Dr. Roger Lyons of Cancer Care Centers of South Texas Named to Prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List

January 21, 2014

Dr. Roger Lyons of Cancer Care Centers of South Texas named to prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List

San Antonio, Texas (Jan. 21, 2014) — Cancer Care Centers of South Texas (CCCST), united in healing with The US Oncology Network, is pleased to announce that Roger Lyons, M.D., F.A.C.P., has been named a 2013 Castle Connolly Top Doctor. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a highly regarded healthcare research and information company that identifies top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about physicians. The Top Doctor list is based on an extensive nominating process in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers. Their credentials and qualifications are then carefully reviewed and evaluated by a physician-led research team and key personnel who select the honorees. Doctors cannot pay to be included on a Castle Connolly Top Doctors® list, and those who provide their input are not compensated.

“We congratulate Dr. Lyons on being named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor,” said Deborah Gaeke, executive director, CCCST. “Dr. Lyons is renowned as an international expert in hematology, and we are proud to see him receive the recognition he deserves.”

Currently, Dr. Lyons is the president of Cancer Care Centers of South Texas and the medical director for its Myelodysplasia Foundation Center of Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Lyons was appointed as the medical director for Hematology for The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health. He served for five years on the editorial board for the publication, Blood, and has held leadership roles with many professional societies, organizations and institutions including Bexar County Hospital District, South Texas Regional Blood Bank, Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital and Humana Hospital of San Antonio. Dr. Lyons is actively involved in clinical research and has published more than 49 journal articles, 86 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, and has taken a leading role in more than 50 research studies. He is now initiating a Phase 1b research program at CCCST.

The extensive nominating process for Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors™ lists results in nearly 100,000 physician nominees each year. Board-certified physicians nominate other doctors whom they feel are the most outstanding in their medical specialties, in any area of medicine and in any part of the country. Physicians cannot nominate themselves. In addition to peer nominations, a physician-led research team makes thousands of phone calls each year to leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and others involved in healthcare, gathering further information regarding the top specialists for various diseases and procedures.

The physician-led team carefully reviews the credentials of every physician being considered for the Top Doctors list. The review includes scrutiny of medical education, training, board certifications, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements and malpractice and disciplinary history, among other factors. This team, along with other key personnel, makes the final determination on which doctors will be included in the list. Less than 5% of the nation’s licensed physicians have been recognized as Castle Connolly Top Doctors for their specialties in their regions, making Dr. Lyons’ achievement worthy of recognition.

In addition to this recognition by Castle Connolly, Dr. Lyons has been recognized as a top doctor multiple times by several organizations including, San Antonio Magazine, Texas Monthly, America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America and The National Registry of Who’s Who.

About Cancer Care Centers of South Texas

Cancer Care Centers of South Texas (CCCST) is committed to providing the best and most advanced, compassionate, comprehensive care. CCCST begins by offering therapies proven to be effective and advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies and continues by providing unprecedented access to new investigational drugs through clinical trials. To Cancer Care Centers of South Texas, providing the best care means understanding that having cancer is difficult for patients and their families. Physicians and staff are kind and compassionate, and will do whatever it takes to make everyone more at ease. Its state-of-the-art centers are designed to make patients comfortable, and physicians and staff believe care should be both advanced and compassionate. For more information, visit www.cancercaresouthtexas.com.

Cancer Care Centers of South Texas is united in healing with The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, CCCST is united with nearly 1,000 physicians nationwide. Cancer Care Centers of South Texas participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has played a role in 48 FDA-approved cancer therapies, nearly one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date. For more information, visit www.usoncology.com.


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