Mercy Cancer Center Staff

Executive Director

Gail P. Lalli, Executive Director

Radiation Oncologists 

Roger Ove, M.D., Ph.D.

Suzanne Russo, M.D.


Medical Physicist 
Albin Gonzalez Ph.D. DABR

Physician Bios

Radiation Oncology

Roger Ove, M.D., Ph.D
., is a radiation oncologist with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Mercy.  He completed his residency training at the University of Maryland, and holds a PhD in physics from Yale University.  Board certified by the American Board of Radiology, he is trained in a number of special procedures, including Cyberknife and Gamma Knife stereotactic intracranial and extracranial radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and brachytherapy for prostate cancer as well as other malignancies. Dr. Ove has a special interest in the treatment of head and neck, genitourinary, and central nervous system malignancies. During his spare time he enjoys golfing, water sports and fishing, and spending time with his family.

Suzanne Russo, M.D., is a radiation oncologist with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Mercy and a Clinical Associate Professor, radiation oncology, at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in radiation oncology and an internship in internal medicine at The University of North Carolina Hospitals. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and received her undergraduate degree from Boston College. She is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology and is trained in brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, pediatric oncology, breast medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, gastrointestinal oncology, thoracic malignancies, intraoperative radiation therapy and radiosurgery.

Albin Gonzalez, Ph.D., DABR, chief medical physicist, implements the radiation safety protocols. He also provides oversight to staff members who calculate and deliver the correct dosage provided by the radiation oncologists. Dr. Gonzalez received his doctoral degree in Medical Physics from Vanderbilt University and is board certified to practice Therapeutic Radiologic Physics by the American Board of Radiology. Visit http://www.aps.org/careers/physicists/profiles/agonzalez.cfm to learn more about Dr. Gonzalez and hear the advice he provides to those considering a career in physics. 
separator Hematology/Oncology Center, Inc.

Belagodu N. Kantharaj, MD, who serves as the Medical Director of the Cancer Program, is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He has practiced medicine in Lorain County since 1982. He is a graduate of Mysore Medical College, Mysore, Karnataka, India, and served residencies in Trenton, New Jersey, and Detroit, Michigan, before establishing his medical practice locally.

Ruben S. Escuro, M.D
., is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. He has practiced medicine in Lorain County since 1989. He earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and served internships and residencies in the Philippines and Buffalo, New York. He completed a fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, before joining the Hematology Oncology Center, Inc.

Patrick P. Litam, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. He has practiced medicine in Lorain County since 1997. He received his medical degree from the Univeristy of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines. His post-graduate education included residencies and fellowships in the Philippines, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; Sayre, Pennsylvania; Youngstown, Ohio; and Syracuse, New York. Before joining this practice, he also worked in Temple, Texas.

Jay E. Sidloski, D.O.
is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. He came to the cancer center in 2004 after completion of a fellowship program at the The University of Iowa. He received his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Des Moines, IO, and served internships and residencies in Sandusky and Cleveland.


Additional on-site clinical staff includes:
Nutritionist/dietician
Medical dosimetrists
Clinical trial manager
Oncology nurses
Radiation therapists
CBMS staff