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Surveyor Profiles

Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS
Anees B. Chagpar, MD, FACS
Runi Chattopadhyay, MD, FACS
James L. Connolly, MD, FCAP
Marlene Cutitar, MD, FACS
Larry D. Dillon, MD, FACS
Charles Elboim, MD, FACS
Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS
James L. Frank, MD
Jennifer Gass, MD
Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS
James L. Hoehn, MD, FACS
Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS
Cary Kaufman, MD, FACS
Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS

Julie Kepple, MD
Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS
Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS
Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS
Sally S. Mattingly, MD, FACS
Dean T. Nora, MD, FACS
Claro L. Pio Roda, MD, FACS
Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman, MD, FACS
William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Terry Sarantou, MD
John W. Shook, MD
Randy Stevens, MD
F. Lee Tucker, MD
Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS
Lori L. Wilson, MD


Richard S. Berk, MD, FACSRichard S. Berk, MD, FACS

Dr. Berk is a surgical oncologist and is on staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL, where he holds the position of clinical associate professor of surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. An experienced surveyor for the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Berk graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed an internship in San Diego, CA. His residency took place at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and he completed a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Through his experience as a Commission on Cancer surveyor, Dr. Berk has been involved in raising the bar for quality healthcare, and feels that NAPBC Accreditation will serve to improve the quality of care for patients with diseases of the breast. In his spare time, Dr. Berk enjoys golfing, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACSRichard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS

Dr. Bleicher is a breast/surgical oncologist and co-director of the Society of Surgical Oncology-approved breast fellowship program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, where he also serves as the primary breast surgeon for the breast center. Additionally, Dr. Bleicher is an assistant professor in the department of surgical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and serves on several institutional committees, including the Fox Chase Cancer Center information technology strategic planning committee. He is also a member of the Information Technology and Outcomes Committee for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, which is currently working to develop a data collection and reporting mechanism that will communicate with the National Cancer Data Base. Dr. Bleicher graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, completed a general surgical residency at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA, and completed a surgical fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Bleicher was born in Philadelphia and makes his home in Abington, PA. For recreation, he enjoys running and general fitness activities.

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, FACSAnees B. Chagpar, MD, FACS

Dr. Chagpar is the director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven; an associate professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine; the program director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Yale University; and the assistant director for Diversity and Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, CT. Born and raised in Canada, she completed her bachelor’s and medical degrees at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and her general surgery residency training and master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. She completed the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville. After fellowship, she joined the University of Louisville as an assistant professor of surgery, rising rapidly through the ranks to become an associate professor with tenure and also served as an academic advisory dean. She built the first nationally accredited breast center in the state of Kentucky at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville prior to being recruited to Yale in September 2010 where she led the effort for Yale to become the first NCI-designated cancer center in the Northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center. She has taken on leadership positions in a myriad of professional organizations, and her clinical practice and research interests are dedicated solely to breast cancer. She is a busy breast surgical oncologist who participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research.

Runi Chattopadhyay, MD, FACS Runi Chattopadhyay, MD, FACS

Dr. Chattopadhyay is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a general surgeon. She received her medical degree from McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she went on to complete her internship, and residency. Dr. Chattopadhyay completed a breast surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is chair of the cancer care center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, CA, where she participates on numerous cancer care committees and is the principal investigator for several clinical studies involving early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Additionally, Dr. Chattopadhyay is an attending physician at Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto. She is also a regular volunteer for a not-for-profit resource center for people facing breast cancer in the San Francisco peninsula. Dr. Chattopadhyay enjoys running and playing the piano in her spare time.

James L. Connolly, MD, FCAPJames L. Connolly, MD, FCAP

Dr. Connolly is a pathologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. He received his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School and went on to complete a National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship in pathology at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. Academically, Dr. Connolly holds the position of professor of pathology at the Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He was the director of anatomic pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center from 1991 to 2006, and currently serves as the director of the pathology residency program, and chair of the committee on anatomic pathology certificate program for breast pathology of the College of American Pathologists. In addition to his appointment as senior pathologist at the Beth Israel Hospital, he is a staff pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and serves as a consultant to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, also in Boston.

