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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: Peter Dottino, MD
Program Coordinator: Rachel Justus, CSW and Jilian Levinson LCSW, OSW-C

Active OCRA Program Sites

Laura Crandall Brown Foundation – Birmingham, AL
Physician Champion: Warner K. Huh, MD
Program Coordinator: Romona Graffeo and Taylor Gallups

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

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

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

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

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
Physician Champion: Anna E. Strohl, MD, MA
Program Coordinator: Anne K. Grace, PhD and 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: Maritza Nassif, M.Ed
*this program is a partnership with Dana Farber’s One to One program

Ovarian Cancer 101* – 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

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

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

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

Cancer Support Community and Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Physician Champion: Jack Basil, MD and Eric Eisenhauer, MD
Program Coordinator: Jamie Weiner

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

Abington Memorial Hospital – Abington, PA
Physician Champion: Mark Shahin, MD
Program Coordinator: MaryEllen Toy-Ricciardi

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – Pittsburgh, PA
Physician Champion: Joseph L. Kelley, MD
Program Coordinator: Kesedria Carter

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
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

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

University of Chicago Medicine – Chicago, IL
Physician Champion: Nita Karnik Lee MD, MPH
Program Coordinator: Fay Hlubocky, PhD, MA

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

University Hospital – Newark, NJ
Physician Champion: Jenna Marchus, MD
Program Coordinator: Marisol Rivera

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, OR
Physician Champion: Tanya Pejovic, MD
Program Coordinator: Lisa Egan, PA

South Carolina
Greenville Health System – Greenville, SC
Physician Champions: Larry E. Puls, MD and Jeffrey Elder, MD
Program Coordinator: Candace Sprouse, LMSW, OSW-C

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

National Mentoring Program