Dr. Purvi Shah Joins Virginia Cancer Institute

Dr-Shah-Web-140x170Virginia Cancer Institute (VCI) is proud to welcome Dr. Purvi Shah to our team of nationally known hematologists and oncologists. Dr. Shah believes medicine is as much about science as it is about compassion and human interaction. She is committed to combining her medical experience and clinical expertise with the art of compassionate care. Dr. Shah is a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist by the American Board of Internal Medicine with over 12 years of experience.

Born in Mumbai, India, Dr. Shah graduated in the top 10 of her graduating class of 1997 from T.N. Medical College in Mumbai. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000, and her fellowship training at the University of Rochester, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, in 2003.

Dr. Shah began her medical career as a staff physician at the Hunter Holmes McGuireVeterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, and her career in academic medicine as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, also here in Richmond. She later joined her husband in Huntsville, Alabama, and successfully practiced in the field of hematology and medical oncology at the Clearview Cancer Institute for nine years. She has recently relocated to Richmond and is very excited to join the highly respected team at the Virginia Cancer Institute.

Dr. Shah is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology, and her clinical interests lie in the fields of colon cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer and breast cancer.

Outside the office, Dr. Shah enjoys spending as much time as she can with her husband and two children.

Virginia Cancer Institute has been serving patients and their families since 1981. The practice includes 22 physicians who are experts in medical oncology, hematology, and clinical research. Virginia Cancer Institute is dedicated to delivering high quality, comprehensive medical care and to helping patients enjoy the best possible quality of life at all stages of their treatment.

CMS Announces Virginia Cancer Institute Selected for Initiative Promoting Better Cancer Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it has selected Virginia Cancer Institute as one of nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, more coordinated cancer care.  The Medicare arm of the Oncology Care Model includes more than 3,200 oncologists and will cover approximately 155,000 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.

 

“VCI strives to offer world-class oncology care in our community and we are thrilled to participate in this initiative. By working with the Oncology Care Model our practice will remain at the forefront on the most innovative treatments delivered in a patient-centered care model. We look forward to integrating this collaborative approach in our efforts to best serve our patients and their families.” – Tom Gallo, Executive Director at Virginia Cancer Institute

 

Cancer is one of the most common and devastating diseases in the United States: more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and cancer will kill an estimated 600,000 Americans in 2016. According to the National Institutes of Health, based on growth and aging of the U.S. population, medical expenditures for cancer in the year 2020 are projected to reach at least $158 billion (in 2010 dollars) – an increase of 27 percent over 2010. A significant proportion of those diagnosed are over 65 years old and Medicare beneficiaries.

 

“The Oncology Care Model encourages greater collaboration, information sharing, and care coordination, so that patients get the care they need, when they need it,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “This patient-centered care model fits within the Administration’s dual missions for delivery system reform and the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force – to improve patient access to and the quality of health care while spending dollars more wisely.”

 

The Oncology Care Model encourages practices to improve care and lower costs through episode- and performance-based payments that reward high-quality patient care. The Oncology Care Model is one of the first CMS physician-led specialty care models and builds on lessons learned from other innovative programs and private-sector models. As part of this model, physician practices may receive performance-based payments for episodes of care surrounding chemotherapy administration to Medicare patients with cancer, as well as a monthly care management payment for each beneficiary. The two-sided risk track of this model would be an Advanced Alternative Payment Model under the newly proposed Quality Payment Program, which would implement provisions from the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

 

Practices participating in the five-year Oncology Care Model will provide treatment following nationally recognized clinical guidelines for beneficiaries undergoing chemotherapy, with an emphasis on person-centered care. They will provide enhanced services to beneficiaries who are in the Oncology Care Model to help them receive timely, coordinated treatment. These services may include:

·Coordinating appointments with providers within and outside the oncology practice to ensure timely delivery of diagnostic and treatment services;

·Providing 24/7 access to care when needed;

·Arranging for diagnostic scans and follow up with other members of the medical team such as surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other specialists that support the beneficiary through their cancer treatment;

·Making sure that data from scans, blood test results, and other tests are received in advance of patient appointments so that patients do not need to schedule additional visits; and

·Providing access to additional patient resources such as emotional support groups, pain management services, and clinical trials.

