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Crista Creedle, RN, OCN

Crista is the nurse manager of the inpatient Hematology/Oncology unit on 4 oncology in the N.C. Cancer Hospital. She manages all of the inpatient nursing staff and oversees the day to day operations of the unit.

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Clare Kneis, RN, BSN

As manager of the N.C. Cancer Hospital's Outpatient Infusion Center and Gynecology Oncology Clinic, Clare is responsible for the support and professional development of 32 nurses and daily operations of two busy oncology clinics.

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Sam Sharf, RN, BSN, CHTC

As the Clinical Director of the UNC Adult and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, Sam is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this growing program and manages a dedicated team of transplant nurse coordinators, outpatient BMT clinic/infusion nurses, data management staff and administrative support.

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Kenneth Neuvirth, RN, MSN

As Nurse Manager for the Outpatient Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, Ken is responsible for the daily operations and staff within the clinic.

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Gayl Talbert, RN, M.Ed, CPON

As Nurse Manager for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, Gayl manages the daily operations of the unit.

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John Valgus, PharmD, BCOP, CPP

As a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, John works with the interdisciplinary supportive care team which focuses on the treatment and prevention of the symptoms of cancer and cancer therapy.

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Meet Mary O’Dwyer

As Associate Director of the UNC Lineberger Clinical Protocol Office, Mary is responsible for regulatory compliance, personnel administration, and project management of the office's clinical research portfolio.

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Meet Ava Pettiford

As an Oncology Patient Coordinator, Ava is responsible for scheduling new patients for the Multidisciplinary Urologic Oncology program and ensures that each patient’s entire course of care is appropriately coordinated.

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Meet LuAnn Smith RN, BSN

As a Nurse Navigator for the Urologic Oncology Program, LuAnn coordinates care, ensuring that patients and families are equipped with the information and resources needed during their cancer journey.

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Meet Joan Kurczak, RN

As a Nurse Navigator for the Urologic Oncology Program, Joan maintains personal contact with patients in this program and assists them in coordinating their treatment and follow-up at UNC.

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Meet Lauria Themes

As an Oncology Patient Coordinator for the Urologic Oncology Program, Lauria provides assistance to new patients scheduling appointments.

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Meet Mary Dunn, NP-C, OCN

Mary Dunn is an adult oncology nurse practitioner in a multidisciplinary role with the Urologic Oncology Program. She works with four independent clinics and also runs the monthly Testicular Cancer Survivorship Clinic and the Von Hippel Lindau Center of Excellence.

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Michael Price, PhD

As a medical physicist in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Michael Price provides clinical service for high dose rate brachytherapy and other cancer treatments. He also teaches residents and conducts translational research to advance radiotherapy cancer treatment.

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Meet Susie Whorley

“I’m like a little private investigator trying to piece together a patient’s history so the doctor has complete information,” explains Susie. “Patients might not remember everything. They might have gone to six different hospitals in three states. Paper records, slides, tissue samples, scans, images. It’s my job to track all that down for the doctors. I’m a paper shuffler; we run the world, you know.”

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Meet Michelle Gardiner, PharmD

Michelle works in the Chemotherapy Hospital Infusion Pharmacy (CHIP) as a Clinical Central Pharmacist. Her primary role is to review chemotherapy orders and dispense chemotherapy for both outpatients and inpatients.

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Jean Sellers, RN, MSN

Since 2007, Jean has served as the Administrative Clinical Director of the UNC Cancer Network. She is directly responsible for the development and operations of state-wide patient navigation and partnership programs within North Carolina. She is also part of the Network’s Consultation Team working to help other organizations develop models of navigation within their community or healthcare system.

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Norma Fullwood Williams, BS

Norma is a program support coordinator with the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program.

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Alicia Friedman, RN

As the Quality Management, Related Donor, and FACT Coordinator for the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Alicia works with both staff and patients in different capacities. From revising program policies to ensuring compliance with the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) standards to educating and coordinating related donors through the donation process, she is there.

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Paula Stinson, RN, BSN, CPON

As a pediatric bone marrow transplant coordinator and certified pediatric oncology nurse, Paula's job is to provide patients and families with education regarding the transplant process and coordinate their appointments and tests to prepare for their transplant admission.

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Betty Hinshaw, RN, BSN, OCN, CHTC

As an Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator, Betty provides patients and families with education regarding the transplant process and coordinates their various appointments and tests to prepare for their transplant admission.

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Debbie Covington, RN, BSN, OCN, CHTC

As an Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator, Debbie's job is to provide patients and families with education regarding the transplant process and coordinate their appointments and tests to prepare for their transplant admission.

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Pat Odell, RN, BSN

As an Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator, Pat provides patients and families with education regarding the transplant process and coordinates their appointments and tests to prepare for their transplant admission.

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Lisa Cooper

As a Patient Coordinator III in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Lisa has a number of duties - she schedules new patient referrals from external and internal providers, gathers outside pathology and radiology, secures records for appointments and maintains templates.

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Wendy Quigley, RN

As an Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator, Wendy provides patients and families with education regarding the transplant process and coordinates their appointments and tests to prepare for their transplant admission. She also works closely with the adult transplant team and other members of the adult multidisciplinary team.

