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Meet the Cancer Center Team

Award-Winning Care. Close to Home.

From diagnosis through treatment, you can count on the latest advancements in technology and a highly skilled team of Jefferson cancer specialists to provide seamless and effective care. If more advanced care is needed, you can rest assured knowing that the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township is a member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson in Philadelphia, providing you with even greater access to world-class care. Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township physicians work cooperatively with Jefferson specialists, maintaining communications and collaboration throughout your care journey.

Medical Oncology Program

Ana Maria López, MD, MPH, MACP

Vice Chair, Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Health New Jersey

Dr. López is Vice Chair of Medical Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC), and Chief of Cancer Services at Jefferson Health in New Jersey. Dr. López joined Jefferson in 2018 from the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, where she was Director of Cancer Health Equality. A board-certified Medical Oncologist, she has extensive experience in in breast and gynecological cancers, integrative medicine, telehealth and cancer disparities. Currently, Dr. L López is President of the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization in the U.S.  Additionally, her strong commitment to cancer disparities is reflected in her leadership of the American Society of Clinical Oncology committee on cancer disparities. Her main areas of professional interest and expertise include cancer prevention, integrative oncology, and innovations in healthcare.

Michael Rotkowitz, MD

A 2005 graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine, Dr. Rotkowitz is board-certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY, and his Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Medical Association, and the Brooklyn Minority based Community Clinical Oncology Program. Dr. Rotkowitz says the most rewarding aspect of his job is developing long-standing relationships with patients and their families: “As the majority of the conditions I treat are chronic in nature, taking on the role of counselor, healer, and confidant brings me great joy. Working with such a comprehensive team here at Jefferson, I know that my patients have access to the latest developments in cancer care.”

Anthony P. Scarpaci, MD

A 2005 graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Scarpaci is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. He completed both his Hematology/Oncology fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH). In 2009, he was awarded Fellow of the Year at TJUH. Shortly after completing his residency, Dr. Scarpaci served as an Attending Physician at Einstein Medical Center, then spent almost five years at Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Scarpaci’s passion for long-term management of patients with challenging diseases was a driving force in his decision to become an oncologist. He strives to be as open and conversational as possible with patients, helping them understand not only what’s going on medically, but also how it fits into their life, and how they can adapt.

Eduardo Fernandez, MD

A 1989 graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Dr. Fernandez is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. He completed both his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Prior to joining the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Fernandez most recently worked at Lourdes Medical Associates Hematology/Oncology, where he served as Medical Director from 2016 to 2019; and Compassionate Care Hospice, where he served as Medical Director from 2009 to 2019. In 2013, Dr. Fernandez was honored with the Healing Spirit Award at Lourdes Medical Center. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

Cassandra Leigh Thomas, MD

A 2009 graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Dr. Thomas is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. She completed both her Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, she worked for Virtua-Lourdes, Camden, and Delaware Clinical & Laboratory Physicians, P.A., in Newark, NJ. Dr. Thomas also spent several years as a hospitalist in the bone marrow transplant unit at TJUH. Between her undergraduate and medical school career, Thomas spent a year serving Teach for America as a seventh grade math teacher. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Medical Association.

Comprehensive Breast Center Program

Michele Fantazzio, MD, FACS

Dr. Fantazzio is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Prior to joining our team, she served on the Physician Leadership and Cancer Liaison Committees at Virtua. Dr. Fantazzio is a member of the New Jersey and Camden County Medical Societies.

Diane R. Gillum, MD, FACS

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Gillum holds specialized certifications from the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Breast Ultrasound, Mastery of Breast Surgery, and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. Gillum is the former Medical Director of the Breast Health Program at Virtua West.

Kahyun “Kay” Yoon-Flannery, DO, MPH

Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Center, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township

Dr. Yoon-Flannery, who completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, performs all aspects of breast surgery, including lumpectomy, skin-sparing mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, and axillary lymph node procedures. A member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Dr. Yoon-Flannery is also certified in Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery.

