Martin Palmeri, MD, MBA, a Hematologist-Oncologist with Messino Cancer Centers

Get to know Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Martin Palmeri, who serves patients in Asheville and McDowell, North Carolina.

Dr. Palmeri is a compassionate and dedicated hematologist-oncologist who understands the challenges that a cancer patient and their family endures. He believes in treating the whole patient, not just the disease, and is known for the time and attention he gives each of his patients. 

At present, he can be found on staff at Messino Cancer Centers in Asheville and McDowell, North Carolina. He has a special interest in malignancies of the GI tract (colorectal, stomach, esophagus, liver, and pancreas) and the evolving field of immuno-oncology, particularly in how it relates to cancers of the skin.

Messino Cancer Centers provides the highest quality treatment that is based on research and focused on the whole person for adult patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders. It is grounded in the Western North Carolina region and devoted to providing personalized care of the highest quality to patients in community settings, close to where they live and work and where their loved ones are close by. 

Professionally, the doctor is affiliated with several hospitals and medical centers in the local area, including Mission Hospital, Angel Medical Center, Asheville Specialty Hospital, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Mission Hospital McDowell, Transylvania Regional Hospital, and CarePartner. He is also keen on collaborating with numerous nationally recognized institutions to develop personalized care plans for each of his patients that incorporate the most effective and innovative treatments. 

A graduate of the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Palmeri went on to complete both his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in hematology / oncology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 

Before long, he became board-certified in medical oncology and hematology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM is a physician-led, non-profit, independent evaluation organization driven by doctors who want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly changing world. 

In order to stay up to date in his field, Dr. Palmeri remains a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (on the Government Relations Committee and the Rural Oncology Subcommittee), the American Medical Association, the North Carolina Oncology Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, and the European Society of Medical Oncology. He is also on the Board of Directors of Healing Beyond the Horizon.

Hematology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the cause, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to blood. Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. A hematologist-oncologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of blood diseases and cancers such as iron-deficiency anemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, leukemia, and lymphoma. 

Recognized for his clinical excellence, Dr. Palmeri is the recipient of the Physician Leadership Development Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Excellence in Medicine Award by the American Medical Association, and the Outstanding Physician Role Model Award by Dartmouth Medical School. 

On a more personal note, he is a dedicated husband and father who is excited to raise his three beautiful children in Asheville, his hometown.

Learn more about Dr. Martin Palmeri:

Through his findatopdoc profile, or through Messino Cancer Centers,


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