Hematology & Medical Oncology

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Our Team

Damian Laber, MD, FACP

Dr. Laber is Professor of Medicine, Director of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Laber earned his M.D. at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Huron Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Health System, and was designated Chief Resident during his term at Hillcrest and Southpointe Hospitals. He worked as a bone marrow transplant resident at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington, and completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Baylor College of Medicine and at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, both in Houston, Texas.

Prior to moving to the University of South Florida he was Professor of Medicine, Gussman Chair, Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Director of the University of Oklahoma Tulsa Cancer Center; and before that he was Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program; Scientist and Director of the Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Research Program at the University of Louisville, James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

 Dr. Laber’s Research
interests have been devoted to translational research in oncology and hematology, with special interest in bleeding and clotting disorders, genitourinary malignancies, gastrointestinal malignancies and early clinical trials of new therapies.

He has been the principal investigator in multiple clinical trials that had led to the development and approval of novel therapies for several cancers including prostate, kidney, colon, breast, lung, myeloproliferative disorders and many other diseases.

He has published in prestigious scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, Cancer Investigation, American Journal of Hematology and European Journal of Haematology.

Dr. Laber is the recipient of the Best Teaching Faculty Award presented by the University of Louisville, James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He has been the principal investigator on many trials in oncology and hematology, and has presented his research findings at multiple national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Damian Laber
Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Nathan Visweshwar MD, FRCPC

Dr. Visweshwar graduated from Madras, India. He had his initial training in Internal Medicine and Hematology in the UK and Canada. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School Program in New Jersey and his fellowship training in Hematology/ Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in NJ. He joined the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at West Virginia University, WV. Dr. Visweshwar then moved to Florida to pursue his work in a comprehensive cancer center.

 Contacting Dr. Visweshwar
Clinic Appointments: 813-974-4115
Email: nviswesh@health.usf.edu

Apart from his interest in bleeding disorders and hyercoagulable states, his special interest include high dose chemotherapy for patients with hematological dyscrasia.

Dr. Visweshwar sees patients at the USF Health Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care.

Dr. Nathan Visweshwar
Hematology/Oncology

Monique Johnson
Office Administrator

Monique is the Office Administrator for the Division. She maintains the office, to include working closely with the patients, invoicing, and answering and routing calls appropriately. She is the first point of contact. She also helps organize the doctors’ daily schedules and clinic schedule, as well as insurance verification, iron infusion orders, radiology appointments, ordering labs, and above all else, ensuring patients happiness.

Rukhsana R. Azam, MBBS
Clinical Coordinator

Rukhsana supervises all pre- clinical chart organization and post-clinical conduct in the Hematology/Hemophilia Department. She is also responsible for ordering and reviewing patient reports with the physician and sending them to external hospital facilities. Finally, she serves as a liaison between patients and the supervising physician.

Stacey Terry, BSW
Medical Social Worker

Stacey educates the patients on the latest news in the Hemophilia community as well as handles consultations, training, support, counseling, advocacy, resource finding, and event coordinating. She also attends Hematology and Hemophilia Clinics and checks the patients out for follow up with labs, radiology orders, infusion orders, and follow up questions they might have had during their appointment with the Doctor.