Samaritan Cancer Center Team
Meet the Oncology team at Good Samaritan Hospital’s (GSH) Samaritan Cancer Center.
Robert E. Albright, MD, Neuro-Oncologist
Dr. Robert Albright graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from West Virginia University. He earned his Medical degree from the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He served his medical internship at the University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Hospital.
Dr. Albright served as a resident physician at Duke University Medical Center in its Division of Neurology in Durham, North Carolina. He then served as neuro-metabolic imaging fellow in the Department of Radiology at Duke University Medical Center and as a neuro-oncology fellow at Duke University Medical Center in the Division of Neurology. He was an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati and the Barrett Cancer Center through 2004. He is currently in private practice with offices located in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Dr. Albright is board certified in Neurology (ABPN). He is a Diplomate with board certification in Neuro-oncology (UCNS). He is also board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine (ABPN).
Charles L. Bane, MD, Medical Director, Oncology Services, Cancer Liaison Physician
Dr. Charles Bane is the Medical Director for Oncology Services at GSH and President of Dayton Physicians Network. Dr. Bane received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois. Dr. Bane earned his Medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
He completed his medical internship and his medical residency in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Dr. Bane completed a fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center in Hematology and Medical Oncology.
Dr. Bane served as chief in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He also served on the staff of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and as the chief of the Internal Medicine department at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois.
Licensed in Ohio, Dr. Bane is certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Faith Callif-Daley, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor
Faith Callif-Daley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in 1984. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Cincinnati. In 1990, Faith was certified in Genetic Counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics. In 2002, she was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors.
In her current position, Faith counsels patients as part of the Cancer Genetics Program at the Samaritan Cancer Center at both Samaritan North Health Center and Dayton Children’s Hospital. Genetic counseling for cancer includes pedigree, risk assessment, genetic testing, and related recommendations.
Howard Gross, MD, Medical Oncologist, Director of the Oncology Clinic, Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Program, Principal Investigator, Dayton Clinical Oncology Program, Associate Director of the Hematology & Oncology Fellowship Program, Wright State University
Dr. Howard Gross is Director of the Oncology Clinic and Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Program at Samaritan Cancer Center. Dr. Gross has a private practice specializing in hematology/oncology in Dayton.
Dr. Gross also is currently Principal Investigator for the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program, a nonprofit cancer research consortium serving the Miami Valley area as well as Findlay, Middletown, Troy, Blanchard, and Xenia, as well as Richmond and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Gross is clinical professor of medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton. In addition, he is associate director of the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program at the Wright State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gross earned his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his Medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical College. Dr. Gross went on to complete his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He then completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Gross is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.
John James Haluschak, MD, Medical Oncologist
Dr. John James Haluschak earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering at Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington. He earned his Medical Degree at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Haluschak completed his medical internship and his medical residency in Internal Medicine at Kettering Medical Center.
Dr. Haluschak completed a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospital of Cleveland. He served as a post-doctorate research fellow with a G. Brittenham Fellowship through the Department of Health and Human Services at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Haluschak is a clinical instructor for the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program at Wright State University and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Ann Lensch, BSN, MS, RN, CBCN
Ann Lensch, RN, BSN, MS, CBCN (Certified Breast Care Nurse), is the Breast Care Coordinator for GSH, with responsibilities for outpatient breast center services at The Samaritan Cancer Center at Good Samaritan North as well as the inpatient breast cancer services at GSH in Dayton. Ann has served as Breast Care Coordinator since 2001. As coordinator, she helped develop the Breast Cancer program for Samaritan Cancer Center.
After patients receive a suspicious cancer diagnosis, the Breast Care Coordinator offers patients education, support, and resources. As the liaison between The Samaritan Breast Center and The Samaritan Cancer Center, Ann helps coordinate patient care among the different health care providers. She also monitors quality measures and outcomes so that clinical practice and treatment continually improve.
Ann graduated from Community Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Ohio; Andrews Univeristy, Berrien Springs, Michigan; and California College for Health Sciences. She received her breast health certification from the Oncology Nursign Society in 2009. She was the 2006 recipient of the Janet Voinovich service award for the state of Ohio for her work related to prevention, education, screening, early detection, treatment and preserving quality of life for patients with breast cancer.
Ann initiated a successful breast cancer support group, “SOS—Sharing Our Strength” in 2003.
Bobbie Martin, Director, Oncology Services
Bobbie Martin, RN, A.A.S., BSN, MS, has served as Director of Oncology Services at GSH since 1996. As Director, she is responsible for programs and services for the Oncology service line.
Bobbie was licensed as a nurse in 1970 after attending the GSH School of Nursing. She earned an Associate degree in Applied Science for Law Enforcement. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Joseph and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Hamilton in Wyoming.
