Gaston Hematology Oncologyoffice (704) 865-5210
fax (704) 865-6282

Office Locations
Gastonia, NC
Shelby, NC
Belmont, NC

Our Physicians

We are here to take care of you. Below is some additional information about each of our physicians. Our physicians are Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Ayrons, Dr. Matulis, Dr. McGrath and Dr. Patel are also Board Certified in Hematology. They are on the active medical staff at Gaston Memorial Hospital and Cleveland Regional Hospital.


Steven W. Yates, MD

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


Forrest L. Thompson, MD

Forrest Thompson MD

EDUCATION:

1989 - 1990 Fellow in Hematology
Vanderbilt University

1987 - 1989 Fellow in Medical Oncology
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine

1983 - 1986 Resident in Internal Medicine
Greenville Hospital System

1983 M.D., Medical University of
South Carolina

1979 B.S., Clemson University

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

 

Keith A. Ayrons, MD

Keith Ayrons

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

 

Melissa Matulis, MD

Melissa Matulis MD

EDUCATION:

2000 - 2003 Fellow in Hematology/Oncology
North Carolina Baptist Hospital

1998 - 2000 Resident in Internal Medicine
North Carolina Baptist Hospital

1997 - 1998 Internship in Internal Medicine
North Carolina Baptist Hospital

1993 - 1997 M.D., West Virginia University
School of Medicine

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

 

James McGrath, MD

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
Hematology

 

William J. Charles, MD

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 USA

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

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

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

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

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

 

Vipul Patel, MD

Vipul Patel MD

EDUCATION:

2005 - 2007 Fellowship: Hematology & Medical Oncology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Nashville, TN

2004 - 2005 Fellowship: Hematology & Medical Oncology
Tulane University Medical Center: New Orleans, LA

2001 - 2004 Residency:  Internal Medicine
Medical College of Georgia: Augusta, GA

1996 - 2000 Doctor of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine: New York, NY

1992 - 1996 Bachelor of Science; Molecular Biology
Vanderbilt University: Nashville, TN

BOARD CERTIFICATION:

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology
Hematology

 

Lia Spina, MD

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
Hematology