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Memorial Hermann Welcomes

Four physicians and an administrator have joined the team at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers.

Affiliated Radiation Oncologist
Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

Dr. Aparna Surapaneni has joined the radiation oncology staff at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in materials science engineering with a focus on biomedical applications at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, followed by a master’s degree in biophysics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She completed her medical degree at the State University of New York Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, followed by internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and residency at SUNY Downstate, where she was chief resident in radiation oncology. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, she was an attending physician in radiation oncology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. While at Saint Barnabas, Dr. Surapaneni initiated a stereotactic body radiation therapy program to treat early stage lung cancers and oligometastatic disease to the spine, liver and lung. She has published research on gynecologic and prostate cancers and is a member of American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.



Affiliated Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Originally from Austin, Texas, Dr. Erik Askenasy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in chemical engineering. He attended McGovern Medical School, and completed a residency in general surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Houston.

After completing his education, he accepted a position as an assistant professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and worked at Ben Taub General Hospital. Later, Dr. Askenasy was a founding partner of Trauma and General Surgeons PLLC (TAGS) and practiced at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where he was involved in the development of a Level II trauma center. He recently returned to academic medicine, joining the department of surgery at McGovern Medical School. He is actively involved in education with both the fellowship and residency training programs and spends time at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and the Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. Additionally, he continues an active and productive research program and is the principal investigator for various projects. As a colon and rectal surgeon, he treats benign, inflammatory and malignant colorectal diseases as well as varied pelvic floor pathology. Depending on the clinical situation, he will perform either open, laparoscopic, or robotic surgery and is a certified da Vinci® robotic surgeon. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Askenasy is committed to medical service abroad and has made medical and surgical mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba.

Dr. Monica DesaiMONICA DESAI, M.D.
Affiliated Medical Oncologist
Memorial Hermann Memorial City
and Katy Hospitals

A native Texan, Dr. Monica Desai received her undergraduate degree at Rice University and her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was recognized with the Competitive Award for Academic Excellence. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. After residency, she went on to complete her fellowship in hematology and oncology at Washington University and Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was also co-chief fellow. Fluent in English, Spanish and Hindi, Dr. Desai is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology. She practices oncology and hematology at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.



Affiliated Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals

Dr. Mohummed Khani received his medical degree at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine in Syria. He went on to complete his general surgery residency at North Shore LIJ Health System in Staten Island, New York, and his fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Pennsylvania, as well as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fluent in English and Arabic, Dr. Khani is double board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in colon and rectal surgery by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

He sees patients at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of rectal pain, anal pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, hemorrhoids and more.

He also sees patients for both diagnostic and screening colonoscopies.


Tiffany BalderasTIFFANY BALDERAS, BSRT, (R), (T), ROCC
Manager, Radiation Oncology
Memorial Hermann Memorial City
Medical Center

Tiffany Balderas, B.S., RT (R) (T), ROCC, joins Memorial Hermann as manager of radiation oncology at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. She is certified as a diagnostic cardiovascular sonographer and a radiation therapy technologist, and is a radiation oncology certified coder.

Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, she was manager of the radiation oncology department at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston.