Why did you go into cancer care?
I actually started out wanting to be a pediatric oncology nurse. So for the first three years of my nursing career, I worked in general peds and landed in Philadelphia (my husband was at Wharton at the time in grad school). I worked with a wonderful pediatric oncologist in the early 80s. When I moved back to Boston, there were limited job openings in peds so I ended up working with adults at the Sidney Farber Cancer Institute which eventually became DFCI, and the rest is history as they say! I eventually went back to graduate school and became a nurse practitioner and came back to Tufts Medical Center where I had started out as in the late 70’s.
What makes the Tufts Cancer Center special?
A medical colleague of mine once said that Tufts is made up of “humble overachievers.” It really is true. We are blessed to have a gifted staff and we strive to keep patients and their families at the heart of what we do every day. When you keep your eye focused on the patient, there are few missteps. I learn from my patients, their family members and my colleagues daily. I am humbled by the good works that transpire daily by many unsung heroes among us. There is a willingness to help, teach and mentor at all levels.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
My kids would tell you that I am a bit of a geek and a closet country music fan, though a singer in name only. My family is my greatest joy!