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Cancer Team

Wendt Regional Cancer Center Staff

The Wendt Cancer Center understands that quality cancer care doesn't just mean making sure that a patient's physical needs are met, but also that the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their family are met as well.  Our staff educates, listens and gives dignity to people in a time of tremendous need.  Together, they provide the coordinated care necessary for a multidisciplinary approach to fighting a cancer diagnosis.

Secretaries, located at the front desk area, will welcome you upon each arrival to the Wendt Cancer Center and will assist with any paperwork or initial questions you may have.

Your Oncology Nurses will help manage your individual cancer treatment side effects, while offering encouragement and hope throughout your journey.  Our nurses - board-certified in oncology, pain, and palliative care - encourage active decision making and participation of the patient during their cancer care. 

Your Radiation Oncologist will oversee and manage your cancer treatment plan, while keeping you well informed of the steps being taken throughout your cancer care.

Your Radiation Dosimetrist works with your radiation oncologist and physicist to calculate the appropriate amount of radiation therapy needed during each of your therapy visits.

Your Radiation Physicist works to make sure that all radiation therapy equipment is running appropriately and works with the dosimetrist and therapists to ensure safe delivery of your radiation therapy.

Your Radiation Therapists will operate the machine that provides you with radiation therapy.  Our radiation therapists will also answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment.

Wendt Cancer Center staff provides patients and their families with:
Confidence in their cancer care
Advice and knowledge
Comfort and safety
Care during and after treatment
Coordination of ancillary services
Encouragement and hope 

Meet the Team 

Bobby Koneru, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Koneru is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist who leads the medical care of the Wendt Regional Cancer Center. Learn more about Dr. Koneru

Aruna Turaka, MD

Dr. Turaka specializes in Radiation Oncology. She is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.  Learn more about Dr. Turaka

Laura Duerr, RN BSN

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Laura has been our Nurse Navigator since 2014. Click here to learn more.

Vera Nigrin, MD

Dr. Nigrin specializes in Radiation Oncology. She is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.  Learn more about Dr. Nigrin

Other Team Members 


(563) 589-2534

Available for emotional and spiritual support and is a liaison to local parishes. The chaplain can provide information and education on Advance Directives.


(563) 589-2323

The dietitian can assist in evaluating nutritional needs and provide education and advice about coping with the effects of cancer and its treatment as it relates to diet and nutrition.


(563) 589-2352

Can provide literature or recommend resources on health related topics.

Oncology Nursing Staff

(563).589-2392 or (563) 589-2334

Staff nurses or our oncology clinical nurse specialist are available to answer questions regarding cancer and its treatment.


(563) 589-2472

Pharmacists can provide information and fact sheets are available about chemotherapy and other medications and their possible side effects. Learn more about our Pharmacy Services here. 

Social Workers

(563) 589-2326

Assist in setting up home care and equipment or alternative arrangements. Social workers can provide direction on financial programs, counseling and support groups.