Bobbie has been employed by GSH since 1979. Over the years she has held the positions of Charge Nurse, House Supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Director of Nursing. As a Nursing Director, she has had responsibility for the areas of General Surgery, Post-Open Heart, Cardiac Telemetry, Oncology, Coronary Care, Intensive Care, Urology, Neurology, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Enterostomal Therapy, and various Nurse Specialists. Bobbie was employed by the Dayton Mental Health Center from 1970- to 1977. During that time she held the positions of Head Nurse, Mental Health Administrator, and Executive.
Gregory M. Rasp, MD, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Chair, GSH Oncology Committee
Dr. Gregory Rasp is a Radiation Oncologist who has served as the Medical Director for Radiation Oncology since August 2000. He has been on staff since November 1996. Dr. Rasp has been on staff at Miami Valley Hospital since January 2000. He was on staff at the Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton from 1996 to 2000.
He is also an assistant professor at the Wright State University, School of Medicine.
Dr. Rasp graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, in Champaign. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Rasp served his transitional internship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. He served his medical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Rasp has special training in intraoperative radiation therapy, low-dose and high-dose rate brachytherapy, prostate brachytherapy, 3-D conformal radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery/gamma knife, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
Dr. Rasp is board-certified in Radiation Oncology by the American Board of Radiology. He holds current medical licenses in Minnesota and Ohio.
Diane Tousignant, BSN, RN
Diane Tousignant, RN, BSN has served as Lung Cancer Coordinator at Samaritan Cancer Center since 2005. As coordinator, she educates, guides, and supports both the patients who have lung cancer and the families of those patients. She reviews all abnormal inpatient and outpatient chest x-rays daily. She facilitates timely consultations and recommendations for at-risk patients. Diane coordinates and facilitates a multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Conference. Diane also serves as coordinator for the melanoma program.
Diane graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from California State University in Sacramento.
Mohey K. Saleh, MD, FACS, Co- Medical Director, Lung Cancer Program
Dr. Mohey K. Saleh is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon who serves as chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at GSH and is Co-Director of the GSH Lung Cancer Program. Since 2003, Dr. Saleh has maintained a private practice, Advanced Heart and Lung Surgeons Inc. in Dayton.
Dr. Saleh earned a Faculty of Science Degree in Preliminary Natural Science from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. He also earned his Faculty of Medicine degree in Medicine and Surgery from Cairo University with honors. Dr. Saleh completed both his medical internship and general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He was awarded a fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Saleh also completed a second residency in Cardiothoracic and Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Saleh is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Ohio.
Thomas A. Heck. MD, FACS, Co-Medical Director Samaritan Breast Center
Dr Thomas A. Heck is a general surgeon who now specializes in breast cancer surgery. He is the co-medical director of the Samaritan Breast Center, where he treats breast cancer patients. He is also a member of the High Risk Breast Cancer Program and works closely with the genetics counselor in evaluating patients for their breast cancer risk. Dr. Heck also chairs the weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer conference where all patients’ cases are reviewed and treatment recommendations made for their care.
Dr. Heck earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Harvard Fifth Surgical Service, New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Heck is certified by the American Board of surgery and licensed to practice in the state of Ohio. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Connie Ickes, MSW, LISW-S, Oncology Social Worker
Connie Ickes is the Oncology Social Worker for the Samaritan Cancer Center. She assists patients and families in adjusting to their diagnosis and managing within the health care system. She also provides financial counseling, assistance with transportation and home health care, as well as supportive counseling.
Connie Ickes received her Associate Degree in Applied Science for Mental Health Technology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and has a Specialist in Aging Certificate from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Oncology Social Workers.
Katherine Peyton, RN, OCN Clinical Trials Research Nurse
Katherine Peyton RN, OCN is one of two clinical trials research nurses in oncology. She is a registered nurse and is certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. She has worked with oncology clinical trials for over fifteen years. She works with physicians to identify patients who may benefit by participation in the many clinical trials that are available to the Samaritan Cancer Center through the various national research groups. These clinical trials are coordinated through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program. Good Samaritan Hospital leads this fifteen hospital member organization in the number of patients placed on clinical trials.
Eileen Flynn, BSN, RN, OCN
Eileen Flynn, BSN, RN, OCN is one of two clinical trials research nurses in oncology. She is a registered nurse and is certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. She worked for many years on the in-patient oncology unit, followed by nursing management and home care. She works with physicians to identify patients who may benefit by participation in the many clinical trials that are available to the Samaritan Cancer Center through the various national research groups. These clinical trials are coordinated through the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program. Good Samaritan Hospital leads this fifteen hospital member organization in the number of patients placed on clinical trials.
Emily R. Townsend, BSN, RN, OCN
Emily R. Townsend, BSN, RN, OCN is the Team Leader of Infusion Services at Samaritan Cancer Center. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Wright State University. She is licensed by the state of Ohio and an oncology certified nurse by the Oncology Nursing Society.
Emily is a member of the National Oncology Nursing Society. She is a past honoree in the Dayton Daily News’ Salute to Nurses.