Sara Beltrán Ponce, MD
Chair and Treasurer
Medical College of Wisconsin
Sara Beltrán Ponce is a PGY-5 radiation oncology resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for her undergraduate degree and the Medical College of Wisconsin for her MD. She is a proud mama to two sweet babies and a powerful advocate for transparency surrounding parenthood and parental leave in medical training. She has strong interests in cancer disparities research, community engagement, and medical education, particularly mentoring women and UIM interested in careers in radiation oncology. Additionally, she serves on the ARRO Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee and is passionate about DEI in radiation oncology. She is excited to work with other SWRO members to promote and advance issues important to women and gender minorities within our field.
Claire Baniel, MD
Stanford, Palo Alto, CaliforniaShe/Her/Hers
Claire Baniel is a PGY-4 at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. She also serves as Health Equity Chair for the Stanford Resident Safety Council. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended Michigan State University where she attained baccalaureate degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology with a specialization in Health Promotion. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2020, and had the opportunity to complete a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship studying endogenous antibody responses following combination radiation and immunotherapy treatment. She completed her medicine internship at St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, California, where during the ongoing covid pandemic she developed a passion for and came across many opportunities for patient advocacy. She served as the resident representative on the St Mary’s Ethics Committee, and is interested in helping patients navigate complex goals of care discussions and advanced care planning. As SWRO Vice-Chair, Claire has spearheaded The SWRO Consensus Statement on Family and Medical Leave published in the IJROBP, she is passionate about improving the well-being of physicians and increasing the presence of underrepresented groups in medicine through medical education, delivering care with compassion and kindness, and above all serving as a fierce advocate for all patients.
Christina Small, MD, MPH
Events & Outreach Chair
Medical College of Wisconsin
Christina Small is a PGY-5 radiation oncology resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She attended undergrad at the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, obtained a Masters of Public Health at Loyola University Chicago, and completed medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She is passionate about cervical cancer disparities and outcomes research, gender equity, and global health. She is excited to join the SWRO executive committee as the Events & Outreach Chair and bring together gender minorities in radiation oncology to connect and collaborate with one another.
Danielle Cerbon, MD
University of Miami, Florida
Danielle Cerbon is a PGY-4 resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also serves on the ACRO Communications Subcommittee and is an intern for the RTOG Communications Committee. She grew up in Mexico City, where she completed medical school at Universidad Anahuac School of Medicine, graduating in October 2018. She then moved to America to join the George/HBOC lab at the University of Miami as a research fellow to study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in underrepresented populations and then completed her Intern year in the general surgery program at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
As the first female doctor in her family, her dreams of pursuing a career in oncology as an IMG were possible thanks to her female mentors who guided and sponsored her throughout the process. Now, as chair of the SWRO communications committee, she is passionate about increasing the representation of underrepresented communities in our field. Her goal is to provide a platform to connect female and gender minority radiation oncologists and physicists with one another and is excited to feature all the talents that our field harbors, with the purpose of helping each other grow and succeed.
Katarina Nguyen, MD
Mentorship Chair, Residents
University of Rochester, NY
Katarina Nguyen is a PGY-4 Radiation Oncology Resident at University of Rochester. She earned a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University graduating in 3 years with Departmental Honors and worked for a year as a Research Coordinator and Technologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her MD at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she received a full academic scholarship and earned a Path of Distinction in Research. Having been born and raised in Seattle, Washington, then moving to Baltimore then Madison, she continues to enjoy making her way around the country, now in upstate New York. Her hobbies include various sports, hiking, eating, music festivals, and mentoring others. She has also earned the titles of Miss Washington Earth (2016), Miss Madison-Capital City (2017-2018) and Miss Vietfest United States (2015) which have allowed her unique opportunities including visiting the White House, speaking to Mayor Bowser in DC and advocating for gender equity, and creating mentorship programs through her leadership positions to inspire the future generations. She is excited to serve on SWRO Executive Committee to foster successful women and gender minorities in the field of Radiation Oncology.
Winnie Wong, MD
Mentorship Chair, Attendings
Winnifred (Winnie) Wong, D.O., attended Boston University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a major in French language and literature, a minor in Mandarin Chinese, and pre-med. She then served as an active duty Logistics Readiness Officer at Eielson AFB AK for a little over two years. She then attended Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ, graduating 2008. She did a preliminary transitional intern year at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, and then did her radiation oncology residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA, serving as Chief Resident 2012-2013, and graduating in 2013. She was the recipient of the Roger E. Moe Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Fellowship her last year of residency, with a focus on the role of radiotherapy for patients with certain stages of disease who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy and mastectomy. She was a staff physician and community outreach coordinator for the hospital cancer committee at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, TX 2013-2017, then transferred to David Grant Medical Center at Travis AFB CA, where she is now the Joint Radiation Oncology Clinic Director, and the chair of the hospital cancer committee and the lead for all tumor board CME. She is currently completing a medical acupuncture course to enhance her medical practice and the lives of her patients. She has a focus on screening, education, and prevention, and enjoys spending time in the amazing northern California outdoors with her two dogs, Melly and Norman.
