Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care
The Division of Hematology,Oncology and Palliative Care is a specialized group of physicians, healthcare providers, researchers and professors that provides for the unique medical and supportive care needs of patients in the greater Richmond area and throughout the state of Virginia. As part of VCU Massey Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, division members are also involved in developing the latest cancer treatments by conducting research and translating their discoveries into cutting-edge patient care. And as part of the VCU School of Medicine, division faculty, each member of our diverse faculty contributes his or her expertise and experience to our patient care, research and teaching missions. A collaborative environment among division faculty, and with other specialists from multiple disciplines, provides a comprehensive approach to patient care and physician training.
VCU Massey Cancer Center coordinates the following multidisciplinary programs:
- Breast Health Center
- Chest Tumors Center
- GI Tumor Center
- Gynecologic Oncology Clinic
- Head and Neck Cancers Team
- Hematological Malignancy Clinic
- Neuro-Oncology Center
- Urologic Tumor Center
- Supportive Care Clinic
Inpatient clinical services offered at the VCU Medical Center on the MCV Campus in downtown Richmond include a 28-bed acute care oncology floor in the Critical Care Hospital, a 21-bed bone marrow transplantation unit and the 11-bed Thomas Palliative Care Unit. Outpatient services are provided at the flagship Dalton Oncology Clinic located in North Hospital on the MCV campus of the VCU Medical Center, and at our conveniently located suburban practice at Stony Point. Several faculty members also work in conjunction with the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in south Richmond. In addition, the division directs the hematology-oncology services at Community Memorial Healthcenter in South Hill, VA, which are offered five days per week. Division doctors also staff the hematology-oncology clinics at both Rappahannock General Hospital in Rappahannock, Virginia, and Southern Virginal Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Virginia, as part of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Rural Cancer Outreach Program.
Teaching and training are core components of the practice. The division provides comprehensive clinical training in hematology, medical oncology, and palliative care. Research training in preparation for academic careers is integral to both programs. The division has a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program and a Palliative Care Fellowship Program. Seasoned faculty members are often paired with young physicians training in the hematology, oncology or palliative care specialties. These learning relationships not only provide critical training for junior physicians, but also help ensure the division remains current with the latest advancements in the field and help reinforce key concepts. The didactics curriculum allows faculty and trainees to review all areas of the specialty, and weekly conferences including hematology-oncology Grand Rounds and multiple tumor-specific multidisciplinary conferences provide an opportunity to engage with experts and to learn about clinical research in the field. Practice-based learning and improvement conferences take place weekly, and regularly scheduled journal clubs provide a forum for nuanced discussion of the most recently published data.
In addition, the Thomas Palliative Care Program offers clinical training for practicing health care professionals through the Center to Advance Palliative Care Leadership Program and the Virginia Initiative for Palliative Care. Our palliative care program is the first and only palliative care program in Virginia and one of only two dozen in the nation to receive accreditation and certification by the Joint Commission.