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John B. Amos Cancer Center

1831 5th Avenue, Columbus, GA 31904
97.4 miles See on Map
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Phone Number 706-320-8700
Fax Number 706-320-8798
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The Piedmont Columbus Regional John B. Amos Cancer Center is the only oncology center in the Columbus, Georgia region to offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. It is the only cancer treatment center with this designation in the 14-county service area around Columbus.

All oncology doctors at our cancer treatment center are board-certified in their fields. They provide cancer care and lead a team of dedicated professionals who guide patients through cancer treatment. This team may include additional cancer specialists, clinical researchers, case manager associates, clinical counselors, pharmacists, radiation physicists and therapists, oncology- and chemotherapy-certified nurses and registered dietitians.

For newly diagnosed cancer patients, we offer next-day appointments so our oncology staff can get you started on a treatment plan.

Interventional Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management is a non-opioid management utilizing ultrasound and fluoroscopy guided minimally invasive procedures and surgeries that include but not limited to nerve block, radiofrequency ablation, joint injections, regenerative therapy, neurostimulation, interspinous spacers and fusion devices, implantable drug delivery and vertebral augmentation to help with chronic pain and make day-to-day activities less difficult.

Services Offered

  • Migraine Headaches and Craniofacial Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Painful Spasticity
  • Painful Herniated Discs
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Painful Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Cancer Pain
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Osteoporotic Spine Fractures
  • Botox Injections for Headaches and Spasticity
  • Medial Branch Blocks/Facet Joint Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablations
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Sympathetic Blocks
  • Major Joint and Bursa Injections
  • Carpal Tunnel and Trigger Finger Injections
  • Ultrasound Guided Muscles and Joint Injections
  • Percutaneous Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Trial and Permanent Implantation
  • Minimally Invasive Spinous Spacer and Spinous Fusion Implantation
  • Kyphoplasty and Implant Augmentation of the Vertebras
  • Intrathecal Baclofen and Morphine Pump Implantation
  • Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Injections

Meet our Staff

Srividya Maharaj, MD

Hematology

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Hematology

Hematology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Dr. Maharaj is triple board-certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. She practices community Hematology/Oncology, and is especially proficient in Breast and Gastrointestinal (pancreatico-biliary, hepatic, gastric, esophageal, and colorectal) malignancies. She has authored numerous publications and abstracts for journals and national meetings, specifically in Colon and Pancreatico-biliary malignancies. Dr. Maharaj is also a member of the American Societies of Clinical Oncology & Hematology.

When she is not taking care of patients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and puppies.
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Dhruv R Chaudhary, MD

Interventional Gastroenterology

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Interventional Gastroenterology

Interventional Gastroenterology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Dr. Chaudhary grew up in Georgia and graduated with honors from University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). During fellowship, he served as Chief Fellow and trained in advanced therapeutic endoscopic procedures.

Dr. Chaudhary is board certified in Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology. He is skilled in interventional endoscopic procedures including Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), lap-assisted ERCP, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR), esophageal stenting, pseudocyst drainage with cystgastrostomy, and Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of Barrett’s esophagus. He is the first provider to bring diagnostic and therapeutic EUS to the region. He also performs EGD and colorectal cancer screening colonoscopies. His interests include prevention, staging, management & palliation of gastrointestinal malignancies.

When he is not taking care of patients, Dr. Chaudhary enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking with his wife, daughter and dogs.
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Andrew W Pippas, MD

Hematology

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Hematology

Hematology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Andrew Pippas, M.D., obtained his Doctor of Medicine in 1986, from the University of Utah School Of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Medical Center as an intern resident and fellow, completing his fellowship in 1993, in hematology/oncology. He had a Physician Scientist Award and served as a faculty member at Duke Hospital until 1996. He then joined the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida and subsequently started a cancer research clinical trials program. In 2003, he joined the John B. Amos Cancer Center and in 2010, became a Georgia Distinguished Cancer Scholar. He oversees the cancer clinical trials program at the John B. Amos Cancer Center and has an interest in GI oncology and supportive care clinical trials.

