Former Sutter physician to focus on patient care following cancer treatments

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SANTA ROSA – Redwood Regional Medical Group has added Dr. Amy Shaw, a long time family physician in Sonoma County, to head the practice’s new Primary Care Oncology and Survivorship Program.

Dr. Shaw has worked as a primary care physician in Sonoma County for the past 20 years, focusing often on women’s health, in a variety of roles. She established her practice as a primary care physician with Doyle Park Family Medicine, which was absorbed by Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods in November 2009. She also has served as chief of staff at Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and was medical director of Sutter’s Women’s Health Resource Center.

Throughout her career, Dr. Shaw developed a special interest and expertise in the care of women and men being treated for cancer, as well as for patients who experienced complications from cancer therapies, according to Redwood Regional.

Accordingly, Dr. Shaw will lead the new cancer program, which will augment Redwood Regional’s already in-place oncology services.

“For over 40 years, Redwood has served cancer patients in the North Bay,” said Wayne Fairchild, chief executive officer of the medical group, which is one of the largest physician-owned private practices in the North Bay. “Dr. Shaw’s addition to our cancer team offers our patients the support they need to lead their best possible lives after treatment.”

The new program will focus on the primary care needs of patients following cancer treatments and will be part of a coordinated process with other physicians and specialists at the practice

Redwood Regional said one in three cancer patients will experience ongoing health problems from side effects that may persist years after therapies have ended. Additionally, even if the cancer is treated successfully, risks of recurrence or the development of a new cancer require close follow-ups and regular screenings.

Dr. Shaw will bring about 50 of her existing patients to Redwood, in addition to the patients she will take on in her new role. Initially, she will focus mostly on breast care patients but will expand to other diagnosed cancers over time.

Dr. Shaw obtained her medical degree from University of California, Davis and then completed her residency at Sonoma County’s Community Hospital – now Sutter Medical Center – Family Residency Program.

Redwood Regional has nine campuses, over 40 physicians and more than 300 care providers that are part of the multi-specialty practice.