Dr. Connolly serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, representing the College of American Pathologists. Since 1981, his primary research interest has been focused on the breast disease, specifically, pathologic factors important for breast conservation, and benign breast changes associated with breast cancer risk with the Nurses Health Study.

Marlene Cutitar, MD, FACSMarlene Cutitar, MD, FACS

Dr. Cutitar is clinical assistant professor of surgery at Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI. She is a graduate of Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, where she also completed her internship and general surgery residency. Dr. Cutitar is currently in solo practice focusing on the evaluation and care of benign and malignant breast conditions and colorectal cancer screening. She operates at Miriam Hospital in Providence where she serves on numerous committees.

Dr. Cutitar is active locally, regionally, and nationally in various organizations including membership in the New England Surgical Society and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She is a past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and serves on the board of the Rhode Island Medical Women's Association, as well as the executive council of the Rhode Island Medical Society and the board of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She enjoys traveling in her spare time.

Larry D. Dillon, MD, FACSLarry D. Dillon, MD, FACS

Dr. Dillon is a general and oncologic surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, he completed an internship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) at Washington University Medical, St. Louis, MO, and his residency at BJH and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Additionally, Dr. Dillon completed fellowship training through New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York City. He became a surveyor for the Commission on Cancer in 2008 as a testament to his commitment to oncology. He believes accreditation allows cancer programs to demonstrate their excellence in oncology care. In his spare time, Dr. Dillon enjoys the culinary arts, photography, and woodworking.

Charles Elboim, MD, FACSCharles Elboim, MD, FACS

Dr. Elboim is a full-time breast surgeon and the medical director of the Breast Center at the Redwood Regional Medical Group in Santa Rosa, CA. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine AOA in Burlington and completed his surgical and chief residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. He was a research fellow in cellular immunology at the Dana Farber Center in Boston. He holds appointments at the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma Valley Hospital in California. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco. His major interests are in minimizing the effects of breast disease therapy through minimally invasive breast biopsy techniques, oncoplastic breast surgery, risk assessment and genetic counseling, new imaging modalities, and breast reconstruction using lipo-remodeling techniques. Dr. Elboim lives in Santa Rosa with his physician wife and enjoys reading and traveling in his spare time.

James L. Frank, MDJames L. Frank, MD

Dr. Frank is a general surgical oncologist who practices in Springfield, Massachusetts. He has recently been appointed to the Commission on Cancer representing the fellowship of the American College of surgeons. Dr. Frank graduated from the University of Cincinnati (OH) College of Medicine, completed a surgical residency at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and completed a general surgery fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. His academic appointments include associate professor of surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, associate professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and clinical professor of medicine at Springfield (MA) College.

Dr. Frank resides in Longmeadow, MA, and enjoys skiing, playing the guitar, and travel.

Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACSRobert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS

Dr. Flanigan, a retired breast surgeon, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and completed an internship and surgical residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He is currently a member of ASBS and also a member of the Cancer Committee at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL.

Dr. Flanigan is also a surveyor for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has enjoyed visiting many cancer programs since 2004. He was very involved with writing the Commission on Cancer 2012 Standards Manual.

In his spare time Dr. Flanigan enjoys sailing in the Virgin Islands, running and fishing in the Florida Keys.

Jennifer Gass, MDJennifer Gass, MD

Dr. Gass is a general surgeon who specializes in breast health care at the Women’s & Infant Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore. Her current hospital/academic appointments include assistant professor of surgery and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence. She believes that accreditation provides a quality framework from which to grow. Dr. Gass makes her home in Barrington, RI, where she enjoys cycling, running, and gardening when time permits.

Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACSArnold H. Herman, MD, FACS

Dr. Herman is a board certified general surgeon. He is the founder and medical director of the breast health program at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Herman is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City. He completed a general surgery residency at the Boston (MA) University Hospital and served in the US Air Force at Westover Air Force Base Regional Hospital in Chicopee, MA. Dr. Herman holds the academic appointment of clinical associate professor of surgery at Brown University Medical School, Providence. He serves as the American College of Surgeons cancer liaison physician at Miriam Hospital, where he also serves as the breast program leader for the hospital’s breast center. Dr. Herman lives in Providence and enjoys reading, tennis, woodworking, and the company of his grandchildren in his spare time.

James L. Hoehn, MD, FACSJames L. Hoehn, MD, FACS

Dr. Hoehn is a surgical oncologist who received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, and completed an internship and residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago. He went on to complete an American Cancer Society Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, University of Texas in Houston. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Hoehn has a master’s degree in science from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. He currently holds the position of associate clinical professor, division of general surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Hoehn resides in Marshfield, WI, and practices at the Marshfield Clinic.

Dr. Hoehn is all about quality care and looks forward to his involvement with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Peter Hopewood, MD, FACSPeter Hopewood, MD, FACS

Dr. Hopewood is a general surgeon in private practice at Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth, Massachusetts an affiliate of Cape Cod Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and completed his internship and residency at Harvard 5th Surgical Service at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He became a surveyor for the Commission on Cancer in 2008 and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in 2010 to improve cancer care. He believes accreditation shows cancer patients a commitment beyond the norm to improve the quality of cancer care, survivorship and survival. His favorite aspects of surveying are seeing community outreach and improvement programs. In his spare time, Dr. Hopewood enjoys family life, singing in an a’cappella quintet and playing the tuba.

Cary Kaufman, MD, FACSCary Kaufman, MD, FACS

Dr. Kaufman is a board certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He serves as the medical director at the Bellingham (WA) Regional Breast Center. Dr. Kaufman is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Washington. He is an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Kaufman is the Chair of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and previously was the president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Dr. Kaufman also has served as a representative to the ACS Commission on Cancer. He has published over 40 articles and abstracts on the diagnosis and management of breast cancer and has given over 130 lectures on varied aspects of breast care both nationally and internationally. He pioneered the development of cryoablation for benign and malignant breast tumors. Dr. Kaufman and his wife live in Bellingham, WA.

Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACSPatricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS

Dr. Kennedy, a general surgeon, received her medical degree, completed an internship, and a residency at the Stony Brook School of Medicine, State University of New York, Stony Brook. She went on to complete a breast diseases surgical fellowship at the Faulkner Breast Centre in Boston, MA.

Dr. Kennedy is an assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and currently serves as the medical director of the coordinated breast care services at the Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel, IN. When asked why she wanted to get involved in the NAPBC, she explained, “I believe in programs that can raise the bar for breast care across the United States.” She believes that the NAPBC will do just that. In her spare time, Dr. Kennedy’s hometown is Zionsville, IN, and she enjoys photography, when time permits.

Julie Kepple, MDJulie Kepple, MD

Dr. Kepple is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Greneda, West Indies. Dr. Kepple completed a surgical residency at the Easton Hospital in Easton, PA, and completed a breast fellowship sponsored by the Society of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

When asked why she wanted to become involved in the NAPBC, Dr. Kepple said, “I firmly believe in its mission.” She currently works in the Aurora Healthcare System in Wisconsin and is based in the Milwaukee area.

Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACSScott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS

Dr. Kurtzman, a surgical oncologist, received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, NY, and went on to complete a general surgery residency at both the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dr. Kurtzman is a professor of surgery in the department of surgery at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington. He is also the director of surgery and the program director for the surgical residency program at the Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, CT.

Dr. Kurtzman is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, on which he represents the Society of Surgical Oncology, and serves as the Chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee.

Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACSBeth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS

Dr. Lesnikoski is a general surgeon, who received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and completed her internship in General Surgery at the Deaconess/Harvard Surgical Service, Boston, MA. She went on to complete her surgical residency at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA, and at the Deaconess/Harvard Surgical Service, where she undertook her chief residency. Dr. Lesnikoski completed a fellowship in diseases of the breast at the Faulkner Breast Centre, Faulkner Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Lesnikoski is a volunteer assistant professor at the University of Miami (FL) Miller School of Medicine, a lecturer for the Florida Atlantic University Medical School, and holds an academic appointment as instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to serving as medical director of the Breast Institute at the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL, she is a staff surgeon at the Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, FL, as well as Faulkner Hospital Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, all located in Boston. She enjoys bicycling, gardening, and traveling when time permits.

Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS

Dr. Manasseh, a surgical oncologist, received her medical degree from the Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA, and completed an internship and residency training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus. She went on to complete a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Academically, she holds the position of assistant clinical professor of surgery at Columbia Presbyterian University. Dr. Manasseh is the co-director of the Stamford Hospital’s Women’s Multidisciplinary Breast Center in Stamford, CT.

Dr. Manasseh’s hobbies include photography, being a pen aficionado, scuba diving, and playing chess.

Sally S. Mattingly, MD, FACSSally S. Mattingly, MD, FACS

Dr. Mattingly, a general surgeon, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, and completed an internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals, Nashville. Dr. Mattingly previously held an academic appointment as associate professor of surgery in the department of surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. She currently works at Surgical Associates, S.C. in Wausau, WI and works out of Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she has served as chairman of the department of surgery, co-medical director of the Aspirus Women’s Breast Health Center, president of the medical staff, and is currently serving on several hospital committees. Dr. Mattingly enjoys walking, reading, and needlework when time permits.

Dean T. Nora, MD, FACSDean T. Nora, MD, FACS

Dr. Nora is a general surgeon. He graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson in Piscataway, completed his general surgery residency at Michigan State University, East Lansing, and completed a Society of Surgical Oncology-sponsored fellowship in surgical oncology at John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA. He is currently a partner physician at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Pasadena, and an attending surgical oncologist with Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Campus, Woodland Hills, CA. Dr. Nora lives in Westlake Village, CA, and enjoys playing the piano, music, digital photography, and videography when time permits.

Claro L. Pio Roda, MD, FACSClaro L. Pio Roda, MD, FACS

Dr. Pio Roda is a board certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He specializes in breast cancer and laparoscopic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, and he completed an internship and residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, MD, and a fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. He holds the academic appointment of instructor in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Pio Roda has served as a surveyor for the ACS Commission on Cancer program since 2000. Dr. Pio Roda lives in Lutherville, MD, and enjoys golf, travel, reading, and volunteering in his spare time.

Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman, MD, FACSRakhshanda Layeequr Rahman, MD, FACS

Dr. Rahman, a general surgeon, is the director of Amarillo Breast Center of Excellence and director of Breast Health Services at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, where she also serves as associate professor of surgery. Dr. Rahman graduated from Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, MBBS, and completed a general surgery residency and a fellowship in breast and general surgery. She also completed a surgical oncology fellowship in the division of surgical oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock. She is also the recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists endowed Chair of Excellence in Women’s Health. Dr. Rahman lives in Amarillo, and enjoys interior design in her spare time.

William P. Reed, MD, FACSWilliam P. Reed, MD, FACS

Dr. Reed is the chair of the department of surgery at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY. He is a surgical oncologist that specializes in breast, gastrointestinal, head and neck, sarcoma and skin cancers. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and he completed a residency and internship at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, and fellowship training in Paris, France. He has served as a surveyor for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 2000 and believes accreditation provides feedback to institutions regarding quality of care and adherence to treatment guidelines associated with optimal care. His favorite aspect of accreditation is maximizing integration of the full range of cancer services. Dr. Reed lives in Sea Cliff, NY, and enjoys reading, hiking, chasing solar eclipses, and maps in his spare time.

Terry Sarantou, MDTerry Sarantou, MD

Dr. Sarantou is a surgical oncologist and member of the Academic Faculty of the Levine Cancer Institute and Department of General Surgery at the Carolinas Health Care System in Charlotte, NC. He is a board certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois, completed a general surgery residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Sarantou holds an academic appointment as an associate professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sarantou served as North Carolina State Chair for the ACS cancer liaison program for nine years and was recently appointed to the Commission on Cancer. He was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to head the committee responsible for writing the North Carolina State Cancer plan and is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

He is a member of the education committee of the NAPBC and gives lectures for the NAPBC on building an interdisciplinary breast team.

