St. Joseph’s/Candler, Liberty Regional partner to bring the latest in cancer care to Hinesville region
Liberty Regional Medical Center and the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler have partnered to create a new oncology program to deliver the latest treatments to Liberty County cancer patients.
This new partnership was fueled by the commitment of the Liberty community who came together to raise more than $400,000 to bring in needed chemotherapy and medical oncology services.
But it also fits perfectly with the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion’s longstanding goal to bring the best cancer treatments to people where they live. The fundraising drive resulted in a new oncology space on the Liberty Regional campus and the recruitment of Dr. Ajaz Bulbul, who is board certified in both oncology and hematology and will serve as the medical director.
The program will work collaboratively with the medical staffs at both hospitals to build a robust cancer program for the future by using the expertise of local specialists at Liberty Regional and the experience of the programs and expertly trained team at the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion. The centerpiece of the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion model are the Clinical Effectiveness Teams who meet regularly to assure best practices in treatment regimens offered. Physicians in Liberty will have opportunities to present cases for multi-disciplinary discussions with physicians in Savannah for individualized treatment plans. Dr. Bulbul and other Liberty Regional specialists as appropriate will be part of those teams for the benefit of his Liberty County patients.
Clinical Effectiveness Teams are comprised of physicians with related specialties and support personnel who meet regularly to review individual cases. St. Joseph's/Candler has multidisciplinary teams for the following areas:
- Breast Cancer
- Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
- Genitourinary (GU) Cancer
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Thoracic (Lung) Cancer
Better access to cancer care, clinical trials
This joint venture will benefit from the expertise of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), which the Lewis Caner & Research Pavilion has been a part of for more than six years. Georgia NCORP affords all Georgians deeper cancer services and boarder regional accessibility, with 110 oncology clinical providers in more than 40 different locations throughout the state. It also allows easier access to clinical trials and research to patients in their own local communities so they don’t have to travel far distances or leave loved ones.
About Dr. Bulbul
Dr. Ajaz Bulbul is triple board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. He received his undergraduate degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Jammu in India. Dr. Bulbul completed his medical residency in internal medicine at the University of Southern California. He was then accepted to the prestigious USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center for a Hematology and Oncology Fellowship, subsequently graduating as the Chief Hematology Fellow.
Dr. Bulbul has authored more than 50 publications and presented at major international conferences around the world. His research on desmoplastic small round blue cell sarcomas has led to the discovery of new targets for its treatment. He has written expert commentaries in treating lung cancer and targeting these cancers with precision therapies. Additionally, he has published and presented on breast cancer, kidney cancer, immunotherapy, benign and malignant blood disorders among other publications.
Nationally, he serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s steering committee for rural medical oncology where he works to develop best practices in care.
Prior to joining the LCRP, Dr. Bulbul served as medical director for the Division of Hematology/Oncology, New Mexico Hematology and Oncology Specialists at Artesia General Hospital.
Outside of work, Dr. Bulbul enjoys being with his family. He also likes long hikes, music, traveling and cricket. Dr. Bulbul has qualified for multiple mountain trail ultra-marathons (running more than 50 miles and climbing mountains) around the world.
The new Infusion Services practice will be permanently located on the Liberty Regional campus in a space that is currently being remodeled. A temporary space that will be used through the spring will be located at 229 General Screven Way, Suite H-1, Hinesville, GA 31313.
This practice will house space for chemotherapy and infusion services, a clinic for Dr. Bulbul and an area for the highly-trained and experienced chemotherapy pharmacists from the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion to mix the chemo drugs.
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