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Surveyor Profiles

Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS
Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS
Aaron Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS
Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)
Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS
James L. Connolly, MD
Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP
Marlene Cutitar, MD, FACS
Nayana S. Dekhne, MD
Larry D. Dillon, MD, FACS
William Dooley, MD, FACS
Charles Elboim, MD, FACS
Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS
Jennifer Gass, MD
Dava F. Gerard, MD, FACS, MPH
Caren Greenstein, MD
David R. Gruen, MD, MBA, FACR

Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS
Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS
Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS
Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS
Beth-Ann Lesnikoski, MD, FACS
Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS
Sally S. Mattingly, MD
Dean T. Nora, MD, FACS
Rogsbert F. Phillips, MD, FACS
William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Terry Sarantou, MD
John W. Shook, MD, FACS
Randy Stevens, MD
Charlene Wallace, RN, MS, OCN
Scott M. Weissman, MS, CGC
Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS
Lori L. Wilson, MD
Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS

Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS

Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS

Dr. Baskies was born in Chelsea, MA, and is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine (MA). He had his surgical residency at Boston Medical Center. He did his fellowship in cancer surgery and tumor immunology at the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Baskies participated in the world’s first clinical trial that showed a positive effect for immune therapy, and pioneered the first immunotherapy treatments for patients with brain malignancy.

He is a recipient of major awards in cancer research from the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Radium Society. He is a member of many societies, including American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has held major state and national leadership roles in cancer prevention and treatment. He has served as the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey, and is a past president of the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Baskies was appointed one of the 16 national directors of the newly transformed American Cancer Society in 2013. He is currently the chief science officer of the American Cancer Society. In 2016, he will serve as the vice chairman of the board, and in 2017, he will be chairman of the board of the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Berk

Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS

Dr. Berk, a retired surgical oncologist, received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, internship at University Hospital of San Diego County, surgical residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York. He has been a surveyor for the Commission on cancer since 1983 and for the NAPBC since its inception in 2008.  He feels that accreditation from the NAPBC will improve the education and care of patients with breast disease both in the clinical setting and in the surrounding community. Any activity which encourages earlier diagnosis and treatment of breast malignancies is a benefit to all. 

In his spare time Dr. Berk enjoys travel, reading, golf, fitness activities, and the joy of grandchildren.

Dr. Bleicher

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS

Dr. Bleicher is a breast surgical oncologist and director of the Society of Surgical Oncology-approved breast fellowship program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, where has been on faculty since 2006. Dr. Bleicher is the Leader of the Breast Service Line (clinical program) at Fox Chase where he is an associate professor in the department of surgical oncology. He has been involved with the NAPBC since 2007 and is now on the NAPBC Board of Directors and a member of the Information Technology and Outcomes Committee.

He has been heavily involved in academic committees and organizations, and his busy clinical practice is entirely devoted to patients with breast cancer and breast disease. Dr. Bleicher’s areas of clinical research in breast cancer have included breast imaging, surgical treatment, decision making, evaluation-associated delays, and health services research via national datasets including SEER-Medicare and the NCDB.

Dr. Bleicher graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, and completed a general surgical residency at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Bleicher was born and resides in Philadelphia. For recreation, he enjoys spending time outdoors and general fitness activities.

Dr. Bleznak

Aaron Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Bleznak is currently the senior medical director and vice president for specialty services for Sentara Medical Group in Norfolk, VA. He is a practicing breast surgeon and assistant professor of clinical surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Bleznak graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and completed his surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (for whom he serves as an ultrasound certification reviewer), and received his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management of the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Bleznak has previously specialized in breast and melanoma surgery for the Geisinger Clinic and Lehigh Valley Health Network. At Lehigh, he served as chair of the cancer committee, vice chair of the department of surgery, and director of the breast surgery fellowship.

For the Commission on Cancer (CoC), Dr. Bleznak has served two decades as a Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP), three terms as a State Chair, and eight years as a member representing the ACS Fellowship, including terms as Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee on Cancer Liaison. He was a member of several of the work groups involved in developing the 2012 Standards and has been a CoC surveyor since 2012, also serving on the Program Review Subcommittee.

Dr. Chagpar

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)

Dr. Chagpar is the director of The Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, an associate professor in the department of surgery at Yale School of Medicine, and the assistant director for Global Oncology at Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Born and raised in Canada, she completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 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 assistant professor of surgery, rising rapidly through the ranks to associate professor with tenure and academic advisory dean. She built the first nationally accredited breast center in Kentucky at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center prior to being recruited to Yale in September 2010 where she led the effort for Yale to become the first NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center.

