Advanced Practitioners Professionals

Working alongside our UCBC physicians, patients will meet with our experienced mid-level professionals such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). They are trained to diagnose and manage unusual occurrences and chronic illnesses during your treatment. Our dedicated staff also includes specially trained oncology certified nurses (OCNs) and registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, social workers and our office staff.

What makes the healing experience even more effective at UCBC is that every department is committed to making every appointment as pleasant and timely as possible. Every team member works with the patient in order to get questions answered and provide helpful advice as needed. They are constantly in contact with members of other departments to ensure that every patient is following their course at UCBC with all accuracy and efficiency. Every patient will find friendly faces and pleasant personalities when interacting with any member of the UCBC team.

Kimberly C Pittman, NP-C, AOCNP

Kimberly C Pittman, NP-C, AOCNP

Kimberly Pittman, certified nurse practitioner, joined UCBC in August 2005. A cum laude graduate of Medical College of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, she worked for two years with a local cardiology group before moving to public health with the Jackson County Health Department, in Commerce, GA, for which she practiced as a public health nurse. In 2004, she returned to school to earn a master’s degree in nursing and nurse practitioner from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, where she was named to Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. Kim holds advanced oncology certification as a nurse practitioner, oncology nursing certification, and a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Meredith L Staton, PA-C

Meredith L Staton, PA-C

Meredith L Staton has been a certified physician’s assistant since 1997, working in internal medicine before joining UCBC in March 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lee University, Cleveland, TN, where she graduated magna cum laude, and was a dean’s scholar, member of Alpha Chi International Honor Society and recipient of the National General Chemistry Award. She earned a second bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the physician’s assistant program at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where also was a 4-semester Dean’s Scholar. Meredith is certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the state of Georgia, and holds memberships in the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology as well as the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.
Melissa Dowd, FNP-BC

Melissa Dowd, FNP-BC

Melissa Dowd believes compassion is one of the most important ingredients to nursing care. As a Family Nurse Practitioner in UCBC’s Living Well division, Dowd has been caring for patients as a professional nurse since 1997. She began her nursing career at Athens Regional Medical Center, where she rotated among departments, including Home Health, Surgery, Medical Nephrology, Neuroscience, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, and Urology. Dowd worked as a Hospice Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospice in Athens, where she gained experience in symptom management, and worked with therapists, social workers, physicians and chaplains. She studied Neuro Feedback, eventually taking over and managing a holistic practice. She also worked in California as a hospice nurse where she began nurse practitioner studies. As Family Nurse Practitioner, she worked at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems in Athens, where she gained experience in addiction disease, acute mental health crisis management, and chronic mental health management.
Erin Hudson, PA-C

Erin Hudson, PA-C

Erin Hudson graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December 2015. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science as well as Biological Science from the University of Georgia, where she graduated as a Dean’s scholar, a member of Sigma Alpha, Delta Epsilon Iota National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Hudson is certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. She holds memberships in the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology, American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants.
Kristen Gué, PA-C

Kristen Gué, PA-C

Kristen Gué, a certified physician assistant, graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Minor in Spanish.  Kristen was recognized for her leadership skills and academic success by holding memberships in the Honor’s College, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, being named a Dean’s Medalist, and the recipient of Delta Delta Delta’s national collegiate award.  Her passion for healthcare led her to obtain a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015.  She was selected for the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants and was also a recipient of The Kirklin Award for Academic Excellence for graduating with a 4.0 GPA from the PA program at UAB.
Chuck Davis, PA-C

Chuck Davis, PA-C

Chuck Davis, a physician’s assistant, returned to University Cancer & Blood Center in August 2016. He played an important role in launching UCBC’s Walk-In Clinic, and serves as the primary caregiver for this service. Chuck previously worked with UCBC from 2010-2015, leaving briefly to gain experience in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University. Chuck received his degree as a physician’s assistant from Medical College of Georgia, and has previously worked as a paramedic.  He is certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
Whitney Knowlton, PA-C

Whitney Knowlton, PA-C

Whitney Knowlton, a nationally certified physician assistant, joined the UCBC team in April 2017. She earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012. She previously worked in primary care family medicine, where she focused on disease management, patient education and counseling, and wellness promotion with an emphasis on both physical and mental health. Medicine is Whitney’s second career — she spent eight years in the financial industry and earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2001.
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