Melanoma Multidisciplinary Clinic Care Team

Medical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

Chief of Surgical Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital

Thomas Miner, MD, is chief of surgical oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. He is an associate professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an expert in gastric cancer surgery.

Dr. Miner's research interests include the use of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for cancers with diffuse involvement of the abdominal cavity.


Radiation Oncology

Chief of Brachytherapy Services

Yakub Puthawala, MD, is chief of brachytherapy services at Rhode Island Hospital and an associate clinical professor of radiation oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Puthawala is a board-certified radiation oncologist. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gujarat College and his medical degree from Municipal Medical College, both in Ahmedabad, India. He completed his fellowship training in radiation oncology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his residency training in radiation oncology at University Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His areas of clinical expertise include intraoperative radiation therapy, gynecologic and head and neck oncology, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). He is an adjunct associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Oncologist-in-Chief, Radiation Oncology

David Wazer, MD, is director of the Lifespan Cancer Institute of Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals as well as radiation oncologist-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital. He is professor and chairman of the departments of radiation oncology at both The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wazer is an internationally recognized expert in the application of new technology in the field of radiation oncology. He has published more than 200 scientific articles, written several books, and is also editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology. Wazer earned his medical degree (with honors) from the New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, and also completed a research fellowship in neurochemistry at New York University. Dr. Wazer obtained his clinical training in internal medicine at Brown University and in radiation oncology at Tufts University. His clinical research interests include the study of the efficacy, toxicity, and cost/utility analysis of image-guided radiation therapy, partial breast irradiation, electronic brachytherapy and hyperthermia. He is actively involved in the development of clinical trials for cancers of the breast, skin, gastrointestinal tract and lung.

Dr. Wazer is a fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American College of Radiation Oncology and a member of the Radiation Research Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the American Radium Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Brachytherapy Society.

Patient Navigator

Esther Llanos
Patient Navigator

Esther Llanos is a bilingual, certified patient navigator. She brings many years of experience to her role. Understanding a patient's individual cultural and socioeconomic needs allows her to personalize the guidance she provides. She works with the breast cancer and melanoma teams.