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Medical Oncology Team

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M. Sitki Copur M.D., F.A.C.P, is a National Cancer Institute trained medical oncologist and adjunct faculty member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha. Dr. Copur joined the Cancer Treatment Center in 1995 following a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute at Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Copur has built a comprehensive community cancer center at Saint Francis, with strong academic affiliation and strong dedication to the entire continuum of cancer care,  from prevention, screening diagnosis, treatment and survivorship to end-of-life care. He is the founding Medical Director of Oncology and currently holds an adjunct faculty position as a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Copur is Board Certified and Re-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and books. During his leadership, Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center has won several national recognition awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Research Participation Award, ASCO Research Grant, Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certification, and Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons.

"For me, serving my cancer patients is not a job; it is not a career; but it is my calling. It is the meaning of life for me! I have the most unique, resilient and special group of people of whom I have the privilege of serving, my patients whom I get inspired by, and a wonderful team of colleagues, co-workers and a great hospital administration that makes what I dream and live for a reality."

Watch Dr. Copur’s video here.

raemakersRyan Ramaekers, M.D., is a medical oncologist trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb where he was Chief Oncology/Hematology Fellow in 2008 and 2009. A native of central Nebraska, Dr. Ramaekers has a special understanding of our unique rural culture. Dr. Ramaekers joined the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center and the Hastings Cancer Treatment Center in August, 2009. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNMC. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Watch Dr. Ramaekers’ video here.



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Dron Gauchan, M.D., is a medical oncologist who earned his medical degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, School of Medicine in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ, where he was a Chief Fellow. Dr. Gauchan also conducted a multitude of research projects and presentations while at Seton Hall.

“I chose the field of oncology because I wanted to help those who are truly in need. Cancer used to mean no answer, but over time this theme has changed - the research and new medications that are now on the market have tremendously improved cancer care and survival rates. I will work hard for my patients and do my best to make cancer a chronic disease rather than a terminal illness.”


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Megan Schriner, P.A.
Megan joined the Cancer Treatment Center as an oncology physician assistant in February 2011. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010 and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.





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Deborah Nelson, APRN, AOCNP
Deborah Nelson joined the Cancer Treatment Center in 2005. She graduated from California State University in 2000 with a Masters of Science degree in Nursing. She is a Public Health Nurse and is an ANCC credentialed family nurse practitioner in Oncology.





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Monica McDonald, APRN
Monica McDonald joined the Cancer Treatment Center as a nurse practitioner in 2013. Monica earned her master of science and bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is certified through the AANP as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Monica grew up in Rockville, Neb., and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her daughter Sloane. Her initial interest in oncology and nursing began when her father was diagnosed and eventually succumbed to renal cancer in 2001. Since then, she's had several family members and friends diagnosed with different types of cancer, which continues to grow her interest in the field of oncology.



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Jami Kezeor, APRN
Jami joined the Cancer Treatment Center as a nurse practitioner in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and recently earned her Master of Science in Nursing through the Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Rural Hospital Care Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Jami has practiced nursing for the past 10 years, and was previously a chemotherapy nurse at the Cancer Treatment Center.




Nursing
Nurses play a vital role at Saint Francis, and will be your first line of contact throughout your cancer treatment. Our knowledgeable, compassionate nurses are specially trained in oncology, and many possess advanced certifications in cancer treatment.

  • Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) – Nurse practitioners and physician assistants have completed advanced levels of education in nursing. They begin seeing patients on the second or third visit after the doctor has developed the treatment plan, and continue to oversee the patient through survivorship. These nurses are the liaisons between the patients and doctors, keeping everyone updated on progress and care.
  • Clinic Nurses – Clinic nurses act as facilitators in many different ways. They are responsible for accessing new patient information from the front office and preparing it for the doctor prior to the first visit, and will continue to keep patient charts current and ready for the doctors, chemotherapy nurses and any outside medical offices that may need them. Clinic nurses are also responsible for communicating treatment plans to the chemotherapy nurses as well as developing survivorship care plans for patients who are finishing treatment.
  • Chemotherapy Nurses – Chemo nurses are responsible for the actual administration of chemotherapy to the patients. They will provide information and education to the patient on their specific treatment as well as create and explain their discharge plan. Chemotherapy nurses also work directly with the pharmacy and scheduling departments to double-check doses and days of treatment, and will communicate with outside facilities if a patient’s lab procedures take place outside of Saint Francis.
  • Triage Nurses – The triage nurse is the patient’s direct access to information, answering questions and providing referrals regarding chemotherapy side effects, pain control and the emotional concerns that arise from treatment. They communicate with the medical oncologists and rehab team to ensure patients’ needs are being met. In addition, triage nurses facilitate contact with outside pharmacies, labs and clinics, making sure prescriptions are filled and appointments are set.

Two triage nurses are available by phone during normal business hours. Any after-hours calls will be answered by a nurse practitioner, with a physician on-call for more advanced needs.

Front office and centralized scheduling
Our friendly front office team will be your first point of contact when you become a patient at the Saint Francis. They will welcome you into the Cancer Treatment Center family, ensuring you have all of the information you need to be prepared for your first visit. Once your treatment begins, the centralized scheduling department will work with you to schedule convenient appointment times and even assist in setting your appointments at other facilities.