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Our Physicians

Paul H. Coluzzi, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Compassionate caring for the individual is my first priority. I am dedicated to healing and committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual support for my patients. With the focus on the whole person, I guide patients and their families through the complex decision-making process and offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date medical treatments.

I was born in Los Angeles and graduated with a degree in Religion from the University of Southern California. I received both my M.D. and Masters Degree in Public Health from Northwestern University in Chicago. I completed a medical residency at UCLA and the VA Hospital in West L.A. and did fellowships in medical oncology and therapeutics and then hematology and bone marrow transplantation at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. I have extensive experience in basic science, cancer research, hospice, and medical ethics.

It is important that there be balance in life, and therefore, at home, I enjoy spending time with my two teenage sons. I also find time to enjoy movies, the arts, gardening, entertaining friends and reading.

Merry L. Tetef, MD
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

The field of oncology blends my commitment to the physical, emotional and social well being of my patients with my interest in the science of medicine. I work closely with each patient to jointly decide the best course of treatment for that individual.

After growing up in Los Angeles, I spent 8 years in school on the east coast. I received my undergraduate education at Princeton University, after which I attended Harvard Medical School. Upon my subsequent return to Los Angeles, I completed my internship and residency in internal medicine at UCLA. My medical oncology fellowship and my hematology and bone marrow transplantation fellowship were at the City of Hope National Medical Center, where I remained as a staff physician in the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research until 1999, participating in patient care and clinical research. To date, I have authored or coauthored more than 70 publications and have participated in numerous clinical trials.

My passion for patient education has led me to participate in radio and television programs informing the public about various cancer-related issues.
My personal interests include cooking, movies and travel. I am an avid sports fan who enjoys fitness and outings with my dogs.