Special to the Citizen

University Cancer & Blood Center (UCBC) announced it is opening a new office near Lake Oconee at The Cowles Clinic, a medical complex located at 1000 Cowles Clinic Way in Greensboro. The office is in Aspen Cottage, second floor, suite A-100.Athens-based University Cancer & Blood Center (universitycancer.com) has provided patients with exceptional, compassionate care and the most promising clinical trials since 1982. UCBC has offices in Athens, Demorest, Lavonia, Monroe, Toccoa and Winder, providing patients the benefits of treatments close to home from highly regarded physicians who trained at the nation’s finest cancer centers. UCBC provides patients with the highest standards of care in treatments, including state-of-the-art cancer and blood disease therapies.The Cowles Clinic is the center for healthcare for Greene, Putnam and Morgan counties and the Lake Oconee area and is staffed by more than 60 physicians representing 36 specialties. The eight-building medical campus is located on Linger Longer Road near Reynolds Plantation, the Ritz Carlton at Lake Oconee and Cuscowilla Resort. UCBC’s Dr. Petros Nikolinakos will see patients at the new location on Thursdays, beginning May 8.  Dr. Nikolinakos, MD, CPI (Certified Principal Investigator), is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.  He joined UCBC in 2009 after completing a fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in Houston.An author and cancer researcher, Dr. Nikolinakos has published on a variety of clinical and basic science cancer topics in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Oncogene, American Journal of Hematology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.  His work has been presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).Dr. Nikolinakos is the director and principal investigator of the clinical trials program at University Cancer & Blood Center.  Dr. Nikolinakos has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgia Regents University since February 2010.  He currently serves as the chair of the lung cancer sub-committee for the Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network (ACORN).