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St. Helena Hospital Welcomes New Oncologist/Hematologist


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St. Helena Hospital Welcomes New Oncologist/Hematologist

Ethan D. Schram, M.D., joins Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center team

August 8, 2011

St. Helena, CA 

The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center welcomes Ethan D. Schram, M.D. to its team of cancer specialists. Board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine.  He was recruited by Dr. Gregory Smith, Medical Director of the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center, because the new cancer center has been busier than projected in its first two years of business.  Dr. Schram’s addition will increase access to oncology services for patients in Napa and Lake Counties.  Both physicians trained at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and share a passion for clinical research. 

Dr. Schram’s research has earned him numerous recognitions, including the Scripps Health Nell and Tom Waltz Award for Leadership in Medicine. He is also the recipient of the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Achievement Award from Chicago’s Northwestern University.  “There is so much happening in cancer research at this time,” says Dr. Schram. “New technologies, new drugs, identification of genetic risk factors, and better understanding of the body’s healing mechanisms have all contributed to survival rates and post-treatment quality of life undreamed-of a generation ago. It is an exciting time to be practicing medicine in this field.”

A graduate of University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 2003, Dr. Schram completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He went on to Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, where he became a Fellow in Hematology/Oncology and Chief Fellow in Graduate Medical Education.  He serves as a volunteer member of the Professional Advisory Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Cancer Support Community, providing counsel in the development and delivery of services to complement medical care for cancer patients.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Schram pursued an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts/Architecture from Wesleyan University, graduating cum laude in 1993. His honors thesis in hospice design earned him the Thorndike Award Grant, and laid a strong foundation for his understanding and compassion for the challenges and fears that his patients have to confront when faced with a cancer diagnosis.

About St. Helena Hospital: With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality health care services, including the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center and Coon Joint Replacement Institute, St. Helena Hospital, situated in the heart of the Napa Valley, is one of the nation’s premier health care destinations. The hospital serves its local communities with comprehensive medical care, including cancer, cardiovascular and behavioral health. For more information, visit