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Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Team

Department of Oncology Social Work provides for the psychological, social, emotional, and practical needs of cancer patients and their families.  They are masters-level social workers with expertise in the specialized field of oncology.  The social workers can teach you how to manage the stress and changes that may come with cancer.  The office, located on the first floor of the Weinberg Building, Suite 1210, offers you other services as well, such as information about housing, transportation, counseling, education and support groups.  For more information, call (410) 955-8934.

Director

Louise Knight

Louise Knight, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C, FNAP

410-955-8959

scherlo@jhmi.edu

Louise Knight is the Director of the Harry J. Duffey Family, Patient and Family Services Program. She graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Human Services from The University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and with a Master of Social Work Degree from Temple University. She has extensive experience in the oncology social work field and has published in the areas of clinical and departmental management. She is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, and National Academies of Practice.

Outpatient Social Workers

Donald List

Donald List, MSW, LCSW-C

Senior Clinical Social Worker

410-955-1010

dlist4@jhmi.edu

Diagnostic Categories: Brain, Sarcoma, Breast, Melanoma and all other cancers

Donald List is a Senior Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. He graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work from The University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School Of Social Work.  He has extensive training in grief and loss, pain and palliative care and helping patients and families cope and adjust with chronic and serious illness. 

Marianne Jones

Marianne Jones, MSW, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

410-614-7473

mjone239@jhmi.edu

Diagnostic Categories:  Thoracic and all GU related cancers

Marianne Jones is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Business Management from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a Master of Social Work degree with a health concentration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has particular interest in the social and emotional impact of cancer on patients and their families.

Erin Simmons

Erin Simmons, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

410-955-8971

esimmon9@jhmi.edu

Head and Neck related cancers

Erin Simmons is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work and a Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She has worked in hospitals throughout the Washington and Baltimore areas and has expertise in community service coordination, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and the homeless. She values the importance of helping patients maintain a strong connection to community, family and friends during their cancer care.

Olivia Belitsos

Olivia Belitsos, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

443-287-7887

obelits1@jhmi.edu

Heme OPD & HIPOP/IPOP and Weinberg 4B Heme

Olivia Belitsos is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, and a Master of Social Work Degree with focus in clinical health from University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has a particular interest in providing group support to caregivers and families.

Nicole Garbarino

Nicole Garbarino, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

443-287-2900

ngarbar4@jhmi.edu

GI related cancers

Nicole Garbarino is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work with a Clinical Health Concentration.

Inpatient Social Workers

Avery Levine

Avery Levine, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

410-502-1724

alevin35@jhmi.edu

Weinberg 4A, Beds 10-19

Avery Levine is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Human Development from the Binghamton University and a Master of Social Work degree from New York University Silver School of Social Work. She is an MSW fellow in the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

Chaula Negandhi

Chaula Negandhi, MSW, LCSW-C

Senior Clinical Social Worker

410-614-9816

cnegand1@jhmi.edu

Weinberg 5A

Chaula Negandhi is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and member of the National Association of Social Workers. She graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, and a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a specialization in aging and dementia care. While at the University of Michigan, she was a McGregor Geriatric Fellow.
 

Kelley Cohill

Kelsey Gustaveson, LMSW 

Clinical Social Worker

410-502-1911

kgustav1@jhmi.edu

Weinberg 5B

Kelsey Gustaveson is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with Baccalaureate degrees in Public Health and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in child and family health, from The University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has special interest in parenting through a cancer diagnosis as well as navigating insurance and workplace benefits.

Najah Williams

Najah Williams, MSW, LCSW-C, ACHP-SW, OSW-C

Clinical Social Worker II

443-287-5955

nwilli89@jhmi.edu

Weinberg 5C

Najah Williams is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She graduated with a Baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University.  She has a particular interest in palliative care, grief and loss and how end of life care affects patients and families.

Michelle McWhirter

Tracy Orwig, MSW, LCSW-C

Clinical Social Worker II

443-287-8321

torwig1@jhmi.edu

Weinberg 4B Heme, Heme OPD & HIPOP/IPOP

Tracy Orwig is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware.  She received her Master of Social Work degree with a clinical health concentration from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  She has a particular interest in working with older adults with cancer and patients and families affected by hematologic malignancies.

Support Staff 

Kim Bell

Kimberly Bell, MS

Program Coordinator

410-614-1308

bellki@jhmi.edu

Kimberly Bell is a Program Coordinator for the Harry J. Duffey Family Patient and Family Services Program. She provides leadership to patient and caregiver programs, including Cancer Survivors Day and Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Conference. Kimberly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and holds a Master of Science Degree in special education from Johns Hopkins University.

Cheryl Fleming

Cheryl Fleming

Resource/Transportation Coordinator

410-955-6549

flemich@jhmi.edu

Cheryl Fleming serves as the Resource Coordinator and Transportation Coordinator for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She provides information and referrals to community based resources to patients, families and staff. She is highly knowledgeable and instrumental in identifying and securing facility-based care for patients needing rehabilitation, extended nursing support or inpatient hospice care.

Joanne McMillan

Joanne McMillan

Housing Referral Coordinator

410-614-6527

jmcmil12@jhmi.edu

Joanne McMillan serves as the Housing Referral Coordinator and welcomes all visitors to the Patient and Family Services Suite. She handles guest reservations for the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion and provides information and referral assistance to other regional hotels, furnished and unfurnished apartments and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.

The Hackerman-Patz Pavilion

Sarah Hoehlein

Sarah Hoehlein, MBA, CHP

Director

410-614-6532

littlsa@jhmi.edu

Sarah Hoehlein is the Director of Residential Living at the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration from Loyola University, Maryland.  She is a Certified House Professional through the Healthcare Hospitality Network where she previously served on the board.

Sara Garza

Taeja' Dowdy

Front Desk Associate

410-955-2304

tdowdy1@jhmi.edu

Taeja’ Dowdy provides registration assistance and welcomes guests to the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Residential Pavilion. She graduated with a Baccalaureate Degree in Biological Sciences from Clark Atlanta University.

Amanda Myers

Amanda Myers

Program Coordinator

The Joanne and Norman Rockwell Residential Living Program

443-287-5693

aklass@jhmi.edu

Amanda Myers manages and coordinates the services and activities within the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Residential Pavilion. She received her Baccalaureate Degree in Healthcare Management and minor in Business Administration from Towson University.

Michelle Steely

Michelle Steely, CHP

Operations Manager

410-955-5707

msteely1@jhmi.edu

Michelle Steely is the manager of the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Residential Pavilion. She received her Baccalaureate Degree in Healthcare Management from American InterContinental University. She is a member of Chesapeake Area Society of Healthcare Engineering and Healthcare Hospitality Network and is a Certified House Professional.

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