Wayne Ormsby, MD

Wayne Ormsby, MD

Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: University of Rochester
Fellowship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Board certifications: Internal medicine
Specialties: Medical oncology, hematology
Started at WVCI: 2014
Started in oncology: 2011

Dedicated, caring and focused, Dr. Wayne Ormsby believes the most effective treatment plan encompasses both cancer-specific therapy and care that addresses the whole person, including emotional and nutritional support.

"When I meet a new patient, I want them to know they are the most important person in the room.  I want them to know that I will not only take the time to make certain that they have the most appropriate treatment, but that I will also be there when they need advice, education, a hug, or simply a shoulder to cry on."

For Dr. Ormsby, hematology and oncology provide unique opportunities to establish close relationships with his patients and to support continuous advances in treatment options. He enjoys the challenge of being a life-long learner, ensuring the most up-to-date strategies are used for his patients. 

"The science of hematology is fascinating for its trailblazing research, but more importantly, the ever-expanding options and hope it offers cancer patients and their loved ones."

Trained at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ormsby has been honored for his exceptional skill as a physician, earning the William L. Morgan Outstanding Resident Recipient award. He was later elected chief resident at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Ormsby and his wife have three children, and when not spending his free time as a "swim taxi," shuttling his children to various events, he enjoys reading, traveling and weight-training.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Phone Number: 541-741-3451

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Christopher Yasenchak, MD

Christopher Yasenchak, MD

Medical school: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Fellowship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Board certifications: Medical oncology, hematology
Specialties: Medical oncology, hematology
Started at WVCI: 2014
Started in oncology: 2006

Direct and communicative, Dr. Christopher Yasenchak approaches situations and conversations in a forthright manner. He believes in stating the facts and then providing all the options in clear and understandable ways. He takes a team approach to working with patients, ensuring every patient develops with him a personalized treatment plan through a shared decision-making process.

"I enjoy seeing patients live better, longer lives as a result of the work we do together," he says.

As a co-investigator for numerous clinical trials on novel treatments for hematologic malignancies, and associate chair for the Hematology Research Program of US Oncology Research, Dr. Yasenchak avidly works to provide patients access to state-of-the-art clinical trials close to home.

"This is how real progress can be made in the fight against cancer," he says. "Few patients can afford to travel to major academic centers for their care and for access to cutting-edge research."

Trained at the Mayo Clinic graduate school, Dr. Yasenchak is a respected researcher who has also earned high honors for his skills as a physician, making the Top Doctor lists for both U.S. News & World Report and Portland Monthly Magazine.

In his free time, he enjoys running, fly-fishing and spending time with his wife and two children, a son and a daughter.

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Phone Number: 541-683-5001
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John T. Fitzharris, MD

John T. Fitzharris, MD

Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Board certifications: Medical oncology
Specialties: Medical oncology
Started at WVCI: 2013
Started in oncology: 2005

Empathetic, optimistic and motivated, Dr. John Fitzharris tries to see the good in everyone and every situation.

"I believe in making the best of all situations, both good and bad," he says.

Dr. Fitzharris gets great satisfaction in helping patients and their families during one of the most difficult times of their lives. He believes in personalized, targeted treatment that uses state-of the-art technology to provide his patients the highest quality care.

"That involves listening carefully to their wishes and finding the right available treatments to accomplish their goals," he says.

Dr. Fitzharris is on the board of the Lane Blood Center. Outside of work, he enjoys the outdoors with his wife and three children, including road and mountain biking, hiking and fishing.

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Charles K. Anderson, MD

Charles K. Anderson, MD

Medical school: University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine at Chicago
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Colorado Hospitals
Board certifications: Gynecologic oncology
Specialties: Gynecologic oncology
Started at WVCI: 2013
Started in oncology: 2011

Dr. Charles Anderson knows that developing close relationships with patients and their support teams achieves the best possible outcomes.

"The most rewarding part of my job is the trust I develop with my patients and their loved ones during a difficult period in their lives," he says.

Dr. Anderson believes in evidence-based medicine and patient advocacy. He feels it's important that each patient gets customized treatment that suits her, and to be positive and optimistic.

"Positive energy builds constructive change," he says.

Dr. Anderson came to Oregon from Denver after earning two Resident of the Year Awards at Loyola University Medical Center and a Fellow Teacher of the Year Award in 2013 at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

He appreciates the spirit and passion Oregonians have for nature, the environment and their community. And he enjoys exploring the running and biking trails of Eugene with his wife, Cassi. Dr. Anderson also cross-trains and travels, often listening to his favorite - country music.

