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 subspecialists 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.

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Medical oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the treatment of cancer with medicines such as chemotherapy, hormones and other therapies. Riverside medical oncologists work with a comprehensive team of specialists to coordinate individualized care for each patient.

Peninsula Cancer Institute:

Riverside Shore Cancer Center:

Cancer Specialists of Tidewater:

Tappahannock Cancer Care Center:

Radiation Oncology

A physician who specializes in radiation oncology uses radiation therapy to treat cancer.

Surgical Oncology

A physician who practices surgical oncology performs surgery to diagnose, stage and treat cancer.

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

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

Gynecologic Oncology
Physicians who specialize in gynecologic oncology treat women with cancers of the pelvic and reproductive areas.

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. See also Riverside Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

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

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

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 health care in general and cancer care in particular.

  • Jean Ames, Social Worker - Riverside Shore Cancer Center
  • Mary Cleckler, BS, RN, OCN - Prostate Cancer Program
  • Amy Grant, RN, OCN - Colorectal & Digestive Cancer Program 
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, BSN, RN, OCN - Breast Cancer Program
  • Ann Marie Simmons, RN, BSN, OCN
  • Francie Verniel, BS, RN, OCN - Lung Cancer Program

Outreach and Education

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