Meet the Block Center’s Integrative Cancer Treatment Team

 

DEDICATED, CARING PEOPLE PARTNERING WITH YOU TO…

  • Target & treat disease process, not just tumors
  • Boost treatment efficacy
  • Reduce toxicity & side effects
  • Build physical strength & flexibility
  • Restore hope & preserve your dignity
  • Decrease chances of cancer recurrence
  • Inform, educate & involve patients & family
  • Maximize your odds & quality of life

Led by Keith Block, MD and Penny Block, PhD, the Block Center team consists of caring, committed professionals who share a commitment to helping you beat the odds against cancer. We bring together a diversity of experience and specialization to help you fight cancer on all fronts.

Keith I. Block, MDMedical & Scientific Director+
Keith I. Block, MDMedical & Scientific Director

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Residency – Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL
MD – University of Miami School of Medicine, Coral Gables, FL
BS – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

AUTHOR
  • Life Over Cancer, a book outlining the Block program and setting the standard in integrative cancer treatment
  • Numerous book chapters on cancer, integrative cancer treatment, nutrition and more
  • Numerous articles and studies in healthcare publications and peer-reviewed journals

 

GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS

Member – Physician Data Query (PDQ) Cancer Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Editorial Board, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD (2005-present)

Member – Advisory Panel for Unconventional Cancer Treatments (Alternative and Adjunctive Cancer Therapies), Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, Washington, DC (1987-90)

 

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (2005-2012)

Medical Preceptor – Family Practice Curriculum Preceptorship Program, Rush Medical College/Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL (2000)

Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (1998-2005)

Medical Preceptor – Extern Program, University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL (1998-2012)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacognosy – Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (1997-present)

Medical Preceptor – Longitudinal Primary Care Program, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL (1992-2012)

Medical Preceptor – Summer Program: Physicians for the 21st Century; Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL (1990)

Clinical Instructor – Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (1988-98)

Medical Preceptor – University of Illinois College of Medicine residents and students through Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center, Chicago, IL (1987, 88)

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Guest Editor – A Broad-Spectrum Integrative Design for Cancer Prevention and Therapy. Seminars in Cancer Biology Volume 35 Supplement. (Dec. 2015)

Co-Chair and Guest Editor – The Halifax Project Workshop 2 – A Broad-Spectrum Integrative Design for Cancer Prevention and Therapy (2013)

Chair – Scientific Program Committee, Society for Integrative Oncology Eighth International Conference (2011)

Member – Scientific Advisory Board, The Israel Society for Integrative and Complementary Medicine (2011)

Reviewer – Community Clinical Oncology Program, National Cancer Institute (2011)

Member – Clinical Practice Committee, Society for Integrative Oncology (2010-present)

Board Member – Society for Integrative Oncology (2010-12)

Member – Steering Committee, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, representative for the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. (The Consortium Steering Committee is comprised of one representative from each of the 39 member institutions.) (2009-2011)

Director of Integrative Medical Education – Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (2008-10)

Editor-in-ChiefIntegrative Cancer Therapies, a peer-reviewed journal published by Sage Science Press; available in Medline since 2003 (2000-present)

Member – Editorial Review Board, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Santa Fe, NM (1999-2002)

Member – Editorial Review Board, Advances: The Journal of Mind-Body Health. Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI. (1998-2005)

Member – Chicago Committee on Continuing Medical Education, Department of Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL (1998-2008)

Faculty Member – Functional Foods for Health Program; a Joint Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Urbana-Champaign (1994-2004)

Member – Editorial Advisory Board. Vegetarian Times, Oak Park, IL and Stamford, CT (1994-2004)

 

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

Presence Saint Hospital and Medical Center, Evanston, IL

Staff Physician – with Associate Status, Integrative Medicine (2003-present)

Member – Cancer Committee (2005-present)

Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Staff Physician with Associate Status in the Department of Family Practice (2000-present)

Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL

Staff Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine (1994-present)

Penny Block, PhDExecutive Director & Director of Integrative Services+
Penny Block, PhDExecutive Director & Director of Integrative Services

EDUCATION

PhD – Biobehavioral Oncology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

BA – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

ADDITIONAL POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (Completion of Training by Harvard Medical School Developer/Researcher)

EMDR: Integration with Mindfulness, to be used with depressed, anxious, and chronic pain patients. Completion of Certified Program

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind Body Medicine Training Workshop with John Kabat-Zinn, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Scientific Program (for Professionals — Hypnosis with Oncology Patients