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Phone Number: 541-465-3300

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Kathleen Y. Yang, MD

Kathleen Y. Yang, MD

Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center
Board certifications: Obstetrics and gynecology
Specialties: Gynecologic oncology
Started at WVCI: 2010
Started in oncology: 2007

Compassionate and highly skilled, Dr. Kathleen Yang is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and recently completed her oncology fellowship.

Energized by the work she does, Dr. Yang practices minimally invasive surgery in her treatment of cancer patients. She also has a special interest in clinical trials and hereditary cancer syndromes, such as Lynch Syndrome.

Thoughtful and outgoing, Dr. Yang provides individualized care and enjoys making personal connections with her patients. In addition seeing patients at the RiverBend campus, she runs WVCI's clinic in Corvallis.

Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Dr. Yang is married with two children and spends her free time camping, cooking and swimming.

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Phone Number: 541-465-3300

Language(s): Cantonese, Mandarin


Jeff Sharman, MD

Jeff Sharman, MD

Medical school: University of California, Davis
Internship: Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency: Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: Stanford University
Board certifications: Medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine
Specialties: General oncology, leukemia, lymphoma
Started at WVCI: 2009
Started in oncology: 2006

As director of research at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and medical director of hematology research for The US Oncology Network, Dr. Jeff Sharman is keenly aware of how the latest scientific breakthroughs allow doctors to customize therapy for individual patients. The lessons learned from hematologic malignancies often apply to many different cancers and Dr. Sharman enjoys seeing all cancer patients.

While research developments provide new reasons for hope, what means the most to Dr. Sharman is being with patients at their moment of greatest need.

As a strategic thinker, Dr. Sharman's research at WVCI has helped lead to a new class of medications that are effective in lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The results have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Blood.

He enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, competing in triathlons and travel.

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Phone Number: 541-741-3451
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Language(s): Spanish


Peter A. Kovach, MD

Peter A. Kovach, MD

Medical school: Oregon Health & Science University
Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Board certifications: Medical oncology, internal medicine
Specialties: Medical oncology, with interest in breast cancer, gynecologic malignancies and inherited cancers
Started at WVCI: 1996
Started in oncology: 1983

Dr. Peter Kovach enjoys educating patients so they can understand their disease and treatment options. He's all about building a collaboration that leads to the best decisions about patient care.

Dr. Kovach believes that communication and honesty are essential to the doctor-patient relationship. That, and research. The ongoing research and the promising advances in the field of oncology is exciting to him, enabling him to continually bring new treatment options to his patients.

He brings the same attentiveness to the close working relationships and collaborations he has with the other excellent physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and professionals at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.

Dr. Kovach has presented lectures locally about the genetics of inherited breast and ovarian cancer. He supports his wife's many volunteer jobs, and enjoys gardening, cooking, music, hiking and cross-country skiing with the family - including the family dogs.

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Phone Number: 541-741-3451
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Audrey P. Garrett, MD, MPH

Audrey P. Garrett, MD, MPH

Medical school: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (MD); School of Public Health, Columbia University (MPH)
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University
Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University
Board certifications: Gynecologic oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, palliative care medicine
Specialties: Gynecologic oncology
Started at WVCI: 2010
Started in oncology: 2001

Besides her work treating patients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, Dr. Audrey Garrett is a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She is a sought-after speaker on HPV (its relationship to cervical cancer and preinvasive disease) and gynecological care of women with breast cancer.

Since 2005, Dr. Garrett has served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.

She and her husband, Dr. Craig Seidman, moved to Eugene in 2002. Although their main focus in their free time is their three children, Dr. Garrett enjoys working out, kayaking, hiking and reading when she finds the time!

Primary Location
RiverBend Pavilion in Springfield
3377 RiverBend Drive
Springfield, Oregon 97477

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Phone Number: 541-465-3300

Language(s): Spanish


Merideth Wendland, MD

Merideth Wendland, MD

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine
Internship: Sacred Heart Medical Center
Residency: University of Utah
Board certifications: Radiation oncology
Specialties: Radiation oncology
Started at WVCI: 2006
Started in oncology: 2003

Dr. Merideth Wendland is committed to offering the highest-quality, most technologically-advanced cancer treatment available in the region.

"We take exceptional care of patients and their families, but also help guide and navigate them through the sometimes complex medical system," she says.

