Our Team

Physicians

Wahid Hanna, MD

Wahid Hanna, MD Dr. Hanna is an internationally known physician, faculty member and research specialist in hematology and oncology. His patients know him as a caring, compassionate person who places nothing above their treatment and comfort.

His medical practice is founded on developing a “patient partnership” with everyone he sees and on developing an individual treatment program that is based on the latest clinical research. Dr. Hanna has led more than 90 percent of all clinical trials into blood cancer and hematological diseases that have been conducted at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

After receiving his medical degree and completing an internship at Ain-Shams University in his native Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Hanna did internships, residency and fellowship programs in England. He joined the UT Medical Center staff in 1978 and celebrated three decades of service there last year.

Dr. Hanna was appointed to the UT Graduate School of Medicine faculty in 1980, was named a full professor in 2002, and currently is chief of the Department of Medicine Division of Hematology and Oncology. He has served as director of the East Tennessee Comprehensive Hemophilia Center since 1983.

He is a member of more than 20 medical and research societies and associations and the findings from his scientific research have appeared in the world’s most prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

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Vaishali Doshi, MD

Vaishali Doshi, MD Dr. Doshi is a board certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist practicing for the last 14 years. After finishing Medical school and Residency in Bombay, India, she completed further training in Internal Medicine, at the University of Illinois, followed by training in Medical Oncology and Hematology at N.Y.U. affiliated Northshore Hospital, New York.

She then was an Assistant Professor at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. There in addition to General Hematology and Oncology she subspecialized in the care of Acute and Chronic Leukemia, and Lymphomas.

Since 2008 she has been in private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she has treated all tumor types. In 2015, she was voted by her patients and Hamilton Medical Society, Tennessee, as ”One of Top 10 doctors”. She has also received numerous other institutional awards.

She believes in empathetic and compassionate care of her patients as well as their families. Her philosophy is in giving her patients Personalized Medicine with access to cutting edge technology. She is a strong advocate for Women’s Health and has a keen interest in community awareness for early diagnosis of breast cancer. Quality of life in Cancer Survivors will remain a major focus of her care, since many patients will be able to defeat this disease.

She loves to play Badminton and has won championships at a National level in India. She enjoys reading, travelling, hiking and singing Karaoke.

She has moved to Knoxville to join Dr. Hanna`s practice, where she intends to treat all tumor types and blood disorders. She is accompanied by her husband Dr. Gandhi who too is a medical oncologist.

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Staff

Jessica Carringer, FNP-BC

Jessica Carringer, FNP-BCJessica Carringer, FNP-BC, became a nurse practitioner after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in 2014. Jessica enjoys hospital consultations as well as getting to know her patients in the clinic. She believes in the importance of providing for her patients' mental and spiritual needs, as well as their physical health. She enjoys the challenging yet rewarding work of oncology and hematology and is proud to work alongside Dr. Hanna.

Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a BSN from the University of Tennessee in 2011 and immediately started working in the Medical Critical Care unit at UTMC. After two years of experience she applied for the Masters of Science in Nursing program. During graduate school, she worked in the critical care unit and taught undergraduate nursing students in a clinical setting.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, going to concerts, planning next year’s Halloween party, and traveling the world with her husband.

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Deborah Graf, FNP-BC

Deborah Graf, FNP-BCDeborah Graf, FNP-BC received a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in 2006. She has cared for cancer patients and their families for the last 9 years. She credits her desire to serve patients from her father, a Minister. Realizing a cancer diagnosis can be terrifying, she believes educating patients and their families regarding their diagnosis and treatment helps them in this most difficult time. She enjoys walking with the patients and their families through their journey.

As a prescribing provider she assists Dr. Hanna in the hospital and clinic settings. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Old Dominion University in 1987. She received a Masters in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in 2006 with a concentration in Family Practice. She was honored with the Clinical Excellence Award.

She is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Debbie loves the outdoors and spends her leisure time running, biking and gardening.

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Maci O’Connor, PA-C

Wahid Hanna, MDMaci O’Connor, PA-C, who became a Physicians Assistant in 2011, provides a high level of care and helps educate patients and their family about their illness and treatment options. While assisting Dr. Hanna in her role as a prescribing practitioner in both hospital and clinic settings she enjoys helping and getting to know the patients as well as their families.

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology& Child and Family Studies at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Maci then received her Masters of Science Medicine at Trevecca Nazarene University through the Physician Assistant Program. She is accredited by the National Commission on Certification of PA (NCCPA).

Maci and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends. In her spare time, she enjoys watching football.

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Kimberly J. Pickel, FNP-BC

Kimberly J. Hicks, FNP-BCKimberly Pickel, FNP-BC, who became a family nurse practitioner in 2004 and certified in oncology in 2009, provides care as an advanced practice nurse and helps to educate patients about their diagnosis and treatment options. While assisting Dr. Hanna in her role as a prescribing practitioner in both hospital and clinic settings, it is the relationships with the patients and their families that are most enjoyable.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing at Carson-Newman College (University). She is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Oncology Nursing Society.

Kimberly is active in volunteering for the Hard Knox Rollergirls Derby team in Knoxville, where she is usually wearing a tutu and greeting fans as Lilly Red Corvette. She also enjoys cooking and gardening at home (without the tutu).

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Wendy Hughel, RN, BSN, OCN

Wendy Hughel, RN, BSN, OCN Wendy’s strong interest in helping others led to a nursing career that spans more than 10 years, all in oncology. She says special relationships with patients and their families are the most satisfying aspect of her work.

She received her Associate’s Degree in Pre-Nursing from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. She qualified as an oncology certified nurse in 2001 and is also certified in chemotherapy administration.

Wendy is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and its local chapter, the Tennessee Valley Oncology Nursing Society.

She enjoys spending time with her family and dog, Scout. Reading and gardening are her favorite leisure activities.

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Kelly Myrick, RN, BSN, OCN

Kelly Myrick, RN, BSN, OCNKelly graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started in the field of Oncology during college as a CNA at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She has been employed within the University of Tennessee Medical Center system since 1994. Her professional experience includes Oncology nursing, Critical Care nursing, and emergency care nursing, but her passion has always been in oncology. She enjoys working with patients and their families and feels that the oncology field provides a unique opportunity to develop special bonds that last a lifetime.

Kelly stays very busy with her husband and three children, enjoys her church family, reading, walking, and sitting on the front porch.

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Beverly Sutton RN, OCN

Beverly Sutton RN, OCNBeverly graduated from Walters State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing in 1994. She has spent the majority of her career in Oncology with experience in inpatient nursing, radiation, and chemotherapy. She enjoys helping others and states she always tries to take care of the patients as she would want her own family to be cared for.

She obtained her Oncology Certification in 2015 and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Family is most important to Beverly. She is married with two children and tries to spend as much time together as possible. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and watching University of Tennessee football.

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Allison Thomas, RN, OCN

Allison Thomas, RN Allison credits a strong family tradition of caring for her interest in a nursing career. At Hanna Cancer Associates, she enjoys meeting and developing relationships with a diverse group of patients and their families for whom she provides patient care and education.

She is a graduate of Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Her 13 years as a registered nurse includes 10 years in oncology nursing. She is certified in chemotherapy administration and is currently pursuing certification as an oncology certified nurse. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Tennessee Valley Oncology Nursing Society.

Allison shares a home with her beautiful bulldogs and spends her leisure time working in her garden and in the company of friends, many of them colleagues.

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