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Who We Are

Our Experts Will Be By Your Side Every Step of the Way.

True to our name, you’ll find a strong sense of community at the Nassif Community Cancer Center. Learn more about our team members who will be there to guide you through your cancer journey.


Meet Our Director

Cancer is not an easy journey. That’s why the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center is here—to help and support patients and their family members from diagnosis through survivorship.

A partnership of UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital and Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, in collaboration with other community-based specialty providers, the Nassif Community Cancer Center was created with a clear mission—to provide exceptional cancer care that places the patient at the center of all we do. By coordinating care and putting the resources patients need conveniently in one place, we help make the cancer journey as easy and positive as possible.

On behalf of our dedicated team of doctors, nurses and support staff, I invite you to discover how the Nassif Community Cancer Center is transforming cancer care in our community.

It is vital that we continuously improve our programs and services to providing exceptional cancer care now and in the future. I invite you share with me any feedback, comments or concerns you may have about our center. Call me at (319) 369-7486 or send an email.

Andrea Watkinson


Director, Nassif Community Cancer Center

Board of Directors

  • Tara Beem
  • Dr. Rasa Buntinas
  • Terri Christoffersen
  • Casey Greene
  • Kellie Lindblom
  • Dr. Brian Lindo
  • Dr. Kerri Nowell
  • Thom Pritz
  • Gary Streit


Commission on Cancer

COC-accredited facilities provide patients with the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care.


Breast centers accredited by the NAPBC demonstrate a commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

National Cancer Institute

The Nassif Community Cancer Center has been awarded a grant by the National Cancer Institute as a member of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program.


Quality Healthcare Has Its Place

The Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center, located in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District, pulls together more than 200 doctors, nurses, researchers and support personnel from over a dozen health care organizations. Together we deliver the coordinated comprehensive cancer care needed to win the fight against cancer.

To learn more about the medical services, history and future plans of the district, visit

Clinical Partners

Albert G. & Helen Nassif Radiation Center

Providing state-of-the art radiation therapy, allowing patients to take advantage of a full spectrum of cancer care in one facility.

Cedar Valley Pathology

Offering comprehensive diagnostic testing for area physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations.

Physicians' Clinic of Iowa

One of Iowa’s largest private, multi specialty physician groups, with more than 80 physicians, surgeons, and mid-level providers in a wide range of specialties and subspecialties.


Iowa’s largest radiology group, with board- certified radiologists trained in a broad range of subspecialties.

Dr. Vander Zee

A board certified plastic surgeon providing exceptional results for surgeries of the face, body and breast. Dr. Vander Zee also conducts the Advanced Melanoma and Skin Cancer Clinic at the cancer center.

UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids

Combining the best technology, innovation, and personal expertise to ensure patients receive exceptional healthcare every day.

Supporting Partners

UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Foundation

St. Luke’s Foundation’s mission is to support St. Luke’s Hospital and the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center in giving the healthcare we’d like our loved ones to receive. The community’s generosity helps patients every single day.