Gynecologic Oncology

Robin Wilson-Smith, DO, FACOG, FACOOG

Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology Services

A 1999 graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly UMDNJ-SOM), Dr. Wilson-Smith completed her OB/GYN Residency at Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center, and at Cooper University Hospital. She then completed a three-year Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Cooper in 2009. As a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Wilson-Smith specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive system, including cervical, vulvar, vaginal, ovarian and uterine cancers.

As of 2020, Dr. Wilson-Smith has performed more than 670 da Vinci™ robotic surgical procedures. Robotic surgery, often used for gynecologic procedures, can result in a quicker recovery time for patients, along with reduced post-operative pain and less scarring.

Board certified in OB/GYN and Gynecologic Oncology through the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, this South Jersey native/resident, is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

The married mother of 4 children, including a set of triplets, Dr. Wilson-Smith is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on community service, and she supports the South Jersey and Central Jersey chapters of the Buffalo Soldiers, a community-focused organization that annually holds a “Divas for a Cure” breast cancer fundraising drive.

Ashley Ferris, APN

Ashley Ferris specializes in GYN/Oncology and Obstetrics/Gynecology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jefferson University. She also earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University.

Janhvi Sookram, DO

A 2012 graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Sookram completed OB/GYN residencies at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Board certified, she has experience as a research assistant both at the University of Washington Department of Vascular Surgery and the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Sookram is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics & Gynecology. She has won an award for excellence in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and has contributed to various research publications and presentations, including a 2019 report on epigenetic therapy in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics.

Lung Nodule Center

Christopher Bariana, DO

A 2006 graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Christopher Bariana completed his General Surgery Residency (as Chief Resident) at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (then UMDNJ-SOM) in June 2011. He underwent Fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, and is board certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery through the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS). A resident of Mullica Hill, NJ, Dr. Bariana currently serves as Medical Director of Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal, and Foregut Disease for Jefferson Health – New Jersey.

Jason Becker, DO

Dr. Jason Becker is a Fellowship-trained Pulmonologist/Critical Care physician with the Kennedy Health Alliance. He received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY, and completed his Internship and Residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Dr. Becker is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. He holds memberships in the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

Joseph J. DeLaurentis, MD

Dr. Joseph DeLaurentis is a board certified Radiologist and longtime member of the Jefferson Health New Jersey Medical Staff. A graduate of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, he completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1984. Dr. DeLaurentis is a Clinical Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the New Jersey Medical Society.

Jay G. Kirkham, DO, MS

A graduate of Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Jay Kirkham completed a Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) in 2017. Dr. Kirkham also completed his Internship and Residency at RowanSOM, and holds a master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the NJ Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons.

Dr. Neveen Malik

Dr. Neveen Malik is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Medicine specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  She completed her Internal Medicine Internship, Residency, and Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine, Dr. Malik is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. In 2015, she won the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) Teacher of the Year Award.

Marc Mongeau, DO

Dr. Marc Mongeau is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He completed his Traditional Osteopathic Rotating Internships as Chief Hospital Intern at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Our Lady of Lourdes. Dr. Mongeau was also an Internal Medicine Resident at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), Jefferson Health Stratford Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Duane Monteith, MD

Dr. Duane Monteith is a 2002 graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed a General Surgery Residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY, serving as Chief Resident in 2006-2007. Dr. Monteith also undertook three-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship training at New York University Medical Center in New York City (2008-2011). Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Monteith serves as Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology and is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, and the Medical Society of New Jersey, among others. He resides in Southampton, NJ.

Robert Principato, DO

Robert Principato, DO Dr. Principato is Fellowship-trained in Angiography/Interventional Radiology and holds a master’s degree in Anatomy from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (A.O.B.R.), Dr. Principato has been in practice for more than 28 years. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic College of Radiology, and the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology.

Dr. Nicole Scivoletti-Polan

Dr. Nicole Scivoletti-Polan is a member of the Kennedy Health Alliance, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care. A 2007 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Dr. Scivoletti-Polan completed Fellowship training in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care in 2013 through Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). She holds memberships in the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Physicians.

