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Site Reviewer Profiles

2020 NAPBC Site Reviewers

Denise Barajas, MD, FACS
Daniel Barnas, MD, FACS
Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS
Richard S. Berk, MD, FACS
M. Michele Blackwood MD, FACS
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS
Aaron Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS
Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FACS, FRCS(C)
M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS
Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS
James L. Connolly, MD
Mario R. Contreras, MD, FCAP
Marlene Cutitar, MD, FACS
Nayana S. Dekhne, MD
Jill R. Dietz, MD
William Dooley, MD, FACS
Robert M. Flanigan, MD, FACS
Jonathan A. Gapilango, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC
Caren Greenstein, MD
Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS
Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS
Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS
Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH


Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS
Patricia Rae Kennedy, MD, FACS
Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS
Beth Lesnikoski, MD, FACS
Melanie Lynch, MD, FACS
Arvind Mahatme, MD, MHSA
Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, FACS
Sally S. Mattingly, MD
Laura L. Morris, MD, MBA, FACS
Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS
William J. Petraiuolo, MD, FACS
Rogsbert F. Phillips, MD, FACS
Susan Pories, MD, FACS
William P. Reed, MD, FACS
Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACS
Terry Sarantou, MD
John W. Shook, MD, FACS
Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS
Randy Stevens, MD
Charlene Wallace, RN, MS, OCN
Scott M. Weissman, MS, CGC
Cheryl Ann Wesen, MD, FACS
Jan H. Wong, MD, FACS
Katherine Yao, MD, FACS

Denise Barajas, MD, FACS

Denise Barajas, MD, FACS

Dr. Barajas resides in Derby, CT, and is the medical director at Hewitt Center for Breast Health, Griffin Hospital. Dr. Barajas attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT.

Dr. Barajas became a site reviewer to visit other centers, share her passion for quality, and learn from other centers on how to improve the care we provide. She feels she can show other centers the importance of each aspect of accreditation.

In her opinion, the main value of NAPBC accreditation to breast centers is that the NAPBC standards provide a framework to establish and maintain a high-quality breast program.

Dr. Barajas enjoys running, hiking, and skiing in her spare time.


Daniel Barnas, MD, FACS

Daniel Barnas, MD, FACS

Daniel F. Barnas, MD, FACS, FSSO, resides in Kalamazoo, MI. He is currently serving as the Medical Director of The Breast Center at Ascension Borgess Cancer Center, Breast Surgeon at Ascension Borgess Hospital, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine.

Dr. Barnas went to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He did his residency at Michigan State University-General Surgery and completed his breast surgery fellowship at Lehigh Valley Health Network-Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

Dr. Barnas feels that being a surveyor allows him to share his passion for high quality breast care with other centers. It allows him to see how other breast centers have solved problems that we all face and allows him to learn new ways to improve his own center.

“Being part of an accredited center demonstrates to our patients that we are dedicated to providing high quality care for our breast patients”, says Dr. Barnas.

In his spare time, he finds enjoyment in photography, golf, and coaching baseball.


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.


Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS

Dr. Bleicher is a breast surgical oncologist and director of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)-approved breast fellowship program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, where he has been on faculty since 2006. Dr. Bleicher is the leader of the breast cancer program at Fox Chase where he is a professor in the department of surgical oncology. He has been involved with the NAPBC since 2007 and serves on the Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Quality Improvement and Information Technology Committee, and is a surveyor for the NAPBC.

He has been heavily involved in academic committees and organizations, including his current position as the vice-chair of the SSO’s Breast Fellowship Program Directors Subcommittee, 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.


M. Michele Blackwood MD, FACS

M. Michele Blackwood MD, FACS

M. Michele Blackwood, M.D joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center as the Director of Breast Health and Disease Management in 2009.

Dr. Blackwood has since been promoted to Chief of Breast Surgery, CINJ Rutgers and System wide Directory of Breast Surgery for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health.  She is the current chair of the BPL and has successfully led multiple centers towards their NAPBC accreditations.  She is thrilled to join the NAPBC Site Reviewers program.

Dr. Blackwood obtained her BA degree from Georgetown University and graduated with her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her internship and residency at The Stamford Hospital, and a fellowship with the Breast Service from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. In addition, her various academic appointments include Clinical Instructor, New York Medical College and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Columbia University.

Dr. Blackwood has published several articles in professional publications, including in The Lancet and The Journal of Trauma and served on the Editorial Review Board for Women in Medicine Journal.  She is a frequent guest on national and local media programs including Fox Five Television, WOR Radio, “60 Minutes,” The Montel Williams Show, CBS News, Good Day New York, More Magazine, and CBS’s Early Show, among others.


