Theodore "Ted" Kim, DO is the Director of The Breast Institute and the current Chief of Staff at Skagit Valley Hospital. He obtained his medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a three-year hematology/oncology fellowship at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Kim is board certified by the ABIM in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology. Dr. Kim has extensive training and research experience in breast cancer. He began his research in breast cancer as a resident. Dr. Kim’s research was the foundation of data used by the American Society of Clinical Oncology current guidelines on how to perform the Sentinel Lymph Node procedure in Breast Cancer. After completing a one-year general rotation in hematology and oncology at Tuft’s University Medical Center, Dr. Kim spent two additional years researching and treating breast cancer patients. In 2008, Dr. Kim received a $200,000 grant from Safeway Corporation to start the Breast Institute at Skagit Valley Hospital. Safeway Corporation has since donated an additional $400,000 to the Breast Institute and continues to share and support his vision in developing the multidisciplinary Breast Institute at Skagit Valley Hospital.
Mehrdad Jafari, MD, the Medical Director for the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center, joined the staff in February 2008 after three years as an assistant professor of medicine in hematology-oncology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Among his special interests are gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies and head and neck cancers. 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, joined Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center in August 2009. Dr. Kojouri 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. He directs clinical research efforts at the Regional Cancer Care Center and works closely with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on the latest in clinical trials.
George F. Gjerset, MD, a graduate of the University of California and the University of California Medical School, Dr. Gjerset performed his residency at the University of California at Irvine and Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital and his fellowship at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He served as principal investigator and assistant professor at the University of Washington on an NIH grant and ran an immunology lab for 10 years before joining the local practice. He is board certified in internal medicine and oncology. He splits his time between Skagit Valley Hospital’s cancer care clinics at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.
Bruce Mathey, MD, joined the staff in 2007 and is board certified in hematology and 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. Dr. Mathey started seeing patients at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington in April 2010.