Hematology and Medical Oncology

Jeffrey S. Wisch, MD, Chief
Caroline Block, MD, Acting Assistant Chief
New England Hematology Oncology Associates
Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street

Newton, MA 02462

The Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology provides outstanding inpatient and outpatient care and engages in exciting clinical research, both on site at Newton-Wellesley and at 65 Walnut Street in Wellesley, under the auspices of New England Hematology Oncology Associates (NEHOA). NEHOA will be on site when the Joan and James Vernon Cancer Center opens in late 2009. The Center will offer patients an entire realm of cancer care, expert and innovative services, and the most advanced treatment options, including access to premier radiation oncology services and expertise by the MGH Radiation Oncology Program.

Inpatient care is provided in the Tanger 4West unit, a dedicated hematology/oncology ward staffed by ONS-certified oncology nurses. The infusion center on the fourth floor offers complex chemotherapy, immunotherapy, transfusions, plasmapheresis services, and intravenous iron delivered by certified oncology nurses. The Anticoagulation Clinic on the third floor manages warfarin dosing for over 400 patients in the community. The Auerbach Breast Center in the main lobby provides care to patients with breast diseases, from benign lumps to the multidisciplinary care of patients with breast cancer.

The oncology service oversees the hospital’s tumor registry program and is certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The division also offers genetic counseling for high-risk patients.

The oncology research program at Newton-Wellesley currently offers more than 50 studies covering a wide array of disease situations. Many studies are national, multi-institutional and run by the major cancer cooperative groups. 2009 will be a breakthrough year for our research program. Once our DF/PCC and CALGB affiliate status is finalized, we will build a strong set of clinical studies for patients at our new Cancer Center. During 2008, we put the team and steps in place to make this a solid and successful clinical research program.

The division participates actively in teaching at the hospital, including participation in housestaff teaching conferences, Medical Grand Rounds, and an annual Newton-Wellesley Hospital Breast Health Conference. A tumor conference and breast cancer conference are held weekly; a multidisciplinary chest conference and a GI tumor conference are held monthly. These multidisciplinary meetings allow a large group of specialists to collaborate on difficult cases and provide teaching and learning opportunities for physicians, residents and medical students.

To find a specialist in hematology and medical oncology, please email CareFinder@partners.org or call us toll-free 866-NWH-DOCS (866-694-3627) or 617-243-6566, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

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