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About Us

The Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine, is a new cancer center that offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and access to clinical trials, with a dedicated team of experienced medical professionals who are committed to providing personalized care.

What We Do:

We champion the administration of low-dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy, combined with immunotherapy, to preserve and retrain the patient’s immune system against their cancer.

  • Growing evidence suggests that we all produce some malignant cancer cells as our normal cells regenerate
  • Most of the time, our natural immune response eliminates these malignant cells faster than they are produced [Elimination Phase]
  • When there are too many mutations, or the tumor itself suppresses the immune system, there is growth of the cancer, and clinical manifestation of the disease [Escape Phase]

A paradigm shift in cancer care is necessary to overcome the immune system’s imbalance of the Escape Phase.

We make decisions based on the unique make-up of each patient’s cancer cells

  • The cancer cells have a distinctive molecular signature, which changes over time
  • Highly specific tissue & serum diagnostics enable precision therapy for optimal therapeutic outcome

Throughout the course of treatment at CSSIFM we continue to do comprehensive genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic profiling of the patient’s tumor and blood

  • This profiling is used to understand the evolution of the cancer cell and its reaction to therapy, and guides us in selecting treatment
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El Segundo, California 90245


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Meet the Team

Mira-Kistler-MDMira Kistler, MD

Dr Kistler received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles.

She was a Clinical Instructor in the Hospitalist Division at UCLA and then completed her Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA.

During Fellowship, she did focused work and published in area of leukemia and lymphoma. Dr. Kistler joined CSSIFM in November 2017.

Dr Kistler received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. She was a Clinical Instructor in the Hospitalist Division at UCLA and then completed her Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA. During Fellowship, she did focused work and published in area of leukemia and lymphoma. Dr. Kistler joined CSSIFM in November 2017.


Chaitali Nangia, MDChaitali Nangia, MD

Chaitali Nangia, MD is the Director of Head and Neck Oncology for the Verity Health System.

Dr. Nangia is a nationally renowned medical oncologist who provides leadership and active involvement in clinical trials focusing on immune oncology, precision care, biologics, targeted drugs and hormonal agents. With her expertise in the breast, head, and neck cancers she treats, she focuses on survivorship, quality of life, patient reported outcome and symptom management. Her goal is for each patient to have a high quality of life during and after treatment.

Dr. Nangia is published in many areas, including head and neck cancers, breast cancers, thyroid cancers, salivary gland tumors, rare tumors and skin cancers. Most recently, she practiced at UC Irvine where she was the HS Associate Clinical professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology and the Associate Program Director for the hematology oncology fellowship program. Dr. Nangia has received many awards, including Teacher of the Year for UC Irvine’s Hematology Oncology Division for an impressive three times in a row, NCI Clinician Award and Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence award.

Chaitali Nangia, MD is the Director of Head and Neck Oncology for the Verity Health System. Dr. Nangia is a nationally renowned medical oncologist who provides leadership and active involvement in clinical trials focusing on immune oncology, precision care, biologics, targeted drugs and hormonal agents. With her expertise in the breast, head, and neck cancers she treats, she focuses on survivorship, quality of life, patient reported outcome and symptom management. Her goal is for each patient to have a high quality of life during and after treatment.

Dr. Nangia is published in many areas, including head and neck cancers, breast cancers, thyroid cancers, salivary gland tumors, rare tumors and skin cancers. Most recently, she practiced at UC Irvine where she was the HS Associate Clinical professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology and the Associate Program Director for the hematology oncology fellowship program. Dr. Nangia has received many awards, including Teacher of the Year for UC Irvine’s Hematology Oncology Division for an impressive three times in a row, NCI Clinician Award and Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence award.


Sandeep Reddy, MDSandeep Reddy, MD

Dr. Reddy received his M.D. from the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles after receiving his B.S. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Reddy was Chief Medical Officer at Caris Life Sciences prior to joining CSSIFM. His executive and medical oversight produced over 100 abstracts at major medical conferences and over 30 peer-reviewed publications since 2014.

