|Medical Oncology Team|
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.
Ryan 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.
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.”
Megan Schriner, P.A.
Deborah Nelson, APRN, AOCNP
Monica McDonald, APRN
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.
Jami Kezeor, APRN
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