publication date: May. 29, 2020

In Brief

Catherine Alfano, Stacey Sanchez, Joseph Herman, Martin Karpeh recruited by Northwell Cancer Institute

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute has recruited four experts to its cancer program:

  • Catherine Alfano will serve at the Cancer Institute’s new vice president of cancer care management and research. Alfano was previously vice president of survivorship at the American Cancer Society and, prior to that, deputy director of the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship.

  • Stacy Sanchez will assume the role of chief nursing officer. She is the former director of pediatric and critical care services, and interim director of acute care services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Joseph Herman will become vice chair of clinical informatics for radiation medicine and director of clinical research integration for the cancer institute. He joins Northwell after serving as professor and division head of the Department of Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, a role he has held since 2016. He specializes in the treatment of pancreatic and hepatobiliary malignancies, and previously initiated and co-directed the Pancreatic Multidisciplinary Clinic at Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as principal investigator for several institutional gastrointestinal protocols and is a co-investigator (radiation oncology lead) for the Alliance borderline resectable cancer trial, which is evaluating the role of stereotactic body radiation therapy.

  • Martin Karpeh, Jr., was named director of surgical oncology for Northwell’s eastern region and chair of the department of surgery at Huntington Hospital. Overseeing surgical oncology for Northwell’s Eastern Region on Long Island, he will direct programs at Huntington Hospital, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and Peconic Bay Medical Center. Karpeh joined Northwell at the end of April to help colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Karpeh comes to Northwell from Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was surgeon-in-chief from 2014-2019.  He also was founding chair of surgery at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall. Karpeh has held surgical oncology leadership positions at Beth Israel Medical Center/Continuum Health Partners of New York; chief of surgical oncology at Stony Brook University and cancer center director at Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition, he was an attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for 11 years.

“We are laying the groundwork to create a survivorship program, bolster oncology nursing practice and initiatives, enhance the integration of clinical cancer research and advance surgical oncology,” Richard Barakat, physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of cancer services at Northwell Health, said in a statement.


Pamela Hull joins Markey as associate director of population science and community impact

Medical sociologist Pamela Hull was named associate director of population science and community impact at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center

She will also serve as the William Stamps Farish Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and join the UK College of Medicine as an associate professor of behavioral science.

Hull’s expertise is in the development, testing and dissemination of behavioral interventions to promote cancer prevention behaviors, and she has more than 15 years of experience conducting community-engaged research. She specializes in HPV-mediated cancer prevention, childhood obesity prevention, community-engaged research, and health disparities.

In her role as associate director, Hull will oversee Markey’s community outreach and engagement functions in addition to its population science research agenda and infrastructure, which includes Markey’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. She will also have oversight of the Kentucky Cancer Program-East and the Kentucky Cancer Consortium. The goal of Markey’s community outreach and engagement efforts is to accelerate science-to-practice translation across the cancer care continuum, with an emphasis on the needs of Kentucky’s citizens.

Two of Hull’s extramurally funded grants will also move to the UK. The first is a grant from NCI focused on increasing HPV vaccination in community-based pediatric practices. The second is a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture funding the development and testing of a smartphone application featuring shopping tools and nutrition education tools intended for use by low-income and nutritionally at-risk families and their children.

Prior to joining the UK Markey Cancer Center, Hull was an associate professor in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Division of Epidemiology and served as associate director of community outreach and engagement for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. During her tenure at Vanderbilt, she led many community-engagement activities that helped reduce the cancer burden and health disparities with partners in the region.

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