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Program in Women's Oncology/Breast Health Center
Hannah A. Bansil, MD
Hannah Bansil, MD, MPH, is a breast surgeon with The Breast Health Center. She joined the team in 2016 after completing a fellowship in breast surgery at Columbia University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Covenant College, a medical degree from East Tennessee State University, and a master’s in public health in global health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a global health research practicum through Harvard in Nicaragua, where she worked to establish collaborative partnerships and collect data. She also served as a volunteer physician in Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD, Director of the Program in Women’s Oncology and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD, is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and the director of the Program in Women’s Oncology and the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital, where he also serves as the program’s director of research. Dr. DiSilvestro is the co-chair of the Ovarian and Breast Cancer Committees at NRG Oncology and previously served on the Cancer Prevention and Control and the Phase I committees. In addition, he has been study chair or co-chair of multiple National Cancer Institute-sponsored Gynecologic Oncology Group trials. Dr. DiSilvestro is a general and subspecialty (gynecologic oncology) board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).
David Edmonson, MD
David Edmonson, MD, is the medical director of the Lymphedema Program for Women & Infants’ Program in Women’s Oncology. He is studying ways to help prevent and treat lymphedema, the swelling of the arms or legs that can occur in patients who have had lymph nodes removed as a part of their cancer surgery. Dr. Edmonson is also the physician liaison for Women & Infants Hospital Cancer Committee. He is currently studying different surgical techniques which may improve the cosmetic results after breast cancer surgery.
Jennifer S. Gass, MD
Jennifer S. Gass, MD, is chief of surgery at Women & Infants Hospital, director of the breast fellowship at the Breast Health Center, as well as clinical assistant professor at Brown Medical School from 1993-present. She is board certified in both general surgery and critical care.
Cornelius Granai III, MD
Cornelius O. “Skip” Granai III, MD, FACOG, FACS, is an associate professor at Brown University. He heads a team including residents, three gynecologic oncology fellows, four certified oncology nurses, three nurse practitioners and the multi disciplinary support of many others including medical students from Brown and elsewhere. Dr. Granai received a master’s degree in cell biology from the University of Vermont in 1973 and his medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1977. He served a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University, School of Medicine from 1978-1981 and completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at New England Medical Center.
Prior to joining Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University, he was on the faculty of Tufts and Harvard University and on the staffs of New England Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncologists, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (to which he was recently elected as president) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition to serving as a member of the executive committee of the Brown/Tufts Cancer program, he was selected as a participant of the Fetzer Institute Relationship-Centered Care Group. He serves as co-chair of Care New England/Lifespan Oncology Service Line Committee and was elected to the information committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.
Robert D. Legare, MD, FACP
Robert D. Legare, MD, received his medical degree in 1990 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. His residency was completed in 1992 at Yale–New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and his research/clinical fellowship was completed in 1996 at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He was an associate physician at both Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Dana–Farber Cancer Institute and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, 1996–1997. Dr. Legare is now an assistant professor of medicine and ob–gyn at Brown University School of Medicine.
As a medical oncologist/hematologist he is an integral part of both the Gyn–Onc Clinic and the Breast Health Center. Dr. Legare is the medical director of the Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program and the Breast Health Center within the Program in Women’s Oncology. He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. He is the instructor for small group sessions, Pathophysiology/Hematology (Bio281), Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Legare received the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University in 2004 and 2005. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Brown University Oncology Group and the author of many papers, abstracts and chapters.
Cara A. Mathews, MD
Cara Mathews, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist and surgeon who is trained in robotic gynecologic surgery. A graduate of Dartmouth College's medical school, she completed her residency at Women & Infants and a fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. She also conducts research and in 2015 earned a national Young Investigator Award from the Gynecologic Oncology Group for her project "Survival in Advanced Endometrial Cancer: Does Time to Chemotherapy Initiation Matter?"
Sonali V. Pandya, MD
Sonali Pandya, MD, is a breast surgeon. She earned her medical degree from Saint George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, completed a general surgery residency at Albany Medical Center and a Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Disease Fellowship at Women & Infants. She operated a private practice in Florida before returning to Rhode Island. Her research interest focuses on breast cancer in young women and she is helping to develop support programs for this group of survivors. She also helps with breast exam training for the residency programs at Memorial Hospital and with the voluntary staff on evaluating and managing breast masses and breast density.
Katina Robison, MD
Katina Robison, MD, a gynecologic oncologist, is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and the director of research for the Program in Women’s Oncology, director of the Women’s Intimacy and Sexual Health (WISH) Clinic, and co-director of the Colposcopy Clinic at Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Robison earned her medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to complete her obstetrics and gynecology residency and gynecologic oncology fellowship at Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University.
Dr. Robison was chosen as a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar (K12) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development from 2009 through 2014, during which time she received multiple foundation grants and completed numerous cohort studies. In 2015, Dr. Robison received a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award to perform a multicenter prospective cohort study titled “Cancer of the Uterus and Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence (CUTI).” Her current research is focused on cancer prevention, quality of life among cancer patients, and survivorship. She has a specific interest in database development and patient centered outcomes.
Bachir J. Sakr, MD
Bachir J. Sakr, MD, joined the Program in Women's Oncology in 2007. Dr. Sakr received a degree in medicine from The Lebanese University in Lebanon, and completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sakr sees patients at Women & Infants in his capacity as a full-time hematology and oncology specialist. He is fluent in three languages - Arabic, English, and French.
Ashley R. Stuckey, MD
Ashley R. Stuckey, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist and breast surgeon in the Program in Women's Oncology and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She earned a bachelor's of arts degree in french from Davidson College, and a medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, including one year as its chief resident. In addition, she completed a month-long program as the Galloway Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She also completed a pair of fellowships – in pelvic surgery at the Lahey Clinic and in gynecology/breast oncology at Women & Infants.
William M. Sikov, MD
William Sikov, MD joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in July 2003 and became both a full-time faculty member and associate director for clinical research in the Program in Women’s Oncology in August 2014. His academic interests include clinical and translational research.
He is a nationally recognized expert on neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer and the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer and has served as study chair for many regional and national breast cancer studies. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Sikov received his A.B. in Russian studies from Brown University in 1978 and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University Health Center in Pittsburgh in 1985 and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the New England Medical Center in Boston in 1989.
Dr. Sikov is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and in 2013 was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians.