Cancer Committee

The Cancer Committee is the designated multidisciplinary body for the administrative oversight, development, and review of cancer care services at Stony Brook Medicine. The Committee communicates directly with the Hospital’s medical board, and its activities and recommendations directly impact programs. Members include physician representatives from the medical, surgical, diagnostic, and clinical areas along with representatives from supporting services involved with the care of patients with cancer. Its composition must include board-certified physicians from surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and pathology, along with a cancer liaison physician, clinical research manager, pain control/palliative care specialist, and representatives from Hospital administration, nursing, social services, cancer registry, and quality assurance. In 2010, a permanent member representing the American Cancer Society joined, and representation from the medical oncology community physician continued. Committees and work groups meet on Cancer Leadership, Cancer Quality Service, Tumor Board and Cancer Conferences, and Community Outreach and External Relations.

The Cancer Committee is charged with providing leadership to plan, initiate, stimulate and assess the institution’s cancer-related activities, in accordance with the Commission on Cancer requirements for cancer program accreditation. Stony Brook Cancer Center is accredited at the level of Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program and has maintained continuous program accreditation since 1986.

Physician Members

Ghassan Samara, MD, Surgery/Radiation Oncology, Cancer Committee Chair
Paula Denoya, MD, Surgery (Alternate)
Paula Denoya, MD, Surgery, Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP)
Deborah Nagle, MD (Alternate)
James Davis, MD, Pathology
Tahmeena Ahmed, MD, Pathology (Alternate)
Valmore Suprenant, MD, Diagnostic Radiology
Minsig Choi, MD, Medical Oncology, Cancer Conference Coordinator
Lea Baer, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Cancer Registry, QA Coordinator 
Alison Stopeck, MD, Hematology/Oncology (Alternate)
Kartik Mani, MD, Radiation Oncology
Alexander Stessin, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncology (Alternate)
Grace LaTorre, MD, Palliative Care
Michael Moskovitz, MD, Palliative Care (Alternate)
Laura Hogan, MD, Pediatrics
Rina Meyer, MD, Pediatrics (Alternate)
William Burke, MD, GYN Oncology

Non-Physician Members

Meredith B. Feinberg, FACHE, CPXP, Cancer Services Administration, Cancer Program Administrator
Julia Mischo, RN/OCN (Alternate)
Ryan Washington, MPA, Clinical Trial Coordinator
Jaclyn Frizalone, RN, Clinical Trials (Alternate)
Susan McCarthy, LCSW, MS, CCM, Social Work. Psychosocial Services Coordinator
Fatima Calle, MSW, Social Work (Alternate)
Denise M. Martorana, RN, MSN, MS, Continuous Quality Improvement, Quality Improvement Coordinator
Patricia Doty, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, OCN, Oncology Nursing
Taylor Andrews, RN, BS, BMTCN, Oncology Nursing (Alternate)
Xuan Barzilay, MBA, CTR, Cancer Registry, Ca Registry QA Coordinator
Dawn Fave, CTR, Cancer Registry (Alternate)
Joseph Giglio, DPT, Physical Medicine
Mike Taylor, DPT, Physical Medicine (Alternate)
Clare Moran, DNP, FNP, RN, Cancer Survivorship Program Coordinator
Laura Vogeli, RN, Cancer Survivorship Program
Linda Bily, MA, CSA, Community Outreach
Linda Mermelstein, MD/MPH, Community Outreach
Gwen Goldstein, MS, CGC, Genetics 
Jody Weiss, MS, CGC, Genetic Counseling (Alternate)
Jennifer L. Fitzgibbon, MS, RD, CSO, CDN, Cancer Center Nutritionist
Samanthe Federico, Nutrition Services (Alternate)
Christina Faber, Cancer Support Services
Andrew W. Dees, Reverend, Chaplaincy
Rodina Taylor-Thomas, RN, BSN, Healthcare Teleservices
Lori Tischler, RN, Healthcare Teleservices (Alternate)
Ryan O’Connor, RPH, Pharmacy
Amanda Schnipper, American Cancer Society