South County Hospital

Your Cancer Care Team

All of the medical professionals at South County Hospital remain current in the latest care techniques
through participation in ongoing medical education programs, both nationally and regionally. South County
Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

Radiation Oncologists

Radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy for the treatment and palliation of cancer. 

    Timothy D. Shafman, MD
After graduating from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree, Dr. Shafman received his medical degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School. An internship in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts followed, as well as a residency at the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy. Prior to coming to South County Hospital, Dr. Shafman was on the staff of Duke University Medical Center. He has published more than 40 articles on a range of topics. 

Radiologists

Radiologists interpret imaging technology used in the diagnosis and staging of cancer. 

        Richard A. Black, MD
Dr. Black earned his bachelor’s degree at SUNY at Stony Brook and his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He interned at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Dr. Black received a fellowship in computed tomography/ultrasound from the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven Connecticut. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology. 
     
    James W. Blechman, MD
Dr. Blechman received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University, and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Blechman was a cross sectional imaging fellow at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology. 
     
    Naveh Levy, MD
Dr. Levy earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. He received his radiology degree from The Cleveland Clinic, including training at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He completed an MRI fellowship at Michigan State University, receiving dedicated training in breast MRI. Dr. Levy is certified by the American Board of Radiology.  
     
    Jeffrey E. Silverstein, MD
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree, Dr. Silverstein earned his medical degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. His postgraduate training included an internship at the Montefiore Medical Center, a residency in diagnostic radiology at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a fellowship in abdominal imaging at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Silverstein is certified by the American Board of Radiology. 
     

 

Breast Reconstructive Surgeon

Reconstructive surgeons work in cooperation with general surgeons to provide reconstruction of the breast following cancer surgery. 

       Walter F. Roettinger, MD
Dr. Roettinger earned his bachelor’s degree at Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Yale New Haven Hospital, his surgical residency at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, and his plastic surgical residency at Brown University. Dr. Roettinger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and highly regarded for his surgical skill and excellent cosmetic results. 

Medical Oncologists

Medical oncologists provide chemotherapy and other care modalities as part of their treatment and prevention of systemic disease.

  Gerald A. Colvin, DO, Medical Director
Dr. Colvin received his medical training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to a distinguished fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UMass Medical Center.  A former associate professor of medicine at Brown University, Dr. Colvin has received more than a dozen honors and awards over the years, including the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award. He is board certified in hematology/oncology and internal medicine.  He has contributed to more than sixty original research articles and participated in important experimental clinical protocols.
   
  Tina Rizack, MD, MPH
Dr. Rizack received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She completed her residency at The University of Chicago Hospitals in Illinois and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, oncology, and hematology. Dr. Rizack has a special interest in the care of women with cancer and hematological issues. She has served on the planning committee and lectured at the National Consortium of Breast Centers for six years, and has published several articles and book chapters on hematology/oncology in pregnancy.
   
  James L. Smythe, MD
Dr. Smythe graduated from Pomona College before earning his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine.  He completed his internship and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle where he was also a fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Serving the South County community since 1983, Dr. Smythe is active in the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of RI Clinical Oncologists. 

 

Care Navigators

Our Breast Health Coordinator and Oncology Nurse Navigators guide our patients through the entire diagnostic and treatment process. They are a source of knowledge, understanding, and strength at every step. 

        Susan Hall, RNP
Breast Health Coordinator Sue Hall has been practicing as a registered nurse since 1982, bringing a combination of knowledge and compassion to patients in her care. She has extensive experience in the coordination of oncology care. Sue is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she also received her advanced degree in 2006. 
     
    Leah Arsenault, RN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator An oncology nurse since 2001, Leah Arsenault is chemotherapy/biotherapy-certified and received national certification in oncology nursing in 2004. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Leah serves on the Board of the Oncology Nursing Society as President and is also an End-of-Life Education Consortium teacher/trainer. 
     
    Donna McNulty, B.S.N.
Radiation Oncology
Nurse Navigator
After receiving her bachelor of science degree in nursing from St. Anselm’s College, Donna McNulty served as a staff nurse at hospitals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where she provided care on general surgical and neurosurgical wards, as well as at an outpatient gastrointestinal clinic. She received her certification in radiation oncology in 2005, and joined South County Hospital in 2007. At the South County Radiation Therapy, Donna coordinates patient care, setting up appointments, making referrals, and assisting patients at every stage of their treatment journey. 
     

