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Our Oncology Physicians




If you have been diagnosed with cancer or you are seeking information, finding a physician is an important step. Kettering Health Network has an experienced team of surgeons and surgical oncologists, radiation oncologist, radiologists and imaging specialists who are ready to be a part of your cancer team.

Our team combines sophisticated technology with compassionate care to provide the highest standard of healthcare to our patients. From our physicians and staff to our nurse navigators, you can be sure you will receive the very best care.

Radiation Oncology

E. Ronald Hale, MD, MPH

Medical director of Radiation Oncology,
Kettering Health Network

Dr. Hale is board certified with more than 25 years of highly specialized experience in Radiation Oncology as well as Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York, Buffalo School of Medicine in NY and earned his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in MD.

His career in Dayton began at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 2005. Dr. Hale designed and supervised construction of the 88th Medical Group Cancer Care Center, and served as its first director until his retirement in 2011, culminating 24 years of Air Force service.

As President, Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, Montgomery County Unit from 2008-2011, Dr. Hale was instrumental in maintaining operations during a particularly difficult economic time. He was awarded the American Cancer Society Leadership Award in 2011 for his efforts. Dr. Hale is the author of many peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed to various books. 



Medical Oncology

Alejandro Calvo, MD

Dr. Calvo received his medical degree from UMSS School of Medicine in Bolivia. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Kettering Medical Center and a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology and Palliative Care.

Dr. Calvo has received the Patient Choice Award three times and is listed in the guide to America's Top Oncologists. He is key faculty at the Medicine Residency Program in Kettering Medical Center (KMC) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for Loma Linda University KMC campus.

Dr. Calvo is the member of several medical committees and organizations as well as the author of multiple publications related to Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Calvo is an active member of the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program and participates as a clinical investigator for multiple Oncology clinical research trials.



Gregory Gordon, MD

Practice President
Board Certified, Medical Oncology

Dr. Gordon received his BA degree in Chemistry from College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and received his MS in Biochemistry at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Gordon continued his medical studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine and is active in many professional organizations including the American College of Osteopathic Internists, American Osteopathic Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is currently a Fellowship Director of Oncology and Hematology at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and is also Cancer Specialists of Greater Dayton's Practice President.   



Ashantice Higgins, MD

EDUCATION 
2013 – Fellowship, Hematology and Oncology
            Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
            Winston Salem, NC
1986 – Internship/Residency Internal Medicine
            Kettering Medical Center
            Kettering, OH
1984 – Medical School, MD
            University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
            Cincinnati, OH

CERTIFICATION
2013 – Board Certified – Hematology and Oncology,
            American Board of Internal Medicine
2010 – Board Certified – Internal Medicine,
            American Board of Internal Medicine

ABOUT
Ashantice K. Higgins, MD is a practicing Hematology/Oncology physician at our Kettering Physician Network – Cancer Care Center, Kettering, OH. With 10 years’ experience, she specializes in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology.

PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
Dr. Higgins participates in community outreach and health fairs educating the public about cancer screening and provides quality, evidence based, and patient centered care.

She enjoys family and friend time, traveling, and baking.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Ohio Osteopathic Association
Dayton District Academy of Osteopathic Medicine



Priya Jain, MD

Board Certified, Medical Oncology

Dr. Jain received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Case Western Reserve University. She then went onto complete her internship, residency, and hematology/oncology fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland. During her training, she was awarded the Willard A. Bernbaum Award for outstanding performance throughout her internship. She was also named the resident teaching award in her final years of training. Dr. Jain is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology. She is active in several professional organizations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Jain believes in a very personalized approach with every one of her patients, and makes it a point to involve the patient and their family in detailed discussions about their disease and therapeutic options. She finds that meeting all the specific needs of the patient and their family, as well as successful treatment of the disease the most rewarding aspect of her job.



Joseph Lavelle, DO

Board Certified, Medical Oncology and Hematology

Dr. Lavelle received his MS degree from Wright State University and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and medical residency at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and his Fellowship training at Ohio State University Medical center, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Lavelle also serves as a Fellowship Director of the Oncology and Hematology Program at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton. He is active in many professional organizations including the American College of Osteopathic Internists, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  



Manisha Nanda, DO

Dr. Manisha Nanda received her Bachelors of Science degree at Wright State University and completed her medical degree in Athens, Ohio at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She returned to her hometown of Dayton, Ohio to complete her internal medicine residency and combined hematology-oncology fellowship at Grandview Medical Center, part of the Kettering Health Network. During her training, she not only received intern of the year but was also the recipient of the prestigious John Knox Resident of the Year award three years in a row, the first resident to achieve this at her training center.

Dr. Nanda is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Her practice covers all areas of medical oncology as well as malignant and benign hematology. She embraces the challenges of this field that is constantly changing and strives to provide cutting edge, evidence-based driven care while always focusing on a patient-centered approach. She is active in several professional societies, including American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the American Osteopathic Association.



Malek Safa, MD

Dr. Safa earned his degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon and completedhis Internal Medicine Residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed his Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he joined the staff and became the director of the GI Oncology Program and the Program Director of the Oncology & Hematology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Safa is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He currently is a member of the Southwest Oncology Group and serves on their Gastrointestinal and Melanoma Committee as well as Kettering Medical Center's Cancer Committee.

