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St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Bolsters Cancer Care in the LC Valley

LEWISTON, IDAHO – St. Joseph Regional Medical Center added two medical oncologists and a nurse practitioner at its St. Joseph Cancer Center & Blood Institute in July, bolstering the hospital’s ability to provide high-level cancer care to area patients.

Dr. Abeer Arain, MD, MPH, Dr. Tyler Buckley, MD, and Erik Cooper, ARNP, are the newest team members, doubling the number of physicians and nurse practitioners providing comprehensive, advanced cancer care at St. Joe’s.

Arain and Buckley, who are accepting new patients, join Dr. Gerardo Midence among the medical oncologists/hematologists at St. Joseph Cancer Center. Cooper and Michele Dickison, ARNP, are the nurse practitioners. The medical center also added a radiation oncologist, Dr. Robert Fairbanks, last December, at the Radiation Oncology Center.

“We are delighted and proud that three outstanding care providers – Dr. Abeer Arain, Dr. Tyler Buckley and nurse practitioner Erik Cooper – have decided to bring their talent and knowledge to the team at St. Joe’s Cancer Center,” Ed Freysinger, CEO of St. Joe’s said. “We have made it a priority to enhance medical services in our region by recruiting top-notch talent, and the arrival of these clinicians, along with the addition late last year of Dr. Robert Fairbanks, shows our efforts have been successful. We want our friends and neighbors in the LC Valley and throughout the surrounding areas who are in need of high- level cancer care to know that we are here for them and able to serve them, right here, close to home.”

The St. Joseph Cancer Center & Blood Institute is located at 1250 Idaho Street in Lewiston, and the Radiation Oncology Center is located near the hospital’s main campus at 514 6th Street. Complete information on cancer care services can be found at

Here is more information on St. Joe’s three newest oncology specialists:

Abeer Arain, MD, MPH
Dr. Arain is board-certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine and board-eligible in medical oncology. She specializes in medical oncology as well as malignant and benign hematology. She earned her medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan, and she also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma. Arain completed her internship and residency in internal medicine through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Houston Methodist Hospital. From 2018-19, she served as Chair of the Quality and Patient Care Committee of the American Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow

Tyler Buckley, MD
Dr. Buckley is board-certified in medical oncology, internal medicine and hematology. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his internship and residency through the University of Utah Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and Intermountain Healthcare, then completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center. Buckley is a former St. Joe’s locum who has now joined the cancer center team as a permanent member. He specializes in treating a range of cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and head and neck cancers, as well as bleeding and clotting disorders.

Erik Cooper, ARNP
Cooper is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Cooper earned his Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama. His Bachelor of Nursing Science degree is from the University of Southern Mississippi.