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  • The Center for Gynecologic Cancers

    Christina A. Bandera

    Christina A. Bandera, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist and director of the Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. Bandera received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Bandera is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and gynecologic oncology. 

    She served as director of robotic surgery at Women & Infants Hospital. She is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopy. Bandera’s clinical expertise includes the medical and surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers arising from the uterus, ovary, cervix, vagina and vulva, as well as the treatment of molar pregnancies and conditions resulting in abnormal pap smears. She has a special interest in cancer prevention and minimally invasive cancer surgery, including robotic surgery.

    Shapter Anne Web

    Anne Shapter, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologic oncologist in the Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. 

    Shapter completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Shapter is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and gynecologic oncology. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She was an attending physician and senior surgeon in gynecologic oncology at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center and recently served there as a clinical preceptor.

    Shapter also served as a cancer liaison physician at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer; and a consulting staff surgeon for several hospitals and medical centers in New England through the Lahey Clinic Community Outreach Program. 

    Shapter is a recipient of the Lahey Clinic Patient Care Award, multiple patient choice awards, and the Tufts Medical Center Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. Her clinical interests include hereditary gynecologic malignancies, cancer in pregnancy, management of abnormal Pap smears in the age of HPV, and innovative therapies in gynecology.

    Mary Artery

    Mary Artery, ANP-BC, AOCN, is a nurse practitioner in gynecologic oncology in the Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island, and a master of science in health services from Northeastern University. She is certified in advanced oncology and in cancer survivorship, training and rehabilitation (STAR), as well as by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

    She has 15 years of experience working with oncology patients at Memorial, Massachusetts General, and Women & Infants hospitals. Her clinical subspecialties include breast disease and gynecologic oncology.

    Indira S. Smith, PA-C, MPH, MCMSc, is a physician assistant in the Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Smith graduated with a degree in biology from Springfield College, received a master of public health degree in epidemiology from Drexel University and earned her master of clinical medical science degree from Barry University.
    Smith is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is a member of the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants. Her clinical expertise includes oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiology. She has completed research concerning red blood cell transfusions in critically ill patients; asthma; Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

    Melanie Hill, RNC, MS, WHNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner in gynecologic oncology in the Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received her undergraduate degree from Providence College and a master of science in nursing with a specialty in women’s health from Boston College, where she was recognized for clinical excellence in her specialty concentration.
    Hill is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation. She has an appreciation of the unique concerns and needs of women across the lifespan and has cared for obstetric, gynecologic, and oncology patients at Women & Infants Hospital, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and in private practice. Her clinical subspecialties include gynecologic oncology, management of abnormal Pap smears, and therapies for menopause symptoms.

    Women's Cancer Survivorship Program

    Doreen Wiggins, MD, FACOG, FACS, is an affiliated physician at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is director of the Cancer Survivorship Medicine Program, and is a clinical assistant professor of surgery, and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island and her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She pursued further medical training at Women & Infants Hospital and completed a Society for Surgical Oncology Breast Disease fellowship, and an intensive course in cancer risk assessment at the City of Hope in Los Angeles, California. Wiggins is a fellow of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. She is the founder of the Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology in Providence. Her areas of expertise are breast cancer surgery, gynecologic surgery, female cancer genetics, female sexuality and cancer survivorship.

    Genetic Counseling

    Phornphutkul, Chanika MD

    Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, is an affiliated physician in the Cancer Survivorship Medicine Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She and her team of genetic counselors participate in the evaluation and genetic risk assessment as well as counseling for women with a personal or family history of genetic disorders. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is director of the division of human genetics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. 

    Phornphutkul completed her undergraduate and medical school degrees at the Chiang Mai University School of Medicine in Thailand, and did her postgraduate training at the University of Michigan, Brown University, and at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. 

    Her clinical and research interests focus on biochemical genetics (metabolic disorders), the application of genomic information in clinical medicine and newborn screening.