All In Against Cancer Podcast, powered by the Ochsner Cancer Institute

For over 80 years, Ochsner has been dedicated to cancer research and new cancer treatment development, bringing innovations to the fight against cancer—including more clinical trials than anywhere else in the region. Join Dr. Jonathan Mizrahi as we talk to healthcare experts each episode about what you need to know should you or a loved one receive a cancer diagnosis. Lookout for new episodes of the All In Against Cancer Podcast, powered by the Ochsner Cancer Institute.
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Jonathan Mizrahi, MD

Host
Dr. Jonathan Mizrahi earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. He completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and his fellowship in hematology and oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Mizrahi is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been on staff at Ochsner since August 2020 and specializes in hematology and oncology, with a particular clinical and research focus on cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including pancreatic cancer.

Nathan Bolton, MD

Featured in Episode 1: Pancreatic Cancer
Dr. Nathan Bolton received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his internship and residency at the Ochsner Medical Center. Upon completing residency, Dr. Bolton traveled to New York and completed a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital before returning to Ochsner to practice. Dr. Bolton's expertise is in upper gastrointestinal malignancy (gastric, esophageal), hepatopancreaticobiliary malignancy, neuroendocrine tumors, sarcoma, and melanoma, and peritoneal surface malignancy and peritoneal carcinomatosis from GI or ovarian origin (HIPEC).

Julie G. Danna, MD

Featured in Episode 2: Melanoma
Dr. Julie Danna is a native New Orleanian. She attended Academy of the Sacred Heart high school where upon graduation she was the recipient of the Ochsner Future Physician Award. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from LSU Medical School in new Orleans and went on to complete her medicine internship and dermatology residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Danna has expertise in general, pediatric and surgical dermatology. She has a particular interest in melanoma and offers a monthly clinic for melanoma specific patients only. She is a member of the Women's Dermatologic Society and the American Academy of Dermatology.

Daniel Johnson, MD

Featured in Episode 2: Melanoma
Dr. Daniel Johnson is a medical oncologist that specializes in treating patients with melanoma with specific research interests in strategies to overcome immunotherapy resistance and prevent immunotherapy related toxicities. He has multiple peer-reviewed articles and presentations at national meetings pertaining to the management and underlying mechanisms of immune toxicity. Dr. Johnson is a clinical investigator focusing on designing and implementing clinical trials intended to optimize the safety and efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Brian L. Pettiford, MD

Featured in Episode 3: Lung Cancer
Dr. Pettiford is a native of Tifton, Georgia. He is an honors graduate of Morehouse College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he continued his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training. During surgical residency, Dr. Pettiford was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. In 1998, he was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Corps as a Lieutenant and later received an honorable discharge in 2006 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After spending a year in private practice in Massachusetts, Dr. Pettiford served as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2005 to 2009. Prior to joining the Ochsner Health, he was employed by the Wellspan Health System as a cardiothoracic surgeon from 2009 through 2014. Dr. Pettiford is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and holds memberships in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Society, and the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society. He has authored or coauthored over 40 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Pettiford's interests include the use of robotic surgery for the treatment of lung cancer and benign lung disease. He also has extensive experience in malignant mesothelioma and the minimally-invasive treatment of esophageal cancer and benign esophageal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux and esophageal achalasia.

Suma Satti, MD

Featured in Episode 3: Lung Cancer
Dr. Satti earned her medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. Following graduation, she completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Medical Oncology at Ochsner Health System. Dr. Satti has been on staff since October 2008 and is board certified in Internal Medicine.

William Forrest Johnston, MD

Featured in Episode 4: Colorectal Cancer
Dr. Forrest Johnston grew up in Galveston, Texas before attending college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He graduated summa cum laude with a double major in religion and chemistry. He returned to Texas for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine where he graduated with honors. He trained in General Surgery at the University of Virginia and completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. Dr. Johnston joined the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Ochsner in 2017. Dr. Johnston is interested in and treats all aspects of colon and rectal diseases, including colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal disorders. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Dr. Johnston is involved with teaching and serves as the assistant program director for the colorectal fellowship training program. His approach to patient care is based on honesty and compassion.