Jay Steinberg, DO

Medical Director, Lung Nodule Center, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township

A 1998 graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Westbury, NY, Dr. Jay Steinberg also holds a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York. He completed his Surgery Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he was also a Clinical Assistant Instructor. Dr. Steinberg underwent Fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Board certified through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Steinberg serves as Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery and is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association, the Camden County Medical Society, and the Medical Society of New Jersey. He resides in Voorhees, NJ.

Douglas B. Tsai, MD

Douglas Bye-Jeh Tsai, MD, MS Certified by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Tsai graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Fellowship-trained in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, he also earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Dr. Tsai is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Emma-Ruth Paz-Querubin, APN, NP-C

Emma-Ruth Paz-Querubin, APN, NP-C, is a Nurse Practitioner with the Lung Nodule Center located at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township. A licensed Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with Paz-Querbin has more than 20 years experience in her field, and holds certification in chemotherapy and biotherapy treatment administration. She joined Jefferson Health - New Jersey from Hackensack (NJ) University Medical Center. Previously, she had also worked with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange, NJ, and as an Oncology RN/Charge Nurse at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, TX. Paz-Querubin is a member of the Academy of American Nurse Practitioners and the Oncology Nursing Society.

Radiation Oncology

Tamara A. LaCouture, MD

Medical Director, Radiation Oncology Services, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township

Medical Director Board Certified in Radiation Oncology, Dr. LaCouture has been recognized as a "Top Doc" in her field by SJ Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine and Inside Jersey. A graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. LaCouture is a member of multiple professional societies, including the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, the Radiosurgery Society, and the American College of Radiology.

Dane Cohen, MD

Dr. Dane Cohen, a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, specializes in Radiation Oncology. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital and his Radiation Oncology Residency at UT Health San Antonio.

Nurse Navigators & Cancer Center Staff

Brenda Gorman

Oncology Assistant

Brenda Gorman has worked in the medical field for 20 years in various roles as a surgical technician, radiology scheduler and, most recently, an oncology assistant. She has been a team member at Jefferson Health for 15 years. In her current role as the oncology assistant, Brenda coordinates the screening, scheduling and follow up for patients and supports the nurse navigation team. She also reports to the American College of Radiology for the lung cancer screening program and helps coordinate community outreach events at the cancer center. Brenda is currently pursuing her lay oncology patient navigator certification.

Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, has worked in the field of Oncology Social Work for nearly 10 years. A Licensed Clinical Social worker, Abigale holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work (MSW) from Rutgers University. An Oncology Certified Social Worker, she is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW).

Carey McDougall, MS, LCGC

Carey McDougall is a Cancer Genetic Counselor at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township. Board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, she received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Rutgers, New Brunswick, and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. Previously, she worked as a Genetic Counselor for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, specializing in general genetics, Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, and cleft and craniofacial disorders.

Sandy Murray, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, NCTTP, CTTS

Sandra Murray, BSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG, NCTTP, CTTS, received her BSN from Wilmington University, Delaware. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse, an Oncology Nurse Navigator Certified Generalist, as well as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS). A member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN), Sandy has over 25 years of oncology nursing experience. She is involved with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township’s Lung Nodule Center, providing support and guidance to individuals diagnosed with lung nodules. As a CTTS, Sandy assists smokers to become tobacco-free.

Susan Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN

Sue Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN, is an Oncology Certified Nurse and a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. Sue has more than 30 years of nursing experience, including 16 years in the field of Oncology. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN). Sue also oversees the Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township.

Christine Miller, BSN, RN, OCN, CHTC

Christine Miller, BSN, RN, OCN, CHTC, is an Oncology-Certified Nurse and Certified Hematopoietic Transplant Coordinator. A Rutgers University School of Nursing graduate, Christine has more than 25 years of oncology nursing experience.  She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN), and the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). She is an active volunteer with Be The Match registry for the National Marrow Donor Program.