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Our employees share reasons why they work at Dana-Farber.
"[When my nephew was diagnosed], I realized the power of genetics to help explain and treat, to predict the future and the prognosis for someone. Genetics [at Dana-Farber] informs what care patients need now, what care may be needed in the future, and care that may be needed for at-risk family members."— Huma Q. Rana, MD, Clinical Director, Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention
"As a specialty institution, we attract a certain kind of person. We all support the goal of providing the best possible care for patients and taking part in discovery and research. If I do my job well, the nurses and clinic assistants do theirs well, and the patients have a better experience. Every person's job counts."— Barbara Fine, RN, BSN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Coordinator
"[In Interpreter Services, we know that] not being able to speak the language adds stress to an already challenging situation. It's hard for patients to deal with the clinical aspects of their disease if they're overwhelmed by other issues. I love being part of an organization focused on helping people through every facet of their care, not just treatment."— Laura Nakazawa, MA, CMI, Interpreter Services
"[At our South Shore Hospital satellite] there's a tremendous amount of communication and coordination to be sure that everyone is on the same page with the treatment plan for each patient. Patients are very grateful to get their treatment locally. They appreciate the range of services we provide, and they're better able to integrate treatment into their lives, without the need to commute into Boston."— Judy Kostka, RN, MBA, Director of Operations, Satellite Center at South Shore Hospital
"Nutrition can have a big impact on people with cancer, and it's never really one thing — you need to find a system that works for you. I spend a lot of time with patients trying to put it all into perspective. There's a lot of interesting science and research about nutrition and oncology, and I love that."— Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, Senior Clinical Nutritionist