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Dr. James Metz

Dr. James Metz

James M. Metz, MD
Blog: So I was Thinking…
James M. Metz, MD is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Penn Medicine. He has worked with OncoLink for over 15 years and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the site. In his clinical practice, Dr. Metz specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies with radiation oncology. Dr. Metz has strong opinions about many topics in healthcare, which he frequently shares with his staff. We decided a blog would be a great outlet for his musings! We hope his views will open the door to discussions about these topics amongst our readers.


Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN

Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN

Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN
Blog: Did You Know?
Carolyn Vachani is an oncology advanced practice nurse at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. She has worked in the areas of medical hematology and oncology, bone marrow transplant, clinical research, radiation therapy and staff development. In her current role, she serves as the nurse educator for OncoLink. She serves as the project leader in the development and maintenance of the LIVESTRONG Care Plan and has a strong interest in oncology survivorship care. She enjoys discussing just about any cancer topic, as well as gardening cooking and, of course, her sons.


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN
Blog: Beyond the Bedside
Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, RN, BSN has practiced as an acute care nurse on a medical-oncology unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for the past several years. She joined OncoLink as an Educational Content Specialist in 2014. She is passionate about patient education and safety, working on projects within the hospital for falls prevention and facilitating safe tranfers of patients from outside hospitals. Her OncoLink articles and blog focus on her experiences working at the bedside with acutely ill patients. In her free time, Karen enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with family.


Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Blog: Christina’s Resource Round-up!
Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, is a certified clinical oncology social worker at the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Presbyterian. Christina has been working with cancer patients for over 10 years and enjoys sharing her vast knowledge of resources with patients, families and other health care professionals. A self proclaimed “techie,” Christina enjoys blogging, social networking and searching for the obscure on the “google machine”…but doesn’t really get Twitter. Christina also teaches knitting and spends a great deal of time posting pictures and stories all over the internet about her three beagles, Gus, Maggie and Finn. Christina is also interested in bioethics, team communication and family conferencing, mediation and social work education. She also volunteers regularly with her therapy dogs at a local library helping kids with reading challenges.Christina will blog about resources available to the cancer community, as well as how to access the resource and important information needed for referrals. Christina is always interested in hearing about little known resources she can highlight on the blog, so feel free to post a comment.


Alysa Cummings

Alysa Cummings

Alysa Cummings
Blog: Greetings from CancerLand and CancerLand Bookshelf
Alysa Cummings is a certified poetry therapist who focuses her energies full-time in support of cancer survivors using writing as a tool for healing. In the years since her own treatment ended, Alysa founded the support group Pink Ribbon Poetry (2002-2009) and currently leads Writing the Journey workshops for Living Beyond Breast Cancer. She works closely with Oncolink as their Poet-in-Residence to publish book/media reviews, poetry projects, photographs and memoir pieces online. Her first book, Greetings from CancerLand: Writing the Journey to Recovery was published in 2012.


Donna-Lee Lista

Donna Lee

Donna-Lee Lista
Blog: Through the Looking Glass
Donna-Lee Lista is a 4 1/2 year Lung Cancer Survivor. Since her diagnosis, she has become an advocate and supporter of lung cancer research, both through private and government funding. She is the PA contact for The Lung Cancer Foundation of America, a fairly new grassroots organization, which works on securing private funding for lung cancer research. They have already given out 2 research grants totaling 125,000.00 in the short time the organization has been in existence.


Fern Nibauer-Cohen

Fern Nibauer-Cohen

Fern Nibauer-Cohen
Blog: In Balance: A Blog for Living
Fern Nibauer-Cohen is the associate director of program development in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Penn Medicine. She is a lifelong yoga practitioner and instructor for cancer patients and oversees the Yoga for Cancer Patients and their Caregivers program at Penn Medicine, along with lead instructor, Tali Ben-Josef. Together, Fern and Tali are dedicated to making yoga accessible to all to help ease the stress of a cancer diagnosis and provide ongoing support through treatment into survivorship. Learn more about the Yoga Program at Penn Medicine.


Bob Riter

Bob Riter

Bob Riter
Blog: Bob Riter’s Cancer Columns
Bob Riter is the Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, an organization providing support, information, and community to people affected by cancer in and around Ithaca, NY. In addition, Bob writes a regular column about living with cancer for the Ithaca Journal. Bob’s involvement with cancer support and education began in 1996 when he was diagnosed with breast cancer. A native of Huntington, WV, Bob received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a master’s egree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.


Karen Wagner, MS, RD

Karen Wagner, MS, RD

Karen Wagner, MS, RD
Blog: Nutrition Nuggets
Karen Wagner, MS, RD is a Clinical Dietitian Specialist for the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine. Prior to specializing in oncology, Karen worked with a wide variety of patients in both hospitals and clinics. She has particular expertise in conducting nutrition and cooking classes. Karen answers nutrition questions all day, which often lead to her blog topics- probably things you have also wondered about!


Rodney Warner, Esq

Rodney Warner, Esq

Rodney Warner, Esq
Blog: Beating the Beast
Rodney Warner is a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. He has worked as a reporter and for 16 years practiced law. He’s currently employed as the marketing director for a law firm in New Jersey. He volunteers his time raising money for cancer-related non-profit organizations.


Tim.Hampshire

Tim Hampshire

Tim Hampshire
Blog: I wish u knew
Tim is a student at NYU. His interest in oncology comes from his family, which includes two cancer nurses, a radiation oncologist, and multiple relatives who have fought the disease. He is not a medical expert, or even in the field of medicine. However, he feels passionate about the education of the general public, and thinks that the people in the interviews are admirable human beings whose stories should be told. Too often, we only learn about medical professionals through media that make it difficult to really understand what they do, why they do it, and what they want us to know. This blog is an attempt to tap into those stories– the ones with tangible human value. It’s about time we knew what they wish we knew.


Disclaimer: Views expressed are those of the author or other attributed individual and do not necessarily represent the official opinion of the OncoLink Staff, University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), or the University of Pennsylvania, unless explicitly stated with the authority to do so.