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Communications Department Contributors

Michael BullerMichael Buller is director of Content and Creative Services at Dana-Farber, and co-editor of Insight. He leads a team of creative professionals in developing communications and content about cancer research, care, prevention, and survivorship. Michael’s been a writer, editor and content producer for 25 years, a member of the Dana-Farber team for eight years, and a Dana-Farber patient for five years.

Chris ClearyChristine Cleary is an associate director of Client Management at Dana-Farber, and editor of our magazine Turning Point, which focuses on women’s cancers.

Naomi FunkhouserNaomi Funkhouser is the editor of Dana-Farber’s staff publication Inside the Institute. She supports strategic, multi-vehicle communications programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.

Robert Levy is a senior science writer and editor at Dana-Farber, covering research advances and topics of interest to staff and the general public.

Megan Riesz is a digital content producer at Dana-Farber. She is co-editor or our Insight blog.

Richard Saltus is a senior science writer and editor at Dana-Farber. He is a former science and medical writer for the Boston Globe and San Francisco Examiner, and he began his career at the Associated Press.

Eric Schuller is a senior managing editor at Dana-Farber. He has more than a decade of professional writing and editing experience in a diverse range of corporate and nonprofit industries. He helps create, write, and edit patient-focused materials, with the goal of helping those diagnosed with cancer better navigate their health care landscape.

Shannon WattersonShannon Watterson is co-editor of Insight. She writes and edits content for this blog, and is also editor of our E-bulletin for patients and family members. In addition, whe creates and develops contents for our patients and families, and works closely with our Young Adult Program (YAP).

Saul WisniaSaul Wisnia is a senior publications writer and editor who contributes to various print and online venues and is an authority on Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund history. He is the author of numerous books, including The Jimmy Fund of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which chronicles the unique relationship between the Boston Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund.


Other Dana-Farber Contributors

Clair J. Beard, MDClair J. Beard, MD, is an associate professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School, vice-chair of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology and director of the Testicular Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

Rameen BeroukhimRameen Beroukhim, MD, PhD, is a neuro-oncologist whose clinical interests are in somatic genetics of cancer, glioma and meningioma. His research focuses on understanding the heterogeneity observed across cancers through differences in their genomic profiles with a particular interest in the use of high-throughput sequencing technologies to profile large numbers of cancers.

Nancy BorstelmannNancy Borstelmann, LICSW, MPH, serves as Dana-Farber’s director of social work.

Richard BoyajianRichard Boyajian, RN, MS, ANP, is an oncology nurse practitioner in Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network.

Harold BursteinHarold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, is a medical oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Nancy CampbellNancy Campbell, MS, is an exercise physiologist who offers fitness consults and classes to cancer patients and survivors through Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program.

Bethany-Rose Daubman, MDBethany-Rose Daubman, MD, is a fellow in the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship, working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is interested in helping families making difficult health-care decisions, as well as international palliative care.

Laura DominiciLaura Dominici, MD, is a surgical oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and an instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Sarah Feldman, MD, MPHSarah Feldman, MD, MPH, is the director of Ambulatory Gynecologic Oncology and the Center for Preinvasive Disease of the Lower Genital Tract. She is also an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.

Rachel Freedman, MD, MPHRachel Freedman, MD, MPH, treats patients in the Breast Oncology Program at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. Her research focuses on disparities in breast cancer care and the care of older patients with breast cancer, and she is a member of the Cancer Care Equity Program at Dana-Farber, which seeks to end such disparities by reducing delays and obstacles to effective treatment. She also leads several clinical trials and is interested in developing novel treatments for breast cancer.

Robert Haddad, MDRobert Haddad, MD, is the disease center leader of the Head and Neck Oncology Program at Dana-Farber and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Stacy KennedyStacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, is a senior clinical nutritionist for Dana-Farber and a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.

 Ian E. Krop, MD, PhDIan E. Krop, MD, PhD, is a medical oncologist with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Breast Oncology Program and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Leslie LehmannLeslie E. Lehmann, MD, is the clinical director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.

Erica MayerErica Mayer, MD, MPH is a medical oncologist and clinical investigator in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. Her research focuses on novel therapies in the treatment of breast cancer.

Mark Pomerantz, MDMark Pomerantz, MD, is a medical oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is on faculty in the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology.

David ReardonDavid Reardon, MD, is the clinical director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber. His research interests include brain and spinal tumors, clinical trials in neuro-oncology, targeted therapies, anti-angiogenic treatments, immunotherapy and convection-enhanced delivery.

Julie Salinger, LICSWJulie Salinger, LICSW, is a social worker in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Breast Oncology Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, where she assists patients and their families with finding supportive resources and dealing with the emotional side of cancer. She also leads Facing Forward support seminars for breast cancer survivors.

Stephen Sallan, MDStephen Sallan, MD, is a senior pediatric oncologist at Dana-Farber/Chilrden’s Hospital Cancer Center and chief of staff emeritus at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.




David SteensmaDavid P. Steensma, MD, FACP, is a medical oncologist in Dana-Farber’s Hematologic Oncology Treatment Center.

Vish Viswanath, PhDVish Viswanath, PhD, is a professor of health communication in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard School of Public Health and McGraw-Patterson Center for Population Sciences.

Patrick WenPatrick Wen, MD, is a specialist in cancer of the brain and spinal cord and the director of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber. His research is focused on novel treatments of brain tumors, especially targeted molecular agents. His other clinical interests include neurologic complications of cancer.


