Medical Teams by Department

Dermatology
217.366.1248

Dr. Jeremy Youse

Certification: American Board of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Dr. Lester J. Fahrner

Certification: American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Pediatrics, National Board of Medical Examiners (Diplomate)

Medical School: University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago

Dr. Caitlyn Foote

Certification: Board Certified in Dermatology, Member of the American Academy of Dermatology

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Gastroenterology
217.366.6162

Dr. Claudia Nugent

Certification: Board Certified in Gastroenterology

Medical School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Dave Ramkumar

Certification: Board certified in gastroenterology, hepatology and internal medicine

Medical School: University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, WI

General Surgery
217.366.1228

Dr. Fredrick P. Haynes

Certification: American Board of Surgery and American College of Surgeons (Fellow)

Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis

Dr. Douglas J. Jones

Certification: General Surgery (Board Certified)

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Rafael Ruggieri

Certification:

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign

Hematology/Oncology
217.366.1299

Dr. Mohammed Eikram

Residency: State University of New York, Internal Medicine

Internship: State University of New York, Internal Medicine

Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Sohail Chaudhry

Residency: Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ

Internship: Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ

Medical School: Rawalpindi Medical College

OB/GYN
217.366.1255

Dr. Susan Cooper-Morphew

Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Certification: Board Certified, Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Professional Organizations: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 

Dr. Laura Darko

Certification:

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies

Dr. Tamara Helfer

Certification: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria

Dr. Candace McGregor

Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Dr. Michael Smith

Certification: Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Sarah Young

Certification: Board Certified – American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Carbondale

Dr. Terence Young

Certification: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow

Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Juliana Anquandah

Certification: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada in the West Indies

Otolaryngology
217.366.1243

Dr. Amit Date

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology

Medical School: University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Dr. William D. Youngerman

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

Dr. Ashok Jagasia

Certification:

Medical School: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Pain Management
217.366.5027

Dr. Stuart King

Certification: Board certified with American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Management, Interventional Pain Practice (Fellow)

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

Pathology
217.366.2174

Dr. Salim Khazoum

Certification:

Medical School: Damascus University Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Krishnarao Tangella

Certification: Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology

Medical School: Madras Medical College

Dr. Benjamin Yan

Certification: Anatomic Pathology and Hematopathology

Medical School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Patient Navigator
217.366.5445

Sheena Garland

Patient Navigator

Sheena Garland has worked in healthcare since graduating from Parkland College in 1987. In her 30 year nursing career, she has provided bedside patient care at both Presence Medical Center and Carle Hospital. She comes to Christie Clinic from a large insurance provider where she worked as a Complex Care Manager. Sheena has personal experience navigating the healthcare system with her now adult child who is successfully managing chronic pulmonary disease. Her work and life experience enables her to identify and help address barriers patients encounter while receiving care. Sheena has lived in Central Illinois since 1981 and now makes her home in Mahomet.

Pulmonology
217.366.1212

Dr. Kaushik Patel

Certification: Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine, and Quality Assurance

Medical School: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Salman Sheikh

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Sleep Medicine, and American College of Chest Physicians (Fellow)

Medical School: University of Karachi, Dow Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Danish Thameem

Certification: Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care

Medical School: Madras (Chennai) Medical College and Research Institute

Dr. Paramesh Dakshinesh

Certification: Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Internal Medicine

Medical School: Bagalore Medical College, India

Radiation Oncology
217.366.5180

Dr. Steven Damore

Radiation Oncologist

Certification: Board certified Radiation Oncologist

Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


Radiation oncologists are the only doctors who have specialty training and have passed a national board examination in the use of radiation to treat cancer. Our team is led by our board certified Radiation Oncologist, Steven Damore, M.D. Dr. Damore graduated cum laude with a B.S. in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then earned his M.D. from Washington University school of medicine in St. Louis. He completed internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and then residency training at the University of California, Irvine, where he served as chief resident. He served as an assistant clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine prior to coming to Christie Clinic.  He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He is a member of a ASTRO and the AMA.

Dr. Damore has 18 years of experience fighting all types of cancer at every stage. He has subspecialty experience and interest in prostate, breast, and CNS cancers. He has extensive experience in the use of stereotactic radiation therapy and has published several articles on the use of brachytherapy.

Dr. Damore sees patients in consultation, confers with patients’ other doctors to coordinate related to treatment plan that includes the radiation dosage and number of treatments needed, sees patients each week during the treatment, manages side effects, monitors the response to treatment, and manages patients after treatment.   He oversees a dedicated team that includes a nurse practitioner, a board certified medical physicist, medical dosimetrist, certified radiation therapy technicians, and a medical assistant. The team works together and with other doctors to keep everyone informed during each step of the patient’s journey.

Radiology
217.366.1285

Dr. Dolores Fernandez

Certification: American Board of Radiology

Medical School: Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, Forest Park, IL

Dr. Tina Molis

Certification:

Medical School: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Urology
217.366.1240

Dr. Eric Helfer

Certification:

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria

Dr. John Regan

Certification: American Board of Urology

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington

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