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Doctor Shehzad Aziz, M.D.

Shehzad Aziz, M.D.

Board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology in1998, Dr. Shehzad Aziz practices Medical Oncology and Hematology in Salinas and Gilroy California. Dr. Aziz did his Oncology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and then joined Los Palos Medical Associates in 1998. He is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologist and the American Society of Hematology. He is on the Investigational Review Board committee at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and is the coordinator for clinical trials.

Doctor Patrick W. Flanigan, M.D.

Patrick W. Flanigan, M.D.

Dr. Flanigan joined LPMA in 1975. He graduated from the Ohio State University of Medicine with Honors and completed his medical internship and residency at UCLA before returning to OSU for postgraduate training in Hematology and Medical Oncology.

He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology.

He was the fist Medical director of the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital cancer program and helped establish the oncology unit, which is certified by the American College of Surgeons.

He is the author of three books of poetry: Surviving the Storm, Milk and Coffee, and When Sunflowers Speak.

Doctor laura Stampleman, M.D.

Laura Stampleman, M.D.

Board certified in Medical Oncology in 1988, Dr. Laura Stampleman practices Medical Oncology in Salinas and Gilroy California. Dr. Stampleman did her Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York. She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Dr. Stampleman joined Los Palos Medical Associates in 1987.

Dr. Stampleman’s interests include gardening, cooking, and of course eating good food. Luckily, she likes to exercise as well.


Doctor Geetha Varma, M.D.

Geetha Varma, M.D.

Dr. Varma joined Los Palos Medical Associates in Salinas as a medical oncologist and hematologist in 2004. She received her medical education at University of Calicut, India, and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, University of Wisconsin Medical School in 2001. For the next three years, she was a fellow in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Dr. Varma is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Hematology, American Medical Association and Monterey County Medical Society.


Jennifer Botelho, MPAS, PA-C

Jennifer Botelho, MPAS, PA-C

Jennifer completed her Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies at Oregon health and Science University in Portland and is a nationally-board certified physician assistant. Prior to this, she worked as a laboratory and clinical research assistant at OHSU. She recently joined Los Palos Medical Associates in January of 2007 after moving back to the Central Coast to be closer to family and is enjoying becoming an integral part of the health care team at Los Palos Oncology and Hematology. Jennifer is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology.

When away from the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, baking, wine (and food!) tasting, running, music and playing in the occasional “friendly” game of poker.