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This year, RiverBend is proud to honor
Dr. Rafat Ansari 

at 2019 Jazz Around the Bend

Thursday, July 18, 2019


The Beiger Mansion

Mark your calendars and join RiverBend for our signature fundraising event of the season, Jazz Around the Bend: Music for a Cause. On Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Beiger Mansion in downtown Mishawaka, we will celebrate the arts through music and raise much needed funds to support survivors in our community. This year, we are pleased to honor the incomparable Dr. Rafat Ansari for his commitment to cancer treatment and patient advocacy. 

Rafat, MD, FACP, is a Medical Oncologist at Michiana Hematology Oncology Advanced Centers for Cancer Care. He joined MHO in 1980, when it was just a small oncology practice. Under his leadership, Michiana Hematology Oncology has grown into the largest independent network of cancer treatment in Northern Indiana. 

Dr. Ansari is well-known for his passionate and laser-focused advocacy on behalf of his patients. His gentle and empathic nature, coupled with his skill and unyielding approach to cancer treatment, have earned him a reputation as a fighter for patients and their families. Those under his care value his honestly, integrity and compassion, often crediting his bedside manner as an integral part of their cancer journey. 

Among his peers Dr. Ansari is a standard-bearer; deeply respected for his comprehensive dedication to oncology. As part of his commitment to advance the fight against cancer in this region, Dr. Ansari co-founded both the Hoosier Oncology Group (HOG) and the NICRC (Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium), two entities that promoted cancer research and clinical trials for safer, more effective treatment options. 

"I come to work everyday with the intention of beating cancer," he says. "Telling a patient they are cured of cancer is a great feeling."

We are lucky to have Dr. Ansari in our community and look forward to honoring him at this year's event. 

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