Previously, Dr. Reddy was Chief of Staff at Los Alamitos Medical Center and actively practicing clinical hematology and oncology.

Simultaneously he held an adjunct faculty position at the Geffen/UCLA School of Medicine as a clinical instructor at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was awarded the distinguished teaching award for clinical faculty in 2006. He is a member of the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute, ASCO, IASLC and current SWOG investigator. His medical training includes fellowship training in hematology and medical oncology and therapeutics research at the City of Hope, and Internal Medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Reddy received his M.D. from the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles after receiving his B.S. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Reddy was Chief Medical Officer at Caris Life Sciences prior to joining CSSIFM. His executive and medical oversight produced over 100 abstracts at major medical conferences and over 30 peer-reviewed publications since 2014.

Previously, Dr. Reddy was Chief of Staff at Los Alamitos Medical Center and actively practicing clinical hematology and oncology. Simultaneously he held an adjunct faculty position at the Geffen/UCLA School of Medicine as a clinical instructor at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was awarded the distinguished teaching award for clinical faculty in 2006. He is a member of the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute, ASCO, IASLC and current SWOG investigator. His medical training includes fellowship training in hematology and medical oncology and therapeutics research at the City of Hope, and Internal Medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.


Tara E. Seery, MDTara E. Seery, MD

Dr. Tara E. Seery is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating cancers of the pancreas, esophagus, colon, rectum, anus, and liver. She has extensive experience in pancreatic cancer, including multiple publications, and is one of the highest enrollers in an early phase pancreatic cancer trial.

Dr. Seery received her M.D. from University College Dublin School of Medicine after receiving her B.S. from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Seery did her residency and fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Caritas St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston and completed her fellowship training at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Most recently, Dr. Seery was an Associate Professor at UC Irvine in the Division of Hematology Oncology where she received the prestigious C. Ronal Koons, M.D. Humanitarian Award for service and compassion to patients.

Compassion and hope have driven Dr. Seery toward specializing in gastro-intestinal cancers. Although no one in her family is in medicine, she has been passionate about becoming a physician since she was five years old. Dr. Seery states that “joining CSSIFM is exciting because we are offering patients more hope, a better quality of life, and our future is to cure cancer.” Her plan is to help lead the pancreatic cancer studies for CSSIFM.

She enjoys teaching and was recently featured at the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Annual Lecture Series. Her research experience includes neoadjuvant chemotherapy and intraoperative chemotherapy for resectable pancreatic cancer and Corydalis Yanhusuo for prevention of chemotherapy induced neuropathy. She has been the primary investigator for 20 oncology trials. Dr. Seery has been published numerous times, has many abstracts, and is an invited speaker around the world.

Dr. Seery has lived in Southern California since 2010, enjoys running and spending time with her husband and young daughter.

Dr. Tara E. Seery is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating cancers of the pancreas, esophagus, colon, rectum, anus, and liver. She has extensive experience in pancreatic cancer, including multiple publications, and is one of the highest enrollers in an early phase pancreatic cancer trial.

Dr. Seery received her M.D. from University College Dublin School of Medicine after receiving her B.S. from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Seery did her residency and fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Caritas St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston and completed her fellowship training at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Most recently, Dr. Seery was an Associate Professor at UC Irvine in the Division of Hematology Oncology where she received the prestigious C. Ronal Koons, M.D. Humanitarian Award for service and compassion to patients.

Compassion and hope have driven Dr. Seery toward specializing in gastro-intestinal cancers. Although no one in her family is in medicine, she has been passionate about becoming a physician since she was five years old. Dr. Seery states that “joining CSSIFM is exciting because we are offering patients more hope, a better quality of life, and our future is to cure cancer.” Her plan is to help lead the pancreatic cancer studies for CSSIFM.

She enjoys teaching and was recently featured at the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Annual Lecture Series. Her research experience includes neoadjuvant chemotherapy and intraoperative chemotherapy for resectable pancreatic cancer and Corydalis Yanhusuo for prevention of chemotherapy induced neuropathy. She has been the primary investigator for 20 oncology trials. Dr. Seery has been published numerous times, has many abstracts, and is an invited speaker around the world.

