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The Center for Cancer Care is just one facet of the comprehensive care provided by Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the St. Lawrence Health System. To learn more about the services they provide, visit the CPH home page.
Our Team

We each have different areas of expertise, but it’s our passion for providing high-quality, compassionate care in our home community that brings us together. Collegiality and cooperation define everything we do at the Center for Cancer Care: it makes us better caregivers, and it delivers better results.

Social Worker
Robin Brickey

Robin Brickey is CPH’s licensed social worker. Prior to working at CPH, Robin worked with the Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence County, and at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. She received her masters’ degree from the University of Albany and holds a BS in Social Work from SUNY Buffalo.

Pathologist
Dr. Phillip Bridgeman

Dr. Bridgeman oversees the pathology labs for Canton Potsdam Hospital and Massena Memorial Hospital together with his colleague Dr. Spurgeon Smith. Dr. Bridgeman completed his pathology residency at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a BA from Elon College.

Surgeon
Dr. Jay Dewell

Dr. Dewell is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast cancer surgery. Dr. Dewell completed his residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. He holds an MD from Albany Medical College, a BS in Biology from Union College, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Speech-Language Pathologist
Luke Freel

Luke Freel provides speech-language pathology services to patients at the Center for Cancer Care and at CPH. He also works with United Helpers and Northern Lights Home Health Care. Luke received his MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto.

Physician Assistant
Ryan Garfield

Ryan Garfield is an oncology specialist physician assistant and works closely with Center for Cancer Care’s team of oncologists. He received his physician assistant degree from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Prior to pursuing PA studies, Mr. Garfield was a certified operating room technician and nurse aide with the Intermountain Healthcare network. He is board certified by the National Center for Certification in Physician Assistant, and is BLS and ACLS-certified.

Nurse Navigator
Anne Giromini

Anne Giromini serves as the Center for Cancer Care’s nurse navigator. Prior to coming to CPH, she worked as a charge nurse and managed a two-chair infusion room at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Anne received her AAS in nursing from the Crouse School of Nursing. Before becoming a nurse, she worked as a financial analyst and bookkeeper. She studied accounting at Ithaca College.

Oncologist
Dr. Howard Gold

Dr. Howard Gold is an oncologist specializing in hematology and medical oncology. He received his medical training school at Georgetown University and completed his residency at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Gold has held two prestigious fellowships: one in medical oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and one in hematology at Stanford University Hospital.

Radiation Oncologist
Dr. David Hauerstock

Dr. Hauerstock received his medical degree and completed his radiation oncology residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Hauerstock is certified by the American Board of Radiation Biology and Physics and the American Board of Radiology in Clinical Oncology. He completed a fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York, NY and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Imaging Chair
Dr. Michael Maresca

Dr. Maresca chairs CPH’s imaging department and has spent his career expanding the imaging services available in northern New York. Dr. Maresca completed his residency at SUNY Medical Center in Syracuse. He holds an MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a BA from West Virginia University. Dr. Maresca is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and completed a fellowship in angiography and interventional radiology at the Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Oncologist
Dr. Velmalia Matthews-Smith

Dr. Matthews-Smith is an oncologist specializing in hematology and medical oncology. She received her BA at Vanderbilt University, completed medical school at the University of South Alabama, and held a hematology and medical oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is passionate about extending quality cancer care access to rural populations.

Director
Mark Serago

As director of the Center for Cancer Care, Mark Serago oversees St. Lawrence Health System’s oncology services. He previously served as the assistant vice president of oncology services at the Mountain States Health Alliance in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mark worked as a dosimetrist for much of his career. He holds a MS with a concentration in Health Administration and Human Resource Development from Barry University and a BS in Biology from Pennsylvania State University.

Registered Dietician
Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is a registered dietician who assists cancer patients with nutrition management during treatment. She holds a B.S. in nutrition from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a Master’s certificate in dietetics from the School of Health Sciences at the Sage Colleges, Troy, NY. Prior to coming to CPH, she was the nutrition program manager for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Health Services.

Pathologist
Dr. Spurgeon Smith

Dr. Spurgeon Smith oversees the pathology labs for Canton Potsdam Hospital and Massena Memorial Hospital together with his colleague Dr. Philip Bridgeman. Dr. Smith received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Oncology Pharmacist
Ryan Titus

Ryan Titus manages the Center for Cancer Care’s on-site pharmacy. He is a board certified oncology pharmacist. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and his University Teaching Certificate from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his work at the Center for Cancer Care, Ryan teaches pharmacy classes at the Albany College of Pharmacy Health Sciences and at Clarkson University. 

Oncology Clinical Nurse Manager
Lisa Cook

Prior to leading the Center for Cancer Care's nursing staff, Lisa worked for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's Health Services. She served as an oncology research nurse at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, Tennessee and has over 10 years of experience as an oncology-certified nurse. She is a graduate of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, NY.

We have a tremendous collegiality here, and a tremendous group of leading physicians. 

Dr. Maresca, Imaging Chair