She is a busy breast surgical oncologist who participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research. She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, and is passionate about global health and leadership in academic medicine, having most recently completed an MBA for Executives with a focus on leadership in healthcare at Yale’s School of Management.

Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS

Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Chung is a breast surgical oncologist and medical director of the Southcoast Breast Center located in southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated with her medical and master of science degrees and completed her general surgery training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She then moved to the United States to complete her surgical oncology fellowship at Brown University, Providence, RI, during which she earned a PhD in pathobiology. She is a member of numerous surgical societies including the New England Surgical Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Chung believes patient education and disease prevention are as important as treatment; breast cancer care should be personalized and patient-centered; and treatment recommendations should be evidence-based. Her clinical research interests include the impact of screening mammography and contemporary management of breast cancer. She has authored numerous publications in medical journals and textbooks and has been interviewed by local, national, and international media.

She lives in Providence and enjoys playing tennis and cycling in her free time.

Dr. Connolly

James L. Connolly, MD

Dr. James Connolly has been involved in multidisciplinary breast care since 1980 at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is an expert in breast pathology. He is the former director of anatomic pathology at Beth Israel Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is currently a senior pathologist at BIDMC. He is past president of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology and is a former member of the American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee. He is the past vice chair of the Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Teaching Awards from the College of American Pathologists. He has been on the Executive Committee of the NAPBC since 2006 and is currently the Chair of the NAPBC. He is a member of the Commission on Cancer. He is a member of the breast expert panel for the American Joint Committee on Cancer upcoming 8th edition.

His primary research interest has been in diseases of the breast and he has over 140 peer-reviewed publications as well as over 60 reviews, chapters, and editorials—most of which concern breast disease. He teaches and lectures in breast pathology nationally and internationally.

Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP

Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP

Dr. Contreras obtained his degree of medicine and surgery in 1977 after completing his medical education at the University of San Carlos School of Medicine, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Subsequently, he became board certified in anatomic/clinical pathology in 1984 upon completing his residence at Madison General Hospital in Wisconsin. Dr. Contreras also completed fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital in Ohio, in 1983 and 1984, respectively.

His professional career spans 31 years, including his role as associate pathologist at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, IL, and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, IN. He served as chairman of the pathology department of Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health from 2000 until his retirement February 2015.

He has been a Commission on Cancer Surveyor since January 2014 and, during his retirement, has continued as an inspector for the American College of Pathologists.

Dr. Contreras hobbies include archeology and architecture of the Mayan civilization and nature photography.

Dr. Cutitar

Marlene 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.

Dr. Dekhne

Nayana S. Dekhne, MD, FACS

Dr. Dekhne is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She received her medical degree from VM Medical College, India. She completed her surgical residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit and a research fellowship at Wayne State University, VA Medical Center. She completed a multidisciplinary breast fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.

Dr. Dekhne is currently the corporate medical director of the breast program and assistant professor of surgery at the Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine. She is program director of the annual Multidisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Beaumont entitled the John A. Ingold, M.D., Distinguished Fellow in Breast Surgery. She is an active member of American Society of Breast Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Dekhne has established three comprehensive breast centers within the Beaumont System and developed several innovative programs such as high risk, cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema, and survivorship programs. She believes that the NAPBC standards can serve as a program’s organizational basis and the accreditation benefits both the patient and the program.
Her other interests include travel, sports, and physical fitness.

Dr. Dillon

Larry 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.

Dr. Dooley

William Dooley, MD, FACS

Dr. Dooley is a surgical oncologist at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City where he serves as professor and chair of surgical breast oncology. He believes accreditation is important because it is instrumental in helping to focus on important goals such as reassessing treatments and outcomes as well as best practices.

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and had his surgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. His fellowships took place at Johns Hopkins and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Dooley’s pastimes include fly fishing, horseback riding, and gourmet cooking. He is also passionate about community service.

Dr. Elboim

Charles Elboim, MD, FACS

Dr. Elboim is a full-time breast surgeon and the medical director of The Breast Center at St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care 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 Cancer Institute in Boston. He holds appointments at the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma Valley Hospital in California.

His major interests are in minimizing the effects of breast disease therapy through minimally invasive breast biopsy and treatment 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.

Dr. Flanigan

Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS

Dr. Flanigan received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1970 and his postgraduate surgical training at Rush Medical Center from 1970 to 1975. He practiced in Elgin, IL, from 1975 until 1980 and at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL, from 1979 until his retirement in June 2008. While at Good Shepherd Hospital he chaired the CoC Cancer Program (1984–2004) and was the CLP during the same time period.

