as the Associate Research Lead for the Thoracic Cancers Disease Site Group at UF Health Cancer Center.

His clinical and research interests focus on Thoracic and Head & Neck malignancies. He aims to conduct industry-sponsored, and investigator initiated clinical trials, as well as participate in large oncology clinical trial cooperative group efforts to expand patient access to promising novel targeted and immunotherapeutic agents for patients with advanced lung cancer.

Dr. Franke is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Hematology. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO).

He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Scouts BSA

Subspecialties:
  • Cancer
Clinical Interests:
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung cancer – small cell
  • Metastasis
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Radiation therapy
Research Interests:
  • Clinical Trials Design & Analysis
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Chemoresistance
  • Circulating tumor DNA
  • Clinical and translational science
  • Immuno-Oncology
  • Lung cancer
  • Oligometastatic NSCLC
  • Small cell lung carcinoma
  • Small molecule drug discovery
  • Small molecule therapy
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Targeted Cancer Therapy
  • Thoracic Cancers
  • metastatic lung cancer
  • tobacco cessation
Frederic J Kaye

Frederic J Kaye M.D.

Professor
Email: fkaye@ufl.edu

Dr. Kaye is a professor of medicine, medical director of the thoracic oncology program and director of the lung cancer center within the division of hematology and oncology. He is a clinical and basic science investigator with a focus on thoracic malignancies. Dr. Kay is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Subspecialties:
  • Hematology
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology
Clinical Interests:
  • Cancer – resources
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung cancer – small cell
  • Lung disease – resources
  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Salivary gland tumors
  • Throat or larynx cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
Dennie Jones

Dennie Jones M.D.

Professor

Dr. Jones is a Professor with the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the University of Florida. He is a board certified medical oncologist with expertise in the study and treatment of lung cancer. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, then completed in residency in Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and then his fellowship in Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson cancer Center, where he remained on the faculty. After two years of research at Genentech, Inc., he returned to academic medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and then joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico as the Director of Thoracic Oncology as well as the Medical Director of the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance.

Subspecialties:
  • Oncology
Clinical Interests:
  • Lung cancer
Research Interests:
  • GI malignancies
  • metastatic lung cancer

Bone Marrow Transplant/Leukemia/Multiple Myeloma

Jack W Hsu

Jack W Hsu M.D.

Associate Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7766
Email: hsujw@ufl.edu
Zeina A Al-Mansour

Zeina A Al-Mansour M.D.

Associate Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7766
Randy A Brown

Randy A Brown M.D.

Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 733-0972
Christopher R Cogle

Christopher R Cogle M.D.

Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7493
Erin Dean

Erin Dean MD

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7832
Nosha Farhadfar

Nosha Farhadfar M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7766
John W Hiemenz

John W Hiemenz M.D.

Professor
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-7766
John R Wingard

John R Wingard M.D.

Price Eminent Scholar, Deputy Director Of UF Health Cancer Center & Director Of Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Department: MD-HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 273-8010