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Advanced Training – Applications of Clinical Hypnosis in Cancer Management

Harvard Medical School, Science and Mind/Body Medicine. Research symposium exploring the changing scientific paradigms of mind/body interactions

EMDR. Clinical Applications: EMDR in the Treatment of Panic, Phobia, and OCD

Harvard Medical School. Mind/Body Medical Institute Seminar, Advanced Training in Mind/Body Medicine; focus on Cognitive Restructuring for clinical application

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Clinical Hypnosis Training for application in medical practice

EMDR Levels I and II training for clinical application with cancer patients

Clinically supervised training in social/behavioral psychology, Rudo Globus, PhD

 

TEACHING

“The Place of Mind in Medicine.” Medical Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL (2006-2009)

“Alternative, Complementary and Integrative Medicine within a Conventional Setting.” Lecturer, University of Chicago, Graduate Department for Health Administration and Elective for Medical Students, Chicago, IL (2007, 2008)

 

AUTHOR

Developing a shared understanding: When medical patients use complementary and alternative approaches within a conventional setting. (2012). In S. Gehlert & T. Browne (Eds.), Handbook of Health Social Work (pp. 291-317). (1st & 2nd Editions), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Numerous articles and studies in healthcare publications and peer-reviewed journals

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Associate Editor – Integrative Cancer Therapies, Sage Science Press (2002-present)

 

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist

Medical Hypnosis – ASCH (American Society for Clinical Hypnosis)

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member – EMDR International Association, Society for Integrative Oncology, APOS, IPOS, Psychosomatic Society

Associate Member – American Psychological Association, American Association of Cancer

Associate Member – AACR (American Association for Cancer Research)

Associate Member – APOS (American Psychosocial Oncology Society)

Member – IPOS (International Psychosocial Oncology Society)

Member – Psychosomatic Society

Member – Society for Integrative Oncology

Deva Nathan, MDMedical Oncologist-Hematologist+
Deva Nathan, MDMedical Oncologist-Hematologist

EDUCATION

Fellowship – Oncology, Hematology and Immunology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship – Clinical Pathology, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

MD – Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

BS – Pre-Med, University of Madras, India

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Director – Oncology, Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago, IL (1995-present)

Director – Hematology/Oncology, Edgewater Medical Center, Chicago, IL (1988-2000)

 

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

Associate Professor – Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL (1978-88)

Attending Physician – Rush Medical Center Chicago, IL (1975-78)

Clinical Assistant Professor – Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL (1972-75)

Sangeetha Nimmagadda, MDHematologist-Oncologist
Jennifer Ellis, PA, CPhysicians Assistant+
Jennifer Ellis, PA, CPhysicians Assistant

EDUCATION

Post-Graduate Oncology Entrepreneur Clinical Nurse Specialist program, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

BS – Physician Assistant Program, Magna Cum Laude, Midwestern University, Downer’s Grove, IL

BA – Biological Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

 

CERTIFICATION

Physician-Assistant-Certified – National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member – American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Phi Beta Kappa

Katie WeirCertified Dietitian+
Katie WeirCertified Dietitian

CERTIFICATION

Certified – Registered Dietitian

Licensed – Dietitian Nutritionist

 

EDUCATION

Internship – Dietetics, Dominican University

BS – Bradley University, Peoria, IL

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Jennifer ParkOncology Nurse
Jillian NicolasOncology Nurse
Sharon PecsonOncology Nurse
Roberta KingMedical Assistant
Rebecca IlavskyMedical Assistant
Lizabeth GoldRegistered Dietitian+
Lizabeth GoldRegistered Dietitian

CERTIFICATION

Certified – Registered Dietitian

Licensed – Dietitian Nutritionist

 

EDUCATION

Internships – Kindred Healthcare, Centegra Health System, Swedish Covenant

Master of Science in Nutrition – Eastern Michigan University

Bachelor of Science in Marketing – Indiana University

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Member – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Member – Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine

Lisa SchneiderLCPC
Charlotte GyllenhaalResearch Manager
Shana OcasioClinical Supervisor & Practice Manager
JoAnne TheodossiouFront Desk Coordinator
Carlos OCasioBilling Coordinator
Lara MatisekPatient Advocate
Brad FilmanowiczCFO
Almer MerginioPharmacy Technician
Jennifer BormanInsurance & Financial Services Coordinator
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