Rebecca Krc, DO
University of Maryland
Rebecca Krc (pronounced “Kerch”) is a PGY-5 Radiation Oncology resident at University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry in Arkansas. She graduated medical school in 2018 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her Intern Year in Kansas City, MO in 2019.
With much support from female mentors throughout her training, she is excited to serve as the SWRO membership chair to foster similar relationships among women in the field both across the country and internationally. She has a passion for and interest in access to care for underserved patient populations, and hopes to help advocate for women in the field as well as seek improvements in work life balance.
Taylor Jones Corriher, MD, MBA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Taylor is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is originally from Virginia and completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University. After working as a healthcare consultant, she completed medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and also received her MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Taylor is passionate about improving efficiency in healthcare delivery to increase access to cancer care. Through SWRO, she is excited to amplify the voices of women in the field of radiation oncology and to increase awareness of disparities within the field as they relate to both patients and healthcare providers.
Dasha Klebaner, MD, MPH
Advocacy Chair - Physician
Stanford, Palo Alto, California
Daniella "Dasha" Klebaner is a PGY-2 at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. She went to medical school at UCSD in San Diego where she was lucky to connect with incredible clinical and research mentors who introduced her to rad onc. Prior to that, she received her MPH focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics at Emory University; during her time there, she interned with the CDC in Belize and conducted research in statistical genetics and cancer epidemiology in Denmark. Dasha is interested in translational and computational research, health policy, and economics with a focus on equity, and advocating for medical education reform.
Maryam Mashayekhi, PhD
Advocacy Chair - Physics
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Maryam Mashayekhi is a senior medical physics resident at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She is originally from Iran, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physics. She then moved to USA in 2013 and completed her PhD, postdoc and (almost!) residency since then.
She is honored to serve as SWRO’s physics advocacy chair to bring medical and physics arms together. She has a strong passion for advocating for underrepresented groups, as well as patient education and advocacy.
Joy Ogunmuyiwa, MD, MPH
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chair
New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Joy Ogunmuyiwa is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She is also a Junior Member of the ARRO Executive Committee and Global Health Subcommittee. Joy is a Dallas, Texas native and her family hails from Nigeria. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University where she studied biology and global health. She received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Prior to residency, she completed her Masters in Public Health at Harvard University where her work focused on the social and behavioral determinants of health, the widening inequality within the global health architecture, and designing equitable responses to global health challenges. Her research interests are primarily in health disparities and treatment outcomes, access to tertiary healthcare in low-income and resource-poor settings, as well as the design, implementation, and review of evidence-based health systems and interventions.
Amanda (Amy) Khan, MSc, MD, PhD
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Chair
Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Amanda (Amy) Khan is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada whose RO department is located at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Medical Biophysics at Western University and then graduated from the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto. Originally born in Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda immigrated to Canada and settled in Toronto where she lived in Rexdale. Here, she saw first-hand the role that socioeconomic factors and ethnicity plays in experiencing systemic barriers to entry to higher degree/professional programs. To this end, she helped expand the Community of Support at the University of Toronto’s Medical School which is a longitudinal program that supports students who are Indigenous, Black, Filipino, economically disadvantaged, or who self-identify with having a disability apply to medical school through mentorship, enrichment and leadership opportunities. Amanda is now excited to develop and implement strategic plans and calls to action to increase the diversity of residents and staff in the field of radiation oncology to foster an inclusive and safe environment that celebrates all ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identities.
Phylicia Gawu, DO
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vice Chair
Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City
Phylicia Gawu is a PGY-3 resident at Oklahoma University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University and obtained her medical degree from William Carey University College of Osteopathic medicine. Though she was originally born and raised in Ghana, she has lived in several places across the United States; providing insight to the impact of under resourced and under representation and helping her grow a passion for expanding oncologic care to under-represented minorities and minimizing the financial toxicities associated with such care. Additionally, she is very passionate about diversifying the face of radiation oncology. Currently, she is a member of the ARRO Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee and leads the efforts to expand the pathway for minorities to radiation oncology board-certification. She is also honored to serve as the SWRO DEI chair and looks forward to continued collaborations with people of diverse background, by creating an inclusive environment that illustrates the power of thought leadership through diversity; because truly, there is a seat at the table for everybody.
Senior Advisory Committee Members
Elizabeth B. Jeans, MD - Chair/Vice Chair
Adrianna Masters, MD - Communications
Parul Barry, MD - Advocacy
Crystal Seldon, MD,MS - Events
Jenna Kahn, MD - Research
Gabrielle Peters, MD - Membership
Sumi Sinha, MD - Mentorship
Hina Saeed, MD - DE&I