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Hematology and Medical Oncology Division

Committed to providing comprehensive cancer care while also supporting education and research.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Division Faculty

Hematology Oncology has a history of:

  • Participating in Metro Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium (MMCORC) giving patients access to 100s of National Cancer Institute (NCI) trials
  • Providing the finest care in our Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is QOPI, NABPC, and CoC nationally accredited
  • Training fellows from the University of Minnesota for decades
Clinical Care

Clinical Care

We treat patients from all over the world with all types of benign hematology, malignant hematology, and oncology diagnoses. In addition to our Comprehensive Cancer Center, we also manage inpatients. We work closely with our surgery, radiology, and pathology colleagues a tumor conferences multiple times per week. We also participate in hematology oncology conferences at the University of Minnesota.

Education & Training

Education & Training

We have two University of Minnesota fellows per month rotate with us in both inpatient and outpatient settings. We also work with internal medicine residents and medical students on the inpatient oncology consult services.

Research

Research

We have a full-time clinical trials nurse in our cancer center to help us enroll patients in 100s of NCI trials through MMCORC. We also are well connected with the University of Minnesota and can send patients to the University for trials, including phase 1 and 2 trials.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Division Providers

Currently, our division is made of 6 physicians and 5 advanced practice practitioners.  Our entire cancer center has nearly 100 employees, some of whom have worked at Hennepin for decades to provide outstanding patient care, teach, and support research.

Bommakanti Satya ContactSatya Bommakanti, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Division Director, Hematology/Medical Oncology Division, Hennepin Healthcare

Senior Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center Service Line, Hennepin Healthcare

I enjoy building relationships with my patients and the continuity of care associated with taking care of long-term cancer survivors. I also enjoy working with medical trainees and being involved in medical education.

Education and training

  • Hematology, Oncology Transplantation Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • MS, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Koreth Rachel ContactRachel Koreth, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Koreth specializes in Hematology and Medical Oncology proving patient care in the Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Clinic and Specialty Center and at HCMC.

Education and training

  • Transfusion Medicine Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Hematology, Oncology Transplantation Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
  • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Chief Resident (Hon), Coronary Care Unit and Respiratory Care Unit, Internal Medicine, Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Junior Resident, Internal Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, University of Delhi, India
  • MD, Internal Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Junior Resident, Pathology, GB Pant Hospital, Affiliated to Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
  • Rotating Internship, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, India
  • MBBS, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, University of New Delhi, Delhi, India

Lee Richard ContactRichard Lee, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota Medical School

As a clinician, Dr. Lee is experienced with a broad range of radiation techniques including stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and image-guided radiation therapy.

Education and training

  • Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Radiation Oncology Residency, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Transitional Year Internship, Wheaton Franciscan, St. Joseph Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
  • MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WI
  • MS, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • BS, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Raman Natarajan ContactNatarajan V. Raman, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota Medical School

Physician, Palliative Medicine and Hematology/Medical Oncology, Hennepin Healthcare

Director, Radiation Oncology, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Raman specializes in radiation oncology in the Comprehensive Cancer Center located within the Clinic and Specialty Center and HCMC.

Education and training

  • Executive MBA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Policy Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Resident Physician in Radiology Oncology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Intern, Department of Neurology, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • Clinical Observer, Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Senior Resident, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • Postgraduate Resident in Radiotherapy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • MD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • House Officer in Surgery, Batra Hospital and Medical Research Center, New Delhi, India
  • Intern, Sir Gangaram and Safdarjang Hospitals, New Delhi, India
  • MBBS, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Rausch Douglas ContactDouglas Rausch, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Rausch specializes in Hematology and Medical Oncology within the Department of Internal Medicine providing care in the Comprehensive Cancer Center with the Clinic and Specialty Center and HCMC.

Education and training

  • Hematology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Medical Oncology Fellowship, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, GA
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • BA, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Alexandra Rezazadeh, MD

Hematology and Medical Oncology Division Advanced Practice Providers

Megan Clapper, PA-C

PA-C in Oncology

Above all, I strive to put the patient's needs above all else. I value evidence-based medicine and am always reading to stay current on the latest research. Practicing in oncology is my passion, and it is an honor to walk with patients and their families throughout their cancer journey. I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, and reading in my spare time.

 

Education and training

  • Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
  • BS, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Johnson Mary Kay ContactMary Kay Johnson, RN, CNP

Ortman Syndal ContactSyndal Ortman, APRN, DNP, AOCNP

Cancer Survivorship Program Director

Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Hematology/Medical Oncology Division

I have worked at Hennepin Healthcare in the Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2012. Since that time I have started and now manage our Cancer Survivorship program specializing in the long-term care of those affected by cancer.   

I believe in holistic health care and addressing the physical, emotional, and practical concerns of each person. My philosophy of care involves empowering patients and their families to take an active role in their health and recovery.

Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Minnesota School of Nursing (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota (2007)

Publications

Jacobi N, Ortman S, Buda L, & Duprez D. (2023). Effect of insulin resistance on CAC scores in cancer survivors. Cardio-oncology (London, England), 9(1), 21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40959-023-00168-z

Boelke J, Ortman S. (2018, February). Identification and Management of Mental Illness Among Ethnically Diverse Cancer Survivors: A retrospective analysis of breast, colon & lung cancer patients treated at a Midwest safety net hospital between 2010-2015. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tucson, AZ.

Ortman S. (2015). Case 20: Survivorship Care Planning. In M. Polovich & M.G. Saria (Eds.), Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Case Studies (pp. 169-178). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Other Key Professional Activities

Professional Affiliations

  • Cancer Survivorship Provider Network (CSPN)
  • Minnesota APRN Coalition
  • Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Minnesota Cancer Alliance
  • Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)