We Are a Practice of Compassionate Doctors

Maithili Rao, M.D.

Dr. Maithili Rao founded ACOHA with the vision of building an integrated approach to treating cancer and blood disorders, with a focus on excelling at patient care and quality. The practice has now grown to 3 locations in Morristown, Springfield/Short Hills and West Orange/Livingston areas. Prior to ACOHA, Dr. Rao established an extremely busy and successful practice in Morris county with offices at Carol Simon Cancer Center in Morristown Memorial Hospital and Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital. She was voted NJ Monthly Magazine’s “Top Doctor” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – and was featured on the cover of 2013 issue.

Dr. Rao is a national speaker in the area of Genetics and other cutting edge treatments in the areas of Oncology and Hematology. With her many community outreach programs, and active involvement in cancer fund raising, Dr. Rao has solidified a strong presence in community treating all areas of hematological and oncological issues. She has a special interest in breast and ovarian cancer, leukemia, genetics, and management of complex hematology issues for high risk pregnancy patients.

Dr. Rao has published and presented several peer – reviewed articles, posters and abstracts at regional and national oncology meetings. As an active and concerned oncologist, Dr. Rao gives several lectures a year for patients and their families, community organizations, nursing and physician groups, and residents.

Dr. Rao completed her Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at the University of Rochester, New York and is board-certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Ashish Khot, M.D.

Dr. Ashish Khot completed his Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. He finished his residency and internship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY.

Dr. Khot is board-certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Khot is an active attending faculty at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center where he regularly lectures and offers teaching rotations for residents and students in the Department of Medicine. He maintains a special interest in management of patients with urological malignancies and lung cancers.

Charlesse Pondt, M.D.

Dr. Pondt completed her Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. She finished her residency and internship at Cornell University, New York, NY.

Charlesse maintains a special interest in management of patients with breast and gynecological cancers, management of complex hematological issues in high risk pregnancy patients and sickle cell patients.

Joshua Strauss, M.D.

Dr. Joshua Strauss is a Hematologist-Oncologist who is trained in all malignancies and blood disorders. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in chemistry and went on to earn his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he graduated with special distinction for research in medical oncology. After finishing his residency at New York University Medical Center, he completed his fellowship at the world-renowned New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center in NY, where he participated in high level research and published several peer reviewed articles in the area of gastrointestinal cancer.

He maintains membership in national organizations including American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American Medical Association. In his practice he strives to incorporate the most up to date knowledge in the field with an approach geared to the needs of each individual patient. He especially takes pride in treating his patients with compassion and going the extra mile to deliver the best care possible. 

Ramsey Asmar, M.D.

Dr. Ramsey Asmar attended medical school at Wayne State University where he graduated with distinction. He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Asmar served on the clinical faculty at U-M for 4 years, as Director of a hospitalist-staffed malignant hematology service.  During this time, he gained extensive clinical experience managing patients with a wide variety of hematologic cancers.

Dr. Asmar subsequently completed his Hematology & Oncology Fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, with a focus in thoracic oncology. While at Columbia, he authored a number of papers, designed a clinical trial, and led a variety of research initiatives for novel strategies in the treatment of lung cancer.

Dr. Asmar is thrilled to be practicing with Advanced Care Oncology & Hematology Associates, bringing with him his warm demeanor and a dedication to providing exceptional, state-of-the-art patient care. Though his primary focus remains thoracic oncology, he treats all hematologic and oncologic conditions.

Ashish Shah, D.O., M.Sc

Dr. Ashish Shah completed his Hematology and Oncology Fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency at Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers University Hospital at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He is board-certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Shah joined Lehigh Valley Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2009 where he built and maintained a busy clinical practice treating patients with complex hematologic and oncologic conditions.  He was Founder and Director of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Service at LVHN-Muhlenberg Campus and Co-Director of the Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Multidisciplinary Clinic.  Dr. Shah also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine where he was active in clinical teaching of medical students and residents and helped develop and serve as faculty member of the newly created Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at LVHN.

Dr. Shah brings his years of experience and youthful enthusiasm towards building a practice focused on patient-centered care using the most advanced and innovative cancer treatments.  He treats all conditions but maintains a special interest in the management of patients with hematologic malignancies, such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, as well as breast cancer, lung cancer and adolescents with newly diagnosed oncologic malignancies and/or hematologic conditions.

Wendy Chiang, M.D.

Dr. Wendy Chiang  joins our team of practitioners after working for a busy private practice in the NY Metropolitan area, subsequent to her Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr Chiang  has treated different Oncologic and Hematologic diseases with a concentration in both breast cancer and benign Hematology. She has also  worked as a medical expert focusing on Hemophilia trials at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Wendy is primarily based out of our West Orange location and growing the Essex County region.

Marlene Schmitz,
APN, ANP-BC

Marlene is a Nurse Practitioner at ACOHA. With several years of adult internal medicine practice experience, Marlene joined our practice in 2013 and specializes in managing patients on treatment for anemia, blood clots and symptoms during chemotherapy treatments.

She graduated from The College of NJ with a BSN and later graduated from UMDNJ with MSN with a specialty in adult health.

Marlene is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) She is an active member in sigma theta tau nursing honor Society-Omicron Pi Chapter.

Jessica Surloff, PA

Jessica Surloff completed her Physician Assistant Program from Long Island University. She has extensive experience in private practice having worked as a PA in New York in the areas of infectious diseases, radiology and primary/urgent care. Jessica is based out of our West Orange location.

Edgar “Joed” La Chica
Nurse Practitioner

Joed is a Nurse Practitioner at ACOHA. With several years of being a cardiology nurse, Joed joined our practice and specializes in managing patients on treatment for anemia, blood clots and symptoms during chemotherapy treatments.

La Chica graduated from Walden University  with a specialty in acute care.

Joed is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC).

Misty Stallworth,
Practice Coordinator

Misty Stallworth is the Practice Coordinator for ACOHA. Misty has been in Oncology field for over 18 years and manages 360 degree patient care and counseling. She manages a team of patient care navigators and front desk and her number 1 job is to provide outstanding patient care.
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