Meet Your Healthcare Team

The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center as part of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital seeks to prevent, treat, and cure cancers by linking scientific discovery, expert and compassionate patient care, quality education, and partnership with the community; guided by the principle of cura personalis, care for the whole person.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Mission Statement is to provide physical and spiritual comfort to our patients and families in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, caring for the whole person. MedStar Georgetown is an Academic Teaching Hospital. An Academic teaching hospital is a hospital that is affiliated with a medical school and provides medical education to students, interns, residents, and fellows.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Doctors

  • Attending physician/ Medical oncologist/hematologist- a physician who specializes in the medical treatment of cancer and non malignant blood disorders and supervises your care.
  • Radiation oncologist- a physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer using radiation.
  • Hematology/Oncology fellow- a physician who has completed residency and is specializing in oncology. Fellows care for patients under the supervision of the hematologist/oncologist.
  • Intern/resident- a physician in training who may provide some of your care under supervision of the medical oncologist.
  • Physiatrist- Cancer rehabilitation specialist

Nurses

  • Nurse practitioners- independent practitioners who work  in collaboration with your physician to provide care.
  • Nurse Navigator- a registered nurse who works to provide new patients with a seamless appointment process, ensuring that the physician and the team have all the necessary information to provide you with a streamlined first visit to assist with efficient treatment planning.
  • Clinical Nurse Coordinator- a registered nurse who specializes in the care of patients with cancer. The nurse coordinator’s main role is to perform patient teaching, coordinate care,  assist with symptom management and to triage calls outside of the clinic setting.
  • Infusion Nurse- a registered nurse specialized in the care of cancer patients and the administration of chemotherapy and other intravenous therapies.
  • Research Nurse- a registered nurse who specializes in the care and coordination of patients who are on clinical trials. This nurse serves to coordinate your care while you are enrolled in a clinical trial study.

Professional Support

  • Clinical social worker- provides emotional support and counseling as well as assist with adjustment to illness and benefit coordination.
  • Chaplain- offers spiritual support to patients and families of all faiths and beliefs.
  • Genetics counselor- provides cancer risk assessment and counseling.
  • Oncology dietitian- helps assess nutritional status and support during and after treatment.
  • Psychologist- works in conjunction with the oncology team to address the emotional well-being of patients and their families. Therapy may address issues such as distress, adjustment, anxiety, depression, family issues, and coping techniques.
  • Oncology pharmacist- prepares and dispenses medication and chemotherapy. Works closely with your physician and nursing team.

Other Members of Your Team

  • Patient Registration Associates
  • Outpatient Assistants
  • Certified Office Medical Assistants- assists with vital signs, escorts patients to exam rooms
  • Clinical Administrative Assistants

Patient Navigation

  • Prior to your New Patient Consultation, coordination of your visit will be performed by one of our specialized Nurse Navigators.

  • The Navigator will assist you in collecting information to ensure that your first visit runs smoothly. The Navigator will collect information such as: pathology reports, radiology and scan reports, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgical history and other treatment summary information (when applicable). The Navigator will work closely with your referring physician’s office to ensure that all pertinent information is available for your visit. This will assist your physician and team in making the most of your visit and providing you with a treatment plan for your particular diagnosis.

  • The Navigator will also assist in obtaining the most thorough medical history from you prior to your initial visit. This information will be made available to your physician in advance of your visit.