Jeff Burkeen, MD, MS

Featured in Episode 4: Colorectal Cancer
Dr. Jeff Burkeen completed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in biological sciences. He then received his master's degree in biology from Texas A&M University, where he studied the neurobiology of circadian rhythms in the mammalian brain. Following this, Dr. Burkeen received his medical degree from Texas A&M and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society following his third year of medical school. Between his third and fourth years of medical school, he was accepted into the Medical Research Scholars Program at the NIH, a prestigious research fellowship where he studied radio-sensitizing drugs under the direction of Dr. Deborah Citrin at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Burkeen completed his internship in internal medicine at Tulane University. He then completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Diego, and served as chief resident during his last year in the program. Dr. Burkeen is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. His areas of expertise include cancers of the head and neck, skin, gastrointestinal, and hematologic systems.

Amy Rivere, MD

Featured in Episode 5: Breast Cancer
Dr. Amy Rivere was born and raised in Napoleonville, Louisiana. She graduated from LSU and earned her Doctor of Medicine from LSU Medical School in Shreveport. She then completed general surgery residency at Ochsner Clinic New Orleans and a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Rivere recently returned home to the Ochsner Health as a Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center in New Orleans. Her specialty is breast surgical oncology and the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Clinical interests include surgical treatment of breast cancer, nipple-sparing mastectomies, ultrasound guided lumpectomies, oncoplastic breast surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsies and axillary node dissections, axillary reverse mapping to minimize lymphedema risk, and management of benign breast disease She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons.

Melanie Sheen, MD

Featured in Episode 5: Breast Cancer
Dr. Melanie Sheen specializes in hematology and oncology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. She holds three board certifications from The American Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Sheen has been practicing since 2016. She is a member of The American College of Physicians, The American Society of Clinical Oncology, and The Louisiana State Oncology Society, among others. Dr. Sheen’s research was recognized in 2010 by Tulane University School of Medicine with the Andy Martin Award in Oncology.

Marc Matrana, MD, FACP, MS

Featured in Episode 6: Cancer Clinical Trials
Dr. Marc Matrana is a ninth-generation native of the New Orleans region. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in human genetics from Tulane University. He received his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Matrana completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Ochsner Medical Center where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed training in hematology and medical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he received numerous awards and served as both Chief Fellow for Resident Education and overall Chief Fellow. Dr. Matrana's clinical practice at Ochsner focuses on treating patients with cancers of the genitourinary tract as well as lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and other malignancies and hematologic diseases. He has conducted much ground-breaking research and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and other publications in the field of genitourinary medical oncology. Dr. Matrana has spoken at conferences around the world on kidney cancer and is a recognized expert in the field. In addition to research and patient care, he is an active medical educator serving in leadership positions with local medical schools, including the University of Queensland School of Medicine/Ochsner Clinical School and the Ochsner Medical Oncology Fellowship Program.

Erin Pierce, NP

Featured in Episode 6: Cancer Clinical Trials
Erin received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. While working as a registered nurse, she received a master of nursing practice degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Prior to joining the hematology oncology team as a nurse practitioner, Erin worked as a registered nurse for Ochsner's chemo infusion team. She serves as a clinical investigator on clinical trials and collaborates with physicians to care for patients enrolled in the precision cancer therapies program. Erin is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of several organizations including the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Oncology Nursing Society. Her special areas of interest are genitourinary and early phase clinical trials. She was chosen as the 2018 Ochsner Advanced Practice Provider of the Year for her research contributions.

Carter Davis, MD

Featured in Episode 7: Leukemia
Dr. Carter Davis earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed residency training internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He subsequently completed fellowship training in hematology and medical oncology at Duke, with a research focus in hematologic malignancies. Dr. Davis is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Davis is a member of the Department of Hematology/Oncology as part of the hematologic malignancies/BMT program.

Laura Finn, MD

Featured in Episode 7: Leukemia
Dr. Finn received her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Earl K. Long at LSU Baton Rouge where she was Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Finn completed a Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Jacksonville, FL. There she was Chief Fellow and remained on faculty of Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and also Medical Director of Inpatient Bone Marrow Transplant for two years. She also completed advanced training in stem cell transplant as a Mayo Clinic Scholar at the University of Minnesota. Dr Finn is the interim co-director of Ochsner Health System's Hematology and Stem Cell Transplant Program. She has interests in all blood disorders with a research focus in Leukemia and Myelodyplastic Syndrome. She is the Hematology Research Chair of the Precision Cancer Therapies Program. Dr. Finn is involved in medical resident and fellow education as the Associate Program Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Ochsner. Dr. Finn was selected as a member of the American Society of Hematology Advocacy Leadership Institute. Dr. Finn has a strong interest in promoting shared decision making and palliative medicine as part of her routine cancer care. She is also active in promoting health care policy changes for the fields of hematology, stem cell transplant, and cancer research through advocacy with the state and federal governments. She promotes federal support for cancer research funding and sickle cell disease policy recognition.

