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Interior Cancer Journal

Memorial Hermann Welcomes New Team Members

Shariq KhwajaShariq Khwaja, M.D., Ph.D., has joined McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and is an affiliated radiation oncologist with Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers at the Texas Medical Center, Katy and Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Khwaja practices radiation oncology with clinical interests in intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided and adaptive radiation therapy, advanced localization systems, partial breast irradiation, Gamma Knife® and LINAC-based radiosurgery, prostate low dose-rate brachytherapy and high dose-rate brachytherapy for prostate, gynecological and breast cancers, as well as pediatric malignancies.

Dr. Khwaja earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, through the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program. After his internship in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital/The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he went on to complete his radiation oncology residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Khwaja is the co-author of articles published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics; Cancer Medicine; Otology & Neurotology; Clinical Breast Cancer; American Journal of Clinical Oncology; and Journal of Clinical Investigation, among other journals.

Arechia GainesArechia Gaines, B.S.N., RN, has joined Memorial Hermann as a Community Outreach Specialist at Memorial Hermann - Memorial City Medical Center. Arechia oversees the Lindig Family Cancer Resource Center and all of its survivorship and patient programs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Texas Southern University in Houston. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Arechia served as a staff nurse in hematology/oncology at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a certified pediatric chemotherapy and biotherapy provider.




Carol KirtonMemorial Hermann welcomes Carol Kirton, B.S.N., RN, OCN, as the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center - Northeast. Of British descent, Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland, and her Diploma in Adult Nursing at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Upon graduation, she worked as a staff nurse at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Although new to this role, Carol has been with the Memorial Hermann Health System since 2009, where she served as a supplemental staff nurse at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center - Texas Medical Center, as well as the supplemental oncology nurse at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center - Northeast.  




Deidra TeohDeidra Teoh, M.S.N., RN, OCN, is Memorial Hermann’s new Lung Oncology Nurse Navigator - South Region. Deidra received her Master of Science in Nurse Education from the University of Houston - Victoria, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University. As the Lung Oncology Nurse Navigator, Deidra is responsible for providing support and education to lung cancer patients, from screening through treatment and into survivorship. She coordinates care across five of Memorial Hermann’s hospitals, as well as the first regional lung tumor board.






Please join us in congratulating Shelita Anderson, M.B.A., B.S.N., RN, OCN, and Alla Vargo, ARRT(R), RDMS, M.B.A., M.H.A., on their recent promotions within Memorial Hermann’s Oncology Service Line.

Shelita AndersonShelita has been promoted to the System Oncology Director of Nursing. Before this transition, Shelita served at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital for over 20 years, most recently as the Patient Care Director for Special Projects. In her new role, Shelita will provide support for oncology nursing and the oncology service line through collaboration across the entire Memorial Hermann Health System.






Alla VargoAlla has been promoted to Regional Director, Oncology Service Line - North Region. Alla has been with the Memorial Hermann Health System for over 25 years, and transitions from her previous role as the Director of Business Development for Oncology Services and Administrative Director, Inpatient Imaging Services at Memorial Hermann - Memorial City Medical Center. In her new role, Alla is responsible for leading, directing, and supporting strategic and operational initiatives for the service line by working in collaboration with hospital leadership, regional administration, management teams and medical staff.