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Orange County oncology practice joins Keck Medicine of USC

Acquisition brings USC closer to building a network of cancer programs across Southern California

by USC Health Sciences staff

USC is growing its medical enterprise by acquiring Orange Coast Oncology Hematology (OCOH). The acquisition brings together Keck Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center with OCOH to provide stellar oncology care across Southern California.

For our patients, this means access to leading technology, advanced clinical trials, the world’s best oncologists and the newest cancer therapies.

Stephen Gruber

OCOH, which sees more than 5,000 patients a year, includes two physician practices: one at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and one in Irvine. It also has an infusion center in Newport Beach. These offices and staff became a part of Keck Medicine of USC on July 4. In addition, OCOH’s five physicians — Louis VanderMolen, George Semeniuk, Greg Angstreich, Minh Nguyen and Dilruba Haque — are now faculty at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and members of the USC Care Medical Group.

OCOH physicians

Orange Coast Oncology Hematology doctors George Semeniuk III, Dilruba Haque, Louis VanderMolen, Greg Richard Angstreich and Minh Nguyen, from left (Photo/Don Milici)

“For some time, we have recognized the need to take the innovations of USC Norris far beyond the USC Health Sciences Campus,” said Thomas Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO for USC Health. “Our goal has been to build a system of cancer programs with satellites across Southern California. Today, we are one step closer to realizing this goal.”

Through this acquisition, Keck Medicine of USC brings the services of USC Norris — one of the National Cancer Institute’s eight original designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States — to OCOH. That includes a 40-year history of global research, clinical care, groundbreaking clinical trials, tumor boards and genetic stem cell research.

Leveraging OCOH’s expertise in outpatient oncology services, Keck Medicine of USC will expand its complete range of world-class cancer care to patients in Orange County by bringing the best university-based medical center offerings to an outpatient clinic.

“For our patients, this means access to leading technology, advanced clinical trials, the world’s best oncologists, an expanding faculty base that continues to recruit top tier clinicians and the newest cancer therapies,” said Stephen Gruber, director of the cancer center. “By providing this kind of world-class care closer to home, we know we will be making a significant impact in the lives of the patients and families in Southern California who entrust their care to us.”

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