Dr. Hema Vankayala is board-certified in medical oncology and hematology and practices at our Fleming Island location. Originally from India, Dr. Vankayala earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Guntur Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. She went on to complete her residency and fellowship at Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, Michigan before joining CSNF.
Honored to be a member of CSNF’s multidisciplinary team, Dr. Vankayala say that’s it’s a privilege to works with people who value research and compassion as much as she does. “It’s a blessing to see patients live longer with the new cutting-edge treatments available at CSNF, thanks to the help and research of my colleagues,” she says. “It is satisfying to see them having special moments with their loved ones.”
Dr. Vankayala’s philosophy is to be candid about the diseases her patients are facing and provide realistic hope in a compassionate way. She believes that involving the patients and their families in the treatment discussions and decisions is critical and will help them prepare to actively participate in the cancer care process.
In addition to her role as a beloved oncologist, Dr. Vankayala also serves as the program director for CSNF/OPMC’s fellowship program. “Our fellowship program is designed to train fine physicians and compassionate leaders in the field of hematology and oncology,” she says. “It is our mission to give them all of the tools necessary to successfully begin their journey as Hematologists/Oncologists.”
When not in the office, Dr. Vankayala enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.