Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) announced today it has acquired Orange Coast Oncology Hematology Medical Associates (OCOH) and together they will lead Orange County’s world-class cancer care and treatment. OCOH will now be part of Keck Medicine of USC and the practice will be known as USC Oncology/Hematology with locations in Newport Beach and Irvine and a treatment center in Newport Beach called the USC Oncology/Hematology Infusion Center.

Orange County medical oncologists join Keck School of Medicine faculty and staff

Prestigious Orange County medical oncologists join Keck School of Medicine faculty & staff (L to R): George Semeniuk III, Dilruba Haque, Louis VanderMolen, Greg Angstreitch, Minh Nguyen. Photo by Don Milici/Keck Medicine of USC

Orange County cancer patients of USC Oncology/Hematology will now have services only a university-based cancer treatment center such as Keck Medicine of USC can offer: access to clinical trials, teleconference tumor boards and genetic stem cell research conveniently delivered in the local Orange County outpatient settings in Newport Beach and Irvine. The OCOH practice, which was originally founded by Louis VanderMolen, M.D., is now aligned with Keck Medicine of USC’s 41-year-old renowned USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital – one of the original National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country.

“We are passionate in our pursuit to fight cancer with our internationally recognized researchers and clinicians – a vision Dr. VanderMolen shared for the future of his prestigious local practice,” said Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president of USC Health and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “At USC we know about recruiting the best physicians to our faculty and there is no one better at providing cancer care and treatment in Orange County than Dr. Louis VanderMolen and his physician associates – we’re proud to have them as part of our Trojan family.”

The mission of Keck Medicine of USC is to provide exceptional, expertise care at the right time, place and cost benefitting patients. This physician practice acquisition underscores Keck Medicine of USC’s commitment to patients who will be seen and treated by its experts in Orange County and as part of an ongoing affiliation with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. In addition, patients of Keck Medicine of USC have a dedicated, experienced patient navigator who is a liaison between Hoag Hospital and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital. The navigator help guide families through a loved one’s treatment and the maze of the health care system.

“Health care is undergoing dramatic changes and looking into the future, I realized I could best serve my patients by aligning with a medical enterprise that has a global reputation and provides the leading-edge cancer treatments that are only found in a university-based setting like the one Keck Medicine of USC has built,” said Louis VanderMolen, M.D., newly appointed clinical professor of medicine for Keck School of Medicine of USC, part of Keck Medicine of USC.

“It was important to bring the power of Keck Medicine of USC researchers and clinical expertise to Orange County rather than transfer most patients to Los Angeles for their cancer treatment,” continued VanderMolen. “There was no other medical enterprise I was confident could deliver on this promise and knowing Keck Medicine of USC had an affiliation with Hoag Hospital was an added bonus for my patients.”

In addition, the former OCOH physicians become faculty at the prestigious Keck School of Medicine of USC, the southland’s oldest medical school as well as part of USC Care, the medical faculty practice group of Keck Medicine of USC. The physicians joining Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty include: Greg Richard Angstreich, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine; Minh D. Nguyen, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine; George B. Semeniuk III, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine; Dilruba Haque, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine and Louis VanderMolen, M.D., clinical professor of medicine.

“Having the Orange County medical oncology group, led by Dr. VanderMolen, join our faculty is testament to our legacy of attracting the best medical and scientific minds to USC,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., MBA, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “We’re thrilled to have these physicians become part of our faculty.”

One of the benefits of Keck Medicine of USC’s patient services is access to cutting-edge clinical trials, tumor boards where experts in both Los Angeles and Orange County regularly teleconference on patient treatments, and genetic stem cell research being conducted at both USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and The Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

“Our global research experience and leadership in developing innovative new therapies over the past 41 years is reaching new peaks,” said Stephen Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., director of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and an expert in cancer genetics and medical oncology. “By working with the oncology specialists at USC Oncology/Hematology, we are dedicated to working together to bring our global cancer breakthrough treatments to conquer cancer for patients in Orange County.”

The USC Oncology/Hematology practice physicians have been seen in Orange County as a “best practice” in the outpatient care and treatment for those battling all types of cancer and blood disorders. Known for its excellent patient treatment, the practice has one of the highest nurse-to-patient ratios and is affiliated with the Cancer Treatments of Excellence (CCE), America’s only practice-owned, physician-driven network of oncologists.