M. Sitki Copur, M.D., F.A.C.P
Dr. Copur is a National Cancer Institute trained medical oncologist and 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 St. 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 in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and books. During his leadership, the 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.
Ryan Ramaekers, M.D.
Dr. Ramaekers is a medical oncologist trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, 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 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.
Dron Gauchan, M.D.
Dr. Gauchan 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, New Jersey, 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 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.”
David G. Crockett, M.D
Certification: ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine – Omaha, NE
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
Fellowship: Hematology and Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
Megan Schriner, PA
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.
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.
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, Nebraska, 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
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 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 more than 10 years and was previously a chemotherapy nurse at the Cancer Treatment Center.