Island Hospital
Meet Our Staff
Cancer Center Staff

Our providers are caring professionals who have a passion for fighting cancer.  We understand that the cancer patient's experience reaches beyond the physical element involving a person's emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.  In addition to providing exceptional medical treatment, our goal as cancer specialists is to provide comprehensive, individualized care by offering a wide range of support services designed to meet the unique needs of each cancer patient. 

Dr. George Gjerset
George Gjerset MD

Dr. George Gjerset, M.D. is the Director of Oncology at Island Hospital. Dr. Gjerset did his postgraduate training at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He has conducted research on Hematology for the National Institutes of Heatlh, The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Hemophelia Foundation. He is an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Gjerset is board certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology. His hobbies are rowing, drawing, hiking and inventing.

Theodore Kim DO, Merle Cancer Care Center
Theodore Kim DO

Dr. Theodore Kim DO lives and is raising a family in Anacortes. This is his community. He has done clinical research in cancer for five years primarily in Breast Cancer. Dr. Kim is currently an ASCO expert panel member on Sentinel Lymph Node for Breast Cancer and Melanoma. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Hematology. He is an avid alpine skier, plays the piano and saxophone and has a black belt in Judo.


Greg Monaghan MD

Dr. Greg Monaghan MD has recently moved to Anacortes to be near his children and grandchildren who live here. He is doing locums for our doctors (covering time off) after practicing Hematology and Oncology in Columbia Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas for 31 years. Dr. Monaghan is a two time cancer survivor. 

RaYoung Chung
RaYoung Chung BSN, RN

RaYoung Chung obtained her Masters Degree of Nursing in adult care at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner. RaYoung has personal experience with cancer, her years before she entered nursing school were spent taking care of her spouse who was diagnosed with an aggressive Leukemia and underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant. They both live in Anacortes today. RaYoung (pronounced Nye Young) has done research with adolescents and young adults around Spirituality at Children’s Hospital and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She spent the last two of her four graduate school quarters focused on Oncology patients and the care they require and deserve.

Mary Ellen West ARNP, CNM, CSC

Mary Ellen West ARNP, CNM, CSC

Mary Ellen
West earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI and a Masters in Nursing-Nurse-Midwifery degree from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. She worked for 33 years as a Certified Nurse-Midwife, including a full-scope practice at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse, WI, with additional responsibilities as a sex counselor. She has been working with cancer survivors for the past nine years. Certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, West is licensed as an advanced registered nurse and nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority in Washington.


For more information about our staff, or any part of the Cancer Care Program at Island Hospital, please contact us at (360) 299-4200 or