Days at the Capitol & Site Visits

Network advocates visit with lawmakers to educate them on the issues impacting their patients and practices.
February 2, 2024

Texas Oncology – Mesquite Hosts Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX)

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On Thursday, February 1, Texas Oncology hosted Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) for a site visit at their Mesquite practice. Dr. Sreeni Chittoor, joined by Drs. Naveed Cheema, Shiela Haffar, David Yin, and Zainab Ilahi as well as Practice Administrator Mary West, Practice Manager David De La Rosa, Executive Director Mary Ann Cagle, led Rep. Gooden on a tour of the practice, including the radiation vault, the infusion suite, and the pharmacy.

During the site visit, the discussion focused on the value of community cancer care, the benefits of medically integrated pharmacy services, site-of-service payment disparities, and the pressures of running an independent practice.

Congressman Lance Gooden represents the 5th congressional district in Texas, which includes parts of Dallas County, Henderson, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Wood, and Upshur counties. He serves on the House Judiciary and Armed Services Committees. The Network and Texas Oncology look forward to working with Rep. Gooden on issues impacting community oncology. If you are interested in hosting a site visit, please contact or