Dr. Seery has lived in Southern California since 2010, enjoys running and spending time with her husband and young daughter.


Lennie Sender, MDLennie Sender, MD
Co-Director

Dr. Sender received his M.D. degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

In his more than 20 years of experience treating pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients and survivors, he has seen how the field of oncology has changed and how concerted efforts are now made to address patients’ ancillary needs, including fertility preservation, management of acute and chronic treatment effects, and to be sensitive to the psychosocial impacts of a cancer diagnosis on those just beginning their most productive years.

Dr. Sender’s research interests are comprehensive and multidisciplinary, extending from epidemiological components (incidence, prevalence), to biological factors (genomic or cellular differences), to the psychosocial impact of cancer, to long-term cancer survivorship. In 2011, Dr. Sender was the recipient of a $10 million Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant to study the genomic basis of pediatric and adolescent and young adult cancers to test the hypothesis that genomic knowledge can enable clinical decisions related to treatment options. In 2010, he founded two entities critical to the development of the emerging adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology subspecialty as President of the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO). Dr. Sender currently serves as the Medical Director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s and has recently been named as the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology for NantKwest.

Prior to joining NantKwest, Dr. Sender was the Medical Director of Clinical Oncology at the University of California’s NCI designated Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Sender also serves as Co-Director of CSSIFM.

Dr. Sender received his M.D. degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

In his more than 20 years of experience treating pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients and survivors, he has seen how the field of oncology has changed and how concerted efforts are now made to address patients’ ancillary needs, including fertility preservation, management of acute and chronic treatment effects, and to be sensitive to the psychosocial impacts of a cancer diagnosis on those just beginning their most productive years. Dr. Sender’s research interests are comprehensive and multidisciplinary, extending from epidemiological components (incidence, prevalence), to biological factors (genomic or cellular differences), to the psychosocial impact of cancer, to long-term cancer survivorship. In 2011, Dr. Sender was the recipient of a $10 million Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant to study the genomic basis of pediatric and adolescent and young adult cancers to test the hypothesis that genomic knowledge can enable clinical decisions related to treatment options. In 2010, he founded two entities critical to the development of the emerging adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology subspecialty as President of the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO). Dr. Sender currently serves as the Medical Director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s and has recently been named as the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology for NantKwest.

Prior to joining NantKwest, Dr. Sender was the Medical Director of Clinical Oncology at the University of California’s NCI designated Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Sender also serves as Co-Director of CSSIFM.


Christina To, MDChristina To, MD

Dr. Christina Ann To is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist with CSSIFM.

She graduated summa cum laude with honors from USC and received her medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Her medicine residency at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla was followed by a Hematology Oncology fellowship at the LA County/USC Medical Center.

Since completing her training, she has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area, and is excited to apply her experience in oncology and hematology to the development of novel, cutting-edge treatments at CSSIFM.

Dr. To has been active in cancer research since 2004. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Cancer and other medical journals, and served as a research associate and lead investigator on research projects examining DNA damage by UV light, targeted cancer imaging techniques, and circulating tumor cell capture in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Dr. To has received numerous awards for her academic and medical work, including a National Merit Scholarship, National Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award, and USC Renaissance Scholars Prize for demonstrating the highest scholarship in two fields of study.

In addition to her medical career, Dr. To is an accomplished violinist. She was the winner of the “From the Top” National Music Competition where she performed over National Public Radio, was chosen for the first violin section at the All-State California Honor Orchestra, and was a grand prize winner in the Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival International Competition.

Mission Statement:

“Cancer does not just involve physical ailments but the emotional pains that accompany the disease. I believe that there is something special about caring for patients who, after hearing the emotionally charged word "cancer," may feel devastated, uncertain, and afraid, and I see this task as both a privilege and a profound responsibility. I dedicate my life to providing for my patients medically and emotionally during this difficult time in their lives. “

Dr. Christina Ann To is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist with CSSIFM.

