Hematology / Oncology Clinic  
Meet Our Doctors

Professional Staff


Michael J. Castine, III, M.D.

Education:
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
B.A. - 1988

Louisiana State University
New Orleans, LA
School of Medicine
M.D. - 1992


Training:
Intern – Internal Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
1992-1993

Resident – Internal Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
1993-1995

Chief Medical Resident
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
1995-1996

Fellow-Hematology/Oncology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Comprehensive Cancer Center
1996-1999

Professional:
Southern Baptist Hospital
Blood Bank Extern
New Orleans, LA
June 1988-January 1992

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Instructor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
July 1995-June 1996

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Head and Neck Cancer Working Group / Clinic
July 1996-June 1998

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Hemophilia Clinic Fellow
July 1997-June 1998

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Vaccine Therapy Program
July 1997-June 1998

Medical Oncology, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA
July 1999-September 2005

Hematology/ Oncology Clinic
Baton Rouge, LA
Oct. 2005 - present

Board Certification:
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996
Recertification complete, 2006

American Board of Internal Medicine
Subspecialty Hematology, 1999

American Board of Internal Medicine
Subspecialty Medical Oncology, 2000
Recertification complete, 2006


Articles:

  • Community-Based Cancer Treatment: More Economical than Hospital-Based Care
  • Personal Statement:
    I am a native New Orleanian who moved to Baton Rouge in 1999, ago after completing my training. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, my medical degree at LSUMC in New Orleans and my post graduate training at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Birmingham, Alabama. I am board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. My practice centers around the treatment of all cancer diagnoses, as well as, the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the blood such as anemias and clotting disorders.

    In addition to practicing, I have volunteered time in the community as the president of the Louisiana Oncology Society for three years. I also serve on various local hospital committees, and am a member of several local social and charitable organizations. I am married with three children and enjoy traveling with my family. Most of my hobbies center around my family with travel and sports including fishing, skiing, soccer and hunting.

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    Pavani Ellipeddi, M.D.

    Education:
    Kathmandu Medical Teaching Hospital
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    2003

    Training:
    Intern - Internal Medicine
    Kathmandu Medical Teaching Hospital
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Residency - Internal Medicine
    Baptist Medical Center
    Birmingham, Alabama
    2007-2010

    Fellowship - Hospice, Palliative Medicine and Hematology Oncology
    University of Kansas
    Kansas City, Kansas
    2012-2017

    Professional:
    Birmingham Hospitalist, PC
    Hospitalist
    2010-2011

    University of Kansas
    Kansas City, Kansas
    Hospitalist
    2013-2014

    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2017 to present


    Personal Statement:
    One of the things I enjoy most about my work is that I can treat a wide range of issues. Whether patients have a blood disease or cancer in their stomach, chest, colorectal area, liver, lung or breast, I have experience and interest in caring for their needs.

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    Lauren Juneja, M.D.

    EDUCATION:

    Medical School:
    LSU Shreveport May 2012
    Masters: Tulane University May 2007
    Cell and Molecular Biology
    BS: The Ohio State Univesity December 2003

    Training:
    Fellowship: Hematology Oncology at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center - Shreveport, LA 7/2015-6/2018
    Residency: Internal Medicine LSU Health Science Center- Shreveport, LA 7/2012-6/2015

     

    Experience:
    Adjunct Professor, Delgado Community College - New Orleans, LA 1/2008-5/2008
    Anatomy/Physiology Lab


    Personal Statement:

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    Christopher Miles McCanless, M.D.

    EDUCATION:

    Undergraduate:
    University of the South
    Sewanee, TN
    B.S. - May 1984

    Medical School:
    Louisiana State University Medical Center
    Shreveport, LA
    M.D. - May 1988

    Residency:
    Internal Medicine
    Louisiana State University Medical Center
    Shreveport, LA
    July 1988 - June 1991

    Fellowship:
    Hematology-Oncology
    Louisiana State University Medical Center
    Shreveport, LA
    July 1992 - June 1995
    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:
    Emergency Medical Technician
    1983 - 1984

    Clinical Instructor
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Louisiana State University Medical Center
    Shreveport, LA
    July 1991 - June 1992

    Private Practice
    Hematology/Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    July 1995 to Present

    CERTIFICATION:
    American Board of Internal Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    September 1991, re-certification 2002, 2013

    Medical Oncology
    October 1995, re-certification 2005, 2015

    Personal Statement:
    My love for medicine started at a very young age.  I watched and appreciated my father's dedication and opportunity to help people in this great career.

