Find Peer Support

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.

There are two ways you can connect with a Woman to Woman mentor:

Find a Woman to Woman program near you

OCRA is not accepting applications for new Woman to Woman programs at this time. To be notified of future application cycles (spring/summer 2018) and Woman to Woman news, you can email womantowoman@ocrahope.org.

Founding Program Site

The Mount Sinai Hospital – New York, NY
Physician Champion: Peter Dottino, MD
Program Coordinator: Rachel Justus, CSW

OCRA Program Sites

Alabama
Laura Crandall Brown Foundation – Birmingham, AL
Physician Champion: Warner K. Huh, MD
Program Coordinator: Mary Anne King

Arkansas
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock, AR
Physician Champion: Kristin Zorn, MD
Program Coordinator: Candace Johnson, LCSW

California
City of Hope – Duarte, CA
Physician Champion: Thanh Dellinger, MD
Program Coordinator: Michele Ochoa, MSW

Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco and The Shanti Project – San Francisco, CA
Physician Champion: Catherine Powell, MD
Program Coordinator at Shanti Project: Katie Lawlor

Stanford Women’s Cancer Center – Stanford, CA
Physician Champion: Nelson Teng, MD, PhD
Program Coordinator: Morgan Gross, LCSW

Colorado
Sue DiNapoli Ovarian Cancer Society – Colorado Springs, CO
Physician Champion: Dirk Pikaart, MD
Program Coordinator: Sherry Martin

Connecticut
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven – New Haven, CT
Physician Champion: Elena Ratner, MD
Program Coordinator: Nina Carusillo

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

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center – Tampa, FL
Physician Champion: Robert M. Wenham, MD
Program Coordinator: Megan Yoder

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare – Tallahassee, FL
Physician Champion: Arvind Bakhru, MD, MPH
Program Coordinator: Annie Wood, MSW

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

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

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia
Physician Champion: Namita Khanna, MD
Program Coordinator: Amanda Woodcox, MSW

Illinois
Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
Physician Champion: Anna E. Strohl, MD, MA
Program Coordinator: Brittany Palmer

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

Louisiana
Tulane Cancer Center – New Orleans, LA
Physician Champion: William R. Robinson, MD
Program Coordinator: Elise M. Tatje

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

Mercy Medical Center – Baltimore, MD
Physician Champion: Teresa Diaz-Montes, MD
Program Coordinator: Susan Scarvalone, MSW, LCSW-C

Mississippi
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

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

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

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

New York
Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Bronx, NY
Physician Champion: Alyson Moadel-Robblee, PhD
Program Coordinator: Evelyn A. Kolidas, PhD

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

Upstate Cancer Center – Syracuse, NY
Physician Champion: Rinki G. Agarwal, MD
Program Coordinator: Paula Devendorf, CNP, CNM

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

North Carolina
Duke Cancer Institute – Durham, NC
Physician Champion: Andrew Berchuck, MD
Program Coordinator: Mallori Thompson, MA, LPCA,
NCC

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

Ohio
Cancer Support Community and Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Physician Champion: Jack Basil, MD and Eric Eisenhauer, MD
Program Coordinator: Jackie Drake, LISW-S

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

Pennsylvania
Abington Memorial Hospital – Abington, PA
Physician Champion: Mark Shahin, MD
Program Coordinator: Mary Oleksiak, MSW, LSW and Katie Lamb, RN

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

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

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island – Providence, RI
Physician Champion: Katina Robison, MD
Program Coordinator: Diane Thompson, MSW, LICSW

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

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

Texas
Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX
Physician Champion: Celestine Tung, MD, MPH & Marian Yvette Williams-Brown, MD, MMS
Program Coordinator: Courtney Vastine, MSW

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance – New Berlin, WI
Partner Hospital: Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Program Coordinator: Ashley Wagner

Connect Virtually

If you’d like to talk to someone, and you’re not near one of our hospital or community-based program sites, we can connect you with someone virtually. You can connect to your mentor by email or phone—whatever works for you—and we’ll match you with a mentor who’s right for you.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Fill out the form, telling us a little about yourself, your medical history, and your preferences. Do you want to talk to a mentor your own age? With your religious background? Knowing this information helps us find the best possible mentor for you to talk to.
Step 2: We match you based on your preferences and availability. If you’d like, we can send helpful informational materials about gynecologic cancers straight to your home too.
Step 3: We will virtually introduce you to your survivor mentor, who is a trained volunteer and a gynecologic cancer survivor, just like you.

Ready to get started? Fill out this form and we’ll be back in touch.

If you have any questions or concerns about participating in Woman to Woman, please email us at womantowoman@ocrahope.org.