Our Team

 OHSU Breast cancer team

The doctors, nurses and other providers at OHSU’s breast cancer clinic are committed to giving you the best-possible outcome.

  • Our doctors meet weekly and at the clinic to combine expertise for each patient. Unlike at other hospitals, they go over your scans and test results together before your first appointment. When you meet them, they're already familiar with your case and prepared to discuss recommendations.
  • Our nurse navigator coordinates your appointments and serves as your guide through treatment.
  • Each of our providers has deep interest and expertise in treating patients with breast cancer. Our breast cancer surgeons all completed advanced training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the nation's top cancer hospitals.
  • Our care options include complementary medicine and survivorship services to ensure that your health and well-being are supported at every step.
Nurse navigator

Debra Harris, R.N., M.S.N., is our nurse navigator, arranging appointments and guiding patients through every step of breast cancer treatment. With more than 12 years’ experience in cancer care, she also trains other nurses in symptom management and chemotherapy. She completed her education at Yale School of Nursing.

Surgical oncology

Arpana Naik, M.D., is a surgical oncologist, researcher and medical director of the OHSU Breast Center. Her expertise includes nipple-sparing surgery and oncoplastic lumpectomies. Dr. Naik coordinates OHSU’s participation in multi-hospital clinical trials. She completed fellowships at the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Rodney Pommier, M.D., is a surgical oncologist whose focuses include breast, colorectal and pancreatic surgery. He researches breast cancer and other cancers. Dr. Pommier completed fellowships at OHSU and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

John Vetto, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a surgical oncologist and a founding member of OHSU’s breast program. He treats patients with breast cancer, melanoma and other cancers. His extensive research career includes more than 260 papers. He completed fellowships at the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Medical oncology

Kathleen Anne Kemmer, M.D., is a medical oncologist and hematologist who focuses on treating patients with breast cancer and with head and neck cancer. She is also a researcher with particular interest in breast cancer clinical trials. She completed a fellowship at OHSU.

Zahi Mitri, M.D., is a medical oncologist and researcher with a focus on breast cancer, hematology and early-phase clinical trials. He completed a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Michael Savin, M.D., is a medical oncologist and researcher as well as the Knight Cancer Institute’s clinical medical director. He is particularly interested in treating patients with breast cancer. As a researcher, he developed a breast cancer chemotherapy regimen. He completed a fellowship at the University of Washington.

Radiation therapy

Charlotte Dai Kubicky, M.D., Ph.D., is a radiation oncologist (a doctor who provides radiation therapy to treat cancer) and researcher. Her focuses include treating patients with breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and brain and spine tumors. She finished her training at the University of California at San Francisco.



Plastic surgery

Shiliang Chang, M.D., is a plastic surgeon whose focuses include breast reconstruction and microsurgery. She is particularly adept at breast reconstructions that use a patient’s own tissue. Dr. Chang completed her training at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Juliana Hansen, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a plastic surgeon and researcher who focuses on breast reconstructions and microsurgery for breast cancer patients. Her research interests include breast surgery outcomes. She completed her training at OHSU.

Reid Mueller, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a plastic surgeon and researcher whose interest areas include breast surgery, microsurgery and minimally invasive plastic surgery. His research interests include minimally invasive repairs of jaw and facial fractures. He completed a fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.


Medical genetics

Jone Sampson, M.D.Jone Sampson, M.D., specializes in medical genetics, with emphasis on cancer care and maternal-fetal medicine. Her research interests include clinical cancer genetics. She completed fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at OHSU.

Survivorship

Christine Kemp, N.P., is an expert in breast health. She meets with patients in Transitions, our breast cancer survivorship program. She also treats patients with benign (non-cancer) breast issues and does breast cancer risk assessment. She earned her master’s degree in nursing at Gonzaga University School of Nursing.

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