Our team of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, hematologists and surgeons take a coordinated and compassionate approach to your cancer care.
Christopher Anker, MD
Christopher Anker, MD is a radiation oncologist at The University of Vermont Medical Center and an assistant professor in the Division of Radiation Oncology at the University of Vermont. He is a member of the multidisciplinary lung, gastrointestinal, skin/melanoma, central nervous system, and head and neck teams.
Dr. Anker is active within the National Research Group (NRG), a multi-institutional cooperative research organization, and he is engaged in numerous projects involving clinical and radiation physics research. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Utah, where he then accepted a position as an assistant professor and served on the NCCN Melanoma Committee.
Dr. Anker believes in empowering patients to make treatment decisions that best fit their specific care goals. By working with the rest of the cancer team, his goal is to ensure patients have a thorough discussion of all available options.
Mark E. Crane, MD
Mark E. Crane, MD earned his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.
Daniel Fram, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Daniel K. Fram, MD is the Medical Director at the National Life Cancer Treatment Center. A radiation oncologist with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Fram has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s Top Doctors list for 2012-2013 and has placed in the top 10% for excellence in Radiation Oncology with special expertise in Prostate Cancer and Prostate Brachytherapy.
Dr. Fram has extensive experience in radiation oncology. He was Director, Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director for the CyberKnife Center at Capital Health System, a member of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network, in Trenton, New Jersey. At the same time he was Cancer Liaison Physician (American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer) and Cancer Committee Chairman. In 2008, Dr. Fram received the Commission’s Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award.
Dr. Fram has had several faculty appointments during his career including University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center, John A. Burns School of Medicine and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he worked for fifteen years. He is currently Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Havaleh Gagne, MD
Dr. Gagne is a radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Medicine at UVM Medical Center. Her specialties include breast, gynecology, head and neck and lung malignancies. Dr. Gagne works with Dr. Fram and his colleagues to see new and established patients at CVMC.
According to Dr. Gagne, "Radiation Oncology found me more than I found it.” Early on in medical school, she discovered that no matter what branch of medicine she was studying, she loved Oncology patients and this specialized branch of Cancer Care. Her favorite part of practicing medicine is meeting patients and working with them to create a therapeutic treatment plan that fits their goals and what they can do and tolerate.
Nataniel H. Lester-Coll, MD
Dr. Lester-Coll is a radiation oncologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and assistant professor at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM in Burlington, VT.
Dr. Lester-Coll specializes in treating patients with prostate cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, sarcoma, lymphoma, and metastatic malignancies.
His research interests include clinical trials, health services research, comparative effectiveness research, large database research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and decision analysis.
Dr. Lester-Coll is a strong believer in providing quality cancer care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.
He strives to ensure that information regarding cancer management is spelled out as clearly as possible to his patients to help them make informed decisions and navigate what can often be a challenging landscape. He works hard to be a patient advocate and make certain that care is followed through. Dr. Lester-Coll values the relationships he establishes with each of his patients, and believes that goes a long way in improving their health.
Sarah Lomas, MD
Dr. Sarah Lomas is a general surgeon at The University of Vermont Medical Center. She cares for patients in both Burlington and Berlin. Dr. Lomas is also an assistant professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2009 and completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center from 2009-2015.
As a general surgeon, Dr. Lomas offers a wide range of surgical treatment services. Her areas of expertise include breast cancer, benign breast lesions, colon cancer, colon resection for diverticulitis, colorectal complaints (e.g., hemorrhoids), acute abdominal pathologies, colonoscopy, gallbladders, hernias (groin and abdominal), skin lesions and varicose veins.
Dr. Lomas wants her patients to feel heard and understood, and she enjoys working with patients and their families to arrive at a surgical decision together. She strives to empower patients by helping them deal with the surgical issues that have become barriers in their lives.
Carl J. Nelson, MD
Dr. Carl Nelson is a radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Medicine at UVM Medical Center and an assistant professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include malignancies of the head and neck, central nervous system and breast as well as brachytherapy treatment for cancers of the prostate, cervix and skin.
At New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Nelson was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society and received the Stanley Bergen Medal of Excellence in academics and research. During his residency in the Radiation Oncology Department at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he served as chief resident and received the Dean's Research Award for his publication on treatment outcomes for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in African American women.
David J. Ospina, MD
Elaine Owen, APRN, ACNS-BC, AOCN
Elaine Owen, APRN, ACNS-BC, AOCN works with oncology patients administering chemotherapy and providing symptom management.
Elaine grew up in central Vermont, graduating from Williamstown High School and earning her BSN at the University of Vermont. She worked in California and Boston before earning her MSN at Yale. She has worked at Mountainview Medical since 1993.
"I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love my patients and their families, many of whom I have had an opportunity to know for a number of years, through sad and scary times to happy and joyous times. I also enjoy being in a community setting where the practice doesn’t just specialize in one type of cancer like breast cancer or lung cancer as we would in an academic medical institution. Here we work with many different types of patients, which makes it really interesting."
Deborah Zlata Rubin, MD
Eswar Tipirneni, MD
Although Dr. Eswar Tipirneni is board certified in both internal medicine and hematology/oncology, he chose to work in cancer care because of his appreciation for the long-term provider and patient relationship involved in treatment. "I truly enjoy getting to know each of my patients and their families and helping them understand their disease process. It’s a privilege to support them on this journey,” said Dr. Tipirneni.
H. James Wallace, MD
Associate Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine
H. James Wallace, MD is the leader of the Radiation Oncology Health Care Service at the University of Vermont Medical Center and an Associate Professor in the Division of Radiation Oncology at the University of Vermont. He is a member of the multidisciplinary genitourinary team and has additional interests in treatment of lymphoma and pediatric malignancies.
Dr. Wallace is the University of Vermont Cancer Center’s Principle Investigator for the National Research Group (NRG), a multi-institutional cooperative research organization. In addition to taking part in multiple national clinical trials he has a research interest in using ultrasound to localize the prostate gland prior to and during radiation treatment delivery.
Dr. Wallace enjoys working with the teams of healthcare professionals both at the National Life Cancer Treatment Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center. The staffs at both institutions take the time to make very technology-driven care very personal and caring.
Ed Ziedins, MD
Dr. Eduards Ziedins is a general surgeon at The University of Vermont Medical Center with a focus on providing rural general surgical care. He cares for patients at the general surgery location in Berlin, VT. Dr. Ziedins is also an assistant professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his General Surgery Residency at the UVM Medical Center and Research Fellowship at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
As a general surgeon, Dr. Ziedins offers a wide range of surgical treatment services. His areas of expertise include breast disease, endoscopy, laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgery, vein surgery and thoracic surgery.
Dr. Ziedins focuses on treatment expectations and outcomes. He strives to maintain open communication with his patients and cherishes the relationships he builds with patients in the hospital and in the local community.