Board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Vandana Raman (Rajagopalan), MD received her medical degree and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, in Delhi, India.

Upon completion of her internal medicine residency training and hematology-oncology Fellowship training at St.Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, University Hospitals of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, Dr. Raman joined the Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in New Mexico as a solo hematologist-oncologist.

Within four years at PRMC, Dr. Raman single-handedly raised the profile of the newly constructed Plains Regional Cancer Center until it became the primary choice provider for chemotherapy, medical and radiation oncology services for the communities of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. She was then promoted to Medical Director at the Cancer Center at PRMC, as well as Medical director of hospice services.

Most recently, Dr. Raman worked as a Hematologist-Oncologist at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL where she spearheaded the practice's participation in ASCO's QOPI (Quality Oncology Practice Initiative), resulting in the practice being awarded QOPI certification by ASCO. While working at OSF, she also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford.

Dr. Raman has authored several research papers in peer-reviewed oncology journals. Dr. Raman is also fluent in Hindi and Tamil.

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and board eligible in Hematology, Dr. Gauri Sharma is experienced in treating a broad range of hematological and oncologic diseases. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. After receiving her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Sharma went on to complete her medical internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology was completed at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, where she also served as Chief Fellow.

Upon completion of her fellowship in 2015, she joined a private practice affiliated with the Troy Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, where she practiced hematology and oncology until joining Contra Costa Oncology this year.

Dr. Sharma is a published author in peer reviewed journals, and has also published research on sexual dysfunction in breast cancer patients. She regularly attends International Hematology and Oncology meetings. Dr. Sharma is also fluent in Hindi.

Dr. Diana Superfin

Diana Superfin, M.D. is board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Superfin attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina with the highest honors. Completing both her Internal Medicine internship and residency training at UC she went on to complete her Medical Oncology and Hematology fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center.

Dr. Superfin is the principal author of three research papers, one of which was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in 2005. Dr. Superfin is also fluent in Russian and Ukrainian languages. A frequent lecturer in the community, Dr. Superfin attends national and local oncology and hematology meetings and is actively involved in clinical trials.

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Elie Richa, M.D., MBA, is board certified in Internal Medicine, Transfusion Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Richa is fluent in both Arabic and French. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Lebanese University and went on to complete his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. Dr. Richa also completed a fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Upon completing his training, Dr. Richa served as an instructor and an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. During that time, he earned his MBA in Healthcare Management at Loyola University Chicago.

After completing his Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at Stanford University, he relocated to Humboldt County to work at St. Joseph Health System. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Northern California Community Blood Bank. Dr. Richa has written several publications, mainly in the field of blood banking and apheresis, while also staying at the forefront of the latest therapies in Hematology and Oncology. His philosophy is to focus on each patient’s individual needs and care.


Michael P. Sherman, M.D., Ph.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, graduating from Cornell University with distinction and honors. While pursuing his medical degree at the State University of New York at Syracuse, he simultaneously completed his Ph.D. thesis studying cancer-causing viruses. Dr. Sherman went on to complete his medical internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, as well as a Medical Oncology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He received post-graduate training at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology at UCSF. Dr. Sherman holds three U.S. patents and is the principal/secondary author of 27 original manuscripts and publications as well as eight reviews and book chapters. A nationally sought-after speaker on the subject of cancer treatment, he is also a frequent lecturer in the local community and participant in patient-oriented support groups. Dr. Sherman regularly attends national and international oncology meetings, including the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, and is also an active leader and participant in patient-focused clinical trials.

Contra Costa Oncology was recently nominated and featured as “The Best Oncology Practice” by KRON 4 Best of The Bay, a show that highlights the top professionals and businesses in the Bay Area. To view our segment, please click here. To learn more about Best of the Bay and other recent nominees in the Bay Area, please click here.

Click on the link above to watch an interview of Dr. Sherman discussing a patient’s illness, treatment & success, as was featured in a story run by the Oakland Tribune.