Our Cancer Team

Our team of renowned, board certified cancer Physicians brings over 100 combined years of experience to your cancer journey. We are nationally recognized for our oncology expertise, knowledge, and compassion. These compassionate cancer Physicians are delivering world-class cancer care in Mid-Michigan.

Hussein Ali-Ahmad, MD Cancer Center

Hussein M. Ali-Ahmad, M.D.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology: GU (Prostate), Colorectal

Education: Medical School, Lebanese University, 2001

Residency: Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, 2008

Fellowship: Oklahoma University, 2013

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Hussein M. Ali-Ahmad, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Oncology, American Board of Hematology and the American Board of International Medicine. Before joining Sparrow’s oncology team, Dr. Ali-Ahmad practiced at Roswell Park Center Institute Oncology P.C. 

His education and medical training started at Lebanese University. Graduating in 2001, he moved from Faculty Sciences to Faculty of Medical Science to earn his Doctor of Medicine Diploma. He then completed his internal medicine residency. Dr. Ali-Ahmad also completed a second postgraduate internal medicine residency at BronxCare Health System in New York City prior to becoming a Fellow in Hematology/Oncology at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. 

He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and Lebanese Order of Physicians. His honors and awards include a full academic scholarship at Lebanese University and a Medal of Excellency, both from the Board of Specialization and Academic Orientation. Dr. Ali-Ahmad has been published in clinical advances in hematology and oncology, and developed a case presentation and review of literature addressing the hydatid cyst of the kidney for Lebanese University. Several of his reviews have been officially presented at Oklahoma University Medical Center. 

Luciano DiCarlo, MD 2006 Cancer Center

Luciano DiCarlo, D.O.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Radiation Oncology, Radiology: Chest (Lung), GU (Prostate), Melanoma

Education: Medical School, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1991

Internship: Horizon Health Organization, 1992

Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1996

Fellowship: Univ Texas Southwestern Med Ctr, 1999

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Luciano DiCarlo, D.O., is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology in radiation oncology. He joined Sparrow’s oncology team in April 2001. Dr. DiCarlo previously worked at the Cleveland Clinic, and then practiced in Farmington Hills, Michigan. 

Dr. DiCarlo received his medical degree from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Horizon Health System in Detroit, Michigan, and his residency in radiation oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Taussig Cancer Center. 

Dr. DiCarlo treats all cancer types with a special interest in brachytherapy, genitourinary malignancies, breast cancer, lung cancer, and neurological oncology. His special interests include ultrasound guided iodine – 125 prostate seed implantation, radioimmunotherapy, three-dimensional conformal/intensity modulated radiation therapy and image guided treatment planning systems.

Dr. DiCarlo also participates in the latest clinical trials at Sparrow. 

Heidi Egloff, MD Cancer Center

Heidi Egloff, M.D.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital, Sparrow Eaton Hospital

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology: Breast

Education: Undergrad, Western Michigan University, 2009 & Medical School, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2013

Residency: The Mayo Clinic, 2016

Fellowship: The University of Michigan, 2019

Heidi Egloff, M.D., provides hematology and medical oncology services at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. Egloff obtained her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

She completed her internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Michigan. During fellowship, her research focused on breast cancer with a specific interest in Clinical Trials.

Muhammad Hamdan, MD Cancer Center

Muhammad Hamdan, M.D.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital, Sparrow Ionia Hospital

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology: Chest (Lung), Head and Neck, Upper GI

Education: Medical School, Damascus University, 1987

Residency: Wayne State University, 1996

Fellowship: Univ Texas Southwestern Med Ctr, 1999

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Muhammad Hamdan, M.D., is board certified in both hematology and oncology. He received his medical degree from the School of Medicine Damascus University in Syria. Dr. Hamdan attended the medical research master’s program at Wayne State University with a primary focus on malignant hematology. He completed his residency program at Wayne State University with superior evaluation in both medical and professional evaluations. Dr. Hamdan then completed his fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, with a focus on isolation of metastatic genes in lung cancer.

Before joining Sparrow’s oncology team, Dr. Hamdan was the Associate Medical Director of the Great Lakes Cancer Institute from 1999 to 2006. He has several publications in various medical journals and has given several research presentations at American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology

James Herman, MD Cancer Center

James Herman, M.D.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Radiology, Radiation Oncology: Breast

Education: Medical School, University of Saskatchewan, 1973

Internship: University of Michigan Medical School, 1974

Residency: University of Toronto, 1979

Fellowship: Univ Texas Southwestern Med Ctr, 1999

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

James Herman, M.D., is the Medical Director of Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, and Chairman of Sparrow Health System’s Cancer Committee. Dr. Herman has been a member of Sparrow’s oncology team since 1983. 

He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and radiation oncology. He received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. 

Dr. Harman completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Michigan and an internal medicine residency at McGill University Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He also completed a residency in medical oncology as well as a residency and fellowship in radiation oncology at the University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Hospital. 

Treating all cancer types, Dr. Herman has been instrumental in developing and implementing Sparrow’s multidisciplinary oncology clinics. His greatest ability is his strong communication with Patients and their families. 

Nathan Jones DO Cancer Center

Nathan Jones, D.O.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Radiation Oncology: Colorectal, Head and Neck, Upper GI

Education: Undergraduate, Physics, University of Utah, 2000 & Medical School, AT Still University, Kirksville, MO, 2004

Internship: Internal Medicine Internship at Madigan Army Medical Center Tacoma, WA, 2005

Residency: Radiation Oncology Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2010

Board Certification: ABR Board Certified

Nathan Jones, D.O., joined the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center team in June 2017, and is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, receiving a B.S. degree in applied physics. Jones went on to complete medical school training at A.T. Still University as a health professions scholarship recipient with the U.S. Army. Following the completion of his internal medicine internship, he served as a field surgeon with the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division and received a Bronze Star Medal for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Upon returning from Iraq, Dr. Jones completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He conducted several research studies including topics such as hormonal therapy in prostate cancer and brachytherapy for cervix cancer, resulting in journal publication and poster presentation at national meetings. 

