Meet Our Care Team
The John Stoddard Cancer Center, a service of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, is privileged to work with a variety of skilled physicians in a number of specialty areas including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, hematology, general surgery, gynecologic oncology, dermatology, radiology, pathology, urology, internal medicine and family medicine.
Andrew Nish, MD, serves as the John Stoddard Cancer Center medical director. As medical director, Dr. Nish serves as an important link to the medical team and works to facilitate discussions around quality, clinical trials, and patient care enhancements. Dr. Nish is also featured in our John Stoddard Cancer Center: Trending Topics video series and the Dish with Nish Podcast.
Meet Dr. Andrew Nish
Dr. Nish graduated from Carleton College and received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Following his fellowship he moved to Des Moines and began a 27-year career as an Interventional Radiologist at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. During that time he introduced many new procedures to the medical center including peripheral arterial stents, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts, chemo and radioembolization of liver tumors and microwave ablation of tumors in many locations.
Despite his successful career he became restless and began to question the care model of traditional western style medicine. A retrospective analysis of his 27-year career revealed the fact that patient health was not getting better and that the traditional care model was failing patients and their families. With this new insight he began to study nutrition, stress, exercise and sleep as it related to health and wellness. He went on to enroll in a 2-year fellowship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, completing his studies in October of 2018.
His passion is to educate the public and health care workers about true health and well being and how this can be achieved through lifestyle changes, including: food and nutrition, stress management, sleep, exercise, purpose in life and social relationships. He is fascinated with the mind-body connection and how our thoughts and beliefs directly influence our physical and mental health.
The John Stoddard Radiation Oncologists are located in the Stoddard Radiation Oncology & Brachytherapy Department - Robert Isaak, MD, John Triantafyllos, MD, Arshin Sheybani, MD and Sam Schroeder, MD. These physicians provide the most technologically advanced radiation oncology & brachytherapy department in Iowa and continue to lead the way in cancer care.
The Medical Oncology team specializes in the treatment of cancer, specifically chemotherapy.
The Surgical Oncology team specializes in the surgical treatment of over 14 types of cancers.
Working with Iowa Radiology, our team is able to offer complete diagnostic and interventional imaging services using the most advanced imaging techniques.
Iowa Pathology Associates provides cutting-edge diagnostic services including the most advanced molecular techniques to diagnose tumors and to help guide treatment decisions and tailor therapies to each individual patient.
If you would like information or a physician referral, please call our cancer information line at (515) 241-4141.