Dr. Flanigan has been a CoC Surveyor since 2004 and a NAPBC Surveyor since 2009. He has been a member of the CoC and has served on numerous subcommittees including the Field Staff Subcommittee, the Program Review Subcommittee, the Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, and the Standards Advisory Group for Excellence. Dr. Flanigan was also a contributor to the 2012 CoC Standards Manual.

Dr. Gass

Jennifer Gass, MD

Dr. Gass is an associate professor of surgery and obstetrics and gynecology, and program director of the Breast Fellowship at Women and Infants' Hospital, an affiliate of Brown University. She also serves as co-director of the Breast Health Center and chief of surgery at Women and Infants' Hospital. Their research has focused on survivorship, evaluating optimizing cosmetic outcomes and the impact of cancer surgery on sexual function.

In her spare time, Dr. Gass marvels at the comings and goings of her children, and tries to work in running or cycling to her busy schedule.

Dr. Gerard

Dava F. Gerard, MD, FACS, MPH

Dr. Gerard received her medical degree from the University of California San Diego, an executive Masters in public health from UCLA, an MS in physiology and pharmacology, and is a Certified Physician Executive. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Physician Executives, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and the only CoC national surveyor in New Mexico for both cancer and breast center accreditations.

Dr. Gerard practiced for 20 years as an independent general surgeon in Orange County, CA. She was the medical director for the Comprehensive Breast Health Center in California and founded the Orange County Chapter of Komen, which has currently raised more than $20M for breast cancer. She developed multiple national programs including Kids Konnected for children with a parent with cancer, the first traveling museum exhibit by noted breast cancer artists, and the first interactive theater programs both intended to raise awareness and empower those faced with breast cancer. She also became the Chair of the National Komen Medical Advisory Board and has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues related to breast cancer.

Dr. Gerard shifted the focus of her career to leading cancer centers including the Harrington Cancer Center in Amarillo, TX; opening the Nevada Cancer Institute; and, now in New Mexico (where many years ago she and her husband decided they wanted to live), leading the Presbyterian Cancer Service Line and overseeing its relationship with M.D. Anderson. Dr. Gerard holds many awards for her efforts of changing the face of breast cancer in her community and with many others, in the nation. 

Caren Greenstein, MD

Caren Greenstein, MD

Dr. Greenstein attended the six-year medical program at Boston University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MA). She completed an internship in pathology and a residency in diagnostic radiology at Montefiore Medical Center (NY). She has been board certified by the American Board of Radiology, and specializing in breast imaging since completing her training in 1989. She is currently the director of breast imaging at White Plains Hospital (NY), and oversees the breast imaging at three additional outpatient imaging centers in Rye Brook, New Rochelle, and Armonk.

Dr. Greenstein is licensed in New York and Connecticut, and is a member of the American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, American Society of Breast Disease, Radiologic Society of North America, and National Consortium of Breast Centers.

Dr. Greenstein is locally known as a leader in the field of high-risk screening for breast cancer. Her fields of expertise include breast MRI and of performance all minimally invasive breast procedure types, including vacuum-assisted ultrasound-guided, stereotactic, and MRI guided breast biopsies. Dr. Greenstein has co-authored a textbook on breast MRI—Breast MRI: A Case-Based Approach—released by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins in 2011.

Dr. Gruen

David R. Gruen, MD, MBA, FACR

Dr. Gruen is the director of women’s imaging and co-director of the comprehensive breast care program at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Cornell University; completed a diagnostic radiology residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center; and his postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He received his MBA in 2012 from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

In 2015, Dr. Gruen became a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR). He sits on the ACR’s Breast Imaging Economics Committee and the newly formed ACR Patient and Family Centered Care Commission. Dr. Gruen is very active in state and local radiology leadership, serving on the executive committee of the Connecticut State Radiology Society. He is also a member of the CT Hospital Association Radiation Safety Task force, and a board member of the Connecticut Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Dr. Gruen is proud to be the first diagnostic radiologist to serve as an NAPBC Surveyor, believing that the best breast care is that which is integrated across all aspects of the patient’s preventive, diagnostic, and treatment continuum.

Dr. Gruen resides in Weston, CT, and in his free time, enjoys travel, family life, photography, long-distance running, and cooking.

Dr. Herman

Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS

Dr. Herman is a board-certified general surgeon who specialized in breast cancer surgery for over 42 years until he retired in 2015. He is the founder and medical director of Breast Health, the first dedicated breast center in Providence, RI. Dr. Herman graduated from Cornell University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. After his general surgery residency at the Boston University Hospital, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Herman is a clinical associate professor of surgery at the Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Providence. He serves as the American College of Surgeons CLP for three hospitals in the Lifespan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also serves on the Lifespan Cancer Committee and Breast Program Steering Committee as well as The Miriam Hospital IRB.

