Our Physicians

Participating in MD Anderson Cancer Network at OhioHealth

 

At Columbus Oncology and Hematology Associates, our physicians and staff make compassionate and quality care their number one priority. It’s our level of care, experienced staff and state of the art facility that set us apart from other cancer clinics.

Read about the Benefits of choosing a physician with Columbus Oncology and Hematology Associates.

Sonia M. Abuzakhm, M.D.

Dr. Sonia Abuzakhm graduated magna cum laude and with honors in the liberal arts from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She received her medical doctorate from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Abuzakhm completed Internal Medicine residency at The Ohio State University, where she was awarded the “Senior Resident Teaching Award.” She then completed Hematology/Oncology fellowship at The Ohio State University, James Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Abuzakhm is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

She is a native of Canton, Ohio, and now lives in Dublin with her husband.

Scott C. Blair, M.D.

Dr. Blair is a native of Columbus. He graduated from Ohio University and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo.

His fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology was done at the Wayne State School of Medicine (Detroit).

Since completing his training in 1992, he has been in practice at Riverside Methodist Hospitals. He joined this group in 1995. He is board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Shabana J. Dewani, M.D.

Dr. Dewani is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Wright State University and was appointed as Chief Resident.  Dr. Dewani completed her combined fellowship in Oncology and Hematology at Wright State University. During her training, she received Special Award in Academic Excellence and was inducted into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Dewani was a faculty member at the Ohio State University where she was rated among the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction. She participated in multiple clinical trials investigating different therapies to treat breast, gastrointestinal and hematologic cancers.

Dr. Dewani is married, has two children and lives in Dublin, Ohio.

Christopher S. George, M.D.

Dr. George is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. George’s internship and residency were at Riverside Methodist Hospital and he then completed fellowships in Medical Oncology and Hematology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hematology as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. George joined our group in 1997. He has co-authored numerous research articles and in 2007 wrote a book chapter on lung cancer. In 2005 he received the Compassion in Medicine Award from Riverside Hospital. He was voted Best Blood Cancer Specialist in 2007 and Best Oncologist in 2010 in the 10TV/Columbus Dispatch polls.

Andrew V. Grainger, M.D.

Dr. Andrew V. Grainger is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Saint Louis University, Summa Cum Laude, with Honors Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Economics in 1993. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1997.

He went on to complete his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University in 2000.
He then completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at The Ohio State University in June of 2003.

Prior to joining Columbus Oncology and Hematology in 2005, he was a faculty member at The Ohio State University/James Cancer Hospital in the division of Hematology and Oncology. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology.

Joseph K. Hofmeister, M.D.

Dr. Joseph K. Hofmeister is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. In 1989, he graduated from Villanova University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. In 1994 he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School with his M.D.

While in medical school, he performed Molecular and Flow Cytometry research, as a Post-Sophomore Year Fellow in Clinical Pathology. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and his Residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He completed his Fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology from the Ohio State University in June 2000. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Hematology.

He is married to Dr. Marietta Hofmeister and has four children, three daughters, Brigitte, Abby and Isabelle and a son Theodor.

Peter Kourlas, M.D.

Dr. Pete Kourlas is native of Columbus and graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1987. He was awarded Phi Beta Kappa his junior year and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program at The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1991.

Dr. Kourlas received his medical degree and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. He then completed his fellowship in Medical Hematology and Oncology from The Ohio State University/James Cancer Center in 2001 where he was awarded the James V. Warren Award as most outstanding research fellow.

Dr. Kourlas is married and has four children and lives in Upper Arlington.

Dr. Kourlas evaluates and treats blood as well as cancer disorders. He is board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Kavya Krishna, M.D.

Dr. Krishna completed her combined Hematology and Medical Oncology fellowship training at The Ohio State University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. Prior to starting her residency at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Krishna worked in clinical research at the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy. She has also worked at The MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Leukemia prior to her fellowship training at the Ohio State University and James Cancer hospital.

