Center for Neuro-Oncology Treatment Team

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Depending on your diagnosis, your team may include the following specialists:

  • Neuro-oncologists, who are experts in treating tumors of the brain and spinal cord
  • Neurosurgeons, who are highly skilled in the precise techniques of operating on the brain and spinal cord
  • Radiation oncologists, who specialize in using radiation that targets the tumor while sparing surrounding tissues
  • Neuropathologists, who specialize in the diagnosis, molecular pathology, and genomics of brain tumors
  • Social workers, who help you cope with the emotional impact of diagnosis and treatment
  • Nurses and nurse practitioners, who provide health assessment, patient and family education, symptom management, screening for clinical trial eligibility, and quality of life assessment.  

Neuro-Oncology Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants

Johny Chau, BSN, RN
Meghan Cifrino, RN, BSN
Lisa Doherty, APRN, OCN
Aisling Donohoe, RN
Debra Conrad LaFrankie, RN, OCN
Jennifer Stefanik, NP
Christina Taubert, FNP-C
Kendal Timperman, RN
Alexandra Torres, PA-C

Neuro-Radiation Nurses

Shelly Lynn Beckley, NP
Sheila Connelly, RN
Rachel Silverman, RN

Neurosurgery Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants

Sara June Dagen, RN
Sherry Iuliano, FNP-C
Mary Beth Mondello, NP
Daniel Triggs, NP


Deborah Green, PhD
Mary-Ellen Meadows, PhD

Neuro-Oncology Social Workers

Rachel Allende, LICSW (Spanish and Portuguese-speaking patients)
Sara E. Nemitz, LICSW (inpatient)
Ben Peirce, LICSW