Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program Welcomes First Class of Physicians

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012

ECC exteriorThe Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) is now home to the Huntington/Tri-State region's only academic training program for physicians specializing in cancer care. Two internal medicine physicians arrived this week to begin the two-year Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Medical Oncology Fellowship Program, which will prepare them to care for patients diagnosed with cancer. Laurie Matt, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in Sint Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean, and completed an internal medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. Mohammad Mozayen, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Damascus, Syria and completed an internal medicine residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center/Michigan State University in Flint, Michigan. Two additional physicians will begin their training next July.

Maria Tria Tirona, MD, FACP, director of medical oncology at the ECCC and the director of the fellowship program, said this is a very important step for the cancer center.

"The development of this fellowship program is a testament to the commitment to academic excellence from the physicians of this cancer center, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine,”" Dr. Tirona said. "Through this training program we will produce new cancer specialists who will be prepared to contribute to the future of cancer care."

The physicians in the training program will work alongside the medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology teams at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, participate in patient care and study the latest developments in treatments, clinical trials and cancer research.