Steven I. Cohen, MD, FACS, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in 1995. Dr. Cohen is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Brown University. He received his medical degree in 1968 from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. He is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Cohen is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional societies.
Thomas A. DiPetrillo, MD, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in June 2003. He is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and at Brown University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Radiation Oncology. He received his BA in Zoology in 1981 and his Medical Degree in 1986, both from the University of Vermont. He completed his intern/residency in Internal Medicine in 1989 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and his residency in Radiation Oncology in 1993 at the New England Medical Center. He has many years of research experience and has written numerous publications.
David Edmonson, MD, FACS, earned his medical degree from Saint George's University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Albany Medical College. He also completed a fellowship in surgical oncology of the breast through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Women & Infants. He is 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.
Dr. Edmonson is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Jennifer S. Gass, MD, FACS, 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. She received her medical degree (honors) in 1987 from the University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD. She completed her internship in 1988 at Temple University Hospital and her residency in 1992 at the same hospital. She was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University from 1992-1993. She has full privileges at Women & Infants Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Miriam Hospital. She was a member of the Breast Cancer Task Force of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Committee from 1995-1997.
In 2002-2003 she attended in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Rhode Island Medical Women's Association, Rhode Island Medical Society, American Medical Women's Association, Association of Women Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and American Medical Association. Dr. Gass participates with Dr. Legare and Jennifer Scalia-Wilbur in the Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program. Through Dr. Gass, the Breast Health Center has been chosen as a site for the multi-institutional Cyro-assisted Lumpectomy Trial. Dr. Gass currently offers cryoablation of fibroadenomas. Publications
Arnold H. Herman, MD, FACS, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in 1995. Dr. Herman is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Brown University. He received his medical degree in 1966 from the University of Kansas. Dr. Herman is board certified in general surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional societies.
Robert D. Legare, MD, received his medical degree in 1990 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston Massachusetts. 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. Publications
Gabriela B. Masko, MD, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in June 2003. She is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Medicine at Brown University, Division of Biology and Medicine and Clinical Instructor of Radiation Oncology at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Yale University and her medical degree in 1984 from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Masko is board certified in Radiation Oncology and a member of several professional societies.
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.
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.
William M. Sikov, MD, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in July 2003. He is principal investigator, CALGB, Rhode Island Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Sikov received his A.B. in Russian Studies in 1978 from Brown University and his medical degree in 1982 from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University Health Center, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1985 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, in 1989. Dr. Sikov is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. He is a member of numerous professional societies and has major research interests.
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.
Trevor Tejada-Bergés, MD, joined the Program in July 2001 as a Gynecologic Oncology fellow. In 1990, he graduated with Great Distinction with a BS degree in Biology and an MS in Neurology/Neurosurgery in 1992, both from McGill University. Dr. Tejada-Bergés received his MD degree in 1996 at Royal Victory Hospital/McGill University where he also completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology in 2001. His most recent research project at Women & Infants Hospital is "Evaluating the Efficacy of Therapeutic Vaccination with Tumor-Derived gp96 Peptide Complexes Using a Syngeneic Rat Model of Ovarian Cancer." He hopes to combine his interests in clinical medicine with his previous/current research experience. Publications
Ekaterina V. Tsiapali, MD, earned her medical degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and completed residencies at Kanalaki Health Center Evangelismos General Hospital, Tzaneio General Hospital and through East Tennessee State College of Medicine. She also completed a fellowship through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Women & Infants Hospital.
Dr. Tsiapali specializes in breast surgical oncology, advanced laparoscopy and complex ventral hernia repair. Her special interest is oncoplastic breast surgery and she has received additional training in the US and Europe. Oncoplastic surgery involves a series of advanced surgical techniques that allow successful removal of even large tumors from the breast, followed by breast reshaping for an excellent cosmetic result. That gives more women with breast cancer the option to avoid mastectomy without sacrificing oncologic safety and outcomes.
David E. Wazer, MD
, joined the staff of the Breast Health Center in June 2003. He is currently Joint Professor and Chairman at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University School of Medicine; Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief at New England Medical Center, Rhode Island Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital; and Chief of Radiation Oncology Services, Lifespan Healthcare System. Dr. Wazer received his A.B. (Honors) in 1978 from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, his Doctor of Medicine degree (Honors) in 1982 from New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, and his Master of Arts honorary degree in 1999 from Brown University.
Dr. Wazer completed his internship in Medicine in 1983 at Roger Williams General Hospital, his research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry Laboratory of Dr. John Rotrosen, New York University School of Medicine in 1984, his residency in Radiation Oncology in 1987 at New England Medical Center/Tufts University, and was chief resident in Radiation Oncology from 1987-1988 at New England Medical Center/Tufts University. He is a member of numerous societies and has major research interests.