She graduated summa cum laude with honors from USC and received her medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Her medicine residency at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla was followed by a hematology oncology fellowship at the LA County/USC Medical Center. Since completing her training, she has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area, and is excited to apply her experience in oncology and hematology to the development of novel, cutting-edge treatments at CSSIFM.

Dr. To has been active in cancer research since 2004. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Cancer and other medical journals, and served as a research associate and lead investigator on research projects examining DNA damage by UV light, targeted cancer imaging techniques, and circulating tumor cell capture in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Dr. To has received numerous awards for her academic and medical work, including a National Merit Scholarship, National Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award, and USC Renaissance Scholars Prize for demonstrating the highest scholarship in two fields of study.

In addition to her medical career, Dr. To is an accomplished violinist. She was the winner of the “From the Top” National Music Competition where she performed over National Public Radio, was chosen for the first violin section at the All-State California Honor Orchestra, and was a grand prize winner in the Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival International Competition.

Mission Statement:

“Cancer does not just involve physical ailments but the emotional pains that accompany the disease. I believe that there is something special about caring for patients who, after hearing the emotionally charged word “cancer,” may feel devastated, uncertain, and afraid, and I see this task as both a privilege and a profound responsibility. I dedicate my life to providing for my patients medically and emotionally during this difficult time in their lives. “


Michael-GlendeningMichael Glendening, Physician Assistant

J. Michael Glendening grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Kalamazoo College, including six months of foreign study in Strasbourg, France.

As an undergraduate, he began exploring medical research during an internship with Pfizer (formerly Upjohn) where he contributed to the development of a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease. Upon graduation, he continued his work in this field at the Picower Institute for Medical Research in New York. Ultimately relocating to California, he continued his research at the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine affiliated with Keck School of Medicine where his work focused on the genetics of familial melanoma. His research experiences each resulted in several publications as a co-author.

Inspired to seek out a more direct connection to patients coping with the kinds of diseases he was researching, Michael began working with patients as a volunteer at LA County/USC Medical Center with the Physician Assistant Mentorship program. He then became an EMT and ultimately completed his PA training at Yale Medical School. During his time at Yale, he sought out elective training in geriatrics, hospice care and medical oncology which included work at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, TX.

As a Physician Assistant (PA), he has been trained in the same model of medical education as physicians and is licensed to practice medicine under their supervision. Michael has been an Oncology PA since 2003 and has worked in a variety of private practice settings. Prior to joining CSSIFM, he was the lead PA for over 10 years with Hematology Oncology Medical Group of Orange County which is affiliated with the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA.

Joining CSSIFM presents an opportunity to merge his background in medical research and his love of patient care in oncology with the cutting edge science and medicine this institute strives to provide to patients.

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, skiing, biking, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family.

J. Michael Glendening grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Kalamazoo College, including six months of foreign study in Strasbourg, France. As an undergraduate, he began exploring medical research during an internship with Pfizer (formerly Upjohn) where he contributed to the development of a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease. Upon graduation, he continued his work in this field at the Picower Institute for Medical Research in New York. Ultimately relocating to California, he continued his research at the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine affiliated with Keck School of Medicine where his work focused on the genetics of familial melanoma. His research experiences each resulted in several publications as a co-author.

Inspired to seek out a more direct connection to patients coping with the kinds of diseases he was researching, Michael began working with patients as a volunteer at LA County/USC Medical Center with the Physician Assistant Mentorship program. He then became an EMT and ultimately completed his PA training at Yale Medical School. During his time at Yale, he sought out elective training in geriatrics, hospice care and medical oncology which included work at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, TX.

As a Physician Assistant (PA), he has been trained in the same model of medical education as physicians and is licensed to practice medicine under their supervision. Michael has been an Oncology PA since 2003 and has worked in a variety of private practice settings. Prior to joining CSSIFM, he was the lead PA for over 10 years with Hematology Oncology Medical Group of Orange County which is affiliated with the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA.

