St. Peter's hires new oncologist and hematologist

Phil Drake

Dr. Elizabeth Bigger has been named the new oncologist and hematologist at St. Peter’s Health, medical center officials said Monday, adding that she will begin seeing patients in late February.

Bigger will join radiation oncologist Dr. Andrew Cupino and the Cancer Care staff, officials said.

“This is a huge step forward in rebuilding our cancer care program and delivering on our promise to be the gold standard for cancer and hematology care in Helena,” St. Peter’s Health Medical Group President Dr. Todd Wampler said in a news release.

He said Bigger has elite training and an impressive background, and her practices “align strongly with evidence-based medicine and the team-centered culture” they are cultivating at St. Peter’s.

Bigger has more than 15 years of experience providing oncology and hematology care and is relocating to Helena from Massachusetts, where she is practicing at Mass General Cancer Center.

Bigger replaces Dr. Thomas Weiner, who was fired from the hospital more than a year ago and is now embroiled in a wrongful termination lawsuit with the health center over his dismissal. In his lawsuit, Weiner, who had been with St. Peter’s nearly 25 years, states he had seen as many as 1,500 patients a month. The

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