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A. Eli Gabayan, M.D. (Afshin Eli Gabayan, MD)

Medical Director of Beverly Hills Cancer Center
Assistant Clinical Professor - UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

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Dedicated to providing the best available therapies to his patients, Los Angeles oncologist Dr. A. Eli Gabayan (Afshin Eli Gabayan) has remained avidly involved in multiple cancer research studies and clinical trials throughout a career that began at the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine.

Dr. Gabayan completed his internship and residency at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he also served as Chief Resident. He received his Oncology and Hematology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he remained as an attending physician in private practice with expertise in the areas of gastrointestinal, lung, breast cancers and multiple myeloma.

Dr. Eli Gabayan tirelessly strives for the best and most current treatments medical science can offer to his patients and their families. This passion for knowledge and education led to Dr. Gabayan's post as an assistant clinical professor at the esteemed David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Firmly committed to the community, Dr. Gabayan maintains strong local ties through his frequent lectures on a wide variety of oncology and hematology topics, and is considered a top Los Angeles hematologist.

At the heart of Dr. Gabayan's practice is a passionate advocacy for the advancement of medical research for all cancer patients coupled with a vigilant dedication to making the latest therapy and treatment options available to his own patients. Known not only as one of the best medical hematologists and oncologists Los Angeles has to offer, but is additionally known as among the best in the world. Dr. Gabayan believes that knowledge is power and communication is essential to good patient care. As the Chief of Medical Oncology at the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, Dr. A. Eli Gabayan has made it a personal goal to deliver compassionate, yet state of the art care in a healing environment.

Linnea I. Chap, M.D.

Hematology/Oncology (Women's Oncology)
Clinical Associate Professor - UCLA School of Medicine

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Linnea Chap, MD is a highly respected specialist in breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies and is annually listed as one of "America's Top Doctors for Cancer." She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Honors. She subsequently received her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Chap completed residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and fellowships in both hematology and oncology at the UCLA Medical Center.

After her fellowship, she joined the UCLA faculty where she was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine and was the co-director of the UCLA/Revlon Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic.

Top Los Angeles hematologist Dr. Chap has numerous publications to her credit in highly regarded peer review journals. She has been a leader in the treatment and research of breast and gynecological malignancies and has led several breast and ovarian cancer treatment protocols, including the pioneering use of novel biologic agents such as Herceptin and Avastin.

As among the best medical oncologists and hematologists Los Angeles offers, Dr. Chap has received several prestigious awards throughout her career. In 2001, she was named one of "America's Top Breast Cancer Doctors" by Redbook, a national women's magazine. Annually, she is listed as one of "America's Top Doctors for Cancer." Recognized for her teaching and speaking skills, Dr. Chap is frequently called upon to relate the most recent advances in breast cancer treatment. In addition to her active involvement with clinical trials and research, she is well-versed in the areas of risk reduction and genetic testing.

U.S. News Media Group recently announced "U.S. News Top Doctors." A highly respected specialist in breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies, Dr. Linnea Chap is listed in this prestigious directory and considered among the top 1% of doctors in the country. Dr. Chap was also listed in Los Angeles Magazine in January 2012, under the listing for Top Doctors in Los Angeles. She has also been selected to Southern California Super Doctors annually, since 2007, as among the best oncologists Los Angeles has to offer.

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David Berz, M.D., Ph.D, MPH

David Berz, M.D., Ph.D, MPH

Dr. David Berz is triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Berz has many years of extensive experience in the field of oncology, including private practice and clinical research, and is currently a scientist at City of Hope. His areas of specialty include thoracic/lung malignancies, melanoma, and cancer immune-therapy. He has made significant contributions to the field of oncology through ongoing research in clinical trials and publications in major journals.

Dr. Berz is a member of the Melanoma Research Society and the Multidisciplinary Malignant Melanoma Committee at City of Hope. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Berz is fluent in Spanish, German, French, Russian and Hebrew.

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Berz earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt, Germany and his M.D./Ph.D. from the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-affiliated Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut and his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Brown University. Dr. Berz was awarded with an Outstanding Resident Award in Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. Prior to joining Beverly Hills Cancer Center, Dr. Berz worked as an oncologist at The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation for several years.

He was also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology in Dalhousie University, St. John, New Brunswick. Actively contributing to advancements in oncology research and clinical trials, Dr. Berz continues to maintain a research lab at City of Hope.

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