Throughout her medical training in the United States, Dr. Krishna has received awards for excellence in medicine and outstanding clinical care of patients. She was also involved in research projects in gastrointestinal malignancies during her stay at the Ohio State University and James Cancer Hospital and has won recognition for her research.

She resides in Dublin with her two sons and husband, Dr. Som Krishna.

Erin R. Macrae, M.D.

Dr. Erin Macrae graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program at the Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology. She received her medical doctorate from Case Western Reserve University where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Macrae completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Macrae was a faculty member in the Division of Medical Oncology at the Ohio State University where she published numerous research articles on breast cancer and novel cancer therapies. Recipient of multiple awards, she was recently named 40 under 40 by Columbus Business First Magazine and received a Career Development Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Macrae is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, and she lives in Grandview Heights, Ohio with her husband and three children.

Nse Ntukidem, M.D.

Dr. Ntukidem completed his medical oncology fellowship at The James Cancer Hospital, The Ohio State University Medical Center.  He is Board Certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ntukidem served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Texas Tech University and continues to teach medical students and resident physicians at Riverside Methodist Hospital.   He is Associate Principal Investigator at the Columbus Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP),  a National Cancer Institute research program.  Dr. Ntukidem is Section Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Dublin Methodist Hospital.

In addition to his many awards and honors, he has an exceptional ability and love of caring for patients.  He is married with three children and resides in Powell, Ohio.

Thomas J. Sweeney, M.D.

Dr. Thomas J. Sweeney is a native of Columbus. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Chemistry. In 1992 he graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine with his M.D. He completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Sweeney completed his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Stanford University in 1998. Dr. Sweeney is Board Certified in Medical Oncology.

Dr. Sweeney joined our group in the Summer of 1999 after he, his wife Rose and three children completed their move back to Ohio.

Choosing an Oncologist

Choosing the right oncologist is an important first step for any person who has received a cancer diagnosis, and a step that will inform, educate, and support individuals and their family members throughout the treatment process.

Insurance plans offer lists of in-network physicians for individuals to consider, however it is often very beneficial to speak to your primary care doctor, as well as friends and family, who can offer referrals to physicians in the area. You may also want to call your local hospital to ask for a list of doctors specializing in cancer care who practice at that hospital. Many online resources exist to help individuals locate oncologists in their area. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), for example, hosts a searchable database that includes more than 30,000 oncologists, listing their affiliations, specialties, and contact information. The American Medical Association (AMA) also provides a database called DoctorFinder, allowing users to search for licensed physicians in the United States by name or medical specialty. Web-based searches, or looking at advertisements in the telephone book or yellow pages may also help you in locating doctors.

Once you have narrowed down a list of oncologists in your area, it is a good idea to call the offices of the physicians to confirm that they accept your specific insurance plan, as well as to make sure that they are accepting new patients. If you do not have insurance, or if you are covered under federal or state health insurance programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, you should consult with the doctor’s office to make sure they accept patients under these programs, or if they offer any reduced rates or services for people without medical insurance.

When it comes to selecting the oncologist for you, there are several considerations to keep in mind. First, does the oncologist have board certification, and do they specialize or have extensive experience in the relevant area of treatment? Also, does the doctor make an effort to stay up-to-date with his or her knowledge of recent innovations in cancer treatments? When you meet with the oncologist, do you feel he or she listens closely to you, addressing your concerns and allowing you to feel informed and respected? These are all important considerations, and you should ultimately choose a doctor that you feel assured is well qualified, as well as sympathetic and caring to your unique situation.

Many individuals seek second opinions, or choose to meet with several doctors until they find one who offers the support they need, and with whom they share a positive rapport. Remember that it is common to seek the advice of more than one medical professional, and you should feel comfortable asking questions of your doctor, and receiving care that is nothing less than compassionate, supportive, and personal to you and your loved ones.