The benefits of a team approach to cancer treatment - coordinating your care within a group of medical professionals from different specialties who work together to plan and carry out your treatment - are well established through research studies and years of experience. For that reason, the Riverside Cancer Care team consists of numerous physician specialists and sub-specialists along with nurses and radiation therapists who are trained in cancer care.

Additionally, pain management specialists, nutritionists, social workers and counselors, as well as a wide range of other medical and allied health care professionals regularly meet to discuss treatments, personal and emotional needs, and any other aspects of care and support that the patient needs. The Riverside team includes specialists in the following areas of cancer treatment:

Cancer Surgery
Riverside Surgical Specialists

Colorectal Surgery
Colorectal surgeons are general surgeons who have completed additional training in the surgical treatment of colon and rectal disorders, including cancer:
Brian J. Billings, MD (office in Newport News)

Riverside Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 
Claude A. Hawkins, M.D. specializes in breast reconstructive surgery for mastectomy patients. He also specializes in skin cancer resection and reconstruction.

Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic oncologists treat women with cancers of the pelvic and reproductive areas.
William P. Irvin, M.D.
(office in Newport News)

Medical Oncology and Hematology
Medical oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the treatment of cancer with drugs.

Peninsula Cancer Institute

Riverside Shore Cancer Center (in Nassawadox):

Cancer Specialists of Tidewater

Radiation Oncology Specialists
A radiation oncologist is a physician specialist who uses radiation therapy to treat cancer.

Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeons are physicians who specialize in surgeries of the brain and spine, including cancers of these areas.

Hampton Roads Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists ( Otolaryngology )
ENT's are surgeons who specialize in treating problems of the ears, nose and throat, including cancers of the head and neck.

Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic surgeons are physicians who specialize in chest surgery, including lung cancer surgeries.

Riverside Tidewater Thoracic and Cardiovascular

Urology Specialists
Urologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of urological disorders, including treatment of bladder and prostate cancers.

Patient Navigation
Patient Navigators become a personal guide through the complexities of healthcare in general and cancer care in particular.

  • Mary Cleckler, RN, BS, OCN - Prostate Cancer 
  • Harolette Kelley, RN, BSN, OCN Colorectal and Digestive Cancers
  • Elizabeth Carter, RN, BSN, OCN, Breast Cancer
  • Francie Verniel, BS, RN, OCN Lung Cancer
  • Jean Ames, Social Worker (Riverside Shore Cancer Center)

Outreach and Education

  • Fran Holcomb, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse Educator