Cancer Center Physicians

The physicians in the Vernon Cancer Center are highly trained cancer specialists working together to provide advanced treatment and support for all aspects of the patient experience, from cancer screening and diagnosis to treatment and ongoing care.

Serving communities throughout Greater Boston, each member of our cancer care team has the same mission – providing support and helping patients and their families deal with cancer and the anxieties and concerns that go along with diagnosis and treatment.

Medical Oncologists
Lawrence Blaszkowsky, MD
Acting Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Clinical Director, Vernon Cancer Center
Fellowship Training: New England Medical Center
Primary Specialty: Gastrointestinal Malignancies, including esophagogastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, gastric, colorectal, anal and neuroendocrine tumors

Amy Comander, MD
Fellowship Training: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Primary Specialty: Breast Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers
Other Areas of Expertise: Cancer survivorship and wellness programs; clinical trials investigating novel agents for treatment of breast cancer

Chryssanthi Kournioti, MD
Fellowship Training: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Primary Specialty: Genitourinary Malignancies
Other Areas of Expertise: Genitourinary, Gastrointestinal
Malignancies, Head and Neck
Omar Nadeem, MD
Fellowship Training: Brown University
Primary Specialty: General Hematology/Oncology
Clinical Interests: Malignant Hematology and Genitourinary Oncology
Revati Rao, MD
Fellowship Training: Tufts Medical Center
Primary Specialty: Lung Cancer
Other Areas of Expertise: Thoracic, Head and Neck
Radiation Oncologists
Mass General Hospital Radiation Oncology Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Joanna Tansky, MD
Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology
Director, MGH Radiation Oncology Service, Vernon Cancer Center

Residency: Harvard Radiation Oncology Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/BWH and Beth Israel Deaconess
Clinical Interests: Long-term quality of life after radiation, improving patient and caregiver experience and clinical biomarkers of treatment tolerance and outcome
Christine Olsen Small, MD
Residency: University of Colorado
Health Science Center
Clinical Interests: All Adult Malignancies
Gayle Tillman, MD
Residency: Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Interests: All Adult Malignancies
Pappas PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time)
Susan Swick, MD
Fellowship Training: Mass General Hospital, NYU School of Medicine
Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital
Jennifer Koch, MD
Fellowship Training: Mass General Hospital
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Collaborating Specialists

Ross Berkowitz, MD,
Gynecologic Oncology
Fellowship Training: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Lauren Elson, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fellowship Training: Stanford Universty
Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital


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