Dr. Dighe has been in practice in Stockton for more than two decades. He received his medical degree from Baroda Medical College, Baroda India. Dr. Dighe then completed his residency in Internal Medicine followed by completion of his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, part of the Northwestern University Medical School.
He has been the past chairman of the Cancer Committee at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as the Dept of Medicine and Family Practice. He is actively involved in the quality improvement initiatives in St. Joseph’s Hospital.
When he isn’t practicing medicine, Dr. Dighe enjoys music and the performing arts. He is an avid golfer and also enjoys his daily morning tennis games.
He lives in Stockton with his wife. His daughter is currently pursuing a career in law and his son is pursuing a career in computers.
Dr. Mehdi has been practicing Oncology in Stockton since 1987. Dr. Mehdi completed his Internal Medicine and Oncology training at the University of British Columbia in 1986. Dr. Mehdi is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Mehdi is certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology by the American Medical Board. Dr. Mehdi is currently the Chairman of the Department of Oncology at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.
Dr. Mehdi enjoys playing tennis and paints in his spare time.
Dr. Puthillath is the former Chief of Staff and is currently an active member of the Community Board at Lodi Memorial Hospital where he also serves as the Chairman of the Bioethics committee. He is the Co-Chair on the Breast Cancer Center of Excellence at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.
Dr. Puthillath completed his medical training from Mysore University, India. He then completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center, Michigan. During his residency, he was awarded the PGY-2 for outstanding resident of the year and the “Ambassador Award” for the best outgoing resident.
Dr. Puthillath completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), New York. RPCI is the oldest cancer center in the United States and is part of the NCCN designated Cancer Centers. Dr. Puthillath has numerous research publications in peer reviewed oncology journals and has actively presented in the American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings. His research interests have been in the treatment of colon cancers and breast cancer in young women.
He lives with his wife, who is a special education teacher and their two daughters.
Dr. Bangalore, M.D., PhD completed fellowships in Hematology/Oncology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He completed his internship and residency at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. which is affiliated with George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Bangalore also has a PhD in biochemistry from University of Georgia. Dr. Bangalore completed his undergraduate degree in Bombay (Mumbai), India and received his MD at Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India.
Dr. Bangalore has board certifications in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. He joined St. Joseph’s medical staff in 2001 and joined Stockton Hematology Oncology Medical Group in 2016.
Dr. John Kiraly was the first certified hematologist and Oncologist in San Joaquin County. He has been in practice, based in Lodi for over 40 years.
He received his degree in medicine from the University of California San Francisco. He obtained his post graduate training at the University of Virginia in Internal Medicine and Hematology, in which he served as the Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. He certified in the newly created specialty of medical Oncology in 1978, as one of the founders, qualifying through medical practice experience. He has served as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California Davis and on the board of directors for the two local blood banks.
Dr. Kiraly is an avid skier and golfer, he also enjoys playing the piano along with reading history and mystery novels. He and his wife, Rena, an oncology nurse, retired their own practice before joining Stockton Hematology Oncology. He is deeply committed to his patient’s and upholding a standard of excellence in medicine.
Dr. Fang received his medical degree from Beijing Medical University, China. Where he also obtained a Master of Pharmacology degree from the Peking University Health Science Center and a Master of Genetics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM).
Dr. Fang completed his internship/residency training in Internal Medicine at AECOM/Jacobi Medical Center in 2011 and has been board-certified since. He spent the next 3 years working as a hospitalist, where he specialized in the management of complicated hospitalized patients.
He went on to complete his fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology at Stony Brook University Medical Center and received extensive training in the management of patients with blood disorders and cancer. Dr. Fang is board certified in Hematology and Oncology.
He has written multiple articles in Hematology and Oncology which were published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Fang has been with SHOMG since July 2017.
He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Dr. Fang is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Dr. Sunny Philip was born and raised in a small rural town in Texas. He graduated magna cum laude with honors, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Texas Pan American. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine.
Dr. Philip then went on to complete his Internal Medicine residency at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where he has been board certified in Internal Medicine since 2014.
He completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine where he also served as chief administrative fellow. He received his board certification in Hematology as well as Oncology.
Dr. Philip joined Stockton Hematology Oncology Medical Group in October 2017. He currently works as a general oncologist treating a variety of cancers and blood disorders. He participates in multiple tumor boards in San Joaquin County and works closely with several University Centers to help provide comprehensive and cutting edge care for his patients.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, and reading fiction novels.
He is committed in bringing quality and emphatic care to the people of San Joaquin County.
Josephine Appeng, PA-C
Josephine Appeng is a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA). She completed her undergraduate studies at San Joaquin Delta College and UC Davis with a major in Cell Biology. She received her Master of Physician
Assistant Studies degree (MPAS) from the University of the Pacific Physician Assistant Program in Sacramento. Her prior clinical experiences include working as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department, Pediatric
Endocrinology, ENT, Pediatric Urology, Hospitalist Medicine, and Bariatric medicine. She has had prior experiences in clinical research and working as a certified nursing assistant.
She is passionate about educating others as well as teaching and empowering patients and their families in understanding and managing their health. She is committed to delivering optimal and compassionate care to the community.
Josephine was born in Southern California but lived in Canada for 10 years before returning to California. In her spare time, she enjoys learning the guitar, singing, watching stand-up and late-night comedy shows, reading,
cooking, hiking, practicing yoga and kickboxing. Many have recounted her legendary prowess as a world-renown lemur tamer and skilled underwater basket weaver. She is an avid traveler and enjoys new adventures, having
traveled to various countries including Japan, Cambodia, France, Germany, and Mexico. She endeavors to travel, see, and learn more about the world.