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Banner Health acquires hematology oncology practice in northwest Valley

Dr. Shelly Gandhok will join Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

PHOENIX (July 15, 2021) – Banner Health today announced the acquisition of Sonoran Hematology and Oncology, a well-established practice located in Peoria, Arizona. 

As a result of the acquisition, Dr. Shelly Gandhok, a widely known and well-respected hematologist-oncologist, will join Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Gandhok’s practice members will join, as well.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Gandhok and her team into Banner MD Anderson," said Dr. Rogerio Lilenbaum, senior physician executive for oncology at Banner MD Anderson. "This practice has provided outstanding care to patients in the northwest Valley, and we look forward to them joining us in our mission in providing high-quality cancer care.’’

Dr. Gandhok said she was thrilled by the move. “Sonoran Hematology and Oncology is very excited to join Banner MD Anderson, a nationally recognized leader in multidisciplinary cancer treatment and research.

“Having practiced hematology and oncology in Peoria for 15 years, I am committed to patient-focused, compassionate care for our community and continuing to provide care for our patients and their families. We look forward to combining strengths to provide cutting-edge, innovative cancer treatments to our patients in the northwest Valley,’’ said Dr. Gandhok.

The providers will maintain their existing office, located at 9159 W. Thunderbird Road in Peoria. To schedule an appointment at the current location, please call 623-933-7453.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center delivers cancer care to patients in Arizona and Colorado through the partnership of Banner Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner MD Anderson offers focused disease-specific expertise in the medical, radiation and surgical management of the cancer patient; an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care; access to clinical trials and new investigative therapies; state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of all types of cancer; oncology expertise in supportive care services. For more information, visit

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

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