After completing specialty training, Dr. Jones practiced at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and San Antonio Military Medical Center, serving as Deputy Clinic Chief in both centers. This time included significant involvement in the NCI/NIH/NCC Radiation Oncology Residency program, being awarded ARRO Educator of the Year 2012-13. He has been active in cooperative group research trials as a site principal and associate investigator for multiple studies.

Dr. Jones is trained in full complement of radiation treatment modalities including three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, proton therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, gamma knife radiosurgery, high dose rate brachytherapy, permanent interstitial radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, image guided radiation therapy, and radioactive iodine therapy. He has an interest in treating a broad range of conditions including lung, genitourinary including prostate, breast, brain, head and neck, and gynecologic malignancies. 

When he is not in the clinic, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with his wife and three children on their hobby farm in Williamston. He enjoys running, biking and most other outdoor activities. He is involved with leadership of youth groups through his local church. He is also an Eagle Scout and speaks fluent Spanish. 

Kris Lindquist, PA-C Cancer Center

Kris Lindquist, PA-C

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Education: 

BA in Science, Hope College

MBA, Michigan State University

PA, Western Michigan University

Kris Lindquist, PA-C, has been a Physician Assistant with Sparrow’s radiation oncology department for more than 20 years. She sits on the Quality Committee and participates in many of Sparrow’s Multidisciplinary Clinics and Tumor Boards. 

She completed her undergraduate studies at Hope College, and obtained a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Following that, she obtained her degree in physician assistant studies from Western Michigan University. 

Beverly Sainz, PA-C Cancer Center

Beverly Sainz, PA-C

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Radiation Oncology

Education: University of North Dakota, 1991

Board Certification: NCCPA

Beverly Sainz, PA-C, is a board certified Physician Assistant who specializes in radiation oncology at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. She has been working in the medical field since 1985. 

In 1991, Sainz graduated from the University of North Dakota. She has served as a licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, and a Physician Assistant. Sainz has worked in family practice cardiology, gastroenterology, and most recently, she has worked in radiation oncology for the past nine and a half years. 

Erin Sattazahn, PA-C Cancer Center

Erin Sattazahn, PA-C

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Gynecologic Oncology

Education: 

Bachelor Degree: Magna Cum Laude, Auburn University

Master of Science, Physician Assistant: Magna Cum Laude, University of Detroit Mercy

Board Certification: Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE): September 2012-current

Erin Sattazahn, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant who joined Sparrow’s gynecologic oncology team in 2013. She spent her first year of medical practice in emergency medicine and surgery, aiming to increase her general medical knowledge and boost her skill-set. Sattazahn has always had a special interest in women’s healthcare. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, and completed the Master of Science in physician assistant studies program at University of Detroit Mercy, graduating Magna Cum Laude at both institutions.

Gordan Srkalovic, MD Cancer Center

Gordan Srkalovic, M.D.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology: Chest (Lung), GU (Prostate), Head and Neck, Melanoma, Upper GI

Education: Medical School, University of Sarajevo, 1981

Internship: Canton Medical Education Foundation, 1996

Residency: Canton Medical Education Foundation, 1997

Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2000

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Gordon Srkalovic, M.D., Ph.D, is currently the Director of the Clinical Trials Office and a Physician at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, practicing hematology and oncology. Dr. Srkalovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and received his medical degree and Master of Science degree from the University of Sarajevo Medical School, as well as his Ph.D from the University of Tuzla Medical School. He was also a professor, head of the physiology department, and vice dean of the Medical School at the University of Tuzla.

He has been a research associate at both Tulane Medical School and Kent State University.  Dr. Srkalovic completed his hematology and oncology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he later became the associate director of the Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program at the Taussig Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Srkalovic has an extensive research background and interest in multiple myeloma and other plasma cell malignancies, and has been an active member of several major Clinical Trial Groups since 2000. He has written over 60 papers for peer review journals and over 60 abstracts presented at national meetings. 

Pamela Stave, PA-C Cancer Center

Pamela Stave, PA-C

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Medical Oncology

Education: 

BA, Calvin College

MA, Michigan State University

MPA, Central Michigan University

Pamela Stave, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant who has been with Sparrow since 2004. She is a member of the medical oncology team at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. 

She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a master’s in physician assistant studies degree from Central Michigan University. 

Brittani Thomas, DO Cancer Center

Brittani Thomas, D.O.

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital, Sparrow Carson Hospital

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology: Breast, Lung

Education: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2013

Internship: Genesys Regional Medical Center, 2014

Residency: Genesys Regional Medical Center, 2016

Fellowship: Genesys Regional Medical Center, 2019

Brittani Thomas, D.O., completed her Hematology/Oncology Fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center, where she held the title of Chief Fellow and Chief Resident. She graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Thomas provides Hematology/Medical Oncology Services at the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in Lansing and Sparrow Carson Hospital in Carson City.

Leighanne Vansickler, PA-C Cancer Center

Leighanne Vansickler, PA-C

Hospital: Sparrow Hospital

Specialties: Medical Oncology, Hematology

Education: 

Bachelors of Science, Central Michigan University, 2007

Master Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Central Michigan University, 2009

Board Certification: Board Certified Physician Assistant 2009, 2014

Leighanne Vansickler, PA-C, is a board certified Physician Assistant who practices medical oncology and hematology with the Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. She initially started her career in internal medicine, critical care, and pulmonology for almost three years, before transitioning to her current role. 

In 2007, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, and then received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies degree in 2009.