Outside Contributors

Leonard AnsinLeonard Ansin is a software developer and prostate cancer survivor. He lives with his wife Jane in the Boston area.

Lyndsay McCafferyAmy Atwood is a writer, mom, daughter, sister, friend. Lover of travel, books, movies, music, water, photography, history and Boston sports. And now breast cancer survivor. She is also the Director, Global Oncology Public Relations for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and blogs about her cancer journey at

Lisa BelangerLisa Belanger was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 29, while completing her MBA at Boston University. She graduated from BU just four months after her diagnosis and currently works as a financial analyst. Outside of treatment, she enjoys exploring Boston and trying new restaurants. Lisa lives in Weymouth, Mass. with her boyfriend, Patrick.

James BondJames (Jim) Bond has been living with multiple myeloma for more than 20 years. He and his wife Kathleen live in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Kat CaverlyKat Caverly is a multi-media artist and bon vivant. She is a greeting card designer, photographer, animator, writer, and comic performer. You can see her in all of her glory on her blog ( and on H.UMORO.US (

Timothy J. CrowleyTimothy J. Crowley was born and raised in Holyoke, MA. He served as a Major in the USMC, is a former Secret Service Agent and presently works as a MA State Trooper. He is a husband to breast cancer survivor, Julie, and father to Jack and Kate. Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in June 2010, Tim underwent treatment at Dana Farber including an allogenic stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor.

Catherine GoffCatherine Goff is a Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer survivor, who was first diagnosed at the age of 21. She is dedicated to advocating for proper screening and education for other survivors to prevent or catch possible recurrences. Catherine lives in Dover, Mass., and enjoys spending time with her five children and raising money for cancer research and patient care.

Rosemary Fischer is a former employee and current patient at Dana-Farber.


Melanie GrahamMelanie Graham is a writer and editor, and former Dana-Farber Communications Department staffer.



Catherine MacLeanCatherine MacLean is a 13-year survivor of a bone marrow transplant for aplastic anemia. She currently works in health policy and delivery research, and in her spare time writes and advocates to bring a voice to the patient experience of serious illness and its aftermath. She also enjoys volunteering as a camp counselor, reading anything she can get her hands on, watching Parks and Recreation, and mini golfing with friends, among other adventures.

Gerardo J. MartinezGerardo J. Martinez is principal of the Schofield Elementary School in Wellesley, Mass., and a cancer survivor. He is a loving and playful father of a 4-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl. He is passionate about poetry and boxing.

Lyndsay McCafferyLyndsay McCaffery is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Billerica, Mass. She is a trained singer and actor with degrees in both Musical Theatre and Theatre Education.

Abby MorganAbby Morgan is an elementary school art teacher who was diagnosed with metastatic synovial sarcoma in 2013 at the age of 28. Between treatments, she loves to travel, hike, read, cook, garden, and practice her own art. A native Vermonter, she now lives in Stow, Mass., with her husband, dog, and two cats.

Patrick PalmerPatrick Palmer is currently on leave from his role as President and CEO of the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, Mass. As a former airline pilot, he enjoys golf, fishing, the North End and a good read. He is currently overseeing the fundraising efforts for the Angela & Patrick Palmer Research Fund for Brain Cancer.

Carolyn RidgeCarolyn Ridge was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 30. While her diagnosis initially interrupted her studies to become a nurse, she is reenrolling in nursing school at Simmons College in fall 2014. Carolyn lives in Natick, Mass., and is dedicated to advocating for other young adult patients at Dana-Farber and beyond.

Buck RogersBuck Rogers was born in Pittsburgh in 1954 and is a piano rebuilder and musician by trade. In remission from CLL for five years, he is now ready for the next battle. Buck lives in Medway, Mass.

Jane RoperJane Roper is the author of a memoir, Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins (St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and a novel, Eden Lake (Last Light Studio, 2011). She received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her writing has appeared on Salon, Babble, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus and elsewhere. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters. (Photo: Sharona Jacobs)

Timothy RourkeTimothy Rourke is the father of a young cancer survivor, former co-chair of Dana-Farber’s Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council, and works for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Tara ShumanTara Shuman is a wife, mother of two, and a  breast cancer survivor. She is the author of the book “Hope is a Good Breakfast” and blogs about her experience at

Sheldon SimonSheldon Simon is co-chair of the Men’s Collaborative to Cure Women’s Cancers. The group is currently planning its next fundraiser, The 2nd Annual Women’s Cancers Classic.

Sara Dickison TaylorSara Dickison Taylor is a co-chair of the Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.

Anne TonachelAnne Tonachel is a retired preschool teacher and longtime Dana-Farber volunteer. With her husband, Dick, she is also a host with Hospitality Homes, which provides free lodging to families traveling to the Boston area for treatment at 29 local hospitals and medical centers including Dana-Farber.

Kelley TuthillKelley Tuthill is a former reporter at WCVB TV Channel 5 in Boston and a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Dana-Farber. Tuthill poignantly shared her cancer journey with Channel 5 viewers and on-line users. The cameras followed her from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to life after cancer. She is also co-author of You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style.

Tom UlrichTom Ulrich is a former senior science writer in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Marketing and Communications Department.

Pam ZwemerPam Zwemer chairs the math department at the Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., and is a Dana-Farber patient.

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