Debby Stewart, certified breast patient navigator
for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center
Deborah Stewart is a registered nurse with a B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Breast Patient Navigator through the National Consortium of Breast Centers and an Oncology Nursing Society Certified Breast Care Nurse. As a breast cancer patient navigator and breast health educator for the Breast Center, Debby offers support and education to patients and their families that includes her perspective as a long time breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1979 at the age of 25 and again 20 years later.
Debby received her B.S.N from the University of Maryland. Her career has included roles as Clinical Nurse III at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and nurse educator in the Baltimore area. After her second breast cancer experience in 1999, Debby returned to Hopkins as a member of the Breast Center's Survivor Volunteer Team supporting women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
In October 2003, in a position funded by the Avon Foundation, Debby extended her role of patient support in the position of nurse/breast health educator for the Breast Center. Support and advocacy for the underserved population is her special interest.
Debby coordinates the Hopkins Breast Center volunteer team and their programs and activities. Debby is also involved in the Hopkins Breast Center retreat programs since their inception in 2001. Debby has taken on the role of facilitator and coordinator of 2 breast cancer survivor retreats each year and has collaborated in the development and facilitation of the metastatic breast cancer retreats.
Debby speaks locally and nationally about breast cancer, cancer survivorship, retreat program facilitation, and her personal story. To promote clinical research and community program funding, Debby also participates in the Avon 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer and has been team captain for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center's team since 2004.
Hear my Story: http://seizethedays.org/2011/10/deb-stewart/