SWRO

Executive Committee

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Elizabeth B. Jeans, MEd, MD
Chair
Mayo Clinic, Rochester
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Elizabeth (Liz) Jeans is a PGY-5 radiation oncology resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She also serves as the Vice-Chair and Senior Chair of Education for the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Executive Committee and the mentorship chair for the national American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).  After graduating college, she spent two years teaching high school students in inner-city Chicago for Teach for America. This led to her passion in advocacy, patient education, and curriculum development. She is honored to be asked to serve as the chair for SWRO. Her previous service in the medical field has aimed at enhancing and supporting recruitment of women into underrepresented specialties.  She has a distinct passion in continuing to overcome gender discrepancies in medicine and uniting advocates together to prosper the camaraderie and support of women in the field. She is excited to serve as SWRO chair and continue the work of those before her by advocating and supporting women in Radiation Oncology throughout their residency, transition into practice, and lifelong careers.

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Gabrielle W. Peters, MD
Vice Chair & Treasurer
Yale New Haven Hospital, Connecticut
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Gabrielle Peters is a PGY-5 radiation oncology resident at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She also serves on the ARRO Education Subcommittee and as liaison for the Yale Women’s House Staff Organization. Her areas of research have included medical student and resident education through mentorship, programming, and multidisciplinary collaboration, along with advocacy for optimizing the healthcare workplace in an effort to level the playing field across genders. She is thrilled to be a part of the SWRO Executive Committee and eager to develop relationships with its constituents in an effort to better advocate for tangible change that supports all women on the quest to find fulfillment + balance in the workplace and at home.

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Jennifer Novak, MD, MS

Events & Outreach Chair

City of Hope, California

Jennifer Novak M.D., M.S. is a fifth-year resident in Radiation Oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center located in Southern California. Originally from Canton, Michigan, Jennifer attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as an undergraduate, where she earned a Bachelor of Science with a dual-major in Cell and Molecular Biology and Spanish. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in Immunology and Infectious Disease from Loyola University Chicago. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and graduated in 2017. She now resides in Los Angeles, California and is happy to be a resident at City of Hope.  Jennifer is passionate about advocacy -- both for her patients and her field. Her research interests as a resident have included topics related to health equity and insurance-related treatment delays. She has also worked with ASTRO Advocacy and has met with members of Congress in California to discuss healthcare policies related to the field. Gender equity in the field of radiation oncology is one of her greatest passions. As SWRO's Chair of Events & Outreach, Jennifer's main goal is to elevate the profile of SWRO and provide female radiation oncologists ample opportunity to connect with one another. 

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Sara Beltrán Ponce, MD
Communications Chair
Medical College of Wisconsin, 
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Sara Beltrán Ponce is a PGY-3 radiation oncology resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She also serves on the ARRO Equity and Inclusion subcommittee. Prior to starting medical school, she spent a year serving with AmeriCorps City Year where she saw the many ways that disparities in education lead to long-standing impacts on health. This experience solidified a desire to work in cancer disparities research and community engagement. Additionally, she is interested in diversity and inclusion, gender equity, physician fertility, and the use of social media in oncology. She is an advocate finding a balance between family and career as a trainee. She is excited to join the SWRO Executive Committee as Communications Chair and hopes to connect with many of you on SWRO's social media platforms.

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Crystal Seldon, MD
Mentorship Chair, Residents
University of Miami, Florida

Crystal Seldon is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Originally from Sharpsburg, GA she was fortunate to discover the field of radiation oncology through an undergraduate mentor pursuing the field. Now as the resident chair of the mentorship committee, she is looking forward to furthering SWRO’s purpose by partnering together to build a radiation oncology women’s network that provides support for women interested in the specialty at all stages of their careers.

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.

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Stephanie Yoon, MD
Membership Chair
UCLA, California
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Stephanie Yoon is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. After majoring in Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she earned her medical degree from Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She also serves on the ARRO Education Subcommittee and Radiosurgery Society Resident Committee. Her supportive mentors have been an essential component for her medical and residency training, and she is excited to serve as SWRO Membership Chair to build a similarly strong community that both promotes women in Radiation Oncology throughout their careers and cultivates valuable connections across the specialty.

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Sumi Sinha, MD
Scholarship/Research Chair
University of San Francisco, California
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Sumi Sinha is a PGY5 resident at UCSF. She was born and raised in New Hampshire before attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for undergraduate where she majored in Biology followed by a medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves on the ARS ROCKET Task Force. During residency she has enjoyed pursuing her passions for diversity, equity, inclusion along with medical education. She is thrilled to join SWRO and further its work as Research Chair. Her favorite SWRO event is Marie Curie Day!

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Mary McGunigal, MD
Advocacy Chair - Physician
Georgetown University, Washington DC
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Mary McGunigal is a PGY-5 radiation oncology resident at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. After majoring in Classical Studies at the University of Rhode Island, she earned her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She feels fortunate to be training in the unique field of radiation oncology, and the opportunity to develop close relationships with patients is easily her favorite part of work. Dr. McGunigal is honored to be serving on the SWRO Executive Committee and is passionate about its mission to promote gender equity and a culture of inclusivity in radiation oncology. She is thankful for the supportive mentorship she received throughout medical school and residency—and she looks forward to connecting with other women in the field and helping to foster mentorship and career development opportunities through the SWRO network.

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Afua Yorke, PhD
Advocacy Chair - Physics
University of Washington
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Afua Yorke is a Medical Physics resident at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her main areas of interest are global oncology, education and clinical medical physics practice. Dr. Yorke is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). She is one of the recipients of 2021 Winter Institute of Medical Physics Global Scholars Research Award for Excellence for her work to investigate Medical Physics Quality Assurance in radiotherapy centers in Africa and most recently to the prestigious AAPM Science Council Associate Mentorship Program (SCAMP). Prior to her residency Dr. Yorke was a visiting professor at Oberlin College in Ohio where she taught introductory and senior level physics to students and also to introduce them to the medical physics profession. She has held adjunct professor positions in several community colleges in the state of Michigan.  Dr. Yorke is the director of STEM education for the Girls Excellence Movement an NGO aimed at mentoring young girls in underserved areas in Ghana (https://thegemworld.org/team-members/afua-yorke/).

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Joy Ogunmuyiwa, MD, MPH
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair
New York Presbyterian, New York
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Joy Ogunmuyiwa is a PGY-2 Radiation Oncology resident at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist in New York. Her interests are primarily in 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.

Prior to her residency, Dr Ogunmuyiwa completed her Masters in Public Health at Harvard University where her research focused on the social and behavioral determinants of health, the widening inequality within the global health architecture, and designing equitable responses in global health challenges.

She is excited to serve as the SWRO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion chair to bring together members of different backgrounds and perspectives and shed light on what it means for us as an organization to embrace diversity and foster environments for inclusion.

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Amanda (Amy) Khan, MSc, MD, PhD 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Vice Chair
Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Amanda (Amy) Khan is a PGY-2 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.

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Elizabeth Germino, MD, PhD 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-Vice Chair
City of Hope, California
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Elizabeth Germino is a PGY-4 radiation oncology resident at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Elizabeth grew up in the Northeast, earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a second major in Italian from Washington University in St. Louis, continued at Wash U in the Medical Scientist Training Program earning a PhD in Immunology, and has now moved to the West Coast for residency. The most rewarding activity for Elizabeth as a resident has been participation in the ARRO Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee. As a member, Elizabeth has contributed to the development of a mentorship program for underrepresented groups in medicine/radiation oncology (and their allies) as well as those with interests in healthcare disparities. Elizabeth is enthusiastic to continue work that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion within SWRO as well as the field of Radiation Oncology as a whole. 

 

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Katie Lichter, MD, MPH
Junior Executive Committee Member
University of San Francisco, California
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Katie is a PGY2 radiation oncology resident at UCSF in California. Prior to attending medical school at Loyola University, she spent two years in Central America focused on community development, environmental health, and access to care before pivoting to an e-commerce company in Nairobi, Kenya utilizing mobile technology to connect patients to healthcare essentials. During her time in medical school, she attended Johns Hopkins and completed a Master’s in Public Health degree with concentration on epidemiology, biostatistics, and health disparities. She is passionate about advancing the growth of an equitable and inclusive environment within the field of radiation oncology. Through SWRO, she hopes to bring a platform and voice to patients, trainees, and professionals traditionally underrepresented. 

Senior Advisory Committee Members

Ashley Albert, MD - Chair/Vice Chair

Adrianna Masters, MD, PhD - Communications

Parul Barry, MD - Advocacy

Jennifer Croke, MD - Events

Jenna Kahn, MD - Research

Hina Saaed, MD - Membership