Meet your Oncology Team
Our group of highly trained, board-certified oncologists expertly combine the art and science of medicine to serve patients at the Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. Each specialist brings unique knowledge and skills to develop a treatment plan personalized for you. You can view a condensed bio of our physicians highlighted by specialty below.
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.
Mehrdad Jafari, MD, PhD is the medical director of Medical Oncology at Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. He joined the center in February 2008 after three years as an assistant professor of medicine in hematology-oncology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where he also completed his residency and fellowship. He is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Jafari received his medical degree from the School of Medicine, Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, and his PhD in molecular biology from Julius Maximillian University. 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. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington.
Theodore "Ted" Kim, DO is the Director of The Breast Institute. 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
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
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. Click here to learn more about medical oncology and hematology with Dr. Kojouri.
Bruce Mathey, MD joined the staff in 2007. 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 our Smokey Point location, Cascade Skagit Health Alliance, in April 2010.
David Kantorowitz, MD, PhD, received a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University in 1976. He practiced and performed research in Clinical Psychology as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at California State University in San Bernardino. He received his medical degree at University of California, San Francisco in 1983 followed by an internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, and then a residency in Radiation Oncology at University of Rochester Cancer Center, completed in 1987. He then practiced and did research as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center until joining North Puget Radiation Oncology in 1989. He is board certified in Radiation Oncology.
In December 2006 he bcame medical director of Radiation Oncology at Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center. He has published 12 research articles in major peer-reviewed journals and continues to be active in clinical practice and research in partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Michal Whiton, MD, joined the staff in 2010. She is a graduate of University of Washington School of Medicine, completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a residency in Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Whiton is board certified in Radiation Oncology.
Michael Erie, MD, is a board-certified general, vascular and thoracic surgeon with Skagit Regional Clinics in Mount Vernon. He graduated from New York Medical College and served a surgery residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Erie's specialty areas include endoscopic, abdominal/thoracic surgery, cancer surgery and vascular reconstructive surgery.
Joshua Hawkins, MD, is a surgeon with Skagit Regional Clinics – Mount Vernon. Dr. Hawkins specializes in General, vascular and trauma and critical care surgery. He has been on staff at Skagit Valley Hospital since 2012. He is a graduate of the New York Medical College, and completed his residency and internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Morris Johnson, MD, is a board-certified general, thoracic and vascular surgeon with advanced training in laparoscopic surgery at Skagit Regional Clinics. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He served an internal medicine residency at University of Utah and a general surgery residency at Virginia Mason Hospital.
Steven Lee, MD, is a general surgeon with Skagit Regional Clinics Surgery - Mount Vernon. He joined the staff in 2012 and is board certified. He received his medical education at Tufts University in Boston and completed his general surgery residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His specialty areas include upper and lower endoscopy, hernias, gallbladder, breast, laparoscopic surgery and varicose veins.
Bruce C. Skinner, MD is a surgeon with Skagit Regional Clinics - Mount Vernon. Dr. Skinner specializes in general, vascular and thoracic surgery including endoscopic, abdominal, thoracic surgery, cancer surgery, vascular reconstructive surgery. Dr. Skinner also has a special interest in breast pathology. He has been on staff at Skagit Valley Hospital since 1982. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.