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Dr. Syed Hasan Abid, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Syed Abid's areas of specialization are medical oncology and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Abid (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abid include lymphoma. Dr. Abid's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. He graduated from Sindh Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, and Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Abid accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Lymphoma, Blood Disorders

Dr. John A Peterson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Peterson is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Peterson include blood disorders. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. Dr. Peterson (or staff) speaks Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Blood Disorders

Dr. Geetha J Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5767 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Geetha Kamath, who practices in Clearwater, FL, Saint Petersburg, FL, and Fort Myers, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Kamath focuses on bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Kamath's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Kamath is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended Kasturba Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Helene Fuld Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Kamath (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration

Dr. Vu Tran Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vu Ho is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Ho speaks Vietnamese. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Dr. Pratibha Kirit Desai, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Hematology, Medical Oncology
5000 Park Street N; Suite 1017
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pratibha Desai works as an adult hematologist and medical oncologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes, breast biopsy, and bone marrow aspiration. Dr. Desai is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and a graduate of John Stroger Hospital of Cook County's residency program. Dr. Desai's average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Diabetes

Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1099 5th Avenue North; Suite 120
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. David Dresdner works as an oncologist and medical oncologist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Jacobi Medical Center.

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Dr. Richard A Knipe, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Richard Knipe is a specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Knipe studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Knipe (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Dr. Michael Diaz, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Diaz specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Diaz include bone marrow aspiration and HIV/AIDS. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In addition to English, Dr. Diaz speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, HIV/AIDS

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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.
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