Jillian Tremblay, PA-C is a Physician Assistant with Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center of Watauga Medical Center. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a recent graduate of Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is certified by the National Commission of Physician Assistants, and is licensed with the North Carolina Medical Board. She spent much of her time volunteering and working with children prior to her current career as a Physician Assistant.
As a former New Englander, Jillian spends a great deal of her free time hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the outdoors. She is an animal lover and is looking forward to adopting a new addition to her family soon. She also enjoys cooking, sampling local restaurants, and attending plays and musicals.
Dr. Khurram Tariq is a Hematologist and Medical Oncologist at the Selby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, a part of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.
Dr. Tariq is uniquely qualified as being triple ABIM board certified in the fields of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr Tariq obtained his undergraduate training in Bachelors of Science at UNC-CH. During his undergrad years, Dr Tariq founded several student organizations including MOSAIC and The Economics Club and was honored with several distinctions, including the university’s highest award, The Chancellor’s Award.
He later obtained his internal medicine training at University of Florida in Jacksonville, and went on to receive his Hematology and Medical Oncology training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Over the years, first as a student and then as a resident and a fellow, Dr Tariq has made significant contributions to the global discussion in the field of Hematology, Medical Oncology, Nephrology and other areas of Internal Medicine with numerous publications in reputable medical and scientific journals.
During his fellowship training, Dr. Tariq played an integral role in diagnosing a 21 year old young female patient with TAFRO syndrome: A very rare disease that initially led to hepatic dysfunction, pulmonary and renal failure and a near-complete fibrosis of bone marrow in a previously active and healthy female. She eventually had full recovery after treatment with a novel drug and gave birth to a healthy baby. This is only the third case of TAFRO ever to have been diagnosed in the United States and the first case of TAFRO in an individual of African American descent. In appreciation of his academic and leadership contributions to the field of medicine in the early stage in his career, in 2018 Dr. Tariq was inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Physicians and earned the title FACP.
In his personal life, Dr Tariq was born in Pakistan. He grew up in Cary, NC, and went to Cary High School. He can speak several different languages due to his diverse background. Dr. Tariq loves to travel and has been to different parts of the United States and abroad, including three trips to Alaska and several visits to the Himalayan mountain range in northern part of Pakistan, which is home to six of the eight tallest peaks in the world, the tallest desert and some very good fishing—a hobby he enjoys dearly.
In the year 2007, Dr Tariq was awarded with a travel scholarship through UNC to document an ancient tribe in the remote part of the Himalayan mountain range believed to the be descendant of Alexander the Great. Dr Tariq is blessed with a small family comprising of his wife, a mother and two sisters living on east and the west coast. He loves to spend his free time with family and friends.
- MCG/Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
- American College of Physicians
Paul Saconn, MD is a radiation oncologist at the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, a part of Watauga Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, and has experience in treating all cancers for which radiotherapy is used.
Dr. Saconn grew up in Burlington, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked for over a decade in the field of counseling and social services. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and then completed residency training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His focus is to provide excellent care to his patients by offering personalized, evidence-based medicine in a way that each patient feels like a VIP.
Outside of work, Dr. Saconn enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and two children. He and his family love the outdoors and particularly the mountains and coast of North Carolina.
Stephanie Johnson, NP-C, is a nurse practitioner at Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, a member of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. Stephanie is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has more than 10 years of experience in oncology and hematology as a registered nurse, prior to receiving her nurse practitioner certification.
Stephanie grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College in 2003. During her career as a registered nurse, Stephanie primarily worked in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at both Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stephanie earned her graduate degree in nursing as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in 2016.
When not at work, she spends time with her husband and dogs. Stephanie and her husband, Chad, relocated to North Carolina in 2019 to join the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System family and to be closer to their family in Boone. Stephanie enjoys hiking, swimming and live music