A multidisciplinary team approach to your care

When you are faced with a cancer diagnosis, it is important to understand your options. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute offers a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) team approach to your care. This means you will have access to doctors and support staff who understand the facets of your condition, and can provide you with the information you need to make important decisions. Each MDC team includes doctors and advanced practice clinicians who know and understand your condition. They represent treatment specialties such as surgical oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology. This team, as well as a nurse navigator, will explain any unfamiliar terms to you and help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options.

 

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Head and Neck MDC Team

Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, LVH
Radiation Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT and Otolaryngology)
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Cynthia Smith, nurse navigator

Cynthia
Brode,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Carla Conarty, BSW, Social worker

Carla
Conarty,
BSW

Social worker

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Erin Levine, RD, Dietitian

Erin
Levine,
RD

Dietitian

Skin and Soft Tissue MDC Team

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Angela Miller, RN, Nurse navigator

Angela
Miller,
RN

Nurse navigator

Physician in Chief, Cancer Institute
Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT and Otolaryngology)
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Carla Conarty, BSW, Social worker

Carla
Conarty,
BSW

Social worker

Hepatopancreatobiliary and Upper GI MDC Team

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Chief, Division of Hematology-Medical Oncology
Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Tracy Walczer, RN, Nurse navigator

Tracy
Walczer,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Carla Conarty, BSW, Social worker

Carla
Conarty,
BSW

Social worker

Lung and Other Cancers of the Chest MDC Team-Cedar Crest

Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery (Lung Surgery)
Thoracic Surgical Oncology (Lung Cancer Surgery)

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology

Vice President of Transformation
Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonology

Chief, Section of Chest Radiology
Diagnostic Radiology
Chest Radiology
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Alyssa Pauls, RN, Nurse navigator

Alyssa
Pauls,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Maritza Chicas, RN, Nurse navigator

Maritza
Chicas,
RN

Nurse navigator

Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, LVH
Radiation Oncology

Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonology
Sleep Medicine

Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Carla Conarty, BSW, Social worker

Carla
Conarty,
BSW

Social worker

Lung and Other Cancers of the Chest MDC Team-Pocono

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Lisa Whitaker, RN, Nurse navigator

Lisa
Whitaker,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Miranda Zinn, MSW, Social worker

Miranda
Zinn,
MSW

Social worker

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Ann Foster, RN, Clinical research coordinator

Ann
Foster,
RN

Clinical research coordinator

Breast Cancer MDC Team-Southern Tier

Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology

Deputy Physician in Chief, Cancer Institute
Surgical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Associate Chief, Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology (LVH-M)
Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Chief, Section of Mammography
Diagnostic Radiology
Mammography
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Devon Ervin, MS, LCGC, Genetic counselor

Devon
Ervin,
MS, LCGC

Genetic counselor

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Samantha Carr, MS, LGCG, Genetic counselor

Samantha
Carr,
MS, LGCG

Genetic counselor

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Raizalie Gutierrez, RN, Nurse navigator

Raizalie
Gutierrez,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Freda Barnes, RN

Freda
Barnes,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Christina Merrell, RN

Christina
Merrell,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Carla Conarty, BSW, Social worker

Carla
Conarty,
BSW

Social worker

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Laura Moyer, BSW

Laura
Moyer,
BSW

Social worker

Breast Cancer MDC Team-Northern Tier

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Shirley Vasquez, RN, Nurse navigator

Shirley
Vasquez,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Miranda Zinn, MSW, Social worker

Miranda
Zinn,
MSW

Social worker

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Andrea Smith, MS, Genetic counselor

Andrea
Smith,
MS

Genetic counselor

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Ann Foster, RN, Clinical research coordinator

Ann
Foster,
RN

Clinical research coordinator

Prostate Cancer MDC Team

Chief, Division of Urology
Urology

Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, LVH
Radiation Oncology
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Raizalie Gutierrez, RN, Nurse navigator

Raizalie
Gutierrez,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Chris Heffernan, RN, Nurse navigator

Chris
Heffernan,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Ana Sierra, MSW, LSW, Cancer support counselor

Ana
Sierra,
MSW, LSW

Cancer support counselor

Adult Survivor PLACE

Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Cynthia Smith, nurse navigator

Cynthia
Brode,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Raizalie Gutierrez, RN, Nurse navigator

Raizalie
Gutierrez,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Christina Merrell, RN

Christina
Merrell,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Janine Gilboy, RD, Registered dietician

Janine
Gilboy,
RD

Registered dietitian

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Michelle Benes, Rehabilitation therapist

Michelle
Benes

Rehabilitation therapist

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Laura Moyer, BSW

Laura
Moyer,
BSW

Social worker