Women's Health Services Team at Rhode Island Hospital

Our team partners with the region’s leading experts in women’s health. In addition to the multidisciplinary Women’s Medicine Collaborative, we are closely affiliated with Lifespan Physician Group, Inc. – Obstetrics & Gynecology, the state’s largest obstetrics and gynecology practice. We value collaboration with each patient’s obstetrician, primary care or other referring provider, and strive to keep them informed and involved, assuring a smooth transition after discharge.

Leadership Team

Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

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.

Associate Chief of OBGYN Services

Meera Varma Simões, MD, FACOG is associate chief of OBGYN services and an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. After earning her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Dr. Simões completed her residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.

Dr. Simões is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Her clinical interests include adolescent gynecology and abnormal Pap smears.

Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecology

W. Scott Walker, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Dr. Walker completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Walker's areas of interest are da Vinci robot-assisted surgery, advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, and obstetrics. He is fluent in Spanish.

Kathleen Fava, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC
Kerri Kern, RN, BSN
Clinical Manager, Women’s Medicine Inpatient Unit, Rhode Island Hospital

Team Partners

Multidisciplinary Obstetric Medicine Service

Attending Physician

Courtney Bilodeau, MD, FACP, CLC, is an attending physician in obstetric medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a certified lactation counselor. Her clinical and research interests include breastfeeding, evidence-based complementary medicine, and peripartum management of chronic medical conditions from preconception through postpartum.

Dr. Bilodeau received her medical degree from Chicago Medical School, completed her residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed a fellowship in obstetric and consultative medicine at Women & Infants Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Rhode Island Medical Society, the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine, the International Society of Obstetric Medicine, and The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Attending Physician

Ghada Bourjeily, MD, is an attending physician in pulmonary services and obstetric medicine and director of research and training at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Bourjeily trained in pulmonary, critical care and sleep divisions at Case Western Reserve University and Yale University.

Dr. Bourjeily is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, past chair of the Women’s Health Network steering committee of the American College of Chest Physicians, past president for the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine and serves on various national and international professional societies' committees.

Dr. Bourjeily's expertise is in lung disease and sleep disordered breathing in pregnancy. Her research interests focus on understanding sleep disordered breathing in pregnant women.

Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Marshall Carpenter, MD, is medical director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Dr. Carpenter is board certified in maternal fetal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He received his training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at Yale University. He served as director of maternal fetal medicine at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital for 18 years, before opening the Providence-based practice, Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Gastroenterologist

Colleen Kelly, MD, FACG, is a gastroenterologist with Lifespan Physician Group Gastroenterology at its East Providence location and at the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Medicine. She is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a faculty member in the fellowship pathway in women’s gastrointestinal diseases at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, completed a residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Kelly has been an active participant in the Rhode Island Pelvic Floor Network and led the irritable bowel syndrome and motility effort at Women & Infants Hospital before moving to Lifespan. She is nationally recognized in the field of gut flora and its implication in recurrent C. difficile infection. The focus of her research and clinical practice is fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) and she has assisted many physicians and institutions in developing FMT protocols.

Dr. Kelly has authored a number of papers and abstracts on the subject and was a member of a working group that drafted a best-practices article for treating C. difficile infection with FMT, published in 2011. Dr. Kelly is a principal investigator for the first US clinical trial of FMT to treat relapsing C. difficile infection, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She is on the board of advisors of the Fecal Transplant Foundation. Dr. Kelly is board certified in gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include fecal transplantation, treatment of C. difficile, chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal motility disorders common in women, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Areas of expertise include C. difficile treatment, fecal transplantation, inflammatory bowel diseases, and women’s health.

Director of Obstetric Medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Lucia Larson, MD, FACP ia a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the director of obstetric medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an associate professor of medicine and division director of obstetric medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received a medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors, and completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals.

Dr. Larson completed a fellowship in obstetric and consultative medicine at Women & Infants Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Larson is past president of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine. In addition, she is a board-certified obesity medicine physician. Her clinical and research interests include medical problems in pregnancy, including thromboembolic disease, preeclampsia, cardiac disorders, and diabetes, as well as obesity and lifestyle modification.

Obstetrician

Niharika Mehta, MD is an attending physician in obstetric medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative and an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Mehta received her medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York; and completed her fellowship in obstetric and consultative medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and Brown University.

She is a member of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine, American Medical Association, Society of General Internal Medicine, and the International Society of Obstetric Medicine.

Dr. Mehta’s clinical and research areas of interest include cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, severe maternal morbidity, thyroid disease in pregnancy and hematologic disorders in pregnancy.

She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Chief, Women’s Medicine, Lifespan Physician Group and Director, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Margaret Miller, MD, FACP, is Chief of Women’s Medicine for Lifespan Physician Group (LPG) and Medical Director of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is an associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Miller received a medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her residency in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of Rhode Island, and is past president of the North American Society of Obstetric Medicine.