Dr. Wendland brings her hope, respect and a penchant for collaboration and communication to work every day on behalf of her patients, as well as her experience and focus on advances in technology and patient-centered care.

She is the national chairwoman of the US Oncology Network's Neuro-Oncology Radiation Research Committee.

Away from WVCI, Dr. Wendland is involved with a variety of charitable organizations, including Meals on Wheels and FOOD for Lane County. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding and gardening.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Phone Number: 541-683-5001
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Jae H. Lee, MD

Jae H. Lee, MD

Medical school: George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Loma Linda University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of California at Irvine Medical Center
Board certifications: Medical oncology
Specialties: Medical oncology
Started at WVCI: 2001
Started in oncology: 1998

Dr. Jae Lee combines compassionate and high-quality care to connect with patients on a professional, personal and spiritual level.

"I get tremendous joy from seeing patients do well," he says.

Although he has experience in treating a wide range of cancers, Dr. Lee has a particular interest in the most common tumors, including breast, lung, colorectal, stomach, esophagus, prostate, gynecologic, head and neck and lymphoma.

Dr. Lee enjoys his work, but his family comes first. He enjoys traveling with them, going to church, song-writing on his guitar and tennis.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Phone Number: 541-683-5001
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Language(s): Korean


Haidy L. Lee, MD

Haidy L. Lee, MD

Medical school: University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Internship: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Residency: University of Virginia
Board certifications: Radiation oncology
Specialties: Stereotactic body radiotherapy
Started at WVCI: 2009
Started in oncology: 2006

As director of radiation oncology at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, Dr. Haidy Lee values teamwork, and not just among the caregivers at WVCI. She knows the team includes the patient and family members.

"I believe my job is to offer hope, comfort and support to every patient I see," she says.

That support comes in many forms. She may offer a radiation treatment, provide a wealth of information or simply offer a listening ear when patients need to talk.

Analytical, patient and flexible, Dr. Lee treats all types of cancer but has a special interest in treating patients with lung, liver and spine tumors with stereotactic body radiation therapy. She appreciates working with state-of-the-art technology in a constantly changing field.

She enjoys cooking, jogging and spending time with her family.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Phone Number: 541-683-5001
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Julie B. Gemmell, MD

Julie B. Gemmell, MD

College Stanford
Graduate school: University of Oregon
Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Internship: General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University
Residency: Radiation Oncology, Oregon Health & Science University
Board certifications: Radiation oncology
Specialties: Radiation oncology
Started at WVCI: 1993
Started in oncology: 1990

Dr. Julie Gemmell believes in the power and synergy of teamwork, the indomitable strength of the human spirit and the will to live. With hope and compassion, she was drawn to the field for the opportunity to work alongside cancer patients and their families.

"Comprehensive and highest-quality oncology care happens daily at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute as we partner with patients, their family and friends," she says. "For me, this is a joy to behold."

Breast and gynecological cancers are of particular interest to Dr. Gemmell, who believes multidisciplinary cooperation by physicians is a crucial aspect of any fight against cancer.

When she's not working, she enjoys playing her Fazioli piano, especially when making music with her children and husband, Dr. Charlie Stanton, a general surgeon and vineyard owner. She also helps with Stanton Vineyard, serves on the Oregon Bach Festival Board of Directors and enjoys Bible study and foreign travel.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Phone Number: 541-683-5001
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Language(s): German


David C. Fryefield, MD

David C. Fryefield, MD

Medical school: University of Cincinnati
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Board certifications: Radiation oncology
Specialties: Radiation oncology
Started at WVCI: 1984
Started in oncology: 1984

Dr. David Fryefield chose radiation oncology because he is drawn to the balance between working closely with cancer patients and the technical demands of precision radiation therapy.

He is as optimistic as he is focused and driven, believing equally in science and honesty, as well as living in the moment - all crucial components in the care he provides his patients at a key time in their lives.

"I remind myself each and every day of the importance of providing the very best care for my patients," he says.

Dr. Fryefield stays up to date on both treatment and technology. He has a special interest in head and neck cancers, brain tumors, lung cancer and prostate cancer.

"It has been so very gratifying to see the dramatic improvements in radiation oncology during my career, and I look forward to even more exciting advances in the next few years," he says.

Dr. Fryefield is the medical director of Practice Quality and Efficiency at US Oncology. He is a founding member of the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and served as medical director from 1998 until 2012. He is married to Dr. Catherine Kordesch, a Eugene pediatrician, and has three daughters.

An outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and a competitive master swimmer, Dr. Fryefield is a member and president of Emerald Aquatics in Eugene.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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James F. Fitzgibbons, MD

James F. Fitzgibbons, MD

Medical school: University of Toronto
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University
Board certifications: Hematology, internal medicine
Specialties: Hematology
Started at WVCI: 1978
Started in oncology: 1975

In the often complex world of cancer, Dr. James Fitzgibbons has an uncomplicated goal: helping patients to understand their diagnoses and then developing the best treatment possible.

Dr. Fitzgibbons believes in a society where kindness and consideration are commonplace, a world where people help each other. And he brings this empathy and encouraging outlook to work every day.

A veteran of the fight against cancer, Dr. Fitzgibbons is a former chairman of the Blood Review Committee at Sacred Heart Medical Center and is the former president of the Lane Memorial Blood Bank. He has served on the boards of the Emerald Bridge Center, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Duck Athletic Fund, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Fitzgibbons is also an eager grandparent who enjoys gardening, travel and playing bridge.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Joseph A. Fiorillo, MD

Joseph A. Fiorillo, MD

Medical school: National University of Ireland
Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Fellowship: National Cancer Institute and National Naval Medical Center
Board certifications: Medical oncology, internal medicine
Specialties: Medical oncology
Started at WVCI: 2009
Started in oncology: 2003

Innovative, compassionate and hopeful, Dr. Joseph Fiorillo finds getting to know his patients and their families one of the greatest satisfactions of his work. Together, they create an individualized treatment plan.

A senior investigator in a Phase 3 Immunotherapy Vaccine Trial for Prostate Cancer, Dr. Fiorillo is also excited by the improving immunotherapy options for malignancies such as melanoma and lymphoma, as well as furthering similar therapeutic vaccination strategies for breast and ovarian cancers.

"Having trained and participated in many clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute, I am hopeful that, within our lifetime, we will be able to cure most cancers," he says, "and those we cannot cure, we will turn into manageable illnesses."

Dr. Fiorillo is involved in fundraising for various cancer research organizations, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Soroptomist, Our Place and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

He is a lively conversationalist who enjoys hiking in Cascadia, all things musical and semi-competitive barbecuing.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Benjamin L. Cho, MD

Benjamin L. Cho, MD

Medical school: Rush Medical College
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University
Board certifications: Medical oncology, internal medicine
Specialties: Medical oncology
Started at WVCI: 2008
Started in oncology: 2005

Dr. Benjamin Cho leads WVCI as practice president with insight and vision. He's known to have a positive attitude that pairs nicely with an analytical and open-minded approach. And, he's a patient advocate.

"I believe in positive change and teamwork. I believe in research, and in wellness," he says.

In 2012, he earned an Angel Award from Sacred Heart Medical Center for exceptional care. He was recognized as a local emerging business leader with a 20 Under 40 Rising Star award, and is consistently listed in Eugene Magazine's Top Doctor issue.

Dr. Cho is a clinical instructor at Oregon Health & Science University Medical School and is the 2015 president-elect of the Oregon Society of Medical Oncology.

His free time is devoted to his wife and children, and he enjoys running as well as gardening.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Glenn S. Buchanan, MD

Glenn S. Buchanan, MD

Medical school: University of Utah College of Medicine
Internship: Oregon Health & Science University
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: University of Utah
Board certifications: Medical oncology
Specialties: Hematology, medical oncology
Started at WVCI: 2004
Started in oncology: 2004

Treating cancer is a balancing act. In the mix of considerations, Dr. Glenn Buchanan puts special emphasis on effective intervention and quality-of-life decisions.

"I feel that the most important goal of any cancer treatment plan is quality of life, both during treatment and after," Dr. Buchanan says.

Open-minded, systematic and determined, Dr. Buchanan always spends time with his patients and their families, understanding them and their lifestyles.

"I get to know them," he says, "not just their medical problems." Because his goal is always to help people live better.

Dr. Buchanan has a special interest in lung and gastrointestinal malignancies, but he treats patients with all types of tumors.

In his off hours, Dr. Buchanan enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is fluent in Spanish, runs long distance and cycles. He enjoys fiction, plays the piano and has been known to write the occasional alternative song lyric.

Primary Location
Country Club in Eugene
520 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Phone Number: 541-683-5001
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Language(s): Spanish