TOI CEO Nominated for Los Angeles Times’ CEO & CFO Leadership Awards

The Oncology Institute (“TOI”) is proud to announce that our CEO, Brad Hively, has been named as a nominee for the LA Times’ CEO & CFO Leadership Awards. Mr. Hively has over 20 years of executive leadership and healthcare experience and has led TOI through several important milestones, including the recent announcement that TOI will become a publicly traded company. Prior to TOI, Brad led physician groups at Health Essentials and Heritage Provider Network and served on the Boards of The Oncology Institute, Biorasi, Patient Care America, and American Access Care.

Hively has long been a proponent of value-based healthcare and understood the potential it had, specifically in oncology. During his tenure, TOI has entered 3 new markets, taken responsibility for more than 500,000 new patient lives, developed a one-of-a-kind outpatient stem cell transplant program, and launched a best-in-class outpatient infusion program.

The 2021 CEO & CFO Leadership Awards are presented to leadership professionals in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing Team for outstanding professional contributions to their organization. All honorees will be announced at a virtual event taking place on August 5, 2021.

You can also read about our CFO’s recent nomination for Orange County Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards here.

Dr. Omkar Marathe Receives Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year

The Oncology Institute is proud to announce that Dr. Omkar Marathe was recognized as the Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year from the St. Mary Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Marathe has been a member of the St. Mary faculty for five years and previously received this award back in 2017. The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year program for doctors who have completed medical school and are training for their specialty in internal medicine.

When asked what interested him in teaching Dr. Marathe had this to say, “Teaching others gives us the opportunity to contribute to the future physicians of the field and helps us teachers to stay on top of the field and solidify our own mastery.”

As a teacher, Dr. Marathe values the opportunity to fuel a passion for hematology and oncology among internal medicine residents. Whether it’s for broadening the knowledge of his students or inspiring them to pursue a career as a Hematologist or Medical Oncologist. For Dr. Marathe, this field may be challenging, but he believes there is no career more gratifying or fulfilling.

In addition to being an award-winning physician, Dr. Marathe’s most recent abstract was highlighted by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). You can read his abstract here.

To book an appointment with Dr. Marathe, or any of our more than 50 physicians, visit us here.

TOI CFO Nominated as One of the Top Financial Professionals in Orange County

The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation is proud to announce that our CFO, Scott Dalgleish, has been nominated for the CFO of the Year Awards. Mr. Dalgleish has over 20 years of financial experience and has led financial teams at Providence Health and DaVita, following a career in private equity and investment banking.

The 2021 CFO of the Year Awards are presented to financial professionals in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal for outstanding performance as corporate stewards for the preceding fiscal year. Scott Dalgleish is one of many nominees across five categories. The winners will be announced at the 14th Annual CFO of the Year Awards Dinner & Gala on September 28, 2021 at the Irvine Marriot.

5 Reasons Why Men Should Go to the Doctor

Men’s Health Month may have come to a close, but your health deserves attention year-round. Unfortunately, many men put off visiting the doctor to discuss health concerns or get their regular checkups. A survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that only half of the nearly 1,200 adult men surveyed got regular check-ups.1 There are many reasons men cite for not going to the doctor, including fear and embarrassment. There are so many reasons why men SHOULD visit the doctor regularly, however. Here are just a few:

  • Monitor your vitals

Visiting your doctor will help you monitor your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. If you have high blood sugar or cholesterol, you’ll be able to get it under control with the help of your doctor before it spirals out of control into something more serious.

  • Early detection of serious diseases or ailments

When you visit with your doctor, you will be able to work together to determine if a health issue you’re currently dealing with could be a symptom of something more serious. If you are urinating more frequently, for example, tell your doctor about it as this could be a symptom of prostate cancer.

  • Heart health

According to the American Heart Association, Coronary Heart Disease generally affects more men than women under 50. Nearly 1 in 6 men will die from coronary heart disease.2 Seeing a doctor will help ensure that your heart is in good shape and working as it should.

  • Better lifestyle choices

Seeing a doctor not only helps you avoid any ugly surprises down the road, but it can also help hold you accountable when it comes to making better lifestyle choices like increasing physical activity and improving your diet.

  • Getting answers to health-related questions

If you have a health question or concern, the best person to consult with is your doctor. When it comes to maintaining your health, they are your first line of defense. Remember your doctor is here to help you stay happy and healthy.

Bradley Gill, a Cleveland Clinic urologist, provides these words of encouragement for men who are reluctant about visiting the doctor: “you rotate your tires, you change your oil…What you don’t want to do is wait until there’s smoke coming out from under the hood and the car stops running. The same thing goes for men’s health.”3



5 Fast Facts: Prostate Cancer

Thousands of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. Here are 5 fast facts you should know about its symptoms, when to get screened, and how common this cancer is.

  1. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. It is the second most common cancer in men worldwide.1

  2. Men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than colon, kidney, melanoma, and stomach cancers combined.2

  3. There are typically no symptoms of early-stage prostate cancer, so getting screened is crucial, especially if you’re over 40 years old.