Nurse

The nursing staff of the Cancer Center provides patient education, support, and delivery of care during diagnostic procedures, surgery, and administration of chemotherapy. 

      Marilyn Favalli, RN
After graduating from Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Marilyn Favalli worked in the Operating Room at Rhode Island Hospital where she received special training in cardiac surgery, general surgery, urology, and orthopedics. Marilyn was also a nurse in endoscopy and special procedures before joining the Cancer Center at South County Hospital. 

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Through the Cancer Rehabilitation Program, South County Hospital offers important physical and psychological rehabilitation services, enabling cancer survivors to recover more quickly and completely. 

          Sherri Zinno
After receiving an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Atlantic Community College in New Jersey, Sherri Zinno earned her bachelor of science degree from Florida Atlantic University and her master of science degree from Bryant College (now University). In 1987, she was named “Outstanding Therapist” for South Florida. In addition to serving as Coordinator of the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at South County Hospital, Sherri is the manager of cardiopulmonary services and physical therapy. She is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Rhode Island Society of Respiratory Care and the President’s Award from South County Hospital. 
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Surgery for Heal Faster
Surgery for Heal Faster
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Interview with Dr. Steven Fera
Interview with Dr. Steven Fera
HealthCheck - MAKOPlasty
HealthCheck - MAKOPlasty
Cancer Prehab
Cancer Prehab
Woman Can Finally Walk on Own After Special Cartilage Repair Procedure
Woman Can Finally Walk on Own After Special Cartilage Repair Procedure
Having a Baby at 40
Having a Baby at 40
Parkinsons Cant Keep Cranston Man Down
Parkinsons Cant Keep Cranston Man Down
New Approach to Hip Replacement at SCH
New Approach to Hip Replacement at SCH
Convenience of Online Childbirth Education
Convenience of Online Childbirth Education
Childbirth Class
Childbirth Class
New Approach to Hip Replacement at South County Hospital
New Approach to Hip Replacement at South County Hospital
Ski Dancer Back on the Slopes After Hip Replacement
Ski Dancer Back on the Slopes After Hip Replacement
Gym Memberships offered at Hospital’s Wellness & Fitness Center
Gym Memberships offered at Hospital’s Wellness & Fitness Center
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Complimentary Reiki therapy Offered to Inpatients
Complimentary Reiki therapy Offered to Inpatients
Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services
About South County Hospital’s Volunteer Program
Alzheimer’s-Certified Care
Alzheimer’s-Certified Care
Free Medication Management Clinic
Free Medication Management Clinic
Can Cancer Rehabilitation Help Me?
Can Cancer Rehabilitation Help Me?
Minimally invasive knee procedure relieves patients’ knee pain
Minimally invasive knee procedure relieves patients’ knee pain
Fitness program for teens encourages lifestyle changes, healthy habits
Fitness program for teens encourages lifestyle changes, healthy habits
Michael Bradley, MD, MS; South County Orthopedics
Michael Bradley, MD, MS; South County Orthopedics
Mark Zullo, MD; South County Medical Group Primary Care
Mark Zullo, MD; South County Medical Group Primary Care
Gloria Sun, MD; South County Medical Group Primary Care
Gloria Sun, MD; South County Medical Group Primary Care
David Bader, MD; South County Cardiology
David Bader, MD; South County Cardiology
Women’s Choice Award – Best in Obstetrics
Women’s Choice Award – Best in Obstetrics
Steven Fera, MD
Steven Fera, MD
Lisa Rameaka, MD
Lisa Rameaka, MD
Andrew Neuhauser, MD
Andrew Neuhauser, MD
Jeryl Menard, RD, LDN, CDE, CDOE
Jeryl Menard, RD, LDN, CDE, CDOE
Bonnie Seekell, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, CDOE, CVDOE
Bonnie Seekell, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, CDOE, CVDOE
April Silvestro, RN, BSN, CDE, CDOE
April Silvestro, RN, BSN, CDE, CDOE
Gerald Colvin, DO
Gerald Colvin, DO
Darlene Gabeau , MD, PhD
Darlene Gabeau , MD, PhD
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MAKO knee resurfacing surgery advances to outpatient procedure
MAKO knee resurfacing surgery advances to outpatient procedure
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The Patient Experience
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What types of injuries does Dr. Phillips treat as a hand surgeon in an orthopedic practice?
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Deb Wepman confident in expertise of doctors, staff, treatment plan
Deb Wepman confident in expertise of doctors, staff, treatment plan
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