Sean Collins, MD

Featured in Episode 8: Prostate Cancer

Dr. Sean Collins specializes in the treatment of prostate, bladder and kidney cancers with minimally invasive surgery. A native New Orleanian, Dr. Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry cum laude from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA in 1993. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1997 where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. From 1997 until 1999, Dr. Collins completed two years of general surgery residency at LSU-Ochsner in preparation for the LSU-Ochsner Urology residency program which he completed from 1999 through 2003. After practicing in New Orleans for two years, Dr. Collins was selected for the Columbia University – Southwest Oncology Group fellowship in minimally invasive urologic oncology in New York, NY. After returning to New Orleans, Dr. Collins developed surgical programs at multiple medical centers in South Louisiana. He has written book chapters, published in peer-reviewed journals, and is a reviewer for multiple medical journals. His current research focuses on surgical outcomes. He is the surgeon champion for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program at Ochsner Baptist and is the Chair of Regional Urology. Dr. Collins is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Zoe Larned, MD

Featured in Episode 8: Prostate Cancer

Dr Larned earned her medical degree from Emory University. She remained at Emory to complete her internship and residency in internal medicine. She completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine and oncology.Dr Larned specializes in hematology/oncology and has a medical interest in solid tumors, breast cancer, and genitourinary cancer. She has been on staff at Ochsner since June 2004. She practices in The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center, Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center, Ochsner Medical Center, and Ochsner Baptist. Appointments can be made by calling 504-842-3901 or online.

Lingling Du, MD

Featured in Episode 9: Liver Cancer, Episode 10: Neuroendocrine Tumors
Dr. Lingling Du earned her medical degree from Peking University Health Science Center in China. She completed her internship and residency training at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed fellowship training in hematology/ oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Du specializes in hematology/oncology and has a special interest in gastrointestinal cancers, including esophageal, gastric, liver, bile duct, pancreas, small bowel and colorectal cancers. She also specializes in treating gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors, is a rare type of tumor. She is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Du believes every patient deserves the best care, and that treatment should be highly individualized and personally tailored. She is also a strong supporter of multidisciplinary cancer care. She works very closely with doctors of other specialties to ensure her patients are getting the best treatment possible.

Tyler Sandow, MD

Featured in Episode 9: Liver Cancer
Dr. Tyler Sandow has been fortunate to spend almost his entire life in Louisiana. After graduating from LSU, he received a medical degree from LSU's Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. He then completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Ochsner Medical Center. Following residency, he received fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital, gaining invaluable experience in interventional oncology, portal hypertension, peripheral vascular disease and uterine fibroid embolization. Dr. Sandow has published several papers in the field of interventional oncology and has been included in journals such as Radiology and Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. In collaboration with transplant surgery, he has been a co-investigator on several grant funded trials. Additionally, his research on hepatocellular carcinoma has been presented at multiple national and international meetings. Dr. Sandow was privileged to receive the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2018 Fellow Research Award. Dr. Sandow says in his own words, “I chose to become a doctor based on a desire to have a meaningful impact in someone's life for the better, to help in a time of need. As an interventional radiologist, I have the ability to use cutting-edge, minimally-invasive techniques to treat conditions throughout the body, such as cancer, bleeding, blood clots, fibroids, prostate enlargement, liver disease, leg pain and infection, among other conditions, all while leaving behind no more than a band-aid. The goal of my practice is not only to provide optimal care of patients, but to also make sure that all my patients are well-informed about treatment plans and therapeutic options as well as comfortable throughout the entire process from initial consultation to follow-up care. Additionally, I think it's incredibly important to maintain open dialogue with referring providers to keep them updated on their patients.”

Andrew Marsala, MD

Featured in Episode 10: Neuroendocrine Tumors
Louisiana native Dr. Andrew Marsala II received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. He completed an internship at Houston Methodist Hospital and a residency in diagnostic radiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He then completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Marsala is certified by the American Board of Radiology. He specializes in interventional radiology with a focus on interventional oncology. He has a special interest in the treatment of neuroendocrine cancers and sits on the tumor board of the Neuroendocrine Program at Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner. He spends most of his clinical time at the Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner and Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans facilities.When not at work, Dr. Marsala enjoys spending time his wife and two sons, family and friends.

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