Erie oncologists to join AHN Cancer Institute at Saint Vincent in 2019

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Erie, PA (October 4, 2018) Saint Vincent Hospital today announced the recruitment of medical oncologists Jongming Li, MD, and Philip Symes, MD, effective January 1, 2019, and radiation oncologists Andrew Figura, MD, and Conrad Stachelek, PHD, MD, who will join the AHN Cancer Institute at Saint Vincent in late 2019.

The four physicians are coming to Saint Vincent as part of the ongoing transition of cancer care from the Regional Cancer Center in Erie to independent cancer programs being established by the RCC members. 

Saint Vincent is currently in the process of constructing a new comprehensive cancer center on its campus that will provide the complete spectrum of cancer care in one convenient location, including state-of-the-art radiation oncology capabilities, medical oncology and infusion therapy, nutritional counseling, social services and access to clinical trials being coordinated by Allegheny Health Network’s quaternary hospitals, Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn, and Johns Hopkins. 

The new facility is expected to open in late 2019.

Beginning January 1, Drs. Li and Symes will practice in the Hardner Building at 2315 Myrtle Street, Suite 290.

Dr. Li earned his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He completed clinical fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health (NIH).

He is board certified in hematology and medical oncology and is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Symes earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, and his fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology and is a member of the American College of Physicians, Pennsylvania Oncologic Society, American Society of Hematology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Figura earned his medical degree at the Medical College of PA, Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in radiologic oncology at Ohio State Medical Center.

He is board certified in radiation oncology and holds memberships in The American Society of Therapeutic Radiologists, The American College of Radiation Oncology, The Pennsylvania Medical Society and The American Medical Association.

Dr. Stachelek earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut, and completed residencies in internal medicine and therapeutic radiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He holds board certification in radiation oncology and is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Patients have received communications from the Regional Cancer Center regarding their options for transitioning their care to Drs. Li or Symes. Patients with questions can call the Saint Vincent Infusion Center at 814-452-7848.

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