About Us

Board of Directors

Anthony Ciarolla, MD, Chairman, SCOA Founding Member

Dr. Ciarolla received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his Medical Degree from the University of California, Irvine. His residency in hematology and internal medicine, and a fellowship in hematology were completed at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Ciarolla also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is a clinical Assistant Professor of the UCLA School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Ciarolla is the Medical Director of the Adult Cancer Program at Long Beach Memorial Center Hospice Program and is a founding member of SCOA.

Austin Ma, MD, Vice Chairman, SCOA Founding Member

Dr. Austin Ma completed his hematology oncology fellowship at the University of Maryland Cancer Center. His undergraduate studies were taken at the University of Korea and UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

Dr. Ma believes that communication with patients and families are a key aspect of effective treatment. He also believes that in addition to innovative cancer therapies — balanced nutrition, exercise and consistent support are essential to achieving positive outcomes.

Sharon Yee, MD, SCOA Founding Member

Dr. Yee brings 32 years of patient care to SCOA. She earned her Medical Degree from the University of Southern California and completed her residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital. Her oncology and hematology fellowships were taken at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Yee is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology, and holds seats on various prominent hospital committees throughout Southern California and Orange County.

Veena Charu, MD, SCOA Founding Member

Dr. Charu has been in private practice since in 1988 in the fields of Hematology and Oncology. She is known to be extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest developments and treatments.

Prior to entering in private practice, she served as the Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Lincoln Hospital in New York, affiliated with New York Medical College. There she was honored as “Best Teacher” to residents and fellows. She has also held various prestigious positions in community hospitals, serving as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Anaheim Regional Medical Center and the Chairman of Cancer Committee and Tumor Board at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital.

Dr. Charu attended Nagpur Medical College in India, where she finished first-in-class in the Department of Medicine. Before immigrating to the United States, she was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Grant Medical College in Bombay, India. Dr. Charu completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey followed by fellowships in Hematology at New York Medical College and Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center, affiliated with Albert Einstein Medical College. She is a member of the American Society of Oncology (ASCO) and the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California (MOASC). She is triple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

Dr. Charu is very caring, honest and devoted to her patients. She is one of the principal investigators for clinical trials that are conducted Pacific Cancer Medical Center and has authored a number of publications.