Press Release

May 26, 2010   
For Immediate Release
Contact:     Barbara Thompson, Director of Oncology, 360-814-2689

                           
Trio of oncologists provide cancer care in Arlington

ARLINGTON – Three board certified oncologists provide care to patients at the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center at Arlington, located within Cascade Valley Hospital. Mehrdad Jafari, MD is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He serves as medical director of medical oncology at the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. Dr. Jafari studied GI cancers, including colon, esophageal, liver, pancreas and stomach, during his 2004 clinical externship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. Dr. Jafari received his medical degree from the Würzburg School of Medicine, Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany.

Kiarash Kojouri, MD, MPH is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. He performed his residency with the Department of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center where he also had his fellowship in hematology and oncology. He most recently served as an assistant professor of hematology and oncology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Bruce Mathey, MD is board certified in hematology and medical oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, completed a fellowship at the University of Washington and a residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

All three physicians see patients in Arlington. In July 2006, Skagit Valley Hospital assumed operations of the cancer care program at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington. The center moved into Cascade Valley Hospital’s new building in January and is located on the second floor.

The Arlington location is complemented by services available at the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center in Mount Vernon where comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care includes radiation oncology, chemotherapy and complementary therapies in a well-appointed facility on the hospital's Mount Vernon campus.

Skagit Valley Hospital’s Regional Cancer Care Center received accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in 2008 and has been accredited since 1975. The center is a network member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s, which allows access to the latest in diagnosis and clinical trials.

Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center at Arlington is located at 330 South Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington. For more information, call 360-435-2133, ext. 3337.