Board Certified Providers

The Heart of our Organization. The people that come to work every day, to find better ways to care for you. Reaching into tomorrow and bringing you what you need today.

Your Providers

William R. Mitchell, MD

Undergraduate – Marshall University School of Medicine
Medical School – University of Louisville School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency – Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Fellowship – Bowman Gray School of Medicine

Dr. Mitchell received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude at Marshall University.  He furthered his education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed both his internal medicine residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Chief Fellow of Oncology.  He previously was the Chairman of Oncology for Novant Health Huntersville and assisted the Internal Medicine Residency Program for Oncology Rotation for Carolinas Medical Center.  Dr. Mitchell founded Southern Oncology Specialists in 2010.  He enjoys spending time with his family and has a passion for all genres of music.

Jack D. Burton, MD

Undergraduate – Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Medical School – University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Internal Medicine Residency & Fellowship– University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Dr. Burton is a board certified physician in medical oncology who completed his medical rotations throughout his educational career in Minneapolis. He broadened his specialty medicine in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In the mid-2000’s he established various positions at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City with roles as Director of Oncology Research and Director of Institutional Review Boards. Following, he joined the oncology program at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn where he headed the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program for several years and continued directing research. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research, he continues to provide an abundance of oncology and hematology advanced medical care at Southern Oncology Specialists.
Dr. Burton stated “Patient care is complex and involves many directions. I am able to get to the level each individual patient is on, and that is when I see the best outcomes”.

Poras K. Patel, MD

Undergraduate – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Medical School – American University of Antigua, College of Medicine, Antigua and Barbuda
Internal Medicine Residency & Fellowship – The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
Dr. Patel is a board certified physician in medical oncology and hematology who started his career in science as a major in Chemistry at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey before obtaining a bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry at Rutgers University. While at both colleges, he achieved dean’s list. Upon completing his doctor of medicine from American University of Antigua, he joined staff at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and received a Chief Resident Recognition Award. Dr. Patel has extensive research in blood disorders, blood cancers, such as multiple myeloma, lung cancer, breast cancer and neuroendocrine carcinoma cases. Since 2016, he has been a volunteer physician with the Medical Reserve Corps, a citywide emergency preparedness program. He and his wife recently relocated to North Carolina where he joined the team at Southern Oncology Specialists.

Ramesh K. Pandey, MD

Undergraduate: NIC Higher Education School, Kathmandu, Nepal
Medical School:  Universal College of Medical Sciences, Tribhuwan University, Nepal
Internal Medicine Residency: Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of medicine

Dr. Pandey’s passion for medicine started at an early age in his native country of Nepal. It was there that he witnessed the compassion and dedication of his aunt and uncle as they provided healthcare services to the community that left a lasting impression. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Universal College Services in Nepal. He then moved to the United States, completed his Residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Afterwards, he spent two years at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He completed his fellowship program at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Pandey is married to the love of his life and has two beautiful daughters. His personal pastime revolves around playing tennis, traveling and hiking. He loves to explore new places, with one of the highlights being a hike to Mount Everest South Base Camp in Nepal.

Xavier Harrison, PA-C

Medical Training – Air Force, Medical Laboratory Technician
Master of Medical Science – Wake Forest University
Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Xavier Harrison has over 30 years of experience in medicine. Although a Charlotte native, he grew up in Germany. He previously treated patients in his physician assistant role in the fields of urology, emergency medicine, and pain medicine. Xavier is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and brings a diverse medical background to the cancer team at Southern Oncology Specialists.

Pamela Strange, FNP-C

Practical Nursing-Southside Virginia Community College
Associate of Applied Science-J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College
Bachelor of Science Nursing-Winston-Salem State University
Master of Science-Gardner-Webb University

Pam is a Nurse Practitioner with 25 years of experience in the medical field. She has practiced in family medicine, hospice/palliative care and worked for many years in the hospital critical care unit.  She received her Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Gardner-Webb University.  Pam grew up in a small town in southern Virginia (South Boston, Virginia).  Her Husband, being a minister, brought them to the Statesville area to assist in the ministry. She has three children and one granddaughter. When not at work, Pam enjoys spending time with family, traveling, weekend excursions, and she loves sports, especially college basketball. Pam always knew that she wanted to be in healthcare.

Jessica Fulk, PA-C

Undergraduate-Gardner-Webb University
Master of Science-Gardner Webb University

Jessica is Board Certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants.  She received her Undergraduate degree in 2014 and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2018 both from Gardner-Webb University.  Previous experience includes working in long term care facilities providing psychiatric care with acute and chronic disease management.  Jessica is a native of North Carolina and currently lives in Lincolnton with her husband and two boys.  She enjoys reading, art and spending time with her family and friends.

Max Bergstrom, PA-C

Undergraduate-University North Carolina Greensboro
Master of Science-Lenior Rhyne University

Max received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Lenoir Rhyne University, where he was president of his graduating class.  Prior to that he received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Medicine from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  Before joining Southern Oncology, he was practicing in the Charlotte area.  Max is a native of North Carolina.  He and his wife moved to the Lake Norman area after finishing PA school.  He enjoys running, cycling, hiking and golfing.  He and his wife love traveling, whether it’s exploring a new area in our state or traveling abroad.