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CTCA in Tulsa Expands with Oncologist, Surgeon



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Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) recently announced two physician changes: Asha Karippot, M.D., has joined the hospital as a medical oncologist and hematologist, and Michael Thomas, M.D, F.A.C.S., who has been serving as acting medical director of surgery, has been additionally promoted to medical director of breast surgery.

Karippot is triple board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. As a medical oncologist and hematologist at CTCA, Karippot sees a variety of cancer patients while focusing on patients with colon, breast and lung cancer.

After completing her medical degree at the University of Calicut in Kerala, India, graduating summa cum laude, Karippot completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She then served as chief fellow while completing a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Following graduation, Karippot worked in private practice as a medical oncologist for five years and served as director of an infusion center. She has experience as a mentor for medical students, residents and nurse practitioners. In addition, she is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Medical Association, and she has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented her work at national conferences.

Thomas earned a medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, after completing a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care at the University of Central Arkansas. He then completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, where he trained with breast surgeons and helped author a research report on aneurysm repair, published in the Annals of Vascular Surgery. In 2001, he was voted the medical school’s Outstanding Chief Surgical Resident. He joined CTCA in 2006 as a general surgeon.

Thomas is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

In addition to caring for patients at CTCA, Thomas serves as chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He credits his grandmother, a nurse who cared for patients with chronic diseases, with in

Updated 12-15-2017

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