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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, we’re here to help.

OCRA’s Woman to Woman program connects newly diagnosed women like you with trained survivor mentors who understand what you’re going through.

Woman to Woman mentors are available through our National Program and through the many local programs listed below. To request a national mentor, please call our oncology social worker at (212) 268-1002 or find a program near you below.

Find a Woman to Woman program near you

Founding Program Site

The Mount Sinai Hospital – New York, NY
Physician Champion: Stephanie Blank, MD
Program Coordinator: Rachel Justus, CSW and Jilian Levinson LCSW, OSW-C

Active OCRA Program Sites

Laura Crandall Brown Foundation – Birmingham, AL
Physician Champion: Monjri Shah, MD
Program Coordinator: Betsy Fetner

Sue’s Gift – Colorado Springs, CO
Physician Champion: Dirk Pikaart, MD
Program Coordinator: Sherry Martin

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven – New Haven, CT
Physician Champion: Elena Ratner, MD
Program Coordinator: Ruth Ann Ornstein


Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation – St. Petersburg, FL
Program Coordinators: Claudette Carlan and Louise O’Farrell

University of Miami – Miami, FL
Physician Champion: Matthew Schlumbrecht, MD
Program Coordinator: Teresa Neira, PhD, LCSW

Northside Hospital – Atlanta, GA
Physician Champion: Guilherme Henrique C. Cantuaria, MD, PhD
Program Coordinator: Kymberly Duncan

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
Physician Champion: Emily Hinchcliff, MD, MPH
Program Coordinator: Dara Belarmino

University of Kansas Cancer Center – Kansas City, KS
Physician Champion: Lori Spoozak, M.D., MHS, FACOG
Program Coordinators: Sarah Clouse RN, MSN and Malia Opat, LMSW

Dana Farber Cancer Center* – Boston, MA
Physician Champion: Nadine McCleary, MD, MPH
Program Coordinator: Skylar Preston-White and Patricia Stahl
*this program is a partnership with Dana Farber’s One to One program

Below the Belt Women’s Cancer Outreach* – Barnstable, MA
Program Coordinator: Diane Riche

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
Physician Champion: Stephanie Wethington, MD
Program Coordinator: Nancy Farruggia 

St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital – Jackson, MS
Physician Champion: Christen Haygood, MD
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Boone, RN, BSN, OCN and Jimmie Wells, RN, OCN, MSN

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness – St. Louis, MO
Physician Champion: David G. Mutch, MD
Program Coordinator: Robyn Hunter and Susan Robben

New Jersey
Holy Name Medical Center – Teaneck, NJ
Physician Champion: Sharyn Lewin, MD
Program Coordinator: Courtney Lozano, MSW, LSW

New York
Hope for Heather* – Syracuse, NY
Program Coordinator: Frieda Weeks

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – New York, NY
Physician Champion: Carol Aghajanian, MD
Program Coordinator: Wendy Bonilla

Stony Brook University Cancer Center – Stony Brook, NY
Physician Champion: Michael L. Pearl, MD
Program Coordinator: Linda Bily

SUNY Upstate Medical University – Syracuse, NY
Physician Champion: Rinki Agarwal, MD
Program Coordinator: Pamela Wendt

Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project – Buffalo, NY
Partner Hospitals: Roswell Park Cancer Institute and CCS Oncology
Program Coordinator: Kathleen Maxian

North Carolina
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center – Charlotte, NC
Physician Champion: J. Matthew McDonald, MD
Program Coordinator: Elyse Adams, LCSW

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati -Cincinnati, OH For a mentor in the Greater Cincinnati area please contact Tracy Moore at 212-268-1002

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – Pittsburgh, PA
Program Coordinator: Sara Maloney

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Research Unit – Philadelphia, PA
Physician Champion: Anna Jo Smith, MD, MPH, MSc
Program Coordinator: Laura Quilley, RN, BSN, OCN

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Hospital – Providence, RI
Physician Champion: Don Dizon, MD
Program Coordinator: Susan Garland, LICSW

Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance – New Berlin, WI
Partner Hospital: Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Physician Champion: Elizabeth Dickson Michelson, MD
Program Coordinator: Ashley Schneider

In Development

These OCRA Woman to Woman Programs are in development or on pause due to COVID 19. If you live near or are being treated by any of these sites and would like to match with a Woman to Woman Mentor, please fill out the contact form for the National Mentoring Program.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock, AR
Physician Champion: Kristin Zorn, MD
Program Coordinator: Mona Dee Nutt

Cancer Advocacy Resources Education (C.A.R.E.) – Melbourne, FL
Physician Champion: John Bomalaski, MD
Program Coordinator: Alice Spinelli

New Jersey
Cooper University Hospital – Camden, NJ
Physician Champion: David P. Warshal, MD
Program Coordinator: Lisa McLaughlin

University Hospital – Newark, NJ
Program Coordinator: Marisol Rivera

New York
New York-Presbyterian Hospital – New York, NY
Physician Champion: Jason D. Wright, MD
Program Coordinator: Lynette Williams

Abington Memorial Hospital – Abington, PA
Physician Champion: Mark Shahin, MD

University of Tennessee Medical Center – Knoxville, TN
Physician Champion: Larry C. Kilgore, MD
Program Coordinator: Teri Freeman, DSW, LCSW, OSW-C and Lindsey Brezina

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN
Physician Champion: Alaina J. Brown, MD, MPH

National Mentoring Program