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Arizona Oncology Welcomes Dr. Rafiyath to Tucson-Area Locations
By Christina Caldwell - Wednesday Jun 29, 2022
Arizona Oncology, a premier provider of advanced cancer care across Arizona, is proud to welcome Shamudheen M. Rafiyath, MD to its medical oncology and hematology team, expanding available patient services and treatment options for Tucson and Green Valley area residents.

Dr. Rafiyath earned his medical degree from Trivandrum Medical College in India before completing his internship in internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital in Queens, NY. Dr. Rafiyath went on to complete his fellowship in hematology and oncology at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY and his internal medicine residency at the Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. He is board certified in medical oncology and hematology.

Dr. Rafiyath will see patients at Arizona Oncology’s Tucson-Drexel and Green Valley locations to provide compassionate, patient-centered care. The new Tucson-Drexel location offers patients access to medical oncology/hematology, outpatient chemotherapy, cancer genetics testing, screening for high-risk patients, and clinical laboratory services. The Green Valley location offers patients access to expansive, multidisciplinary care including medical, radiation, and breast surgical oncology, hematology, outpatient chemotherapy, cancer genetics testing, screening for high-risk patients, diet and nutrition services, palliative care, and clinical laboratory services.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Rafiyath to Arizona Oncology and expand our talented team of medical oncologists. Dr. Rafiyath has the education and experience, and his philosophy also aligns strongly with Arizona Oncology’s mission to provide a fully integrated and personalized approach to cancer care,” said Joseph Buscema, MD.

Dr. Rafiyath has a special interest in breast, lung, skin, and head and neck as well as gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, and blood malignancies. He is part of several professional affiliations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. He is fluent in English, Malayalam, and familiar with Hindi and Tamil.

“Compassion is an integral part of cancer care,” says Dr. Rafiyath. “It’s important that I take the time to listen and understand my patient’s goals. My aim is to educate and inform patients and their families about the disease so we can make a shared decision and tailor treatment according to each individual patient’s needs.”

The new Tucson-Drexel office of Arizona Oncology is located at 10350 E. Drexel Rd., #204 & #210, Tucson, AZ 85747. The Green Valley office of Arizona Oncology is located at 1315 S. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley, AZ 85622. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit

About Arizona Oncology
Arizona Oncology is one of the largest medical groups in Arizona, with more than 100 clinicians devoted exclusively to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and high-quality cancer care. Since its inception in 1998, Arizona Oncology has led with the philosophy that it’s beneficial to provide cancer therapies in a community setting, close to patients' homes and support systems. Arizona Oncology specializes in Medical, Gynecologic, and Radiation Oncology, Hematology, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Urology, Research, Genetic Risk Assessment, and patient ancillary programs. The physicians and their staff treat patients in many communities throughout the state including Glendale, Goodyear, Green Valley, Phoenix, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, and Tucson.

Arizona Oncology is an affiliate of The US Oncology Network (The Network). This collaboration unites AO with more than 1,400 independent physicians dedicated to delivering value-based, integrated care for patients — close to home. Through The Network, these independent doctors come together to form a community of shared expertise and resources dedicated to advancing local cancer care and to delivering better patient outcomes. The US Oncology Network is supported by McKesson Specialty Health, whose coordinated resources and infrastructure allow doctors in The Network to focus on the health of their patients, while McKesson focuses on the health of their practices. AO also participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has played a role in more than 100 FDA-approved cancer therapies.

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