 

“CMS is thrilled with how many physician groups chose to be a part of the Oncology Care Model,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer. “We have nearly doubled the number of participants that we anticipated. It’s clear that oncology physicians recognize the importance of this new performance-based, episode-based payment approach to cancer care. As a practicing physician and son of a Medicare beneficiary who died from cancer, I know the importance of well-coordinated care focused on the patient’s needs.”

 

The names of those practices and payers participating in the Oncology Care Model, and more information about the model, can be found on the model’s website: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Oncology-Care/. The Oncology Care Model begins on July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2021.

 

As part of the Administration’s “better care, smarter spending, healthier people”approach to improving health delivery, the Oncology Care Model is one of many innovative payment and care delivery models developed by the CMS Innovation Center and advanced by the Affordable Care Act. The Innovation Center is committed to transforming the Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs and is expected to help deliver better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower growth in expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries.

4 Virginia Cancer Institute Physicians Named “Top Docs” In Oncology

VCI is honored to be recognized in Richmond Magazine, with Dr. David F. Trent, Dr. Lawrence M. Lewkow, Dr. Elke K. Friedman and Dr. Pablo Gonzalez listed among this year’s Top Docs for Oncology. VCI physicians have earned this recognition every year since 2000 and are proud to continue this legacy.

 

Virginia Cancer Institute is an independent group of nationally known oncologists and hematologists who bring global advances in cancer treatment to Central Virginia. The practice’s physicians are so highly regarded that they were invited to help the American Society of Clinical Oncology define the standards for quality cancer practices in our country. The practice currently has seven locations with offices in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg and Hopewell.

VCI wins OurHealth’s Bedside Manner Awards for three consecutive years

At Virginia Cancer Institute, we are so proud that the community recognized our doctors for a third straight year in OurHealth’s Bedside Manner Awards. Dr. Lewkow (first place), Dr. Voelzke (second place), Dr. Friedman (third place), and Dr. Gonzalez (honorable mention) are as kind to our patients as they are ruthless in their fight against cancer. More than 10,000 patients in the community were surveyed and asked to rate their experiences with doctors in over 60 specialties. View the complete list of honorees at ourhealthvirginia.com.Congratulations to the winners and our entire team!

 

Virginia Cancer Institute marked its 30th anniversary of serving patients and their families in 2012. The practice includes 21 physicians who are experts in medical oncology, hematology, and clinical research. Virginia Cancer Institute is dedicated to delivering high-quality, comprehensive medical care and helping patients enjoy the best possible quality of life at all stages of their treatment.

Virginia Cancer Institute Opens Office at Puddledock

Virginia Cancer Institute is excited to announce our new location at Puddledock Road in the Tri-Cities. This facility is designed to meet the growing needs of the local community and will expand our nationally known cancer care in Central Virginia. Appointments will be available with Doctors Yogesh Gandhi, Mitchell Machado, and Shobha Nalluri.

To schedule an appointment at this location off of VA-144/Temple Avenue on Puddledock Road, call (804)452-2850. Visit us there at 4730 Puddledock Road, Suite 100, Prince George, VA 23875.

Virginia Cancer Institute marked its 30th anniversary of serving patients and their families in 2012. The practice includes 21 physicians who are experts in medical oncology, hematology, and clinical research. Virginia Cancer Institute is dedicated to delivering high-quality, comprehensive medical care and helping patients enjoy the best possible quality of life at all stages of their treatment.

Dr. Yuvraj Choudhary Joins Virginia Cancer Institute

Virginia Cancer Institute (VCI) is proud to welcome Dr. Choudhary to our team of nationally known hematologists and oncologists. He joined the VCI staff after completing a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Choudhary began his education at the Armed Forces Medical College at Pune University in Pune, India, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1992. Dr. Choudhary is proud to have had the honor of serving veterans and active-duty troops during his training. After nearly a decade working and training in New Delhi, Dr. Choudhary relocated to the United States to complete his residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2012.

 

He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Oncology, the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American College of Physicians.

 

Virginia Cancer Institute marked its 30th anniversary of serving patients and their families in 2012. The practice includes 21 physicians who are experts in medical oncology, hematology, and clinical research. Virginia Cancer Institute is dedicated to delivering high quality, comprehensive medical care and to helping patients enjoy the best possible quality of life at all stages of their treatment.

Four Virginia Cancer Institute Physicians Named 2015 Top Docs for Oncology

Once again, Virginia Cancer Institute physicians have been recognized as the best by Richmond Magazine’s Top Docs survey, with four of the practice’s doctors listed among the top five in their field. Dr. David F. TrentDr. Lawrence M. LewkowDr. Elke K. Friedman, and Dr. Pablo M. Gonzalez were voted as winners this year, and Dr. Trent received the most votes of all physicians in the oncology category for the second year in a row.

 

Drs. Trent, Lewkow and Friedman were also recognized as Top Docs in 2012 and 2013.

 

“We’re honored that we’ve been listed among the best by our peers,” stated Dr. Trent. “My colleagues and I will continue to earn this distinction every day, for the sake of our patients.”

 

Virginia Cancer Institute is an independent group of nationally known oncologists and hematologists who bring global advances in cancer treatment to Central Virginia. The practice’s physicians are so highly regarded that they were invited to help the American Society of Clinical Oncology define the standards for quality cancer practices in our country. The practice currently has seven locations with offices in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg and Hopewell. To learn more about VCI, visit vacancer.com.

Winners of OurHealth’s Bedside Manner Awards.

Virginia Cancer Institute is once again honored to have our doctors listed among the most caring in the region. Congratulations to Dr. Trent (first place), Dr. Friedman (third place) and Drs. Gonzalez and Nalluri (honorable mentions) for their recognition in this year’s Bedside Manner Awards. They prove that leading-edge care can be delivered with compassion. More than 10,000 patients in the community were surveyed and asked to rate their experiences with doctors in over 60 specialties. To view the complete list of honorees visit ourhealthvirginia.com.

 

Virginia Cancer Institute is an independent group of nationally known oncologists and hematologists who bring global advances in cancer treatment to Central Virginia. The practice’s physicians are so highly regarded that they were invited to help the American Society of Clinical Oncology define the standards for quality cancer practices in our country.

Three Virginia Cancer Institute Physicians Named 2014 Top Docs for Oncology

Once again, Virginia Cancer Institute physicians have been recognized as the best by Richmond Magazine’s Top Docs survey, with three of the practice’s doctors listed among the top five in their field. Dr. David F. Trent, Dr. Lawrence M. Lewkow and Dr. Elke K. Friedman were voted as winners this year, and Dr. Trent received the most votes of all physicians in the oncology category.

 

Richmond Magazine’s Top Doctors are the result of a survey of local physicians who are asked to recommend their peers in 90 categories. This year, 719 physicians participated in the survey. Drs. Trent, Lewkow and Friedman were also recognized as Top Docs in 2013.

 

“We’re honored that we’ve been listed among the best by our peers,” stated Dr. Trent. “My colleagues and I will continue to earn this distinction every day, for the sake of our patients.”

 

Virginia Cancer Institute is an independent group of nationally known oncologists and hematologists who bring global advances in cancer treatment to Central Virginia. The practice’s physicians are so highly regarded that they were invited to help the American Society of Clinical Oncology define the standards for quality cancer practices in our country. The practice currently has seven locations with offices in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg and Hopewell. To learn more about VCI, visit vacancer.com.

Three Virginia Cancer Institute Physicians Named “Best Bedside Manner” Recipients

Three of Virginia Cancer Institute’s 20 oncologists and hematologists were recognized in the first annual Bedside Manner Awards presented by OurHealth magazine. Dr. Elke K. Friedman, Dr. James T. May and Dr. David F. Trent were all named in the 2013 Best Bedside Manner Awards, which honors providers who have been voted for by the community. More than 10,000 patients in the community were surveyed and rated their experiences with doctors in over 60 specialties.  To view the complete list of honorees visit ourhealthvirginia.com

 

Virginia Cancer Institute is an independent group of nationally known oncologists and hematologists who bring global advances in cancer treatment to Central Virginia. The practice’s physicians are so highly regarded that they were invited to help the American Society of Clinical Oncology define the standards for quality cancer practices in our country.

 

VCI currently has seven locations, with offices in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg and Hopewell. To learn more about the practice, visit vacancer.com.