    Hematology/Oncology for me is a calling to help fight a disease that has had major advancements in its treatment to help many patients.  My goals as a physician in this field are to always look at the whole picture-- aggressiveness to conquer the disease by researching all alternatives, consulting all physicians on the case for the best treatment plan, and to always keep the comfort of the patient and family at the top of my list.

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    Gerald Patrick Miletello, M.D.

    EDUCATION:

    Undergraduate:
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA
    B.S. - May 1975

    Medical School:
    Louisiana State University
    New Orleans, LA
    School of Medicine
    M.D. - December 1979

    Internship:
    Earl K. Long Hospital
    Baton Rouge, LA
    January 1980 - December 1980

    Residency:
    Ochsner Hospital
    New Orleans, LA
    January 1981 - March 1981

    Charity Hospital
    New Orleans, LA
    April 1981 - December 1982

    Fellowship:
    Louisiana State University Medical Center
    New Orleans, LA
    January 1983 - December 1984

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:
    Chief of Oncology
    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
    January 1985 - December 1986

    Private Practice
    Hematology/Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    January 1985 to Present

    CERTIFICATION:
    American Board of Internal Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    September 1984

    Medical Oncology
    November 1989

    ACADEMIC AFFILIATION:
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Louisiana State University School of Medicine





    Personal Statement:
    I have been interested in medicine for as long as I can remember, and became interested specifically in oncology during my second year in medical school. One of my interests outside the clinic is cooking and creating healthful, delicious food. I have been able to combine my love of cooking with my passion for caring for my patients by co-authoring a cookbook with Holly Clegg, Eating Well Through Cancer. In addition, I am very proud to have been able to establish a Proleukin Center for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and melanoma. I am inspired by my patients’ hope and courage which makes it possible to for me to treat this dreaded disease. My goal is to offer patients the latest treatments in a safe and caring environment. Because of my courageous patients and the exciting progress we are making in the treatment of cancer, I love what I do and hope that one day we will have a cure for this frightening disease.

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    Meet our additional professional staff:



    Nurse Practitioner: Breanna Byrd, NP

    Education:
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, LA
    Masters of Science in Nursing 2018

    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, LA
    BSN 2014

    Professional:
    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2019 - Present

    Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2014-2018



    Nurse Practitioner: Wendy Gill, NP

    Education:
    University of South Alabama
    Mobile, AL
    Master of Science in Nursing 2002

    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, LA
    BSN 1995

    Professional:
    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2016-Present

    Pontchartrain Hematology Oncology
    Hammond, LA
    2007-2015

    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2005-2007

    Medical Oncology
    Baton Rouge, LA
    1998-2005

    Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
    1998-2002

    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
    1996-1997



    Nurse Practitioner: Jholeh Jones, NP

    Education:
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, LA
    Masters of Science in Nursing 2018

    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, LA
    BSN 2014

    Louisiana Tech University
    Ruston, LA
    BS Biological Sciences 2012

    Professional:
    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2019 - Present

    Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2015-2018



    Nurse Practitioner: Anna Rountree, NP

    Education:
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, LA
    Masters of Science in Nursing 2016

    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    New Orleans, LA
    BSN 2012

    Professional:
    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2017 to Present

    Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2011-2017

    Glenwood Regional Medical Center
    West Monroe, LA
    2011



    Nurse Practitioner: Alicia Siears, NP

    Education:
    Louisiana State University Health Science Center
    New Orleans, LA
    Masters in Nursing 2014

    Mississippi Gulf Coast College
    Gulfport, MS
    Associates in Nursing 2005

    Professional:
    Hematology Oncology Clinic
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2016

    Tulane University Hospital
    New Orleans, LA
    2008-2016

    East Jefferson General
    New Orleans, LA
    2008

    Florida Hospital South
    Orlando, FL
    2006-2008

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