Ahrin Koppel, MD, Medical Director of Clinical Research at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, has been awarded a grant from the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program.
Specializing in Hematology and Medical Oncology, Dr. Koppel earned her medical degree from Tel Aviv University in Israel. She completed her internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at UCLA Medical Center. She joined the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in 2010, where she sees patients and directs clinical research.
“We are very fortunate to have a physician of Dr. Koppel’s caliber here at our cancer center,” said Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Director of the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. “She is a great asset to us and our patients, and helps in our effort to provide the highest quality care for our community.”
The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program encourages physicians and surgeons to practice in health professional shortage areas and primary care shortage areas in California. The program repays educational loans in exchange for full-time service for a minimum of three years.
This loan repayment program is a service of the Health Professions Education Foundation, whose mission is to improve access to healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships, loan repayments, and programs to health professional students and graduates who are dedicated to providing direct patient care in those areas. In return for this support, recipients agree to provide direct patient care in a medically underserved area.