Meet Your Care Team
Caregivers Who Meet the Highest Expectations
Huntington Hospital's board-certified, fellowship-trained breast cancer
oncologists, radiologists, and surgeons are a leading team, with a dedicated
clinical support group fiercely devoted to fighting breast cancer.
Our program was founded in 1998 when several doctors from surgical oncology,
pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and breast radiology
came together to establish an integrated program with the latest advances in
breast surgery, medical oncology and
Today, our physicians are are also heavily involved with our
support services, educational programs, and clinical trials for breast cancer patients
as well as their families.
Through our partnership with the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center,
we offer expertise in breast MRI, CT, ultrasound and nuclear medicine.
Your breast cancer support team
Amy Polverini, M.D., Medical Director, Breast Surgery
Dr. Polverini leads the breast surgery program at the Huntington Hospital
Cancer Center. She says that starting as medical director of breast surgery
feels like coming full circle - she was born in Pasadena and both her
sons were born at Huntington Hospital and received life-saving care in
the Huntington NICU.
Dr. Polverini received her B.S. from Loyola Marymount University in Los
Angeles, where she was the recipient of multiple honors and awards including
a scholarship from the Department of Biology Bioethics and Science Research
Fellowship at USC Keck School of Medicine. She went on to receive her
medical doctorate from Keck School of Medicine, which included a surgery
rotation at Huntington Hospital. She completed a general surgery residency
at Harbor UCLA, and training in breast surgical oncology at City of Hope.
Dr. Polverini is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has
additional training as a physician consultant in wound care. She is also
actively involved in breast cancer clinical research.
NP, LAc, PhD
Our integrative oncology nurse practitioner Suzie Kline, NP, PhD, works
closely with the patient’s entire medical team through active treatment
and afterwards. She offers a variety of Eastern medicine and holistic
therapies which help to alleviate some of the side effects of therapy.
Please see the
integrative oncology section for more information about our integrative oncology nurse and
integrative oncology program.
Additional support services include:
Our social worker acts as a patient advocate, providing one-on-one therapy
to not only the patient but their families as well. She is able to coordinate
psychological services including prevention, diagnosis,
survivorship, terminal care and bereavement counseling.
- Our dietitian offers nutritional counseling through the assessment of each
individual patient’s needs during treatment and therapy.
Our cosmetologist is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in our
Appearance Center, to assist patients in addressing changes in appearance that can accompany
cancer-related treatment. This may include help with selecting a wig or
head covering, and skin care suggestions.
Our physical therapist has specialized training in the treatment and management of
lymphedema. Tamara also facilitates a monthly review class for signs and symptoms,
risk factors, and do’s and don’ts for managing lymphedema
and its side-effects.
Breast nurse navigators
Registered nurse navigators guide you every step of the way - from the
moment you become our patient, you are connected with a Registered Nurse
Navigator who will answer all your questions and help coordinate every
aspect of your care. You will be encouraged to take an active role in
making informed decisions about your own treatment plan. You and your
family will be involved to the fullest extent possible.
Your entire care team includes:
- Radiation Therapists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Medical Oncologists
- Symptom management nurses
- Registered nurse navigators
- Oncology certified counselor
- Oncology research specialists
- Licensed clinical social workers
- Oncology certified dietician
- Licensed cosmetologist
- Physician acupuncturist