Dr. Sarantou is the chairman of the American Society of Breast Surgeons ethics committee and a member of the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project breast committee.

Dr. Sarantou is married and has two children and lives in Charlotte, NC.

John W. Shook, MDJohn W. Shook, MD

Dr. Shook is a board certified general surgeon who serves as the system medical director at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute Centers for Breast Health Care in Kansas City, MO and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Shook graduated with a Medical Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a surgery residency at Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.  He holds and academic appointment as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine.  He has organized and established three comprehensive breast centers in the Saint Luke's System of four major hospitals.  He is an active member of American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS), Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), and American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD).  He has more than 20 years experience in general surgery and a focused breast practice of 15 years. He is certified by the ASBS in both stereotactic and ultrasound procedures. Dr. Shook now makes his home in Mission Hills, Kansas, where he enjoys biking, fishing, family trips and music.

Randy Stevens, MDRandy Stevens, MD

Dr. Stevens is the Director of Radiation Oncology at the Dickstein Cancer Center, White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY. She completed an internal medicine residency and a radiation oncology residency at Bellevue Hospital/ NYU Medical Centers in New York.

She sits on the board of the NAPBC, is the Chairperson of the Education and Dissemination Committee of the NAPBC, and a surveyor for the NAPBC. She is the Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board at White Plains Hospital, on the Board of the New York Metropolitan Breast Group and a former member of the medical advisory board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater New York.

F. Lee Tucker, MDF. Lee Tucker, MD

Dr. Tucker is a dedicated breast pathologist and President of Virginia Biomedical Laboratories, LLC providing expert pathology, breast program development and breast cancer research consultation services.

Dr. Tucker is immediate past Medical Director of the Carilion Breast Care Center and of the Carilion High-Risk Breast Genetics Clinic and Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the Carilion Clinic where he was a charter member of the Carilion Clinic Board of Governors. He also served as a member of the Carilion Health System Board of Directors He is a member of the governing board of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Via School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Tucker received B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He completed residencies in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Virginia, a Fellowship in renal pathology and over 10 years of grant-funded research in the immuno-pathogenesis of renal disease. He served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He established the first 3-D breast pathology laboratory and the second large-format breast pathology program in the United States, located at the Carilion Clinic.

Dr. Tucker has been instrumental in development of comprehensive breast centers, breast program quality management plans and breast disease databases. He serves as an at-large member of the NAPBC and is a member of the Quality Improvement and Measurement Committee and the Information Technology and Outcomes Committee.

For recreation, he enjoys sailing, scuba diving and snow skiing.

Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS

Dr. Cheryl Wesen is a surgical oncologist with a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. Wesen is a board certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Cheryl is a graduate of Cornell University and Temple University School of Medicine. She completed surgical residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Wesen also completed a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wesen served in the U.S. Army for seventeen years and then practiced surgical oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Cheryl joined the medical staff of St. John Hospital in 1995. Dr. Wesen is currently the Vice Chair of Surgery at St. John and the President Elect of the medical staff. Dr. Wesen founded the St. John Providence Health System Breast Program and is the current medical director. Under Dr. Wesen’s leadership the breast program received NAPBC accreditation in 2009. Dr. Wesen is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. She is active in local and national Surgical Associations. Cheryl and her husband have raised three boys, now all in college. In her spare time Dr. Wesen enjoys reading, traveling, and gardening.

Lori L. Wilson, MDLori L. Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist and an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  She received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and went on to complete a general surgery residency at Howard University Hospital, both in Washington, DC.  She completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA.

Prior to returning to Howard University in 2011, Dr. Wilson was Surgical Director of the Breast Oncology Program at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  She is currently Program Director of the General Surgery Residency and Division Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC.  Her research focus includes translational proteomics, metabolomics and disparities in clinical outcomes.  Dr. Wilson is married with one son and lives in Laurel, MD.