Dr. Pippas enjoys traveling with his wife and children.
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Rutvij Jaydeep Shah, MD

Pain Medicine

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Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine

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706-320-8700

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Rutvij Shah, MD, MPH is an ACGME accredited fellowship trained Interventional Pain physician. Dr. Shah is a board-certified Neurologist and an active member of several well-known national and international pain societies. He has published numerous scientific papers and abstracts and participated in many clinical trials. As Director of Interventional Pain, Dr. Shah will provide management of chronic pain with state of the art interventional procedures.
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Suresh Nukala, MD

Medical Oncology

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Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Suresh Nukala, M.D., is a board certified hematologist and oncologist at the John B. Amos Cancer Center with over 15 years of professional experience. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from Osmanai Medical College in India. He also completed an internship, residency and fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Nukala has completed dozens of publications, presentations and research on a variety of medical topics

He is married to an Internal Medicine physician and they have a daughter and a son. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling and stays physically fit by playing tennis and jogging.
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Gregory P Sfakianos, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

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Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Gregory Sfakianos, MD is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has been practicing in Columbus, GA since 2012. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2005 then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UAB. A fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology was then finished at Duke University Medical Center in 2012.

Whenever possible, Dr. Sfakianos uses minimally invasive techniques to treat women with gynecological cancers, reducing blood loss, decreasing pain, and speeding recovery. He is the first gynecologic oncologist in the Chattahoochee Valley to be trained in robotic surgical techniques. When necessary a more radical approach is taken that involves extensive debulking of cancer and reconstruction of pelvic organs and structures, including the intestines, urinary system, and lymph nodes.

Dr. Sfakianos works with his team at the John B. Amos Cancer Center specializing in gynecologic cancer treatments. Together, they bring women the latest in diagnostics and the most comprehensive cancer care possible.
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Peter Q Jiang, MD

Medical Oncology

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Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Peter Jiang, M.D., PhD, is a medical oncologist and hematologist at the John B. Amos Cancer Center. He completed his PhD from the University of Maryland at Baltimore’s Department of Pathology and Medical degree from the Shanghai First Medical College in China, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Jiang is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Societies of Hematology and Clinical Oncology. He is currently board certified in Oncolology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

He enjoys fishing, sports and travel.
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Mukesh Kumar, MD

Hematology

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Hematology

Hematology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Mukesh Kumar, M.D., is a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist with 11 years of professional experience. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Oncology and the American Societies of Hematology and Oncology. He has expertise in breast cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, as well as bleeding and clotting problems. Dr. Kumar has completed a number of oncology manuscripts and presentations.
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Tracy Brooks Stokes, NP

Gynecologic Oncology

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Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Tracy Stokes, AGNP, BSN, RN is a board certified adultgerontology nurse practitioner who earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from South University and Troy University in Phenix City, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Tracy is a professional member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau International.

She has 13 years of nursing experience, 5 of which have been as an NP in gynecologic oncology. Tracy has completed multiple practicums in Adult and Gerontology, Women's Health, Primary Care and Advanced Health Assessment.

Tracy is passionate about patient-focused care, disease prevention, and prescribing appropriate treatment plans for her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.
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Ellie Kathryn Franklin, NP

Medical Oncology

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Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Office Number

706-320-8700

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Ellie Franklin, FNP is a board certified family nurse practitioner who earned her Masters of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Her recent clinical experience involved working to provide exams for disabled veterans. In addition, she has provided care in the outpatient surgical setting and has served as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse as well as a dialysis charge nurse.

Ellie is passionate about patient-focused care and providing patient education regarding disease prevention. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.
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John B. Amos Cancer Center

1831 5th Avenue, Columbus, GA 31904

97.4 miles
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Office Number 706-320-8700
Fax Number 706-320-8798
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