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.

2021 Cancer Committee Membership

Physician Members Specialty/Committee Role CoC Status
Ghassan Samara, MD
Paula Denoya, MD (Alternate)
Surgery/Rad Oncology
Cancer Committee Chair
Paula Denoya, MD
Deborah Nagle, MD (Alternate)
Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP)
James Davis, MD
Tahmeena Ahmed, MD (Alternate)
Pathology Required
Valmore Suprenant, MD
Krystal D. Airola, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Required
Minsig Choi, MD
Alison Stopeck, MD (Alternate)
Medical Oncology
Cancer Conference Coordinator
Lea Baer, MD Hematology/Oncology
Ca Registry QA Coordinator
Kartik Mani, MD
Alexander Stessin, MD (Alternate)
Radiation Oncology Required
Grace LaTorre, MD
Michael Moskovitz, MD (Alternate)
Palliative Care Recommended
Laura Hogan, MD
Rina Meyer, MD (Alternate)
Pediatrics Recommended
William Burke, MD GYN Oncology Recommended
Non-Physician Members Department/Committee Role CoC Status
Robert Ross- Interim CAO of the Cancer Center
Julia Mischo, RN/OCN (Alternate)
Cancer Services Administration
Cancer Program Administrator
Ryan Washington, MPA
Jaclyn Frizalone, RN (Alternate)
Clinical Trial Coordinator Required
Susan McCarthy, LCSW, MS, CCM
Fatima Calle, MSW (Alternate)
Social Work
Psychosocial Services Coordinator
Denise M. Martorana, RN, MSN, MS
Joleen Werder, RN, BSN (Alternate)
Continuous Quality Improvement
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Patricia Doty, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, OCN
Taylor Andrews, RN, BS, BMTCN (Alternate)
Oncology Nursing Required
Xuan Barzilay, MBA, CTR
Dawn Fave, CTR (Alternate)
Cancer Registry
Ca Registry QA Coordinator (Alternate)
Joseph Giglio, DPT
Mike Taylor, DPT (Alternate)
Physical Medicine Required
Clare Moran, DNP, FNP, RN
Laura Vogeli, RN
Survivorship Program Coordinator Required
Linda Bily, MA, CSA
Linda Mermelstein, MD/MPH
Community Outreach Recommended
Gwen Goldstein, MS, CGC
Jody Weiss, MS, CGC (Alternate)
Genetics Recommended
Jennifer L. Fitzgibbon, MS, RD, CSO, CDN
Samanthe Federico, RDN, CDN (Alternate)
Cancer Center Nutritionist Recommended
Christina Faber, MS, RDN, CDN Cancer Support Services Recommended
Andrew W. Dees, Reverend Chaplaincy Recommended
Rodina Taylor-Thomas, RN, BSN
Lori Tischler, RN (Alternate)
Healthcare Teleservices Recommended
Ryan O’Connor, RPH Pharmacy Recommended
Amanda Schnipper American Cancer Society Recommended