Our Care Team
At the Center for Breast Care at Calvert Memorial Hospital,we use a team approach in the management of cancer. This means we rely on the expertise of many professionals to diagnose, treat and care for you. We feel this improves the quality of care you receive since each phase of your treatment will be managed by a specialist in that particular field. You will meet many professionals and it may become confusing at times.To assist you, listed below is a description of the cancer care team members.
A unique part of the center is the breast care navigator, Ramona Couteau, RN, BSN, MA, with over 30 years nursing experience in a wide array of clinical settings including intensive care, surgical services and emergency medicine.
Other specialists that you may need are:
A physician who treats cancer by operative or surgical procedures.
A physician who treats cancer with drugs and/or chemicals.
A physician who treats cancer with radiation therapy.
A specialized surgeon, who after a surgical procedure such as a mastectomy, performs additional surgery to "reconstruct" the breast removed by a mastectomy.
Good nutrition is especially important for patients that are being treated for cancer. An oncology nutrition specialist can provide practical eating tips as well as answer nutrition questions.
The social worker is responsible for overseeing many of your support needs. They may help with identifying your needs outside of the hospital, informing you about community resources and answering questions about finance.
This department is responsible for the coordination of any home care needs determined by your physician: nursing care, home medical equipment, infusion therapy and much more.The provider will vary depending upon health care insurance.
Members of the CMH Breast Care Team shown here are: (l-r) physical therapist Susan Dudley, breast care navigator Ramona Couteau, breast center surgeons Dr. Rubie Jackson and Dr. Wen Liang, medical oncologist Dr. Arati Patel, medical oncologist Dr. Kenneth Abbott, Johns Hopkins radiologist Dr. Nagi Khouri, medical director of breast imaging; Thomas Jefferson breast surgeon Dr. Theodore Tsangaris; medical oncologist Dr. Bilal Ahmed, radiation oncologists Dr. Kathleen Settle, Dr. Boris Naydich and Dr. Simul Parikh, plastic surgeon Dr. Wilfred Ehrmantraut, Jr., Deanna Bitner, RN, MSN, NEABC, Director of Oncology Services and Sandra Cassell-Corbin, CRNP, genetic counseling.