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Covenant Health Participates in Convalescent Plasma Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Patients

Posted on May 15, 2020

Covenant Health hospitals have joined a nationwide effort to begin treating some COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma transfusions as part of a clinical trial. Convalescent plasma is donated by patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and is being given experimentally to current COVID-19 patients who are experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms. The “Expanded Access to […]


Welcome Michael Magee, MD

Posted on May 12, 2020

Michael Magee, MD “We specialize in hope!“ Board Certification:  Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship:  Oncology Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York City, NY Hematology Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Residency:  Internal Medicine Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN Medical School:  University of Tennessee Location: Thompson Oncology Group – Blount 220 BMH Cancer Center, Maryville, TN 37804 (865) 977-1065 […]


Thompson Cancer Survival Center Joins National Cancer Consortium to Study COVID-19

Posted on April 17, 2020

Thompson Cancer Survival Center, a member of Covenant Health, has joined The COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium, a national organization whose goal is to understand the effects of COVID-19 on cancer patients. Initial data suggests these patients have a higher risk of serious complications due to coronavirus than non-cancer patients, and the consortium hopes to rapidly […]


Telephone, Telehealth, and Patient Portal Messaging Available During COVID-19

Posted on March 30, 2020

To ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff from the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), whenever possible, we’re recommending telephone, telehealth (Doxy.me) and direct messaging with your providers via MyCovenantHealth. This service is for established AND new patients. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about these types of visits: How are […]


Rob Sanders Award Winner

Posted on February 6, 2020

Michelle Cannon, a medical assistant  at our Thompson Oncology Group – Blount location, was honored with the first-ever Rob Sanders Award on February 5, 2020. Created in honor of Rob Sanders, this award recognizes non-nurse employees who go above and beyond to improve the experience for our patients, family members, and coworkers. Michelle was nominated […]


Welcome David Chism, MD

Posted on January 27, 2020

David Chism, MD “Nearly three decades ago, my uncle’s diagnosis of stage four kidney cancer was devastating because there were few treatment options. Since then, cancer treatment has become more effective through tremendous advancements in immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies. As an oncologist, I’m pleased to provide these advanced treatment methods to my patients.” Board […]


Welcome Stephen Myers, MD

Posted on October 1, 2019

Stephen Myers, MD “I began my medical career here during residency, so I am delighted to return to my East Tennessee roots with my wife and three boys.” Fellowship:  Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic Residency:  Internal Medicine,  University of Tennessee Health Science Center Medical School:  University of Louisville School of Medicine Location: Thompson Oncology […]


Welcome Namratha Vontela, MD

Posted on August 21, 2019

Namratha Vontela, MD Fellowship:  Hematology and Medical Oncology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Residency:  Internal Medicine,  University of Tennessee Medical School:  Kakatiya Medical College,  Wrangal, India Location: Thompson Oncology Group – Oak Ridge 200 New York Avenue Oak Ridge, TN 37830 (865) 835-5400 About Us Thompson Oncology Group is part of Covenant Health, the […]