The CARTI cancer-treatment group has opened a new clinic in Crossett.

The clinic, CARTI Crossett, opened Aug. 1 and is located in Ashley County Medical Center.

Oncologist Dr. Bilal Malik — who has an existing professional relationship with ACMC — is attached to CARTI Crossett, which will have regular clinic hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday and will offer infusion services including chemotherapy.

“We have been blessed to have Dr. Malik (as) part of the ACMC team for the past 21 years, and providing chemotherapy to our communities in southeast Arkansas for more than 15 years,” ACMC Chief Executive Officer Phillip Gilmore said in a news release.

“The partnership between Ashley County Medical Center and CARTI presents a tremendous opportunity for our region. We are honored to join together and provide our community members with the most advanced cancer treatment. We are thankful for Dr. Malik and the job he has done for ACMC and our patients, and look forward to continuing to work with him and CARTI.”

In addition to having two decades of experience in solo practice at South Arkansas Hematology and Oncology Clinic in Pine Bluff, Malik is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Arkansas Blood and Cancer Society, American Cancer Society and the Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America.

Malik has a medical degree from Nishtar Medical College in Pakistan, and conducted residencies in pathology at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, N.J., and The State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y. He also completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City, and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala.

“I have been fortunate to practice in south Arkansas for the past 20 years,” Malik said. “In that time, I’ve treated mothers, fathers, farmers, professionals, students and public servants; all good people who deserve the highest level of cancer treatment options available.

“By joining CARTI’s network of cancer care providers, I’m able to align my patients with our state’s most respected cancer physicians. To have the expertise of my fellow physicians, plus the most advanced technologies, will be invaluable as we expand the care we can provide to the patients of south Arkansas.”

CARTI President and CEO Adam Head said the medical group is thrilled to expand its services into the southeast corner of the state.

“Our mission is to bring our world-class physicians and cancer care into the communities where patients live,” he said. “Thanks to a partnership with Ashley County Medical Center, and with Dr. Malik at the helm, we look forward to bringing the most advanced technologies and expertise to the patients living in and around Ashley County.”

CARTI is the largest private cancer clinic in Arkansas, and its doctors treat all cancers, as well as blood disorders such as leukemia. In addition to Crossett, CARTI has clinic locations in Benton, Clinton, Conway, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Mountain Home, Russellville, Searcy and Stuttgart.

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