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FirstHealth, Pinehurst Medical Clinic welcomes new hematologists and medical oncologists

Dr. Saritha Ravella (left) and Dr. Laura Hanson. Photos by FirstHealth

PINEHURST – FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Pinehurst Medical Clinic welcome two new hematologists and medical oncologists, Laura Hanson, MD, and Saritha Ravella, MD

Hanson and Ravella join the oncology team at Pinehurst Medical Clinic and an expanding cancer care team at FirstHealth with additional oncologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, oncology nurse navigators and healthcare professionals. clinical tests.

Hanson received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in philosophy from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She then received her medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Hanson credits his father with inspiring him to pursue medicine. “I grew up in a relatively small town where my father was a doctor,” she recalls. “I remember feeling incredibly proud when patients approached us to say hello when we were out as a family. I knew I wanted a career that allowed me to focus on helping people and giving back to the community.

Hanson said it was also important for her to have close interactions and build relationships with people. It was this sense of community that drew her to Pinehurst.

Ravella has spent the past few years caring for cancer patients at Penn State Health Medical Group in Pennsylvania. Ravella, who is ABIM Board Certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine, completed a Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship at Lankenau Medical Center in 2014 and earned her BSc in Medicine and BSc in Surgery from Gandhi Medical College in India.

“I am thrilled to be moving to North Carolina and joining the team at Pinehurst Medical Clinic. We all have similar goals and I look forward to practicing hematology and oncology care in a community setting with patient-centered care,” said Ravella. “My patient care philosophy is that I treat my patients as I would treat a member of my family. I believe everyone should be empowered to know their diagnosis and treatment options to make an informed decision. Every day, I feel humbled and privileged to help my patients heal.

As part of FirstHealth’s growing cancer services team, Hanson, Ravella and the rest of the PMC team will soon care for patients under one roof at FirstHealth Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition to state-of-the-art treatment facilities, the four-story, 120,000-square-foot center will house palliative care services, research and clinical trials, patient and physician navigation and support services. caregivers, nutrition services and a dedicated wellness centre. center.

Construction work on the center began in May 2021 and the center is expected to open to patients in early 2023.

To learn more about cancer services offered by FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Pinehurst Medical Clinic, call (888) 520-0694 or visit