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Brief Biographies for Our New Cancer Center Members, Clinicians, and Staff

Alexey V. Danilov, MD, PhD

Dr. Danilov has joined the section of Hematology/Oncology, where he will focus on caring for hematologic patients and Phase I clinical trials and research. His clinical interests include chronic lymphocytic leukemia, lymphomas, and myelodysplastic syndrome, and his research interests include the role of p53 family members in cancer progression and chemotherapy resistance. Dr. Danilov completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University, a postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Biology at Tufts University, and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Tufts Medical Center.

Lisa Daoust

Ms. Daoust is the newest member of the Cancer Center Administration team, joining us as Financial Manager. Before joining the Cancer Center she managed grants and finances for the Department of Orthopedics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and was a financial manager at TDI.

Gerald (Gerry) Gehr, MD

Dr. Gehr is now with the Section of Hematology/Oncology at Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester, where he joins Stefan Balan, MD, Josh Rifkind, MD, and Louise Meyer, APRN. Dr. Gehr attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and completed his residency at Carney Hospital. Following a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Boston University Hospital, he joined the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH, and was the chief of Hematology/Oncology for many years. Dr. Gehr has been instrumental in developing the Palliative Care Program at the Elliott Hospital in Manchester, and he is the Medical Director of the Manchester VNA/Hospice. Dr. Gehr will remain active in teaching as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. 

Connie S. Johnson, APRN, MSN

Ms. Johnson is the new family nurse practitioner in the BMT program. In addition to an Advanced Practice Post-Master's Certification in Oncology from the University of Texas at Houston, Ms. Johnson completed an Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She brings seven years of rural health family and urgent care practice to the team.

Melanie Michel, MSN, MPH, RN

Ms. Michel is the new nurse manager of the Infusion Suite at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. Her experience includes time as a case manager at the National Institutes of Health and as a staff nurse on the bone marrow transplant unit at Johns Hopkins.

Cocav Rauwerdink, MD

Dr. Rauwerdink has joined the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) team after finishing her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the Cancer Center. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Rauwerdink's research interests include stem cell transplantation, acute leukemias, and the role of heparins in cancer.

Philip E. Schaner, MD, PhD

Dr. Schaner has joined the section of Radiation Oncology, where he will focus on head and neck and thoracic cancers. He received his MD and PhD at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Samir Soneji, PhD

Dr. Soneji joins Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) with research interests in variation in cancer care and outcomes, demographic modeling and simulation, and forecasting. Dr. Soneji holds a PhD in demography from Princeton University, an MA in statistics from Columbia University, and a BS in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He was formerly a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on projects investigating social inequality in preventive health care, mortality forecasting, Social Security projections, and avoidable death mortality.

Walter Taylor, PhD

Dr. Taylor is the new Managing Director of the Bioinformatics Shared Resource, working with Jason Moore, PhD. Dr. Taylor will assist investigators with their bioinformatics needs, and will provide bioinformatics collaboration and expertise in support of high-throughput DNA sequencing services offered through the Genomics Shared Resource. He has developed bioinformatics software for Vanderbilt University, the University of Munich, 454 Life Sciences, and Applied Biosystems, and was a research associate in the biological laboratories at Harvard University.

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