Meet Our Team

Dr. Alphonse Taghian started this program in 2005

Alphonse-Taghian

Alphonse Taghian, MD, PhD

Director of the Lymphedema Research Program
at Massachusetts General Hospital

Professor of Radiation Oncology,
Harvard Medical School

Email: ataghian@mgh.harvard.edu

“The foundation of my clinical, research and academic practice is in advancing all aspects of a patient’s care. I have dedicated my academic and research career to the investigation, development and clinical implementation of innovative approaches to improving the delivery and quality of breast cancer treatment. The focal point of my work concerns the minimization of treatment related side effects and complications to improve the quality of life for patients while not compromising the expected benefit of the cancer therapy."  

Cheryl Brunelle joined the program in 2013

Cheryl Brunelle

Cheryl Brunelle, PT, MS, CCS, CLT

Associate Director of the Lymphedema Research Program
at Massachusetts General Hospital

Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist,
Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Email: cbrunelle@mgh.harvard.edu 

“My clinical practice and research is focused on advancing the breast cancer and breast cancer-related lymphedema care of patients within the Department of Physical Therapy and as part of the MGH Lymphedema Research Program. In clinical practice, I oversee the physical therapy department’s treatment of patients with breast cancer, and focus my clinical practice specifically on care of those with lymphedema or with upper extremity or other morbidity as a result of breast cancer and its treatments. I am responsible for overseeing staff and for program development in this area. I am the Associate Director of the MGH Lymphedema Research Program, and my research includes projects focusing on survivorship and investigation of symptoms, impact on quality of life and early detection and intervention of breast cancer-related lymphedema.”  

Current Clinical Research Coordinators...

Amanda Jung

Amanda Jung
Tufts University 2020
Tufts Medical School 2021, Masters in Public Health

Brooke

Brooke Juhel
Tufts University 2021

Ibby Hausman

Ibby Hausman
Harvard University 2021

Previous team members who made a lasting impact on our program...

Loryn Bucci

Loryn Bucci

Clinical Research Coordinator
2019 - 2021

Boston College 2019

Attending NYITCOM

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Madi Bernstein

Clinical Research Coordinator
2019 - 2021

Tufts University 2019

Currently a Research Assistant and Clinical Training Program Coordinator at the Planned Parenthood League of MA 

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George Naoum

Research Fellow
2017 - 2020

Harvard Medical School, Masters Of Science in Clinical Investigations

Currently a Radiation Oncology Resident Physician at Northwestern University Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois 

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Tessa Gillespie

Clinical Research Coordinator
2017 - 2018
Program Manager
2018 - 2020

Boston College 2017

Attending David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA

sacha roberts

Sacha Roberts

Clinical Research Coordinator
2018 - 2019

Boston College 2018

Attending New York Medical College

Kayla Daniell

Kayla Daniell

Clinical Research Coordinator
2017-2018
Program Manager
2018 - 2019

Boston College 2017

Attending UMASS Medical School 

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Hoda Sayegh

Clinical Research Coordinator
2016 - 2017
Program Manager
2017 - 2018

University of Chicago 2016

Attending University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

Meyha Swaroop

Meyha Swaroop

Clinical Research Coordinator
2013 - 2016
Program Manager
2016 - 2017

Boston College 2013

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine 2021

Currently an OBGYN Resident at Wake Forest

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Maria Asdourian

Clinical Research Coordinator
2015-2017

Boston College 2015

Attending Harvard Medical School

LauraSalama

Laura Salama

Research Fellow and Data Manager
2014 - 2017

Alexandria Univeristy School of Medicine, Egypt

Internal Medicine Residency Program at Florida Atlantic University - Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine
2017 - 2020

Chief Residency
Internal Medicine Residency Program at Florida Atlantic University - Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine
2019 - 2020

Currently a Hematology-Oncology Fellow at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University 

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Melissa Skolny

Clinical Research Coordinator
2009 - 2016

University of Connecticut, 2007 

Roberts Wesleyan College, MS in Health Administration 2009 

MGH Institute of Health Professions, BS in Nursing 2015 

MGH Institute of Health Professions, MS in Nursing 2016 

Currently a Nurse Practitioner in Medical Oncology at a small community hospital in Southeastern MA

Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller

Clinical Research Coordinator
2010 - 2013

Boston College 2010

Harvard Medical School 2017

Currently a General Surgery Resident at MGH, planning to pursue Cardiothocric Surgery Fellowship

Chantal Ferguson

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lauren Jammallo

Clinical Research Coordinator

Tara Sullivan

Clinical Research Coordinator

A special thank you to Jean O'Toole who helped create this program in 2005.

Currently retired after working 35 years at MGH

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Jean O'Toole

Clinical Specialist in the Physical Therapy Department of MGH

Northeastern University, BS in Physical Therapy
1970
 

Boston University, MPH
1991
 

Lymphedema Training
2002

"Working with the MGH Cancer Center was truly the most special and rewarding time of my working years"