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Meet our Physicians

The John B. Amos Cancer Center is an extraordinary place because of the extraordinary people who work here.

From a nationally recognized research team to our committed assembly of physicians, physicists, nurses, technologists and support staff, you’ll find some of the best minds in oncology, blending their collective energies to further the needs of the patient.

Physicians and Administrative Leadership

Andrew W. Pippas, M.D.

Physicians

Wilbur B. Bassett Jr., M.D.  |  Douglas F. Ciuba, M.D.  |  Catherine L. Ferguson, M.D.  |  Peter Jiang, M.D.  |  Wendy Mahone-Johnson, M.D.  |  Woodrow W. McWilliams III, M.D.  | 
Suresh Nukala, M.D.  |  John R. Pawloski, M.D., Ph.D.  |  Antonio R. Rodriguez, M.D.  |  Peter A. Seirafi, MD, FACS  |  Kenneth L. Smith, M.D., FACS  |  William E. Taylor, M.D.
 

Physicians and Administrative Leadership
 
  Andrew W. Pippas, M.D.
Medical Director
Director of Clinical Research
Medical Degree: University of Utah School of Medicine
Internship and Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship: Medical Oncology/Hematology, Duke University Medical Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
   
 
Physicians
 
  Wilbur B. Bassett Jr., M.D.
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia
Internship and Residency: Medical College of Georgia
Fellowship: Medical Oncology, University of West Virginia & Hematology, Medical College of Georgia
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology
  Douglas F. Ciuba, M.D.
Medical Director of Radiation Oncology
Medical Degree: Medical College of Georgia
Internship: Georgia Baptist Medical Center
Residency: University of Kentucky
Board Certification: Radiation Oncology
   
  Catherine L. Ferguson, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Medical Degree: Medical College of Virginia
Internship: University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem Program
Residency: Medical College of Virginia
Board Certification: Radiation Oncology
   
  Peter Jiang, M.D.
Medical Oncologist
Medical Degree: Shanghai Medical College, China
Doctorate: Pathology, University of Maryland at Baltimore
Residency: Internal Medicine, Wayne State University
Fellowship: Hematology and Oncology, Wayne State University
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology
 

Wendy Mahone-Johnson, M.D.
Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine
Internship: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of Penn State
Residency: Naval Medical Center-Portsmouth
Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

 

Woodrow W. McWilliams III, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist

Medical degree: Morehouse School of Medicine
Internship: Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency: Allegheny General Hospital
Board Certification: Radiation Oncology

 

Suresh Nukala, M.D.
Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Medical Degree: Osmania Medical College, India
Internship: Cook County Hospital, Chicago 
Residency: Cook County Hospital, Chicago
Fellowship: Cook County Hospital, Chicago
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology

  John R. Pawloski, M.D., Ph.D.
Hematologist
Medical Degree: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Ph.D.: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Internship, Residency, Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center
Board Certification: Hematology
  Antonio R. Rodriguez, M.D.
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist
Medical Degree: Cebu Institute of Medicine
Internship: DePaul Hospital
Residency: Medical College of Ohio
Fellowship: Hematology and Medical Oncology, Medical College of Georgia
Board Certification: Internal Medicine and Hematology
  Peter A. Seirafi, MD, FACS
Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery

Medical Degree: New York Medical College
Internship and Residency: General Surgery, George Washington University Medical Center
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Board Certification: Thoracic Surgery
Private Practice: Columbus Regional Thoracic Surgery
  Kenneth L. Smith, M.D., FACS
Medical Director of Breast Surgery (affiliated physician)
Medical Degree: University of Alabama-Birmingham
Internship and Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital
Fellowship: Breast Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Board Certification: General Surgery
Private Practice: Surgical Associates of Columbus
  William E. Taylor, M.D.
Medical Director of Colorectal Surgical Oncology (affiliated physician)

Medical Degree: University of Minnesota School of Medicine Internship
Residency and Fellowship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic
Board Certification: Colorectal Surgery, including laparoscopic colectomy
Private Practice: Columbus Surgical Associates
   
As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.