Joining CSSIFM presents an opportunity to merge his background in medical research and his love of patient care in oncology with the cutting edge science and medicine this institute strives to provide to patients.

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, skiing, biking, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family.


Lindsay Kozicz Lindsay Kozicz
Physician Assistant

J. Lindsay Kozicz is a Physician Assistant who works as part of the CSSIFM care team. She also works as an Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science as Associate Director for the Master’s PA Program.

Kozicz’s clinical experience includes: practicing as a Senior Physician Assistant in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center for 4.5 years (2011-2016) and as a hospitalist PA at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut for 3.5 years (2008-2011).

Kozicz loves teaching and enjoys contributing to the development and education of future medical providers -throughout her career, she has precepted PA students and medical students.

In addition to medicine, Kozicz is passionate about serving her community. She works as the Community Liaison for all Service Learning Activities at CDU and has been instrumental in developing multiple community partnerships.

While working for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Kozicz developed an interest in adjunctive therapies to support cancer survivors as they undergo intensive treatment regimens. To better understand the mind, body connection, Kozicz became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 and began providing yoga therapy for cancer patients during her free time. She created and leads a weekly yoga, breathing and meditation classes at a women’s trauma/substance use disorder inpatient program in South Central LA.

For fun, Kozicz loves to be outdoors and hiking and biking. Her greatest passion, outside of her clinical and academic work, is traveling and learning about other cultures and communities.

Lindsay Kozicz is a Physician Assistant who works as part of the CSSIFM care team. She also works as an Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science as Associate Director for the Master’s PA Program. Kozicz’s clinical experience includes: practicing as a Senior Physician Assistant in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center for 4.5 years (2011-2016) and as a hospitalist PA at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut for 3.5 years (2008-2011).

Kozicz loves teaching and enjoys contributing to the development and education of future medical providers -throughout her career, she has precepted PA students and medical students.

In addition to medicine, Kozicz is passionate about serving her community. She works as the Community Liaison for all Service Learning Activities at CDU and has been instrumental in developing multiple community partnerships.

While working for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Kozicz developed an interest in adjunctive therapies to support cancer survivors as they undergo intensive treatment regimens. To better understand the mind, body connection, Kozicz became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 and began providing yoga therapy for cancer patients during her free time. She created and leads a weekly yoga, breathing and meditation classes at a women’s trauma/substance use disorder inpatient program in South Central LA.

For fun, Kozicz loves to be outdoors and hiking and biking. Her greatest passion, outside of her clinical and academic work, is traveling and learning about other cultures and communities.


Katayoun Moini Katayoun Moini
Physician Assistant

J. Professor Moini is the founding Program Director for the new Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University (CDU).

She joined CDU in September 2014 and spearheaded bringing the new Physician Assistant Program to CDU. The program was successfully granted Accreditation Provisional status in April 2016.

She is certified through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed as a Physician Assistant by the State of California.

Her experience includes appointments as Educational Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University, as Assistant Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Medical Sciences, and has extensive service as a Physician Assistant in a number of clinical settings, with an area of specialty in hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplantation.

Prof. Moini holds a Master of Health Science Physician Assistant degree, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC).

Prof. Moini was a member of the U.S. Inline Hockey Team and competed at several World Inline Hockey tournaments. She also has a nationally registered therapy dog named Luci that is an ambassador for her breed. Luci, an American Staffordshire terrier, specializes in working with children with learning disabilities and makes a fantastic skating companion along the boardwalk in Hermosa Beach!

Professor Moini is the founding Program Director for the new Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University (CDU). She joined CDU in September 2014 and spearheaded bringing the new Physician Assistant Program to CDU. The program was successfully granted Accreditation Provisional status in April 2016.

She is certified through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed as a Physician Assistant by the State of California.

Her experience includes appointments as Educational Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University, as Assistant Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Medical Sciences, and has extensive service as a Physician Assistant in a number of clinical settings, with an area of specialty in hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplantation.

Prof. Moini holds a Master of Health Science Physician Assistant degree, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC).