She is board certified in internal medicine. Her clinical and research interests include lifestyle medicine, lifestyle factors and pregnancy outcomes, the link between pregnancy complications and long term health, and models of care delivery.

Psychiatrist

Carmen Monzon, MD is a psychiatrist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Monzon received a medical degree from National University Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and completed a residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Monzon is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She is the 2013 recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Alpert Medical School. Her clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry, oncology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Services

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Rosa H. Bermudez Emmanuelli, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group-Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Bermudez Emmanuelli is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Her area of interest is general obstetrics and gynecology. She speaks English and Spanish.

Gynecologist

Debra Brendel, MD, NCMP, FACOG is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Brendel graduated from Providence College before receiving her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completing her residency at Women & Infants Hospital.

Dr. Brendel is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Rhode Island Medical Society. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) as a nationally certified menopause provider. Her areas of interest include perimenopause, menopause and bone health.

Dr. Brendel cares for gynecology patients and patients in the Menopause Consultation Program.

Gynecologist

Lindsay Clark Donat, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Pelvic Pain Program team. Dr. Clark Donat received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.  

She completed the Brown-Dartmouth medical program and earned her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital. She completed a two-year fellowship program in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Yale University. 

Dr. Clark Donat’s clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy, surgical treatment of fibroids, and the management of endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. 

Dr. Clark Donat cares for gynecology patients and patients in the Pelvic Pain Program.

Director of the Menopause Consultation Program

Mary Catherine DeRosa, MD, FACOG, NCMP, CCD is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Menopause Consultation Program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She is a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her areas of interest include menopause and sexuality.

Dr. DeRosa has more than 30 years of experience in women’s health and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) as a nationally certified menopause provider, and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry as a certified clinical densitometrist.

In 2002, Dr. DeRosa founded The Independent Woman, a single specialty gynecology practice in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Dr. DeRosa received a medical degree from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, New York, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.

Dr. DeRosa cares for gynecology patients and patients in the Menopause Consultation Program.

Gynecologist

Paula DeYoung, MD, FACOG is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital. 

Dr. DeYoung is a clinical instructor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, as well as a fellow in the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. 

Dr. DeYoung's clinical interests include HPV screening and counseling, vulvar/cervical disease, care of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, and management of abnormal uterine bleeding.

Director, Pelvic Pain Program

Sarah Fox, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Pelvic Pain Program. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Fox received a medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Brunswick, NJ, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Allegheny General Hospital-Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

She completed a fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic floor dysfunction at St. George’s Hospital at the University of London in England. She is a board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a member of the board of directors and past president of the International Pelvic Pain Society and has been treating pelvic pain since 2000. Dr. Fox is a member of the board of directors of the North American Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of gender studies at Brown University and teaches an undergraduate course: "Reproductive Health: Science and Politics."

Dr. Fox cares for gynecology patients and patients in the Pelvic Pain Program.

Her clinical interests include chronic pelvic pain, resident education, family planning, cervical cancer screening, and general gynecology.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Debra Goldman, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group-Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goldman graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biopsychology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She received a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants’ Hospital and Brown University Medical School. Dr. Goldman is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; and a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her areas of clinical interest include normal and high-risk obstetrics, minimally invasive in-office procedures, menopausal health, and general gynecology and surgery. 

Nicole Heig, MSN, CNM
Rachel Johanson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC
Certified Nurse Midwife

Rachel Johanson, MSN, CNM, WHNP is a certified nurse midwife with Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, and received a bachelor of science in nursing degree and her master’s degree with a nurse-midwifery specialty from the University of Utah as well.

She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Her particular areas of interest include preventative medicine, health promotion and wellness strategies, and screening and care of sexually transmitted infections. Rachel is fluent in Spanish.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Annmarie Jurczak, MD, FACOG is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at North Shore University Hospital in New York.

Dr. Jurczak is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Erin Kunkel, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kunkel graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and earned a certificate in premedical studies from Columbia University in New York. She received her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, where she was administrative chief resident in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.

During her medical training, Dr. Kunkel completed an elective resident rotation focused on both antepartum care and gynecologic surgery in Lima, Peru at the Hospital San Bartolome, as well as a summer in Ecuador as a member of Child Family Health International, taking part in their Amazon Community Health Program. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Her areas of interest include women’s health, colposcopy, gynecologic surgery, yoga and holistic health.

She speaks English and Spanish.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Nayana Manjunath, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and clinical instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Manjunath received her medical degree at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India and completed her residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and her areas of interest are high-risk obstetrics and abnormal Pap smears.

Dr. Manjunath is fluent in English, Hindi and Kannada.

