Women's Cancer Services
Women's Cancer Services Clinical Team
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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. Dr. 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 and 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.
Dr. Bandera is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and gynecologic oncology. She served as director of robotic surgery at Women & Infants Hospital, and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopy.
Dr. 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.
Tarra Evans, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist in the Center for Gynecologic Cancer at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Evans is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and has expertise in the surgical and medical treatment of precancers and cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva, with a special interest in surgeries to alleviate cancer-related symptoms. She is fellowship trained in addressing complex cancer-related symptoms and completed the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Charu Taneja, MD, is an affiliated surgical oncologist in the High-Risk Breast Program at the Women's Medicine Collaborative. She is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi in New Delhi, India. Taneja completed a residency in surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the surgical oncology fellowship at Boston University.
Taneja is board certified in surgery. She has published many original research articles in the field of oncology and breast surgery.
Doreen Wiggins, MD, MHL, FACOG, FACS, is an affiliated physician at the Women's Medicine Collaborative. She is director of the Cancer Survivorship Medicine program and is an assistant clinical professor 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 earned a master’s degree in healthcare leadership from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Wiggins is a fellow of both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. She is the founder of Center for Obstetrics & Gynecology in Providence. Her areas of expertise are breast cancer surgery, gynecologic surgery, female cancer genetics, female sexuality and cancer survivorship.
Chanika Phornphutkul, MD, is the director of human genetics at Rhode Island and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She provides genetic risk assessment as well as counseling for patients with a family history of genetic disorders. She is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and biochemical genetics.
Dr. Phornphutkul received her medical degree from the Chiang Mai University School of Medicine in Thailand, and completed her residency at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She completed a fellowship at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and 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.
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.
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.
Amy Pilotte, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN is a nurse practitioner in the Women’s Cancer Survivorship Medicine Program and the High-Risk Breast Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received an undergraduate degree in health care administration at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and her master of science degree in nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
Her past clinical experience includes her role as a nurse practitioner in the Sarcoma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In addition to direct patient care, in collaboration with comprehensive care teams, a large focus of Amy’s role was on patient education, palliative care, pain management, emotional support and cancer survivorship.
Amy is a board certified adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Amy is also an advanced certified hospice and palliative nurse. Her clinical and research interests include optimizing quality of life and reducing suffering for patients and families affected by cancer.