|Medical Oncology Team|
M. Sitki Copur M.D., F.A.C.P, is a National Cancer Institute trained medical oncologist and adjunct faculty member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Omaha. Dr. Copur joined the Cancer Treatment Center in 1995 following a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute at Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Copur has built a comprehensive community cancer center at Saint Francis, with strong academic affiliation and strong dedication to the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention, screening diagnosis, treatment and survivorship to end-of-life care. He is the founding Medical Director of Oncology and currently holds an adjunct faculty position as a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Copur is Board Certified and Re-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and books. During his leadership, Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center has won several national recognition awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Research Participation Award, ASCO Research Grant, Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certification, and Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons.
"For me, serving my cancer patients is not a job; it is not a career; but it is my calling. It is the meaning of life for me! I have the most unique, resilient and special group of people of whom I have the privilege of serving, my patients whom I get inspired by, and a wonderful team of colleagues, co-workers and a great hospital administration that makes what I dream and live for a reality."
Watch Dr. Copur’s video here.
Ryan Ramaekers, M.D., is a medical oncologist trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb where he was Chief Oncology/Hematology Fellow in 2008 and 2009. A native of central Nebraska, Dr. Ramaekers has a special understanding of our unique rural culture. Dr. Ramaekers joined the Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center and the Hastings Cancer Treatment Center in August, 2009. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNMC. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology.
Watch Dr. Ramaekers’ video here.
Melhem Jabbour, M.D., is a medical oncologist who earned his degree from Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center at Boston University, where he was also an active in various hematology-related research initiatives. Dr. Jabbour joined Saint Francis Cancer Treatment Center in August 2011 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology.
“I was so affected by my first experience with oncology in medical school that I knew I wanted to continue in this specialty. You go through so many ups and downs with cancer, and some days are really tough – but my focus is to always practice oncology with compassion.
All of my patients are like family members. My father was diagnosed with cancer, so I feel everybody’s pain. I try to be as supportive of my patients as I am with my own family, and I will be with them every step of the way. I believe that’s one of the keys to being a good oncologist.”
Megan Schriner, P.A.
Rita Hays, APRN, AOCNP
Rita has worked as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner since 2003, first in Kearney, NE, then returning to Saint Francis in 2007. Rita and her husband have lived in Grand Island since 1976 and raised their children here, three of whom have chosen medical/nursing related careers.
"I learn something new every day from my patients about determination and courage. It is a privilege to work with the professional team here at Saint Francis. Their skill, compassion, dedication and knowledge are outstanding!"
Deborah Nelson, APRN, AOCNP
Two triage nurses are available by phone during normal business hours. Any after-hours calls will be answered by a nurse practitioner, with a physician on-call for more advanced needs.
Front office and centralized scheduling