@JustOncology and JustOncology.com are joint efforts of Richard G. Just, MD, aka @chemosabe1, and Gregg A. Masters, MPH, aka @2healthguru respectively on Twitter.
Richard Just, MD, Co-founder and Medical Editor, of JustOncology.com, is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology who has practiced Medical Oncology and Hematology in the Inland North County of San Diego for 36 years. Dr. Just has received numerous awards and honors, but values most his personal interaction with patients and their families.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Just attended the University of Michigan for pre-med education and received a B.S. in Zoology. It was in Ann Arbor where he met and then married DeeDee, his wife of 44 years. He returned to Chicago to attend the Chicago Medical School, followed by internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA/Wadswroth VA. He was Chief Resident in Medicine his last year. Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology was completed at UCSD/La Jolla VA in 1975, and he’s lived and practiced in the Escondido-Poway area ever since.
Dr. Just has been Chair of the Investigational Review Board (IRB) at Palomar-Pomerado Health System for 22 years. He has been expanding his research interests and is Director of the Research Institute Palomar-Pomerado Health System. But his favorite activity is walking with his dog, Simon, the Labradoodle.
Gregg Masters, MPH, Co-founder, and Business Affairs Editor, is a 30 year veteran of the healthcare administration domain, with extensive senior level involvment in hospital, provider sponsored health plans, medical groups and physician network development including affiliate joint ventures. He is the publisher of ACO Watch, and host of ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review, both authoritative publications in the emerging Accountable Care Organization industry, and frequently engages in conversation on Twitter as @2healthguru.
Cindy Collins said:
I found this site as I was looking up info on CCare, the new center that opened in 4SRanch. Please delete this post if this isn’t for questions like this.
My Mom was diagnosed with CLL about 12 years ago and things have been ok, not great, until this spring when she was diagnosed with Richters Syndrome or Transformation. For the last 15 years they have lived in Wisconsin during the summer and Palm Desert in the winter, 6 months a year in both places, she has had oncologists in both places and had treatment in both places also. She is now going through 3 of 6 treatments which includes OFAR, and may need a bone marrow transplant, if the OFAR treatments are successful. I’d like them to come out here this winter regardless of what the diagnosis is, but they are thinking they should stay in Wisconsin which is what they consider home, nearest platelets are in Green Bay and nearest cancer hospital is in Milwaukee, both about 80 miles from where they live.
Since Richters is rather uncommon, I doubt that her oncologist in Wisconsin has ever had a patient with it and I wonder if they could get better care out here. What do you think? I can’t seem to tell if any of the doctors in CCARE have leukemia as a specialty so thought I’d ask you.
Thanks for any info!