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Levine Cancer Institute Bolsters Clinical Team
Levine Cancer Institute Bolsters Clinical Team with Two Oncologists from Internationally Renowned Programs
Oncologists to conduct research, provide quality cancer care for Carolinas HealthCare System

Dec. 19, 2011

Two highly trained oncologists have joined Carolinas HealthCare System’s (CHS) Levine Cancer Institute clinical team, expanding the research capacity and treatment offerings available to cancer patients across the Southeast. The Institute, formed in 2010 by CHS, works with affiliated hospitals and providers to facilitate innovations and enhance the quality and convenience of cancer care.

Heather D. Brooks, MD, is a specialist in hematology and oncology and board certified in internal medicine. Ashley L. Sumrall, MD, also board certified in internal medicine, specializes in neuro-oncology, oncology and hematology.

“Levine Cancer Institute aims to bring world-class care to all the communities we serve, and we do that by attracting and retaining a world-class team of staff, physicians and researchers. The addition of both Dr. Brooks and Dr. Sumrall, with their depth and breadth of expertise, is a tremendous asset to our clinicians, researchers and, most importantly, our patients and their families,” said Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, President of the Institute.

Dr. Brooks, who began work for the Institute in July, received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. Her post-graduate medical training occurred at the University of Virginia as a resident and at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a fellow. Dr. Brooks has won numerous awards for teaching and clinical excellence, including the Humantis Award. Addressing health disparities and furthering medical education are two of her academic interests.

Dr. Sumrall, who began working at the Institute in November, received her medical degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine in Jackson, Miss. Her post-graduate medical training occurred at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center as a resident and fellow. She completed a neuro-oncology fellowship at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Dr. Sumrall has a strong background in clinical research with original research presented at numerous national meetings and publications in many peer-reviewed medical journals. Her current research involves studies on low-grade brain tumors, recurrent malignant glioma and managing the hematologic effects of chemotherapy.

Dr. Sumrall has won numerous awards and grants from professional organizations including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition to her medical work, Dr. Sumrall is very active in the community and serves on the Medical Advisory Committee Member for MORGAN project, a national charity to benefit special needs children with financial needs.

Both Drs. Brooks and Sumrall are active members of statewide and national professional societies, and volunteer their time serving the healthcare needs of their community.

“In the short time they have been here, the Institute has already benefitted from the talent and expertise of Drs. Brooks and Sumrall,” said Dr. Raghavan. “We look forward to their continued work to bring advances in oncology research and treatment to our patients.”

Both physicians are committed to excellence in patient care and are welcoming new patients at Levine Cancer Institute.
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