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 a professor in the department of surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. 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, a MPH at Harvard School of Public Health, and a 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. The results of her most recent investigator-initiated clinical trial to improve outcomes in breast cancer surgery were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. 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.


M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS 

M. Kathleen Christian, MD, FACS

Dr. Christian is a general surgeon affiliated with Mayo Clinic Health System and Franciscan Healthcare in LaCrosse, WI. She received her graduate degree and did her residency at the University of Kansas, Wichita. She became a site reviewer to promote the value and importance of NAPBC accreditation. Dr. Christian believes that accreditation gives assurance to both patients and families that they are receiving high-quality cancer care.

In her down time, Dr. Christian enjoys walks, photography, and spending time with her family.


Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS

Maureen Chung, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Chung is a breast surgical oncologist and medical director of the South Coast Breast Center located in southeastern Massachusetts. She graduated with her MD and MS 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, RI, 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 a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. She is a graduate of the then seven-year medical education program at Brown University, where she also completed her internship and general surgery residency. Having practiced general surgery in a group setting for almost two decades, Dr. Cutitar is in solo practice focusing on the evaluation and care of benign and malignant breast conditions and colorectal cancer screening. She operates at the Miriam Hospital in Providence where she has the privilege of working with medical students and surgical residents and 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 spending time with family and friends and globetrotting 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.


Jill R. Dietz, MD

Jill R. Dietz, MD

Dr. Dietz is director of breast center operations at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and associate professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Dietz earned her MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. She completed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology and a general surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and has dedicated her practice to breast patients for the past 20 years.

Her research interests include the effects of radiation on reconstruction, Oncoplastic techniques, and the role that genetic factors play in developing breast cancer. She has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts related to her research and produced chapters for nearly a dozen textbooks. She is currently President Elect of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is a representative to the NAPBC and Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) SCORE Education Committee. In addition, Dr. Dietz previously served as Chair of the SSO Program Directors Committee, Chair of the Fellows Institute, and Chair of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting in 2013–2014.


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. 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.


Jonathan A. Gapilango, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC

Jonathan A. Gapilango, RN, MSN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC

Mr. Gapilango received his BSc in nursing from Central Philippine University and his MS in nursing from West Negros University in the Philippines. He has earned national certifications in clinical research, oncology, and nursing administration and is working on his capstone project to complete his Doctor in nursing practice through Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Gapilango is the Director, Cancer Center Administration & Cancer Program Coordinator and Director, Outpatient Infusion, Oncology Data Center, Oncology Research, Radiation Oncology Nursing, Navigation and Genetics at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, Community Medical Center (CMC), Toms River, NJ.

Recently, he was appointed as the RWJ Barnabas Health Director for Oncology Regulatory Compliance. He has been with CMC, a RWJ Barnabas Health facility, since 2001 and has helped steer program development and national accreditations for the Cancer Center, including the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the NAPBC. Mr. Gapilango has helped facilitate the addition of a cancer genetics program, navigation program, and holistic therapies to ease the burden of a cancer diagnosis.


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. 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.


Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS

Suzanne Hoekstra, MD, FACS

Dr. Hoekstra is the director of Breast Care Specialists of Maine at Northern Light Mercy Hospital and is a Breast Surgeon. She grew up in Illinois and received her BS in Biology from Loyola University Chicago and graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her surgical training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is board-certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. After practicing in North Carolina for 12 years, she relocated to Maine in 2010. In addition to her surgical practice and being an NAPBC surveyor, she is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of New England, wife, and mother of four, and is involved in international missions to Bangladesh, Haiti, and other countries.


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.


Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH

Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH

Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD resides in New York, NY and serves as the Chief, Breast Surgery at Bellevue Hospital.  Dr. Joseph attended medical school at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She served her residency at New York University Langone Medical Center and her fellowship at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph works at a NAPBC accredited city hospital affiliate and decided to become a Site Reviewer.  She says, “After going through the accreditation process three times, I know how hard centers work for the accreditation. It can be relatively straightforward for centers with a lot of resources and far more work for under resourced medical centers. Nevertheless, being NAPBC accredited brings a lot of pride to the staff and the center and is a stamp of approval that your center is following standard of care.”

