The physicians of Premier Oncology Hematology and Associates in Merrillville are trained and experienced in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine. Oncology is the study of all cancers — including what are termed “solid tumors,” such as lung cancer, breast cancer, or colon cancer. Hematology is the study of blood diseases. These include non-cancerous disorders such as anemia and blood clotting problems. Hematologists also treat a number of cancers of the blood and bone marrow like leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Because of the nature of blood disorders and cancers, physicians often receive training in both of these fields of medicine. In fact, many doctors go through a combined hematology/oncology training program and are board-certified to practice both.

The Importance of Board Certification

Board Certification demonstrates a doctor’s knowledge and skill in a particular medical specialty or subspecialty. By willingly committing to this career-long process, board-certified doctors contribute to the delivery of quality health care. Even more importantly, dedication to keeping pace with the latest medical advances and scientific research translates into higher standards and better care for patients. In fact, research increasingly links specialty board certification and continuous professional development with improved quality of care.

Board-certified doctors voluntarily meet additional standards beyond basic licensing. Each doctor earns initial board certification by passing a written and, in some cases, an oral examination created and administered by the member board in his or her specialty. To maintain board certification, a doctor must actively participate in continuing education activities focusing on the latest advances in his or her specialty.

Board certification and continuing medical education are the foundation for the high quality and state-of-art care provided by Premier Oncology Hematology Associates medical staff. Our physicians continually maintain certification and advance their knowledge by attending courses at prestigious institutions including Harvard Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Scripps Cancer Institute.