February 25, 2016
WICHITA, KAN. - KU School of Medicine-Wichita and its pediatrics department, in partnership with Wesley Medical Center, have hired two hematologist-oncologists.
The two specialists in pediatric cancer and blood disorders and diseases will serve young patients in Wichita and the region, including much of western Kansas. They are just the latest specialists to join KU Wichita Pediatrics, Wesley and its Children's Hospital.
"KU Wichita Pediatrics wants to ensure that young patients have access to the best care in a range of specialties, and that they and their families don't have to venture far from home to get that care," said Dr. Brian Pate, pediatrics chair.
Dr. Rajoo Thapa, M.D., starts work in Wichita next week, while Dr. Nathan Scott Hall, D.O., will begin work in July. Their offices will be in the Wesley Medical Arts Tower, 3243 E. Murdock.
Thapa comes to KU Wichita Pediatrics from St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a fellow in the pediatric hematology oncology program. Thapa earned his medical degree at Calcutta Medical College in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, in 2002. He completed residency at the Institute of Child Health in Kolkata and then at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, New York.
Hall joins KU Wichita Pediatrics from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where he has been a pediatric hematology fellow since 2013. Hall earned his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and then did his pediatrics residency at Children's Mercy.
For many years, Dr. David Rosen, a 1974 KU School of Medicine graduate and volunteer faculty with KU School of Medicine-Wichita, has been the sole pediatric hematologist-oncologist practicing in Wichita. The practice serves a vast region around the city and across western Kansas and is also based in the Medical Arts Tower.
"His dedication to the community has been commendable," Pate said. "We respect Dr. Rosen's commitment and legacy, and our commitment is to make sure that his work lives on in the community, with a transition in place to provide care to the many children needing it."
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