About Our Team

Meet Our Physicians

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Steven Yates, MD

EDUCATION:

1990 to 1993 Fellow in Medical Oncology
University of Wisconsin
Comprehensive Cancer Center

1987 to 1990 Resident in Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

1987 M.D., Medical College of Virginia

1983 B.A., Berea College 

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

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Keith Ayrons, MD

EDUCATION:

1992 - 1995 Fellow in Hematology/Oncology
State University of New York
At Stony Brook

1989 - 1992 Resident in Internal Medicine
State University of New York
At Stony Brook

1989 M.D., Wayne State University
School of Medicine

1984 M.S., Adelphi University

1983 B.S., State University of New York
At Albany

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

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James McGrath, MD

EDUCATION:

1998 - 2002 Hematology - Oncology Fellowship
Emory University School of Medicine

1995 - 1998 Internal Medicine Residency
Emory University School of Medicine

1991 - 1995 Doctor of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB)

1987 - 1991 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

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William Charles, MD

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

2004 - 2006 Co-Director, Hematology and Oncology
Division of Hematology and Oncology
Buena Ventura Medical Group, Ventura, California

2002 - 2004 Chief Fellow, Hematology and Oncology
Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

2001 - 2002 Fellow, Hematology and Oncology
Brookdale University Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

1998 – 2001 Resident, Internal Medicine
Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center Brooklyn, NY 

1989 B.A Iona College, Biology, New Rochelle, NY

1998  M.D. Ross University School of Medicine, Edison, NJ

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

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Lia Spina, MD

EDUCATION:

2004 - 2007 Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Hematology and Medical Oncology

2001 - 2004 Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Internal Medicine

1997 - 2001 Medical: State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
Syracuse, NY
Doctor of Medicine

1992 - 1997 College:  State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Gaston Hematology & Oncology Associates was founded in 1992 by Steven W. Yates, MD. Our Shelby office was added in 2003 and our Belmont office in 2008.

Members of the Innovation Cancer Network

Innovation Cancer is a nationwide association of independent oncologists committed to providing newly diagnosed patients and referring physicians’ high-quality, compassionate oncologists, close to home. We arm patients with the resources and knowledge to choose an informed treatment path. 

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QOPI Certified

What does QOPI Certified mean?  We are practicing community oncologists that incorporate measures and standards based on clinical guidelines and published standards for quality oncology care. Practices that meet or exceed a defined level of performance on a set of quality measures continue on to achieve QOPI Certified status.

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