Ugwuji N. Maduekwe, MD, MMSc
Breast Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist
Dr. Maduekwe is a graduate of Harvard Medical School who did her general surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She continued training with a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is passionate about helping her patients beat cancer, and she is thrilled to be part of the Breast Center team.
Catharine Crawford, MD, FACS
Dr. Crawford completed medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her surgical residency at New York Methodist Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She continued training with a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Before joining CHA, Dr. Crawford helped patients at UMass Medical Center, Saint Vincent's Hospital, and Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, MA. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Denise Landrigan de Filippi, MSN, ANP
Denise is proud to have worked at the breast center since its opening in 2005. She has been a nurse practitioner with Cambridge Health Alliance since 1997. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Her role is far reaching in that she serves as a contact point for all patients and families. This includes providing support, advocacy, education and ongoing care. She earned her degree at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 1996 with specialty areas of study in adult medicine and women’s health.
Hetal Verma, MD
Radiology & Breast Imaging
Hetal Verma, MD, Director of the Breast Imaging Center, is a radiologist specializing in all aspects of breast imaging and imaging-guided breast procedures. She is a member of the Society of Breast Imaging and the Massachusetts Medical Society, where she serves as a committee member for Women in Medicine. She enjoys teaching and has presented several conferences on breast imaging to medical students and colleagues at various institutions.
Dr. Verma is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she completed her General Radiology residency. She then completed her Breast Imaging fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, she is board certified with the American College of Radiology.
Lisa Weissmann, MD
Dr. Weissmann is a highly respected member of the breast center care team who provides consultation for patients that have a diagnosis of breast cancer. She has been working with our patients for twenty years providing medial oncology care during acute illness and seeing these women in the long term. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Medicine who trained at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and feels very fortunate to have a career that encompasses all three of her great loves – patient care, teaching and community service.
Debashish Misra, MD, is a board certified, hematologist and medical oncologist who worked closely with our patients since 2006 as part of the multidisciplinary Cambridge Breast Center team. He received his medical degree at University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center/Michigan State University, in Flint, Michigan. He then completed specialty training in geriatrics, hematology and oncology at Duke University Medical Center. In addition to caring for patients, he also teaches medical residents and students.
Tony Abner, MD
Dr. Tony Abner graduated with degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then earned a medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Radiation Oncology at the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author of over 30 articles on the use of radiation therapy. He has been with the Cambridge Breast Center since its inception in 2006.
Carolyn Lamb, MD
Dr. Lamb sees patients at the Cambridge Breast Center and practices radiation oncology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education, she completed her internship in medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital and training in radiation oncology at the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy in Boston. She is board certified in Radiation Oncology, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and has been named one of Boston’s Best Doctors. She has written about inflammatory breast cancer, radiation techniques and novel breast cancer detection methods via urinary matrix metalloproteinases.
Prudence Lam, MD
Dr. Lam is a cancer specialist who helps patients understanding their genetic risks of cancer. She completed her residency training at Mount Auburn Hospital and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her special interests include breast health, breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. She is especially dedicated to breast cancer prevention through genetic testing and counseling for women with significant family histories of breast and other cancers, or women who themselves had breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 50. She is currently the Director of the Cancer Genetics & Prevention Program at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Lauren Small, LCSW
Social Work and Patient Navigation
Lauren Mettam provides essential support to Cambridge Breast Center patients and their families in both CHA locations. As social worker and patient navigator, Lauren addresses patients’ needs by connecting them to concrete resources like transportation, financial assistance, and housing, as well as by providing individual counseling and support groups. She graduated with an MSW from Boston University with training focused on social work for cancer patients.
Terri Halperin, MD
Dr. Halperin is a board certified plastic surgeon and Harvard graduate, with extensive academic honors. She is a caring and patient surgeon who wants to help her patients achieve their goals. Dr. Halperin is well versed and highly experienced in all aspects of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, and works closely with our patients to provide breast reconstruction after mastectomy.