  4. If symptoms are present, they may include3:

    • Need to urinate more frequently
    • Difficulty urinating
    • Blood in urine or semen
  5. You are more at risk for prostate cancer if:

    • You are over the age of 50
    • You are African American
    • You have a family history of prostate cancer

Talk to your physician about screening for prostate cancer. The overall five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is around 99% when diagnosed early.4



Abstracts Authored by TOI Physicians Accepted to ASCO

Earlier this month, three abstracts co-authored by TOI physicians were accepted to ASCO. TOI Physicians are committed to advancing cancer research and contributing to the development of cutting-edge cancer treatments. Both clinical trials included in these abstracts have the potential to positively impact patient lives.

Dr. Michael Chung contributed to a Phase 3 clinical trial treating diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. This drug is a possible treatment for patients who have exhausted many other treatment options and are ineligible for an autologous stem cell transplant.

Dr. Merrill Shum participated in a trial for a drug that targets a new mutation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer patients. The trial is expanding to 200+ patient participants in 20 counties, and TOI will serve as one of the host sites.

Dr. Omkar Marathe served as a PI for a trial of a topical ointment treatment for Hand-Foot Skin Reaction (HFSR). Currently, there is no FDA approved treatment for HFSR, which leads to decrease in quality of life for patients and interruptions in dosing.

With more than 130 clinical trials offered at TOI, we bring leading-edge therapies to our patients while contributing to the advancement of cancer treatment for patients around the word. Congratulations to Drs. Chung and Shum on this accomplishment!

You can read more about Dr. Chung’s abstract and Dr. Shum’s abstract and Dr. Marathe’s abstract on the ASCO website.

3 Important Cancer Screenings Men Should Get & When

June is Men’s Health Month and The Oncology Institute wants to remind you to get screened for cancer regularly. You may have many questions about screenings. Read on to learn more about screenings for 3 different types of cancer.


Lung cancer screenings have been found to decrease the risk of death by 20%.1 Get screened annually if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • Are between 50 and 80
  • Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history (pack-year is 1 pack of cigarettes per day per year
  • Currently smoke or quit smoking in the last 15 years


When to get screened for colon & rectal cancer and how often depends on your age according to the American Cancer Society.2

  • If you’re in good health and between the ages of 45 and 75, get screened annually
  • If you’re between the ages of 76 and 85, talk to your doctor about your options
  • If you’re 85+, you should no longer get screened


Prostate cancer screenings are best determined by the individual and their physician.3 Consult with your doctor about screening for prostate cancer if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • Are between the ages of 55 and 69
  • Have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Are African-American
  • Have other medical conditions that may make it difficult for you to be treated for prostate cancer

As always, consult with your physician to help determine which screenings are right for you based on your personal health history.


The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Summer starts now! More sun means more outdoor activities and more exposure to harmful UV rays. Even if you protect yourself, it is still a good idea to check for possible signs of melanoma. An easy-to-remember way of doing this is to remember the ABCDE’s of Melanoma1. These are the characteristics that doctors use to diagnose and classify melanomas. Check out the video below to learn what ABCDE stands for.

A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer.3 So ensure you check your skin regularly and remember that melanomas can occasionally occur in places other than your skin, like under a fingernail or inside the mouth. If you observe new or changing spots, show them to your doctor.





5 Fast Facts: Lung Cancer

  1. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in men, causing more than the next three leading causes – prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and pancreatic cancer – combined.1
  1. Risk factors for lung cancer include:
  • Smoking
  • Breathing in secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals like radon and asbestos
  • Family history
  • Being exposed to outdoor air pollution
  1. Lung cancer is often asymptomatic, if symptoms do present themselves they often include, but not limited to:
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Coughing Up Blood
  • Persistent Cough
  1. The best ways to reduce the risk of lung cancer include:
  • Not smoking (or quitting smoking)
  • Avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Avoiding exposure to asbestos, radon, and chemicals common in some manufacturing jobs.2
  1. As with most cancers, early detection will improve your prognosis. Get screened especially if you’re over 50, have a history of smoking 20+ packs annually, or you currently smoke or have quit smoking in the last 15 years.

Diet & Exercise: Tips to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

Getting a cancer diagnosis is scary, there are several things you can do as part of your every day routine to help mitigate the risk of developing cancer. Healthy eating and staying active are two of the simplest ways you can help reduce your risk of cancer.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: Keeping your body weight within a healthy range reduces the risk of some types of cancer. If you are currently overweight or obese, losing a few pounds can be beneficial in reducing your risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor to help determine your healthy weight and create goals to help you get to or maintain that weight.1
  1. Sit less: Move your body as often as you can. Avoid staying stationary, sitting or lying down, for long periods of time. Simply standing up and stretching periodically is a great starting point to develop a more active lifestyle. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, but don’t stop there, the more exercise the better!
  1. Healthy eating: Seems pretty obvious, unfortunately obesity is at an all-time high across the country. Reduce consumption of red meats, processed meats, sugary drinks, and highly processed foods. Increase consumption of leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep an eye on our blog for more healthy eating tips!
  1. Alcohol – less is more: Less alcohol means more healthy living. Ideally avoiding alcohol is best, if you do partake in alcohol consumption, have no more than 1 – 2 drinks per day (12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces distilled spirits).

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