Hematology Oncology Care Team

Medical Oncology

Hematologist Oncologist

James N. Butera, MD, is a board-certified hematologist/oncologist who treats patients with blood disorders including bleeding and clotting problems, leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. He sees patients at the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital and the Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center in East Greenwich. He is a clinical associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Butera’s research findings have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and he is the site principal investigator at Lifespan for several chemotherapy studies. Among other honors, Dr. Butera has received the Brown University Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award multiple times and been named one of Rhode Island Monthly magazine’s Top Docs for several years.

Director of Women's Cancers, Lifespan Cancer Institute, Clinical Director, Gynecologic Medical Oncology and Director of Medical Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, is an oncologist who specializes in women's cancers. He is the director of women's cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute and director of medical oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. He is also a professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests are in novel treatments of women’s cancers and issues related to survivorship, particularly as they relate to sexual health after cancer for both men and women.

He is a prolific researcher and writer, and he has authored hundreds of publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters. He is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, SWOG cancer research network, and the National Consortium of Breast Cancers, of which he has served as both vice president and president. 

Laura Rachel Goldberg, MD

Adam Olszewski, MD is a board-certified clinical hematologist/oncologist and researcher with the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Olszewski is also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He previously served as a cancer committee chair member and clinical oncologist/hematologist at the Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Olszewski was also a physician director of outpatient infusion services at Kent County Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

Hematologist Oncologist
Adult Hematologist Oncologist
Associate Physician-in-Chief, The Miriam Hospital; Medical Director, Lifespan Cancer Institute

Robert Sokolic, MD, FACP, is a hematologist and oncologist at Lifespan Cancer Institute. He is a member of the sickle cell disease multidisciplinary team and specializes in primary disorders of bone marrow. His research interests include sickle cell disease and primary immunodeficiency diseases. His work has been published in many scientific journals and book chapters, including the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, Clinical Immunology Society, the American Society of Cell and Gene Therapy and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Patient Navigators

Bethany Cunningham, RN, OCN
Patient Navigator

Bethany Cunningham, RN, OCN, is a certified oncology nurse and a patient navigator. She is a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln, RI, and Purdue University Global. She works closely with the Lifespan Cancer Institute hematology team. Her role involves assisting hematology/oncology physicians, as well as helping patients and their families navigate the continuum of cancer care. She serves as co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at The Miriam Hospital.

Margot Murphy, RN
Patient Navigator

Margot Murphy, RN, is a certified patient navigator and a graduate of Concord Hospital School of Nursing in Concord, NH. She works closely with the Lifespan Cancer Institute breast cancer team, hematology team, and Fellows Clinic. Her role involves assisting patients and their families to guide them through the medical process and provide comfort and knowledge.