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

Radiation Oncology

Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, LVH
Radiation 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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Kaitlin Swanson, MSW

Kaitlin
Swanson,
MSW

Social worker

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Erin Levine, RD, Dietitian

Erin
Levine,
RD

Registered dietitian

Skin and Soft Tissue MDC Team

Radiation Oncology

Surgical Oncology
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Bridgeen Tohill, BSN, RN

Bridgeen
Tohill,
BSN, RN

Nurse navigator

Physician in Chief, Cancer Institute
Hematology/Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT and Otolaryngology)
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Aileen Burke, MSSW, LSW

Aileen
Burke,
MSSW, LSW

Social worker

Hepatopancreatobiliary and Upper GI MDC Team

Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Chief, Division of Hematology-Medical Oncology
Hematology/Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology
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Traci
Kressly,
RN

Nurse Navigator

Radiation Oncology
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Kaitlin Swanson, MSW

Kaitlin
Swanson,
MSW

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

Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology

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

Alyssa
Pauls,
RN

Nurse navigator

Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, LVH
Radiation Oncology

Pulmonology
Sleep Medicine

Critical Care Medicine

Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Aileen Burke, MSSW, LSW

Aileen
Burke,
MSSW, LSW

Social worker

Lung and Other Cancers of the Chest MDC Team-Pocono

Radiation Oncology

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Lisa Whitaker, RN, Nurse navigator

Lisa
Whitaker,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Hannah
Chan,
MSW

Social worker

Breast Cancer MDC Team-Southern Tier

Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology

Deputy Physician in Chief, Cancer Institute
Surgical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

President-Elect, LVHN Medical Staff
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, LCGC

Genetic counselor

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Mary Ebinger, RN, Nurse navigator

Mary
Ebinger,
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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Jenna
Welch,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Laura Moyer, BSW

Laura
Moyer,
BSW

Social worker

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Kaitlin Swanson, MSW

Kaitlin
Swanson,
MSW

Social worker

Breast Cancer MDC Team-Northern Tier

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Surgical Oncology
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Shirley Vasquez, RN, Nurse navigator

Shirley
Vasquez,
RN

Nurse navigator

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Hannah
Chan,
MSW

Social worker

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Morgan
Secoy,
MS, CGC

Genetics counselor

Prostate Cancer MDC Team

Deputy Physician in Chief, Innovation and Program Development, Institute for Surgical Excellence
Urology

Radiation Oncology

Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, LVH
Radiation Oncology
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Chris Heffernan, RN, BSN, OCN, Hemophilia Nurse

Christine
Heffernan,
RN, BSN, OCN

Hemophilia Nurse

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Aileen Burke, MSSW, LSW

Aileen
Burke,
MSSW, LSW

Social worker

Adult Survivor PLACE

Hematology/Medical Oncology
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Cynthia Smith, nurse navigator

Cynthia
Brode,
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

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK)

MSK Cancer Alliance Membership

In the fight against cancer, you want to have access to the latest advances in care. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a proud member of the MSK Cancer Alliance, which provides patients with even more lifesaving care options, close to home.

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