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Ironwood Doctors Named in ‘The 100 Best Doctors in Arizona for 2024’


Congratulations Sujith R. Kalmadi, MD and Rajesh N. Kukunoor, MD for their inclusion in the prestigious ‘The 100 Best Doctors in Arizona for 2024’ list.

Being a remarkable physician requires a blend of intellect, empathy, and steadfast commitment, traits exemplified by Az Business magazine’s Top 100 Doctors in Arizona for 2024.

Sujith R. Kalmadi, MD

Dr. Kalmadi joined Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers in 2008 and serves as Chief Medical Officer. After finishing his medical schooling in India, Dr. Sujith Kalmadi completed his residency training and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

He then served as academic clinical faculty at the Cleveland Clinic School of Medicine (Lerner School) in Cleveland, Ohio, and subsequently at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During his tenure at these prestigious institutions, he pioneered several novel clinical research trials which have been lauded at national scientific meetings and published in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Kalmadi is actively involved in the education of medical students and residents from Creighton University School of Medicine and Midwestern University and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Hematology and Medical Oncology at both institutions. He has been selected multiple years by his professional peers as a Top Doc in PHOENIX Magazine.

His areas of clinical and research interests include several solid tumors, gastrointestinal malignancies, and hematological disorders. He has been the principal investigator in several innovative clinical trials across the years, which has led to FDA approval of several lifesaving cancer therapeutics.

He currently resides in Chandler with his wife and three children and enjoys tennis, chess, and racquetball during his spare time. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology.

Rajesh N. Kukunoor, MD

ImageDr. Kukunoor serves as the Director of Lung, Head & Neck Oncology Division at Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers. His clinical practice is focused on Lung and thoracic malignancies, Head and Neck and genitourinary malignancies (prostate, kidney, bladder, testicular) and hematologic disorders. He has a keen interest in targeted therapeutics and the quickly evolving landscape of precision oncology.

He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Wayne State University in Detroit and fellowship training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. “It’s the very special bond between a physician and patient that attracted me to Oncology,” Dr. Kukunoor says. “It’s also important to me that oncology is one of the most evidence-based subspecialties of medicine.”

Dr. Kukunoor serves as adjunct faculty, Assistant professor at Creighton University School of Medicine. His teaching experiences with rotating medical students help keep him up to speed on the latest research. He is a investigator on several clinical trials through the Ironwood Research program and actively seeks novel treatment options for his patients. He has been selected by his professional peers as a Top Doc in PHOENIX Magazine. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, downhill skiing, scuba diving and karaoke.