Brittany (Fraser) Marden, PA
Physician Assistant

Brittany (Fraser) Marden, MSPAS, PA-C, is a physician assistant at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Marden received a master’s of science degree in physician assistant studies from Johnson & Wales University, Center for Physician Assistant Studies in Rhode Island. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Rhode Island Academy of Physician Assistants, and helped to establish the Johnson & Wales Physician Assistant Student Society, a nationally recognized organization through the AAPA. Marden was inducted into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Her areas of particular clinical interest include preventive medicine, women’s health issues, and patient education.

Megan Morris, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Megan Morris, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, is a certified nurse midwife with Lifespan Physician Group-Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to her labor support experience, she has worked as a birth doula and breastfeeding educator. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Megan’s areas of interest include physiologic birth, family planning, and LGBTQ+ health.

Maureen Morrow, MSN, CNM, MPH
Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Nwamaka Mary-Anne Onwugbenu, MD is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. Dr. Onwugbenu earned her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Onwugbenu is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical interests include abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, minimally invasive surgery and general obstetrics.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Adrienne Perry, MD, FACOG is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Perry graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital.

She is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Her research interests include high-risk obstetrics and abnormal bleeding.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Rebecca Randall, MD, FACOG is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Randall graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, before receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital.

Dr. Randall is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a member of the American Medical Associates and the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.

Dr. Randall is interested in comprehensive ob-gyn care. She speaks some Spanish and French.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Rajendrasinh Rathod, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Rathod graduated from the Gujarat University and received his medical degree from Gujarat University, B.J. Medical College and Civil Hospital. He completed his residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Virginia. Prior to joining Lifespan Physician Group, he was the vice director of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania. He also served as clinical assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at University of Pittsburgh Medical School and adjunct clinical assistant professor at Lake Erie School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rathod is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and his areas of interest include preeclampsia, preterm labor, and abnormal uterine bleeding.

He speaks English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.

Chelsea Shea, CNM, WHNP-BC, CLC
Cynthia Siegel, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Cynthia Siegel, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, is a certified nurse midwife with Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island and received her graduate training at Yale University School of Nursing.

In addition to her many years of experience as a midwife, she is an International Board Certified lactation consultant and served as the education director of Midwives for Haiti. Cynthia is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Cynthia’s interests include normal physiologic birth, lactation support and teen health care.

Associate Chief of OBGYN Services

Meera Varma Simões, MD, FACOG is associate chief of OBGYN services and an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron. After earning her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Dr. Simões completed her residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.

Dr. Simões is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Her clinical interests include adolescent gynecology and abnormal Pap smears.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Michele Style, DO, is a doctor of osteopathic medicine at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the co-founder of the Pride Clinic at Albert Einstein Medical Center, a multidisciplinary program for LGBTQ health. Her clinical interests include comprehensive obstetrics and gynecologic care and LGBTQ health care. Dr. Style is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Jessica Torres, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Torres received her medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Torres completed a Harrison fellowship in at the Gandaki Medical College in Pokhara, Nepal.

Dr. Torres is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her areas of clinical interest include abnormal uterine bleeding, holistic women's health, high-risk obstetrics, and the history of medicine.

Gynecologist

Benjamin Vogel, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Vogel graduated from Dartmouth College before receiving his medical degree from the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center. He completed his residency at Women & Infants Hospital.

Dr. Vogel is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Cynthia Voytas, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Cynthia Voytas, MSN, CNM, is a certified nurse midwife with Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin and nursing degree at the Community College of RI. Cindy received her masters degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Cindy is a certified lactation counselor. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and serves as the current president of the RI Affiliate of the ACNM. Cindy's interests include breastfeeding support, family planning, contraceptive counseling, management of menopause, and supporting natural childbirth. She is fluent in English and German.

Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecology

W. Scott Walker, MD, FACOG, is a gynecologist at Lifespan Physician Group, Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. A clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, he graduated from Harvard University and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Dr. Walker completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Walker's areas of interest are da Vinci robot-assisted surgery, advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, and obstetrics. He is fluent in Spanish.

Camille Williams, MSN, CNM

Cancer Services

Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

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.

Mary Artery, ANP-BC, AOCN
Gynecologic Oncologist

Tarra Evans, MD. is a gynecologic oncologist at The Center for Gynecologic Cancers at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Dr. Evans completed her specialty surgical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Evans is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Dr. Evans 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 treat and alleviate cancer-related symptoms. In addition to surgical management of gynecologic cancers, Dr. Evans also has expertise in treating complex cancer-related symptoms and completed the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Kathleen Fava, MS, APRN, ACNP-BC
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. 

Melanie Hill, RNC, MS, WHNP-BC
Oncologist

Mary L. Lopresti, DO, is an oncologist who specializes in breast and gynecological cancers at Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan Cancer Institute. She serves as assistant professor of hematology oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is also an assistant program director of the Brown University hematology oncology fellowship program.