Prof. Moini was a member of the U.S. Inline Hockey Team and competed at several World Inline Hockey tournaments. She also has a nationally registered therapy dog named Luci that is an ambassador for her breed. Luci, an American Staffordshire terrier, specializes in working with children with learning disabilities and makes a fantastic skating companion along the boardwalk in Hermosa Beach!


Shirley-BotezatuShirley Botezatu, RN
Director, Clinic Administrator

Shirley Botezatu is the Director, Clinic Administrator for CSSIFM. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has worked in a variety of health care areas including critical care, preventative health, rehabilitation and now oncology.

She joined the Nant family in 2014, as a clinical analyst, providing support in implementation and offering clinical input into NantHealth’s numerous health care solutions.

In 2015, she helped to establish the NantCare Engagement Network and worked as a nurse navigator, responding to all inquiries about our GPS testing from oncology providers and patients suffering from cancer. 2016 found her the Director of the Wellness Call Center for NantHealth, overseeing health coaches and subject matter experts whose primary focus was health and wellness. She is currently the Director, Clinic Administrator for CSSIFM

Shirley Botezatu is the Director, Clinic Administrator for CSSIFM. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has worked in a variety of health care areas including critical care, preventative health, rehabilitation and now oncology.

She joined the Nant family in 2014, as a clinical analyst, providing support in implementation and offering clinical input into NantHealth’s numerous health care solutions. In 2015, she helped to establish the NantCare Engagement Network and worked as a nurse navigator, responding to all inquiries about our GPS testing from oncology providers and patients suffering from cancer. 2016 found her the Director of the Wellness Call Center for NantHealth, overseeing health coaches and subject matter experts whose primary focus was health and wellness. She is currently the Director, Clinic Administrator for CSSIFM.


Paula Bradshaw RN, MSN, MBA Clinic AdministratorPaula Bradshaw
RN, MSN, MBA

Vice President, Clinic Operations

Paula Bradshaw has 28 years’ experience in the healthcare arena. She trained and worked as a critical care nurse in the United Kingdom for 11 years. Paula joined the Nant family in 2016, and is currently the Vice President, Clinic Operations for CSSIFM.

In 2001, Paula came to the United States and joined Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica as an advanced practice nurse, where she established an end of life, and pain management nursing program. In 2003, Paula was promoted to Director, Risk Management.

By 2006, Paula completed her MSN and MBA, and her responsibilities at Saint John’s expanded, she had responsibility for risk, case management, healthcare quality, regulatory compliance, and John Wayne Cancer Centers. In 2010, she transitioned from the hospital to become Chief Nursing Officer at a software company, where she was responsible for software design, data analysis, and all client facing activity.

Paula Bradshaw has 28 years’ experience in the healthcare arena. She trained and worked as a critical care nurse in the United Kingdom for 11 years. Paula joined the Nant family in 2016, and is currently the Vice President, Clinic Operations for CSSIFM.

In 2001, Paula came to the United States and joined Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica as an advanced practice nurse, where she established an end of life, and pain management nursing program. In 2003, Paula was promoted to Director, Risk Management.

By 2006, Paula completed her MSN and MBA, and her responsibilities at Saint John’s expanded, she had responsibility for risk, case management, healthcare quality, regulatory compliance, and John Wayne Cancer Centers. In 2010, she transitioned from the hospital to become Chief Nursing Officer at a software company, where she was responsible for software design, data analysis, and all client facing activity.


Anthony-CarusoAnthony Caruso
Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Anthony received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Michigan State University in 2003. He moved to Southern California to work in the biotech field and pursue a graduate degree in Laboratory Science.

In 2007 Anthony joined a San Diego company developing stem cell treatments for equine post-surgical wound healing. In 2009 he transitioned to the San Diego Blood Bank and really took an interest in clinical laboratory blood banking and reference laboratory.

Anthony moved to Los Angeles for Clinical training and certification through Cal State Los Angeles in 2011. After graduation, he began working in each of the different departments of the Hospital Core Laboratory. Over the past several years Anthony has worked for different Hospital systems including CHLA and Adventist Health. Anthony now has a strong background in chemistry and microbiology with a focus on lab administration and management. Anthony has a constant desire to optimize the laboratory function in healthcare.