Dr. Herman is married and enjoys reading, tennis, hiking, traveling, woodworking, and enjoying the company of his nine grandchildren.

Dr. Hopewood

Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS

Dr. Hopewood is a general surgeon in private practice at Falmouth Hospital in Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Vermont in Burlington, and completed his internship and residency at Harvard 5th Surgical Service at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA.

He became a NAPBC Surveyor NAPBC in 2010 and believes accreditation shows cancer patients a commitment beyond the norm to improve the quality of cancer care and survivorship. His favorite aspects of surveying are seeing community outreach and improvement programs.

In his spare time, Dr. Hopewood enjoys family life, singing in an acapella quintet, and playing the tuba.

Dr. Kennedy

Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS

Dr. Kennedy is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and the clinical director of the Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care in Saratoga Springs, NY. She completed her medical school and general surgery residency training at SUNY Stony Brook, and her breast surgery fellowship at the Faulkner Breast Center in Boston. Prior to moving back to New York, she served as an assistant professor of clinical surgery at Indiana University where she developed the first NAPBC-accredited program in Indiana at Indiana University Health North Hospital.

Dr. Kennedy is committed to the accreditation process and standards that ensure quality care for patients. Dr. Kennedy also serves on the national board of trustees for Casting for Recovery, an organization that provides retreats to breast cancer patients and survivors, which combine education, support, and fly-fishing instruction.

In her spare time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys photography and fly fishing.

Dr. Kurtzman

Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS

Dr. Kurtzman, a surgical oncologist, received his medical degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University in New York and went on to complete a general surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark. He completed surgical oncology fellowships at the NIH Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute and 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 and Quinnipiac University. He is also the chairman of surgery and program director for the surgical residency program at the Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut.

Dr. Kurtzman is Vice-Chair of the NAPBC and served as the Chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee.

Dr. Lesnikoski

Beth-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.

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.

Dr. Mattingly

Sally S. Mattingly, MD

Dr. Mattingly is a recently retired general and vascular surgeon (board-certified in both). She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, and completed her surgical residency there as well. For 10 years, she was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where she was an associate professor.
She was then in the private practice of general and vascular surgery in Wausau, WI, with a single specialty group for 25 years. The last several years were devoted entirely to a breast practice. While there, she was chair of the department of surgery at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, founder and co-director of the Breast Health Center, president of the medical staff, and a member of many committees including the internal review board.

She and her husband (a retired C-T surgeon) now make their home in Bluffton, SC, where she enjoys the water, walking, reading, church and volunteer activities, and needlework. They both are enjoying nice travel opportunities as well.

Dr. Nora

Dean 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 in California.

Dr. Nora lives in Westlake Village, CA, and enjoys playing the piano, music, digital photography, and videography when time permits.

Dr. Phillips

Rogsbert F. Phillips, MD, FACS

Native Georgian and founder of Sisters By Choice (SBC), Dr. Phillips received her medical degree from Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1977 and completed the Emory University Hospital’s General Surgery Program in 1982.

She has since practiced in metropolitan Atlanta specializing in breast disease. Dr. Phillips heads Metro Surgical Associates Inc., an organization at the forefront of breast cancer treatment and breast cancer research. She is a board-certified surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Other affiliations include: the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Women Surgeons, Surgical Oncology Society, Georgia Surgical Society, Medical Association of Atlanta, and Atlanta Medical.

Dr. Reed

William P. Reed, MD, FACS

A native of New England, Dr. Reed is currently located on Long Island in New York, where he is a retired a surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at SUNY-Stony Brook. Until his retirement, he was chair of the department of surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY, a clinical campus of SUNY-Stony Brook, from 2000 to 2013.

Educated at Harvard College and Medical School, he received his general surgical training at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, interrupted by service in Vietnam as Commanding Officer of a medical company (2 Bronze Stars). Following his residency, he received fellowship training in surgical oncology, with an emphasis on head and neck and breast cancers at the Gustave-Roussy Institute in Paris, France.

Since training, Dr. Reed has held faculty positions in surgical oncology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and at Baystate Medical Center (Tufts) in Springfield, MA, establishing multidisciplinary breast programs in each. In both locations, he has served as president of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and as a member of the state board. In Massachusetts, he also served as State Chair of the Cancer Liaison Program. He became a member of the CoC, representing the College Fellowship in 1999, and served on the Executive Committee from 2003 to 2006, as chair of the Committee on Accreditations. During this period, he was part of the team that developed the 2004 CoC Standards, the 2009 update of these Standards, and the 2012 CoC Standards.

