The Best and the Brightest: Recruiting New Talent in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) continues to recruit some of the nation’s best and brightest physicians focused on breast cancer. We are pleased to welcome three new talented, passionate oncologists to the team. Whether serving patients in the clinic or conducting cutting-edge research in the laboratory, they will play a critical role in OSUCCC – James’ quest to create a cancer-free world.
“I’m feisty, and don’t like when bad things happen to good people.”
Since she can remember, Raquel Reinbolt wanted to be an oncologist focused on breast cancer. Her grandmother passed away from the disease, making it personal—but it’s also the close relationships Dr. Reinbolt has with her mother and friends that strengthen her resolve against the disease. “It’s a cancer with the greatest risk factors being a woman and getting older. I’m feisty, and don’t like when bad things happen to good people. I try to channel that to do some good.”
Indeed, Dr. Reinbolt is already making a positive difference for patients with breast cancer, fostering a growing practice and working on a number of collaborative research projects primarily focused on survivorship and quality of life for young adults and those with metastatic breast cancer. She relishes the strong relationships she forms with patients.
Dr. Reinbolt is not new to Buckeye country. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine residency as well as fellowships in hematology-oncology and breast medical oncology at The Ohio State University. In addition to medicine, she also loves reading and art. She is expecting her first child with husband Charles Redman, MD, an internal medicine-pediatrics physician at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“When I interviewed with Ohio State, I felt like I was coming into a family. That was the biggest decision point.”
“I saw a lot of cancer growing up,” says Sagar Sardesai. With the BRCA2 gene running in his family, he watched his mother, aunt and grandmothers fight breast and ovarian cancers. Now as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, he will focus on BRCA-related tumors and triple negative breast cancers, looking at predictive biomarkers that can help to make informed treatment plans for patients.
Dr. Sardesai comes to Ohio State from Indiana University Medical Center, where he completed his hematology-oncology fellowship. He received his medical degree from Topiwala National Medical College and Bai Yamunabai Laxman Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai, India, before completing an internal medicine residency at SUNY Buffalo and a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
He is eager to continue his career as a Buckeye. “When I interviewed with Ohio State, I felt like I was coming into a family. That was the biggest decision point.” When he’s not busy caring for patients, Dr. Sardesai spends time with his wife, Poorval, and their two-year-old son Rishi.
“The breast cancer research happening at Ohio State is cutting edge. It’s a great opportunity to make impactful changes in people’s lives.”
For Nicole Williams, joining the faculty at Ohio State was a no-brainer after visiting the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. “I looked around and was very much impressed with the Stefanie Spielman Center—the services it provides, the faculty and other personnel there, the research opportunities. I felt like working at the Spielman Center would give me the opportunity to touch patients’ lives and be a source of compassion.”
Research, and clinical trials specifically, are areas of great interest to Dr. Williams—particularly research on treatments for brain metastases and geriatric patients with breast cancer. “I’ve always been very interested in taking care of older people and optimizing their care, while not limiting their functional status or making them sicker than they were before. The breast cancer research happening at Ohio State is cutting edge. It’s a great opportunity to make impactful changes in people’s lives.”
Dr. Williams grew up in the small Ohio town of New Philadelphia. She completed her bachelor of science degree at Kent State University and her medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She completed her internal medicine residency with Summa Health System, and hematology-oncology and breast medical oncology fellowships with Case Western Reserve University.