Anthony received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Michigan State University in 2003. He moved to Southern California to work in the biotech field and pursue a graduate degree in Laboratory Science.

In 2007 Anthony joined a San Diego company developing stem cell treatments for equine post-surgical wound healing. In 2009 he transitioned to the San Diego Blood Bank and really took an interest in clinical laboratory blood banking and reference laboratory.

Anthony moved to Los Angeles for Clinical training and certification through Cal State Los Angeles in 2011. After graduation, he began working in each of the different departments of the Hospital Core Laboratory. Over the past several years Anthony has worked for different Hospital systems including CHLA and Adventist Health. Anthony now has a strong background in chemistry and microbiology with a focus on lab administration and management. Anthony has a constant desire to optimize the laboratory function in healthcare.


Lila Castillo, MALila Castillo
MA

Lila Castillo is the Clinical Research Lead for CSSIFM and has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry providing research coordination and project management.

In her current role, she works closely with all stakeholders to streamline research support and services for investigators. Prior to joining CSSIFM in Fall 2017, Lila worked in a wide range of clinical research including oncology, mental and behavioral health, and epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Stanford University.

Lila Castillo is the Clinical Research Lead for CSSIFM and has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry providing research coordination and project management. In her current role, she works closely with all stakeholders to streamline research support and services for investigators. Prior to joining CSSIFM in Fall 2017, Lila worked in a wide range of clinical research including oncology, mental and behavioral health, and epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Stanford University.


Sharon-DenisonSharon Denison
Research Pharmacist

Sharon received her undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego, and her Pharm.D. degree from University of California, San Francisco.

She is responsible for providing oversight of the pharmacy and investigational drugs. Sharon brings more than 25 years of experience as an investigational drug pharmacist to the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine. Prior to joining CSSIFM in 2017, Sharon was an investigational drug pharmacist at the City of Hope.

When not at work, Sharon is an active volunteer with the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. She also visits at assisted living facilities with her two certified therapy dogs. She enjoys paper crafting and teaching classes at an assisted living facility.

Sharon received her undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego, and her Pharm.D. degree from University of California, San Francisco. She is responsible for providing oversight of the pharmacy and investigational drugs. Sharon brings more than 25 years of experience as an investigational drug pharmacist to the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine. Prior to joining CSSIFM in 2017, Sharon was an investigational drug pharmacist at the City of Hope.

When not at work, Sharon is an active volunteer with the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue. She also visits at assisted living facilities with her two certified therapy dogs. She enjoys paper crafting and teaching classes at an assisted living facility.


Lauren Small Licensed Clinical Social WorkerLauren Small
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lauren Small is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing essential support to CSSIFM patients and their families.

Lauren received her MSW from Boston University where she completed an advanced internship in oncology social work and has over 6 years post-graduate in cancer care. She addresses patients’ needs by connecting them to concrete resources like transportation, financial assistance and lodging as well as by providing individual assessment and counseling and facilitating supportive programs including a Mind/Body Medicine group for stress reduction.

Lauren Small is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing essential support to CSSIFM patients and their families. Lauren received her MSW from Boston University where she completed an advanced internship in oncology social work and has over 6 years post-graduate in cancer care. She addresses patients’ needs by connecting them to concrete resources like transportation, financial assistance and lodging as well as by providing individual assessment and counseling and facilitating supportive programs including a Mind/Body Medicine group for stress reduction.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine (CSSIFM) acknowledges the importance of conflict of interest management which is why the Institute has proactively taken the appropriate steps and adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy (COI Policy) that requires comprehensive disclosure of the financial interests of Investigators conducting clinical research at the CSSIFM. See Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy which has been implemented in full prior to opening of the Institute.

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CSSIFM
El Segundo
2040 East Mariposa Avenue
El Segundo, California 90245


Costa Mesa (COMING SOON)
1640 Newport Blvd. Suite 370
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

 

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