Dr. Safa has participated as an expert panelist for Community Cancer Education Day for Colorectal Cancer at the University of Cincinnati and has done numerous local and national presentations and lectures on Gastric Cancers including, Colorectal, Esophageal, Pancreatic and Melanoma. Dr. Safa has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and The American Journal of Hematology Oncology. He has worked extensively with the Veteran population and completed research and publications on Hematological and Oncology issues in the Veteran population with an emphasis on Gastrointestinal Cancers.



Emily Vannorsdall, MD

Dr. Emily Vannorsdall is from Waynesville, Ohio and received her medical degree locally at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Kettering Medical Center and a combined Fellowship program in Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. She also worked at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology.

Her practice includes all areas of medical oncology as well as benign and malignant hematology. She has an increased interest in blood disorders after concentrating much of her research efforts on leukemia and pre-leukemic conditions. She has presented and published research on chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, myelodysplasia, mastocytosis, and thalassemia. She also trained extensively in the multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center and gained significant experience in genitourinary cancers at the VA Medical Center. 

Dr. Vannorsdall is a new member of the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program and the Kettering Health Network Cancer Committee. She also participates in the education of medical students and residents at Kettering Hospital. Her goal is to bring the most up to date medicine back to her community.



Gynecological Oncology

Michael Guy, MD

Michael Guy, MD specializes in Gynecologic Oncology.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton, Medical School at Wright State University, his residency at Northeastern Ohio Medical University, and Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Dr. Guy is a member of American College of Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American Medical Association, and American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.  He is Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Guy’s research interests include comparative surgical outcomes and minimally invasive surgery for cancer.

 



Heather Pulaski, MD

Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology

Education and Training

B.S.: Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
August 1995 - December 1998

M.D.: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
August 1999 - June 2003

Residency: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
June 2003 - June 2007

MD: Anderson Cancer Center
Felix Rutledge Fellow
April 2006

Fellowship: University of Michigan
Department Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
July 2007

Certification and Licensure

Board certification
Active Candidate for American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Certification

Licenses

  • June 2003 - June 2007 North Carolina Medical Board Training License
  • July 2007 - current Michigan Board of Medicine Training License


Honors and Awards

June 2005 Teaching Award - Best Second Year Resident for teaching

Teaching

National
The Princeton Review

  • MCAT Instructor December 1998 - May 2003
  • Certified MCAT Master Trainer November 2000 - May 2003


Extramural Invited Lectures

Intramural Lectures

  • Surviving as the Intern on Labor and Delivery. Wake Forest University School of Medicine Phase V MSIV lecture. May 2005
  • Mixed Mullerian tumors of the ovary: a case series. Wake Forest University Grand Rounds, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. March 2007
  • Management and prognosis of Occult Cervical Cancer. University of Michigan Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board. July 30, 2008
  • A review of the literature regarding treatment of Stage IA clear cell carcinoma of the endometrium. University of Michigan Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board. October 1, 2008
  • Prophylaxis against Venous Thromboembolic Disease in Gynecologic Oncology: evidence for a new division protocol. University of Michigan Gynecologic Oncology Division meeting. November 12, 2008


Committee, Organizational and Volunteer Service

Institutional

  • 1999 - 2003 Curriculum Committee, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • 2002 - 2003 Third and Fourth Year subcommittee
  • 1999 - 2003 Evaluations Committee, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • 2000 Sophomore retreat planning committee, Co-chair Sophomore Advisory Committee, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • 2001 - 2003 Master Advisory Group Mentor, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • 2001, 2002 Dupont Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • 2003 - 2004 Resident Selection Committee, Wake Forest University Dept. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Winston-Salem, NC


Thomas Reid, MD

Associate Professor University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Advanced Pelvic Surgery

Director of Women's Cancer Center at Kettering Medical Center

Women's Cancer Center at Kettering Medical Center
3737 Southern Blvd., Suite 3100, Boonshoft Building
Kettering, OH 45429
Phone: (937) 395-8020
Fax: (937) 395-8054


PRIOR APPOINTMENTS

  • 2006 – 2009
    Director of Division of Gynecologic Oncology
    Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University
    Director of MVH Gynecologic Oncology Center
  • 2004 – 2009
    Assistant Professor Wright State University Division
  • 2001 – 2004
    Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    University of Michigan


EDUCATION / TRAINING

  • 1987–1988
    Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
  • 1988–1992
    Ohio State University, Columbus, OH–BS
  • 1992–1996
    Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
  • 1996–1997
    General Surgery Intern
    Wright State University / Wright Patterson Air Force Medical Center
  • 1997–2001
    Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident
    Wright State University / Wright Patterson Air Force Medical Center
  • 2001–2004
    Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    University of Michigan


BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • ABOG Certification
  • F.A.C.O.G. January 2006
  • Gynecologic Oncology specialty certification 2008


CERTIFICATIONS

  • State Medical License Ohio
  • Davinci Surgical System
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support


HONORS & AWARDS

  • APGO excellence in teaching award 2004
  • AOA honor society


SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

  • Gynecologic Oncology Group
  • Dayton Clinical Oncology Program
  • Associate Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow Society of Gynecologic Oncologists


E. Ronald Hale, Stella Ling, Louis C. Keiler, Aimee G. Russell, Gregory Gordon, Priya Jain, Joseph Lavelle, Manisha Nanda, Amanda Laubenthal, Alejandro Calvo, Stuart Merl, Malek Safa, Emily Vannorsdall, Ambujakshan Dildeep, Heather Pulaski, Thomas Reid