His survey activities for the CoC began in 2000 and continue to the present time. In 2010, he also began to carry out surveys for NAPBC.

Dr. Sarantou

Terry Sarantou, MD

Dr. Sarantou is a surgical oncologist and member of the academic faculty of the division of surgical oncology at 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 at Chicago, 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. He holds an academic appointment as a clinical professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sarantou served as North Carolina State Chair for the Cancer Liaison Program for nine years and is a member of the CoC and the CoC Cancer Liaison Committee. 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. Dr. Sarantou is a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons and is Chair of the Patient Education Workgroup. He is Chair of the Standards and Accreditation Committee of the NAPBC and gives lectures for the NAPBC on building an interdisciplinary breast team. He is also 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.

Dr. Shook

John W. Shook, MD, FACS

Dr. Shook is a board-certified general surgeon who serves as the system medical director at St. Luke’s Cancer Institute Centers for Breast Care in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Shook graduated with a MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and completed a residency at Truman Medical Center. He holds an academic appointment as associate professor of surgery at the UMKC School of Medicine. He has organized and established four comprehensive and satellite breast centers in the St Luke’s Health System. He is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is certified in both stereotactic and ultrasound procedures. He is also a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and participates in numerous clinical trials. He has had a focused breast practice for more than 15 years.

Dr. Shook enjoys the outdoors, fishing, biking, skiing, music, and family trips.

Dr. Stevens

Randy 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 NAPB and is the Chair of the Education and Dissemination Committee of the NAPBC. She is the chair 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.

Dr. Wallace

Charlene Wallace, RN, MS, OCN

Ms. Wallace is an oncology-certified nurse and director of the Breast Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Kansas City. Breast health has been her professional focus for more than 20 years and she has managed breast centers for 15 of those years. Ms. Wallace has been a member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers for 20 years. She currently serves on the Board of the Kansas City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ms. Wallace is married and has two grown sons. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, reading, gardening, and quilting.

Dr. Weissman

Scott M. Weissman, MS, CGC

Mr. Weissman is a certified genetic counselor with GeneDx. He received his BS in biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and worked at the hematology/oncology laboratory of the University of Illinois at Chicago after graduation, specializing in monitoring minimal residual disease in hematologic disease. He received his MS in genetic counseling from Northwestern University in 2002 and worked as a genetic counselor at Northshore University HealthSystem for 11 years, where he focused primarily on hereditary cancer syndromes.

He served as co-chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Cancer Special Interest Group (SIG) for two years and was the NSGC liaison to the CoC 2005–2015. He is also the NSGC liaison to the NAPBC, where he sits on the Standards and Accreditation Committee. In 2012, Mr. Weissman was awarded with NSGC's Strategic Leader Award for his work with the CoC and NAPBC. He has been a board member for the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC) and was involved in writing the NSGC/CGA-ICC Joint Practice Guidelines for the evaluation of and testing for Lynch Syndrome.

Mr. Weissman has also been active with a variety of advocacy groups including FORCE, Bright Pink, and Colon Cancer Alliance for Research and Education for Lynch Syndrome (C-CARE) and has authored a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Wesen

Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS

Dr. Wesen is a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer. Dr. Wesen is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wesen is a graduate of Cornell University and Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her surgical residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Wesen also completed a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wesen served in the U.S. Army for 17 years and then practiced surgical oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She joined the medical staff of St. John Hospital in 1995, is currently the medical director of oncology services for the St. John Providence Health System, and the past president of the medical staff at St. John Hospital.

Dr. Wesen began 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 and has been reaccredited twice. 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 three adult sons. In her spare time, Dr. Wesen enjoys reading and traveling.

Dr. Wilson

Lori 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 Potomac, MD.

Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS

Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS

Dr. Wong is a professor of surgery in the department of surgery, division of surgical oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Dr. Wong serves as the director of the breast care center at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, Greenville. In his role as director of the breast program, Dr. Wong serves on various committees for the improvement of quality in health care, breast cancer awareness, and the advancement of research within the Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center. Dr. Wong was a member of the John Wayne Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he helped develop the sentinel node biopsy technique and participated in the care of more than 500 new melanoma patients annually.

Dr. Wong received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University (CA) in 1974 and his MD at Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, in 1978. During his time at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, he served as an intern (1978–1979), completed his residency (1979–1984), served as an American Cancer Society clinical fellow (1981–1983), and was the chief resident in surgery (1984–1985). Between 1985-87, Dr. Wong completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine.