Our Physicians
Ralph V. Boccia, MD, FACP

Ralph V. Boccia, MD, FACP

Dr. Boccia is a founder and the Medical Director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, consulting Medical Director of the International Oncology Network (ION) Clinical Research Program, and chairman of ION’s Medical Advisory Panel. Every year since 1992 both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington D.C. Consumers' Checkbook have listed him among the region's best physicians.

Dr. Boccia earned a medical degree at the University of Minnesota and completed training in internal medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)–affiliated hospitals. He completed hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant fellowships at the combined UCLA-Veterans Administration Program and The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. From his vast experience in research, Dr Boccia has published numerous articles in the journals Annals of Internal Medicine, Blood, Cancer, Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Oncology, and The Lancet.

Victor M. Priego, MD

Victor M. Priego, MD

Dr. Priego is one of the founders of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and the Principal Investigator of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group at Suburban Hospital (affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine). Since 2005 Washingtonian Magazine has consistently rated him among the region's Top Oncologists and Hematologists.

Dr. Priego earned his medical degree at The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico and completed his residency in internal medicine at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed his hematology, and oncology fellowships at Howard University Hospital, Georgetown University Medical Center, and the Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Priego is fluent in Spanish and is 2010 President of the Pan American Medical Society of the Washington Metropolitan Area, an organization that organizes volunteer missions to Central America to serve the medical needs of poor women, children and families.

Dr. Iva Ferreira

Dr. Iva Ferreira

Dr. Iva Ferreira provides state-of-the-art hematologic and oncologic treatment while giving patients the information they need to make sound decisions and remain engaged in their own care. A graduate of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, with a major in biochemistry, Dr. Ferreira completed both her internal medicine residency and her hematology/oncology fellowship training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her board certification exams in hematology and oncology in November 2014.

Prior to joining The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Dr. Ferreira was a clinical researcher and has contributed to a number of publications. She has a special interest in treating patients with benign hematologic disorders, lymphoma, leukemia, lung cancer and breast cancer.

Dr. Ferreira is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.
Dr. James Xu

Dr. James Xu

Dr. James Xu received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. He completed his internal medicine residency at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and his hematology and medical oncology fellowship at Columbia University in New York City.

While admitting that “cancer is a dreadful disease,” he expresses strong belief in the promise of emerging diagnostic tools and oncology therapies. "My goal," he says, "is to provide my patients with the best personalized oncology care through up-to-date evidenced-based medicine and my personal support."

Dr. Xu received the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award in 2011 and an ASCO Merit Award in 2012. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on the subjects of lung, breast and pancreatic cancers, and is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.