Eight providers join UCHealth in northern Colorado

New experts specialize in cancer care, palliative care, neurology, internal medicine
May 17th, 2016

Eight new providers joined the UCHealth team in northern Colorado in April.

Among the newcomers are five providers from Front Range Cancer Specialists, which joined UCHealth Cancer Care and Hematology on April 1. They are now caring for patients at UCHealth Cancer Center at 2121 E. Harmony Road in southeast Fort Collins.

Dr. Diana Medgyesy served as the medical director of Front Range Cancer Specialists and has a special interest in breast and gynecologic cancers and neuroendocrine tumors.

“I truly believe in compassionate, individualized, state of the art and scientifically validated team approach when caring for my patients,” she said.

She earned a medical degree from Institute of Medicine and Pharmacology in Timisoara, Romania. She received postgraduate training in internal medicine at Yale University and New York Medical College at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. She also completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at University of Texas and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dr. Farrah Datko is dedicated to the care of women with breast cancer and enjoys spending time with patients so they completely understand their particular situation, are fully informed and feel comfortable about their treatment options.

“Both cancer and its treatment can create daily challenges for patients. To help them cope, I coordinate comprehensive care with nutritionists, social workers, physical therapists and other health care providers,” she said.

Formerly with Front Range Cancer Specialists, Datko also has several research interests, including trials for hormone receptor positive, HER2 positive or triple negative breast cancers.

Datko earned a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. She also completed a residency in internal medicine at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. James Moore’s clinical interests include the hematologic malignancies (lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia), lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancers and genitourinary malignancies (prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and bladder cancer).

He has done a wide variety of cancer research and has multiple publications and abstracts to his name.

Formerly with Front Range Cancer Specialists, Moore earned a medical degree from University of California-Irvine Medical Center, where he also completed an internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship.

Dr. Ross McFarland’s experience includes treating gastrointestinal cancers, lung cancer, hematologic malignancies (lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia), lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, melanoma, and head and neck cancers.

Through comprehensive, compassionate care of the whole person, he strives to have the best possible outcomes and relationships with his patients.

“Each person I see will be treated uniquely not only in regards to their type of cancer, but their physical, social, and emotional needs as well,” McFarland said.

He earned a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed an internal medicine residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB in California in association with University of California-Davis Medical Center. He also completed a hematology and oncology fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB in Texas.

Family nurse practitioner Amy Wing’s clinical interests include genetic counseling, breast, ovarian, lymphoma, colon and lung cancers. She also enjoys presenting educational programs to patients and nurses.

Formerly with Front Range Cancer Specialists, she earned a master’s degree in science and family nurse practitioner degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about UCHealth Cancer Care and Hematology, call 970.237.7700.

Dr. Sue Meyer joined the team of providers at UCHealth Longmont Clinic Internal Medicine, 1925 W. Mountain View Ave.

As a primary care provider, Meyer focuses on what a person needs to optimize the person’s health.

She is most interested in prevention of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes with general wellness, healthy lifestyle and stress management.  She also is interested in helping people who have chronic diseases to optimize their health in a supportive manner.

Meyer earned a medical degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about UCHealth Internal Medicine at Longmont Clinic, call 720.494.3126.

Dr. Christy Young joined the team of providers at UCHealth Neurology, 2695 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland.

She sees neurology as a challenging, gratifying, complicated and evolving science. “It’s humbling but an honor to be involved in helping these families,” she said.

Her clinical interests include migraine headaches, cluster headache, occipital neuralgia, post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, blepharospasm, stroke and seizures/epilepsy.

She earned a medical degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a residency in neurology at University of Colorado.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about UCHealth Neurology, call 970.667.7664.

Nurse practitioner Peggy Budai joined the palliative care team at UCHealth’s Poudre Valley Hospital, 1024 Lemay Ave., Fort Collins.

Budai is passionate about helping people, especially older adults, to receive the care that they want, make informed decisions about that care and have the quality of life they deserve until the end of their life.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. “The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family,” Budai said.

Her clinical interests include palliative care, geriatric care, delirium prevention, medication management, dementia and Parkinson’s care. Her research interests include advance care planning, transitions of care, patient advocacy and community health.

She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

For more information about the palliative care provided at PVH, call 970.495.8369.


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