Dr. Lopresti is currently involved in breast cancer research studies at Brown University and Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Her  work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, books and book chapters. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical 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.

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.

Clinical Director, Women’s Medical Oncology at The Miriam Hospital

Lifespan Breast Program

Director, Cancer Survivorship Program

Doreen Wiggins, MD, MHL, FACOG, FACS, is a surgical oncologist at Brown Surgical Associates, Inc. She 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.

Clinical Director, Women’s Medical Oncology at The Miriam Hospital
Clinical Director, Breast Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital

Mary Ann Fenton, MD, FACP is an oncologist at the Lifespan Cancer Institute and a clinical associate professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her specialty area is the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Director, Breast Cancer Center of the Lifespan Cancer Institute
Medical Director Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging
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.

Surgical Oncologist

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.

Radiation Oncology

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.

Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology

Thomas DiPetrillo, MD, is clinical director of radiation oncology at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is a leading authority on a variety of radiation treatments for cancer, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. DiPetrillo is a pioneer in the use of IMRT, a noninvasive procedure that allows physicians to pinpoint delivery of radiation therapy, resulting in better tumor control with less toxicity. He is also an expert in the use of HDR brachytherapy, a treatment that involves the use of a robotic arm to deliver a radioactive “seed” to a tumor. 

DiPetrillo is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency at New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center). He is an associate professor of radiation oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Jaroslaw T. Hepel, MD, serves as director of stereotactic radiosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital and as an assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He also serves as associate director of the Tufts-Affiliated Hospitals Residency Training Program in Radiation Oncology. He is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. Hepel received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester. He completed internal medicine residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, and then went on to complete residency in the specialty of radiation oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. 

Hepel has broad experience and knowledge, and is active in caring for patients with a wide range of malignant diseases. However, he holds a particular interest and clinical expertise in the treatment of breast cancer and in stereotactic radiosurgery/radiotherapy for diseases involving the lung, brain, spine, liver and other sites. He is not only very active in the clinic but also has a keen academic interest in these areas. He has published several book chapters and multiple scientific papers, and has regularly presented his work at national meetings. Through his academic work, he strives to improve treatment outcomes for patients not only in regard to achieving higher cure rates but also to minimizing treatment side effects.

Radiation Oncologist

Timothy J. Kinsella, MD, is an internationally recognized radiation oncologist and a research scholar professor of radiation oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Kinsella received his undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY; a master’s degree with honors from Brown University; and both his master of science in radiation biology and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, fellowship training in medical oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, and his residency training in radiation oncology at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. He was a fellow of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Kinsella has been editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Radiation Oncology and editorial board member of eight other journals. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology. His areas of clinical expertise include the treatment of bone and soft tissue sarcomas, brain tumors, lymphomas, gastrointestinal cancers and pediatric cancers. He has laboratory expertise in the development of intraoperative radiotherapy, radiation sensitizing drugs and small molecules that modify DNA repair processing of radiation damage.

Radiation Oncologist

Kara Leonard, MD, is a radiation oncologist at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of radiation oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Leonard received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Columbia University in New York, her master of science from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Albany Medical Center, followed by a residency in radiation oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She specializes in treating breast, gastrointestinal, and head and neck cancers. She is a member of several national honor societies, including Alpha Omega Alpha and Psi Chi.

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.

Plastic Surgery/Breast Reconstruction

Chief of Plastic Surgery

Paul Liu, MD is chief of plastic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and a professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He most recently served as chief of surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center.

His research interests include the use of genetics to speed healing and developing new therapeutics for problem wounds.

A Marshall Scholar at University College in Oxford, England, Liu went on to receive his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he also served as senior/chief resident in plastic surgery and completed his research fellowship. Liu was a Boettcher Foundation Scholar and a finalist in the Rhodes Scholar competition. He earned the Outstanding Mentor in Plastic Surgery award and the Gordon Fellowship, both at the Lahey Clinic.

Attending - Department of Plastic Surgery

Reena Anjalie Bhatt, MD specializes in plastic surgery, with a focus on hand surgery within the department of plastic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital. She is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Bhatt received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Dr. Bhatt completed her residency in plastic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence and a fellowship in hand surgery and microsurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Shriners Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University in Boston.

Rachel Sullivan, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Sullivan earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery training at Rhode Island Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, followed by fellowship training in advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

Although Dr. Sullivan has a particular interest in breast reconstruction after mastectomy, she enjoys performing the full spectrum of plastic surgery, including body contouring, aesthetic breast surgery, and non-surgical facial rejuvenation using laser therapy, BOTOX and Dysport, and dermal fillers.

She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.