Dr. Joseph thinks the main value of NAPBC accreditation to breast centers is being an NAPBC accredited center.  She says, “It has made our program a better center. We are constantly motivated to provide the best care to our patients and the NAPBC provides a framework by which we can ensure we meet (and surpass) quality measures and provide patient centered care.”

In her spare time, Dr. Joseph loves reading, traveling, and tennis.


Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS

Robbi Kempner, MD, FACS

Dr. Kempner is a board-certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. After graduating from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and receiving her medical degree from the New York Medical College, Valhalla, she completed surgical training at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. She was on the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Bronx, NY, and NY Presbyterian-Cornell, New York, holding the rank of assistant professor of surgery.

Dr. Kempner is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgery and the Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group.

During her career, she has served in various leadership positions at major New York City community and academic medical centers (clinical, administrative, research) and established and led numerous women’s breast centers from the ground up. Her primary focus is always on the patient—creating a multidisciplinary approach and specializing in the management of advanced breast cancers treating both men and women for benign and malignant disease while performing advanced oncological breast surgery.

She believes that achieving NAPBC certification aids programs in ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of multidisciplinary breast care by integrating prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.


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 MD 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 in the surgery branch of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dr. Kurtzman is a professor of surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and at the Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter School of Medicine. He is also the chairman of surgery and program director for the general surgical residency program at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Kurtzman is Chair of the NAPBC and served as the Chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee.

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

Dr. Lesnikoski is the director of the Comprehensive Breast Health and Cancer program at Baptist MD Anderson in Jacksonville, Florida.

Developing breast health programs has been a focal point of Dr. Lesnikoski’s career. She is passionate about bringing the highest level of breast care to women in their own communities. She served as founding medical director of the Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida in conjunction with the University of Miami, and for the South Shore Hospital Breast Care Center in Massachusetts in conjunction with Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She helped develop a joint cancer center between South Shore, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Brigham & Women's Hospital. She was an attending breast surgeon for 10 years at both Dana-Farber and Brigham Women’s Hospitals, and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for five years prior to moving to Florida in 2009.

She is a member of the American Society for Breast Surgeons, the National Consortium of Breast Centers, the Society for Surgical Oncology, and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Lesnikoski was an early pioneer in oncoplastic surgery and serves as a faculty member for oncoplastic courses offered by ASBrS, NCBC and ACS.

She has been a Surveyor for both NAPBC and CoC for many years and truly enjoys traveling around the country and learning about different programs.

When she is not working, she enjoys reading, cooking, bicycling, traveling, and walking on the beach with her husband and dog.


Melanie Lynch, MD, FACS

Dr. Lynch currently resides in Fairfield, CT, and  is the director of breast surgery at the Yale New Haven Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Lynch completed medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, Columbus. She did her residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH and her fellowship surgical oncology was completed at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Lynch says, “Participation in NAPBC was a transformative experience for our breast program and our health system. After achieving accreditation and reaccreditation for our program, I want to give back to the organization and to provide support and guidance for other program participants.” She values NAPBC accreditation because it ensures and inspires commitment to comprehensive high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered services for women with breast cancer.

In her spare time, Dr. Lynch enjoys hiking, backpacking, biking, yoga, and time with her grandchildren.


Arvind Mahatme, MD, MHSA

Arvind Mahatme, MD, MHSA

Arvind Mahatme, MD MSHA, serves as the Medical Director at Mercyhealth Women’s Center, Vice-Chair Department of Surgery Mercyhealth Rockford, IL and Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Surgery University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Dr. Mahatme went to medical school at University of South Florida College of Medicine.  His residency was done at University of Nebraska Medical Center and fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Mahatme feels that being a Site Reviewer provides a way to learn from and support breast care providers nationwide, by recognizing their programs, and elevating their attributes.

When asked, what is the main value of NAPBC accreditation to breast centers, Dr. Mahatme says, “To afford individuals with a shared passion for the management of breast disease a common platform from which to practice evidence-based patient-centered medicine.”

In his spare time, Dr. Mahtme enjoys abstract painting, writing, travel, and cars.


Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD

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.


Laura L. Morris, MD, MBA, FACSLaura L. Morris, MD, MBA FACS

Dr. Morris is a breast surgical oncologist at the Goshen Center for Cancer Care in Goshen, IN. She also serves as the Medical Director for The Retreat Women’s Health Center, which was one of the first NAPBC accredited centers. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Dr. Morris completed her breast surgical oncology fellowship at Michigan State University where she remained on faculty for 5 years after the completion of her training. She is board certified in general surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Morris feels that NAPBC accreditation assures a patient that the program is operating to the highest standards. It also assists the program itself in setting yearly goals and delivering the best care possible. Her desire to become a site reviewer is to share her enthusiasm for the program as well as to learn from other centers.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and crafts.


Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACSToan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS

Toan T. Nguyen, MD, FACS is in Lakeland, Florida. He currently is the director of breast oncology at Lakeland Regional Health.  He went to medical school at St. George’s University; did residency at University at Buffalo, and fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Nguyen became an NAPBC surveyor because he has always had a strong interest in elevating the delivery of care to patients with breast diseases to the highest level throughout the country. “Patients deserve our finest efforts, the highest quality of care, and the best possible outcomes”. Dr. Nguyen continually works with all the major national medical organizations and the leading experts in the field to develop standards that are meaningful to each patient’s journey.

Dr. Nguyen feels the primary value of NAPBC accreditation to breast centers is assurance to their patients that the program has been rigorously and comprehensively reviewed to meet or exceed current national standards in the management of breast diseases in order to deliver the best possible care.

Dr. Nguyen is an avid skier and enjoys spending time at the beach.


William J. Petraiuolo, MD, FACS

William J. Petraiuolo, MD, FACS

Dr. Petraiuolo is a board-certified general surgeon working at Lake Health, a community hospital in the Cleveland area, for the last 27 years. A native of Connecticut, he attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. His general surgery training was completed at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, completing his diagnostic and interventional ultrasound certification in 2012. Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment has been a large part of his practice.

Since the program he chairs at Lake Health became certified in 2011, he is convinced the quality of breast cancer care delivered at his institution has become more consistent and seeks to continue to improve care locally by what he learns from other institutions as a surveyor.

He enjoys travel, photography, outdoor activities –skiing, hiking and road cycling, and has a working knowledge of Italian.


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

Susan Pories, MD, FACS

Dr. Pories is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and the chief of breast surgery and medical director of The Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Pories went to medical school and completed her surgical residency at the University of Vermont. She completed a surgical oncology research fellowship at the New England Deaconess Hospital and a Medical Education Fellowship at Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

She specializes in the management of complex breast cancers. Dr. Pories is also the president of the medical staff for Mount Auburn Hospital Medical Staff, a Governor for the American College of Surgeons, and the associate co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School.


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.


Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACS

Robert Rosenberg, MD, FACS

Dr. Rosenberg received his medical degree from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1979, and received two years of training in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, before completing a radiology residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) in 1984. He was on faculty at UNM HSC for 25 years becoming a professor of radiology in 1999 and professor emeritus in 2012. He then joined Radiology Associates of Albuquerque, NM, where he exclusively practices breast imaging.

He has research interests in mammography outcomes and quality. He has been a member of the NCI Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium for more than 15 years. Dr. Rosenberg is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and a Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging. He was a member of the FDA Radiological Devices Advisory Panel and served as chair from 2011 to January 2013. He has been chair of the FDA National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee since 2016. He has been a board member of the NAPBC since 2014 and looks forward to this opportunity to enhance the collaborative process of breast cancer care.


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 Medical Center 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 breast program leader for 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 (ACS). Dr. Sarantou is a member of the ACS Board of Governors (BOG) of the, Emeritus Chair of the BOG Patient Education Workgroup and a member of the ACS Patient Education Committee. He is Chair of the Standards and Accreditation Committee of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a member of the NAPBC Board of Directors and gives lectures for the NAPBC on building an interdisciplinary breast team. He is also the past chairman of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Ethics Committee and a former 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. Sorrentino

Jose Sorrentino, MD, FACS

Dr. Sorrentino is an associate professor of Surgery at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Sorrentino believes that delivering the best possible cancer care to any patient is a primordial obligation of any healthcare facility. In his mind, having a patient-centered culture where all aspects of cancer care can be coordinated and delivered within the premises of a given institution defines a center of excellence. In his free time, he enjoys riding his road bike and would like to join MSF (Doctors Without Borders) when he complete his current clinical practice.


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.


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.


Katherine Yao, MD, FACS 

Katherine Yao, MD, FACS

Dr. Yao is currently chief of the division of surgical oncology and vice-chair of research in the department of surgery at NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, IL.  She is vice-chair of the Quality Improvement (QI) Committee of the NAPBC and was a surveyor for the NAPBC at its inception. Prior to her vice-chair position, she was chair of the NAPBC QI committee. She also serves on committees within the Alliance Clinical Trial group and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.