Our Team

Physicians

Wahid Hanna, MD

Wahid Hanna, MD Dr. Hanna is an internationally known physician, faculty member and research specialist in hematology and oncology. His patients know him as a caring, compassionate person who places nothing above their treatment and comfort.

His medical practice is founded on developing a “patient partnership” with everyone he sees and on developing an individual treatment program that is based on the latest clinical research. Dr. Hanna has led more than 90 percent of all clinical trials into blood cancer and hematological diseases that have been conducted at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

After receiving his medical degree and completing an internship at Ain-Shams University in his native Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Hanna did internships, residency and fellowship programs in England. He joined the UT Medical Center staff in 1978 and celebrated three decades of service there last year.

Dr. Hanna was appointed to the UT Graduate School of Medicine faculty in 1980, was named a full professor in 2002, and currently is chief of the Department of Medicine Division of Hematology and Oncology. He has served as director of the East Tennessee Comprehensive Hemophilia Center since 1983.

He is a member of more than 20 medical and research societies and associations and the findings from his scientific research have appeared in the world’s most prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

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James C. Mosley, III, MD

James C. Mosley, III, MD

James C. Mosley, III, MD has always had a strong interest in basic science, and felt that oncology is the field of medicine most deeply rooted in basic sciences. Because of this, this field was a natural fit for him.

Dr. Mosley earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and after receiving his medical degree at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, he did an internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis. Following residency, he then completed a Clinical Fellowship of Hematology and Oncology at Washington University Department of Medicine in 2009.

Dr. Mosley joined Hanna Cancer Associates in 2017. He finds that the most rewarding part of his job is the bond that he is able to form with his patients and their families during such a difficult time.

In his leisure time, Dr. Mosley enjoys spending time with family, photography, astrophotography, aviation, and working out. He is married with two young sons, Parker and Owen.

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Staff

Maci O’Connor, PA-C

Wahid Hanna, MDMaci O’Connor, PA-C, who became a Physicians Assistant in 2011, provides a high level of care and helps educate patients and their family about their illness and treatment options. While assisting Dr. Hanna in her role as a prescribing practitioner in both hospital and clinic settings she enjoys helping and getting to know the patients as well as their families.

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology& Child and Family Studies at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Maci then received her Masters of Science Medicine at Trevecca Nazarene University through the Physician Assistant Program. She is accredited by the National Commission on Certification of PA (NCCPA).

Maci and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends. In her spare time, she enjoys watching football.

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Meredith Buckner, FNP-BC

Meredith Buckner, FNP-BCMeredith Buckner, FNP-BC earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Memphis. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at Carson-Newman University and is certified by ANCC. She is a member of ANA, TNA, and serves as secretary for the Rho Mu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Meredith joins the Hanna Cancer Associates team with five years of nursing experience on medical-surgical floors and the ICU. She genuinely cares for her patients and strives to provide the most compassionate, patient-centered care possible. She values the relationships formed with patients and their families, and enjoys supporting them.

Meredith is engaged and enjoys spending time with family and friends in her spare time.

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Lauren Newman, FNP-BC

Lauren Newman, FNP-BCLauren Newman, FNP-BC earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and her Masters at East Tennessee State University. Lauren is certified by ANCC, and is a member of AANP and ONS.

Lauren joins the Hanna Cancer Associates team with five years of prior experience as an ICU nurse. She is passionate about advocating for patients and educating them in their diagnosis, and supporting her patients through the treatment process gives her great satisfaction.

Lauren is married, and in her leisure time, enjoys traveling and UT sports.



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Kimberly J. Pickel, FNP-BC

Kimberly J. Hicks, FNP-BCKimberly Pickel, FNP-BC, who became a family nurse practitioner in 2004 and certified in oncology in 2009, provides care as an advanced practice nurse and helps to educate patients about their diagnosis and treatment options. While assisting Dr. Hanna in her role as a prescribing practitioner in both hospital and clinic settings, it is the relationships with the patients and their families that are most enjoyable.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Science in Nursing at Carson-Newman College (University). She is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Oncology Nursing Society.

Kimberly is active in volunteering for the Hard Knox Rollergirls Derby team in Knoxville, where she is usually wearing a tutu and greeting fans as Lilly Red Corvette. She also enjoys cooking and gardening at home (without the tutu).

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Christine Wilson, FNP-BC

Christine Wilson, FNP-BCChristine Wilson, FNP-BC earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Tennessee Wesleyan University. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee, and is certified by the ANCC. She received the Clinical Excellence Award from the University of Tennessee in 2016. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and ONS.

Christine joins the Hanna Cancer Associates team with three years of combined experience as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, and as a Clinical Instructor in oncology for undergraduate nursing students at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Her passion for providing medical care in under-served areas has led her to participate in medical missions to Kenya, Honduras, and Belize. In her leisure time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

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Melissa Carver, RN

Melissa Carver, RNMelissa Carver, RN became a nurse because she is passionate about helping people when they are sick. She loves that her job at Hanna Cancer Associates allows her to use knowledge and experience to decrease the suffering of others. Additionally, she is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.

Melissa is a single mom of three sons and lives in Knoxville. She stays busy as a volunteer at the Tennessee Lab Rescue and takes part in various cancer fundraisers in the area.





       

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Kelly Myrick, RN, BSN, OCN

Kelly Myrick, RN, BSN, OCNKelly graduated from the University of South Florida in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started in the field of Oncology during college as a CNA at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. She has been employed within the University of Tennessee Medical Center system since 1994. Her professional experience includes Oncology nursing, Critical Care nursing, and emergency care nursing, but her passion has always been in oncology. She enjoys working with patients and their families and feels that the oncology field provides a unique opportunity to develop special bonds that last a lifetime.

Kelly stays very busy with her husband and three children, enjoys her church family, reading, walking, and sitting on the front porch.

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Allison Birchfiel, RN, OCN

Allison Birchfiel, RN Allison credits a strong family tradition of caring for her interest in a nursing career. At Hanna Cancer Associates, she enjoys meeting and developing relationships with a diverse group of patients and their families for whom she provides patient care and education.

She is a graduate of Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Her 21 years as a registered nurse includes 18 years in oncology nursing. She is certified in oncology. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and the Tennessee Valley Oncology Nursing Society.

Allison shares her home with her husband and two step daughters. She enjoys traveling.

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