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Martha Tye, RN, BSN

As an Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator, Martha provides patients and families with education regarding the transplant process and coordinates their appointments and tests to prepare for their transplant admission. She also works closely with the adult transplant and adult multidisciplinary teams.

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Meet Pat Decator, RN, BSN, OCN

Pat is a Clinical Nurse IV in the Adult Hematology/Oncology Infusion clinic. She describes her role as one similar to an assistant manager.

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Kim Keller, RN, MSN, OCN

Kim is the Clinical Director of the Oncology Protocol Office. The office coordinates the management of clinical trials for oncology patients.

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John Collier, RN

John Collier, RN, is a clinical nurse IV for the outpatient clinics at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Ashley Farmer, RN, BSN, OCN

Ashley is a Clinical Nurse IV in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. She splits her time between administrative duties and staffing the inpatient unit.

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Summer Cheek, RN, BSN, OCN

As Nurse Manager of the Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Unit at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, Summer manages all of the inpatient staff and oversees the day to day operations of the unit.

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Ellen Cohen

Ellen is a regulatory associate in UNC Lineberger's Clinical Protocol Office. She ensures that the guidelines for conducting breast cancer clinical trials are followed.

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Dale Flowers, RN, OCN

Dale is a Clinical Research Coordinator - she manages clinical trials for patients who have head and neck cancer. She also manages some lung cancer clinical trials.

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Meet Rebecca Moore

Rebecca is a Patient Business Associate in the Radiation Oncology Department of the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Her job duties include checking in new patients, scheduling appointments for return patients, and serving as an information liaison for daily treatment patients.

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Meet Anne Dunlap, RN, BSN, OCN

As a Clinical Instructor and Lead Nurse Clinician in UNC's Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Anne teaches nurses, residents, and fellows best practices for taking care of oncology patients, especially regarding chemotherapy and its toxicities. She works with attending staff to help manage all aspects of care including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

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Kimberly Ann Wehner, DNP, FNP-BC

As an in-patient Bone Marrow Transplant nurse practitioner, Kimberly treats and supports patients receiving a transplant. She provides consolidation chemotherapy and helps manage acute chemo toxicity and transplant related complications and infections.

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Amber Essenmacher, PA-C, MMS

As a physician assistant in the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant program, Amber performs detailed and comprehensive medical evaluations on pre-transplant and post-transplant patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Erin Schmid

As a family nurse practitioner in UNC's Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Erin helps take care of patients both during and after a transplant.

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Lindsey Poppe, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Lindsey is a clinical manager in the Department of Pharmacy for the Oncology Service Line and Emergency Department Services.

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Laura Lyndon Miller

As a program coordinator with the Head and Neck Oncology Program, Laura schedules patient appointments and manages collection of medical records (such as pathology reports and scans).

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Meet Amy DePue, BS, RN, OCN

As a Nurse Navigator working with the UNC Breast Center, Amy offers critical support and guidance to patients.

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Belinda Gunn

As an administrative support specialist for the Adult Hematology Oncology Program, Belinda is the first point of contact for new patients.

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Evelyn Green

Evelyn is the Administrative Support Supervisor and Benign Hematology Program Coordinator for UNC Hospitals at Carolina Pointe II.

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Jennifer Fennell

As a patient coordinator with the Breast and Endocrine Oncology programs, Jennifer schedules and registers new patients, coordinates and transfers medical records, and ensures that radiology images, pathology slides and scans are in place at the time of each patient's visit.

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Inetha Cousin

As the Administrative Support Supervisor for the Breast, Thoracic and Malignant Hematology Programs, Inetha is the first point of contact for new patients.

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Meet Vickie Dowdy

Meet Vickie Dowdy, program coordinator for the Thoracic and Sarcoma groups at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Meet Carole Martz

Meet Carole H. Martz MSN, RN, AOCN, Nurse Navigator for the Skin Cancer and Melanoma Program.

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Meet Betsy Blanton

Nurse Navigator for the Hematology Oncology Program, Betsy B. Blanton, BSN, RN, works with breast cancer patients.

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Meet Tammy Allred

Tammy Allred, RN, OCN is a Nurse Navigator for the Sarcoma and Thoracic Oncology Programs at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Meet Hazel Hampton

Nurse Navigator for the Head and Neck Oncology Program, Hazel Hampton, RN, BSN, helps to coordinate a patient's care from diagnosis through their treatment plan.

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Meet Judy Maloney

Judith Maloney, BSN, RN, OCN, is a Nurse Navigator for the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the N.C. Cancer Hospital for 10 years and she recently celebrated her 15th anniversary as a nurse in the UNC system.

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Meet Jim McGowan

Jim McGowan, RN, BSN, is a Nurse Navigator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Program.

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Meet Jen Whitman

Jen Whitman, RN, BSN, OCN, is a Nurse Navigator at the Myeloma Program at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Meet Nancy Jensen

Nancy Jensen, RN, is a Nurse Navigator at the Head and Neck Oncology Program at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Meet Delma Armstrong

Delma Armstrong, BSN, RN, OCN, is a Nurse Navigator for the UNC Breast Center at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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Meet Michele Busshart

Michele Busshart RN, BSN, OCN, is the Nurse Manager of the Adult Oncology Clinic and Nurse Navigator Program at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

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