2019 Pink Roses and Teal Magnolias Heroes

Danielle Behrens, DO
Hematologist/Medical Oncologist
Assistant Professor of Medicine CMSRU

Danielle Behrens, DO knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine at the age of 16, after her grandmother was diagnosed with glioblastoma. At a time when the standard of care was surgery and radiation, Danielle witnessed a brave fight paired with compassionate healthcare providers and knew that this was what she wanted to do.

Dr. Behrens received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Rowan University and is also a graduate of A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Cooper University Heath Care, where she served as chief resident during her third year and completed her fellowship training at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper University Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Behrens loves the hospital setting. She is able to meet with patients, perform procedures, review pathology and collaborate with physicians and specialists in real-time. She also provides inpatient consultations and chemotherapy services in partnership with Dr. Marjan Koch. 

When she is not at the hospital, Dr. Behrens plays the drums and is learning to play the piano. Following hectic, but fulfilling, workdays, she enjoys getting lost in the beauty of music.

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Anthony Dragun, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology, Chairman & Chief
Professor of Radiation Oncology, CMSRU

Inspired by his mother, Anthony Dragun, MD saw first-hand the challenges and rewards of building a career in medicine. 

Dr. Dragun completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Colgate University and his medical degree at Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He completed his post-graduate board certification in Radiation Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

In 2017, Dr. Dragun joined Cooper as the Chairman and Chief of Radiology Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. He has been instrumental in building the radiation oncology program and he is an internationally-known expert in the field of breast cancer. He has been recognized by the American Society of Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiation Oncology and the American Brachytherapy Society for his research.

Dr. Dragun has the heart of a teacher and uses a combination of education, empathy and humor to give patients a sense of optimistic power over their diagnosis.

Dr. Dragun is originally from Northeast Philadelphia, grew up in Shamong, NJ and attended Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, NJ. 

Here's something you might not know about Dr. Dragun – he and his wife, Emily, are certified barbeque judges in the state of South Carolina.

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Marjan Koch, MD
Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Marjan Koch, MD is the first in her family to become a physician. With a background in science and surrounded by family members in healthcare and science careers, she decided to enter medical school while completing her master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Drexel University.

A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Koch has been a hematologist/oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper since 2010. Prior to becoming an attending physician, Dr. Koch completed both her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in hematology/oncology at Cooper University Health Care. She fell in love with Cooper and its patients and truly believes in Cooper’s mission to serve, to heal, to educate. She is passionate about oncology and treats each patient like her own family.

Dr. Koch met her husband, also a Cooper physician, during residency. They have eight-year-old twin girls and a five-year-old son.

Fun fact about Dr. Koch, she was born in the US, but spent several of her early years in the Netherlands and she is fluent in Dutch.

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Lauren Krill, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist

As a medical student, Lauren Krill, MD travelled to East Africa to conduct research and help women with HIV. Her first patient was a young woman with advanced cervical cancer and that is when she decided to dedicate her career to helping women with gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Krill earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and completed her residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by gynecologic oncology fellowship training at the University of California Irvine. As a result, she is skilled in the comprehensive care of women with all gynecologic cancers, providing both medical and surgical treatments. Dr. Krill has research interests in the investigation of new cancer treatments, clinical trials, healthcare disparities and clinical outcomes research.

She has written for numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group/NRG Oncology where she has presented research on its behalf at professional society meetings.

Dr. Krill’s personal motto is “where there is love there is life” and approaches each patient with compassion and empathy.

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Bonnie Mehr
Director, Integrative Oncology Services
Director, the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program

Bonnie Mehr feels that she did not choose a career in healthcare – healthcare found her. Providing support to people when they need it the most has become her passion, making her role as the director of the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program a natural fit.

Bonnie is the first to tell you that she is not a physician, but her work at MD Anderson at Cooper plays a key role in lessening the pain, stress and anxiety associated with cancer by offering programs and services focused on the mind, body and spirit.

Over the past 16 years, thousands of cancer patients and survivors have benefited from the programs Bonnie creates – the Tea Cart, the Seeds of Hope Project (an organic vegetable garden), reflexology and hand massage, laughter chair yoga, music therapies and the Bracelet Affirmation Project are all offered at no cost to patients. She is the editor of the Survivor Times newsletter and is an essential member of the Integrative Oncology Program. Bonnie also oversees the Volunteer Program and the Breast Buddy Program.

Bonnie is humbled by the grace, humor, hope and individual stories of the people she meets. When a patient rings the bell, which signifies the end of their chemotherapy or radiation treatment, Bonnie is instantly motivated to continue her work to enrich the lives of cancer survivors.

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