City of Hope Orange County congratulates 2022 Physicians of Excellence

City of Hope is answering a call to provide highly specialized cancer care to Orange County, delivering innovative clinical trials, pioneering treatments, nationally recognized compassionate care and top clinical experts to treat even the most aggressive cancers. Because when you have cancer, you want everything possible to treat it, especially hope.

Among City of Hope’s extraordinary cancer experts are the physicians recognized by the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) as Physicians of Excellence for 2022.

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(L-R) Nishan Tchekmedyian M.D; Hang T. Dang, D.O., FACOS, FACS and Wade Smith, M.D.

Nishan Tchekmedyian, M.D. – Recently named Regional Medical Director for City of Hope Orange County, Dr. Tchekmedyian is a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist who has led innovative research in immunotherapy for advanced prostate cancer and a new targeted therapy for a rare mutation seen in lung and other cancers. Dr. Tchekmedyian has received numerous honors for his research and high-quality, patient-focused care. He practices at City of Hope Huntington Beach and City of Hope Irvine Sand Canyon.

Hang T. Dang, D.O., FACOS, FACS – Dr. Dang is a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist with aesthetic fellowship experience who focuses on the treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases at City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island. Dr. Dang provides high-quality, patient-focused and personalized cancer care. She has significant experience educating women about breast cancer and is active in numerous professional organizations. She practices at City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island.

Wade Smith, M.D. – Dr. Smith is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer treatment and is the Director of Clinical Research at City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island. He is an expert in immunotherapy, especially for the treatment of chemotherapy-resistant breast and other cancers. Dr. Smith is a frequent speaker on metastatic breast cancer and remains heavily involved in educating his community on breast cancer awareness/early detection. He practices at City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island. 

Thank you, OCMA, for recognizing physicians who bring a higher level of advanced cancer care to Orange County. They are the future of hope.

City of Hope is redefining the delivery of advanced cancer care as its Irvine cancer center nears completion. Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will be a focal point for innovation, providing patients access to the expertise of more than 400 physicians and 1,000 researchers and scientists who are focused on one thing – ending cancer.

The comprehensive cancer center and academic center will offer unmatched expertise in treatment and research. Distinguishing services include access to highly specialized cancer care experts, Phase I-IIl clinical trials, an array of treatment options for eradicating the most aggressive cancers, highly targeted genomics, precision medicine and nationally recognized supportive care programs.

Orange County’s only specialty cancer hospital exclusively focused on treating and curing cancer will open at the Irvine site in 2025. 

In addition to the cancer campus, City of Hope is developing a care network that expands access to its services. City of Hope’s four current clinical locations – two in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Irvine, already deliver many advanced treatments to Orange County residents.

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