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:

Colorectal Surgery
Colorectal surgeons are general surgeons who have completed additional training in the surgical treatment of colon and rectal disorders, including cancer.

Practice: Hampton Roads Surgical Specialists

General Surgery
General Surgeons are physicians who specialize in surgery, including breast, abdomen and stomach surgeries.

Practice: Hampton Roads Surgical Specialist s

Practice: Gloucester Surgery

Practice: Riverside Shore Surgical Associates

Practice: Riverside Tappahannock Surgical Associates

Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Hawkins specializes in breast reconstructive surgery for mastectomy patients. He also specializes in skin cancer resection and reconstruction.

Practice: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic oncologists treat women with cancers of the pelvic and reproductive areas.

Practice: Riverside Gynecologic Oncology

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

Practice: Peninsula Cancer Institute

Practice: Riverside Shore Cancer Center in Nassawadox

Practice: Cancer Specialists of Tidewater

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

Practice: Hampton Roads Neurosurgical and Spine Specialists

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

Practice: Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians and Surgeons

Practice: Williamsburg ENT & Allergy Clinic

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

Practice: Radiation Oncology Specialists

Practice: Riverside Shore Cancer Center

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

Practice: Tidewater Thoracic and Cardiovascular

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

Practice: Hampton Roads Urology

Practice: Riverside Walter Reed Urology

Practice: Tappahannock Urological Center

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 Patient Navigator
  • Harolette Kelley, RN, BSN, OCN Colorectal and Digestive Cancers Patient Navigator
  • Elizabeth Carter, RN, BSN, OCN, Breast Cancer Patient Navigator
  • Francie Verniel, BS, RN, OCN Lung Cancer Patient Navigator
  • Jean Ames, Social Worker, Riverside Shore Cancer Center

Outreach and Education

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