Meet the Team

SPARCC Faculty


Bioethics is the study of the ethical issues emerging from advances in biology and medicine. It is also moral discernment as it relates to medical policy and practice. Bioethics are concerned with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine and medical ethics, politics, law, theology and philosophy.

Arthur Derse, MD, JD
Director – Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities; Julia & David Uihlein Chair – Medical Humanities; Professor – Bioethics and Emergency Medicine

Ryan Spellecy, PhD
Ursula von der Ruhr Professor – Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Cancer Center Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research. Such prospective biomedical or behavioral research studies on human participants are designed to answer specific questions about biomedical or behavioral interventions, including new treatments (such as novel vaccines, drugs, dietary choices, dietary supplements, and medical devices) and known interventions that warrant further study and comparison. Clinical trials generate data on safety and efficacy. They are conducted only after they have received health authority/ethics committee approval in the country where approval of the therapy is sought. These authorities are responsible for vetting the risk/benefit ratio of the trial—their approval does not mean the therapy is ‘safe’ or effective, only that the trial may be conducted.

Betty Oleson, BSN, RN, CCRP
Administrative Director – Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Sukanya Skandaraja, CCRP
Research Manager – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rebecca Selle, CCRP
Education and Quality Assurance Manager – Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Community Engagement

Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP
Associate Provost & Senior Associate Dean – Community Engagement; Professor – Family and Community Medicine

Melinda Stolley, PhD
Professor – Hematology/Oncology; Associate Director for Population Health – MCW Cancer Center

Diversity and Inclusion

Greer Jordan, MBA, PhD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer – Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Assistant Professor – Institute of Health and Equity

Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, cervical cancer, and vulvar cancer. As specialists, they have extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of these cancers.

Janet S. Rader, MD
Jack A. & Elaine D. Klieger Professor and Chair – Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology; SPARCC Program Director

Erin Bishop, MD
Assistant Professor – Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Elizabeth Hopp, MD
Assistant Professor – Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Denise Uyar, MD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology – Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology


Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity in organisms.

Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC
Genetic Counseling Manager

Hematology and Oncology, Adult

Hematology-Oncology refers to the combined medical practice of hematology (the study of the blood’s physiology) and oncology (the study of cancer). This type of medicine diagnoses and treats cancerous blood disorders and cancers, and manages symptoms of these diseases and resultant tumors (if present).

Mary Horowitz, MD
Robert A. Uihleing, Jr Chair in Hematologic Research, Chief Scientific Director for the CIBMTR; Chief – Division of Hematology and Oncology

Ehab Atallah, MD
Associate Professor – Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology; Section Head – Hematologic Malignancies / BMT

Lubna Chaudhary, MD, MS
Assistant Professor – Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Anita D’Souza, MD, MS
Assistant Professor – Medicine; Scientific Director of the Plasma Cell Disorders and Adult Solid Tumors Committee – CIBMTR

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology (IR) is a medical sub-specialty of radiology utilizing minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes. These procedures have less risk, less pain and less recovery time in comparison to open surgery.

Sarah White, MD, MS, FSIR
Assistant Professor – Radiology, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Assistant Professor – Surgery, Surgical Oncology; Medical Student VIR Clerkship Director

Palliative Care

Palliative care is an interdisciplinary medical caregiving approach aimed at optimizing quality of life and mitigating suffering among people with serious, complex illness.

Wendy Peltier, MD
Director – MCW Palliative Care Center; Associate Professor of Neurology and of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology

Mary Rhodes, MD
Assistant Professor – Medicine, Palliative Care Section of Hematology and Oncology


Angela Urmanski, PharmD
Investigational Drug/Oncology Pharmacist

Aaron Winn, PhD
Assistant Professor – Clinical Sciences for the School of Pharmacy

Kristina Teso, PharmD
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist


Abbey Kruper, PsyD
Assistant Professor – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Public Heath

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.

Emmanuel Ngui, DrPH
Associate Professor – Community and Behavioral Health Promotion at UW-Milwaukee – Zilber School of Public Health

Radiation Oncology

A Radiation Oncologist is a specialist physician who uses ionizing radiation (such as megavoltage X-rays or radionuclides) in the treatment of cancer. Radiation oncology is one of the three primary specialties, the other two being surgical and medical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. Radiation can be given as a curative modality, either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It may also be used palliatively, to relieve symptoms in patients with incurable cancers. A radiation oncologist may also use radiation to treat some benign diseases, including benign tumors. Radiation oncologists work closely with other physicians such as surgical oncologists, interventional radiologists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical oncologists, as well as medical physicists and technicians as part of the multi-disciplinary cancer team.

Malika Siker, MD
Associate Professor – Department of Radiation Oncology


Radiology is the medical discipline that uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases within the bodies.

Kathleen Schmainda, PhD
Professor – Department of Biophysics

Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology is the branch of surgery applied to oncology; it focuses on the surgical management of tumors, especially cancerous tumors.

Harveshp Mogal, MD
Assistant Professor – Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

Callisia Clarke, MD
Assistant Professor – Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

**SPARCC is prepared to run in-person, virtually, or a hybrid of the two. Applicants should be prepared to participate in any of the scenarios**