In brief

McLaren welcomes navigator for oncology

FLINT – Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint welcomes patient navigator Kari Wanless, RN. In this role, she serves as a resource for all cancer patients and is an integral part of the Comprehensive Breast Program. “I look forward to being a source of support and a helpful resource for those diagnosed with breast cancer,” stated Wanless. “The healthcare system can be difficult to navigate and for those with a diagnosis of cancer it can become absolutely overwhelming. My goal is to make the cancer care process less stressful for the patient so they can focus on getting the treatment they need and healing their mind, body and spirit. It will be a pleasure to assist with the multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment at McLaren Flint with the excellent team of clinicians and staff at the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Flint and McLaren Flint Imaging Center.” Wanless holds a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Michigan, a bachelor of science in physiology from Michigan State, a master of public health from Indiana and completed additional training to become a certified health education specialist. The patient navigator is a constant, a familiar face that is there to answer questions, reinforce patient education, ease anxiety and eliminate any barriers that might impede care. What’s more, the patient navigator will communicate with the primary care physician, ensuring they receive up-to-date information about their patients’ progress. – L.R.

Mott hosts networking Lunch

FLINT – The Foundation for Mott Community College is presenting a luncheon and panel discussion on Friday, Nov. 11, devoted to exploring the specific career issues and challenges that women of color often face. MCC was chosen as the site for the 6th Annual Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC), part of the Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network. The event is centered on the theme: “We Rise!!” A panel discussion, with a question and answer session, will follow. The cost to attend is $60. RSVP at (810) 762- 0425 or purchase tickets online at – L.R.

Oncologists relocate, join McLaren staff

FLINT – Venkatasiva Peram, MD, MS, a board certified hematologist oncologist on staff at McLaren Flint, has a new office location. Mohammed Shaik, MD, MS, a hematologist oncologist, has joined the medical staff at McLaren Flint. Both are seeing patients at Triumph Cancer Center located at 5467 Hill- 23 Drive, Flint. Dr. Peram completed both a Fellowship in Hematology Oncology and his Residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He earned a Master of Science in Genetics at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree at Sri Venkateswara University Medical College in India. Dr. Shaik completed a Fellowship in Hematology Oncology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He completed his Residency at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Dr. Shaik earned his medical degree at Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. – L.R.

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