Division of Hematology/Oncology

The award winning Division of Hematology/Oncology is divided into twelve programs reflecting our partnership with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, where all of our physicians are faculty. Each of our members subspecialize in one or two areas of oncology or malignant hematology, affording maximal medical expertise. Most patients benefit from this composition; they are seen in multidisciplinary clinics and reviewed in multidisciplinary treatment planning conferences. The team is involved in research opportunities in numerous areas including cutting edge programs in pancreatic and hepatocellular cancers. Our blood and marrow transplantation program is one of the oldest in the nation, providing state of the art autologous and allogeneic transplants for patients with leukemias, lymphomas, and multiple myeloma. With its designation as a Center of Excellence with the National Marrow Donor Program, our stem cell pheresis program is the largest unrelated donor program in the country.

Areas of particular interest and expertise are noted below:

James Mason, MD (Division Head)

  • Hematologic Oncology
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Neurologic Oncology
  • Sarcoma

Sonia Ali, MD

  • Breast Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Munveer Bhangoo, MD

  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Genitourinary Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Head/Neck
  • Hepatic-Pancreatic-Biliary Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Sarcoma

Kathryn Bollin, MD

  • Immunotherapy
  • Cutaneous Oncology
  • Sarcoma
  • CNS
  • Head/Neck

Carrie Costantini, MD

  • Breast Oncology
  • Coagulopathy
  • Genitourinary Oncology

Michael Kosty, MD

  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Genitourinary Oncology
  • Head/Neck
  • Cutaneous Oncology (Melanoma)

Anuj Mahindra, MD

  • Hematologic Oncology (Multiple Myeloma, Lymphoma, AL Amyloidosis, Leukemia) Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Benign Hematology

Aditya Sarvaria, MD

  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Benign Hematology
  • Coagulopathy
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology (colon, upper GI)
  • Genitourinary Oncology
  • Head/Neck
  • Hematologic Oncology
  • Hepatic-Pancreatic-Biliary Oncology
  • Neurologic Oncology

Alan Saven, MD

  • Benign Hematology
  • Coagulopathy
  • Cutaneous Oncology (Lymphoma)
  • Hematologic Oncology (HCL Expertise)

Darren Sigal, MD

  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Hepatic-Pancreatic-Biliary Oncology

Melissa Torrey, MD

  • Breast Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology

Marin Xavier, MD

  • Benign Hematology
  • Cutaneous Oncology (Kaposis Sarcoma, Lymphoma)
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Hematologic Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology

Featured Services

  • We provide cutting edge cancer care across twelve different cancer specialties as part of our partnership and affiliation with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. Patients are seen in multidisciplinary clinics across four fully staffed centers distributed across San Diego County.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Carrie Costantini, MD was recipient of the Gittes Fellow Research Award in Medicine 2017 and has been named a Top Doctor by San Diego County Medical Society/San Diego Magazine (Hematology 2016).

  • Michael Kosty, MD has been named to Best Doctors in America 2005-2019 and was previously named a Top Doctor by San Diego Magazine. He sits on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors (2017-2021) and is the recipient of the Stan Freedman MD Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Graduate Medical Education (Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital) 2019.

  • James Mason, MD has been named to The Best Doctors of America 2003-2018 and was previously named to San Diego Magazine Best Doctors and San Diego Padres Medical All Stars 2002. He has received a Thrivers’ Network Physician of the Year Award and a cancer Development Award from the American Cancer Society.

  • Alan Saven, MD was ranked in the Top One Percent of Hematologists and Oncologists by U.S. News and World Report and has been named to Best Doctors of America repeatedly over the past two decades.

  • Melissa Torrey, MD received The Wil Alexander Award for Commitment to Whole Person Care

  • Marin Xavier, MD has been named a Top Doctor by San Diego Magazine and received numerous awards including the Dr. John Kenny Award for Physician Leadership and Compassionate Care in Blood Cancers (2017), the Laura Krumvieda Inspiration Award for Exemplary Service (2016), and is a past recipient of The Ralph P. George Teacher of the Year Award.

We offer an accredited fellowship program for physicians who want to pursue subspecialty training in hematology/oncology. Fellows enjoy the opportunity to train under the mentorship of our award-winning staff while caring for diverse populations and conducting relevant research. Our fellows practice in a unique variety of learning environments and collaborate in one of San Diego’s largest health care systems.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Graduate Medical Education page.

Our Division members participate in Phase I, II and III clinical trials both for investigator initiated and commercial studies. A Phase I unit is planned for the near future, as is participation in MD Anderson clinical trials as well. We also maintain research relationships with Sanford Burnham Prebys and The Scripps Research Institute.

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