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Program in Women's Oncology/Breast Health Center

Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD
Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD

Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD, joined the Program in Women's Oncology in 2003. Dr. DiSilvestro earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont, and completed his residency at Women & Infants in Providence, RI. He also completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to coming to Women & Infants' Hospital, Dr. DiSilvestro was at Stony Brook Hospital in Long Island, New York for 4 years where he was principle investigator for Gynecologic Oncology Group Research. Dr. DiSilvestro is now the principle investigator for Gynecologic Oncology Group for the Program in Women’s Oncology, and oversees the research department within the Program in Women’s Oncology.

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David Edmonson, MD
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.

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Jennifer S. Gass, MD
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.

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Cornelius Granai III, MD
Cornelius Granai III, MD

Cornelius O. “Skip” Granai III, MD, FACOG, FACS, director of the Program in Women’s Oncology, 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.

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Robert D. Legare, MD, FACP
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.

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Cara A. Mathews, MD
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?"

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Sonali V. Pandya, MD
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.

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Tina Rizack, MD
Tina Rizack, MD

Tina Rizack, MD, MPH, earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Emory University, a master’s degree in public health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. She completed internships in obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to joining Women & Infants, Dr. Rizack worked as a hospitalist at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Morton Hospital and Medical Center and Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where she helped launch the hospitalist program. She is a clinical instructor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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Katina Robison, MD
Katina Robison, MD

Katina Robison, MD, is a medical oncologist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in physiology and psychology, magna cum laude, from San Francisco University, and a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology, both through Brown University at Women & Infants Hospital. Currently, she is leading a project entitled “Prevalence of HPV and Type Distribution in Southeast Asian Women Residing in Rhode Island.” This research is protected through her status as Women & Infants’ Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholar. The WRHR program is funded through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to ensure that young physicians have protected time to conduct clinical research to improve women’s health.

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Bachir J. Sakr, MD
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.

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William M. Sikov, MD
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.

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Ashley R. Stuckey, MD
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.

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