Cancer Navigation Team
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Cancer Services revolve around the unique needs of cancer patients and aim to ease the demands that come with a cancer diagnosis. The coordinated, personalized approach includes a comprehensive navigation team that consists of skilled and experienced professionals trained to help patients and their loved ones “navigate” the cancer journey. Whether the patient needs resources, dietary counseling, financial support or other services, the cancer navigation team is available to provide support and assistance.
Debra A. Bowen, RN, BSN, OCN
Prostate Nurse Navigator
As a prostate cancer nurse navigator, Debbie supports patients through the treatment decision process, their chosen course of treatment, its procedures and side effects, and follow-up care in the radiation department. She does this via her roles as an educator, counselor, and patient advocate to both patients and their families. She also acts as a liaison between the patient, department of radiation oncology and urology offices.
Debbie has worked as a radiation oncology nurse for more than 20 years, receiving several awards for patient care services. She holds a nursing degree from the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from George Mason University. Debbie is an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) with several professional publications and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and the local DC Chapter.
Liz Castro, LCSW-C
Liz Castro is a social worker who assists cancer patients and their families with processing information, insurance and access issues, emotional support, transportation and daily living needs. Liz joined the Adventist HealthCare team in November 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at El Paso. She worked on Capitol Hill for a number of years and also for several non-profit organizations, where she worked on social policy. She decided to make a career change and received her Master’s of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She completed her second year internship at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. She found that working with cancer patients and their families was so rewarding that she took a job on the hematology unit upon graduation. She then moved to the Bone Marrow Transplant unit, where she worked for an additional 5 years. Now with the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Cancer Care Navigation Team, Liz enjoys helping to bring comprehensive, compassionate and quality services to cancer patients and their families in this community.
Cynthia Clark, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Cynthia Clark is an award-winning Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO). She has been counseling clients with a variety of nutritional concerns for more than 15 years. She has the knowledge and experience to provide both individualized and group nutrition counseling to clients of all ages and backgrounds. Cynthia assists outpatient cancer patients in understanding the importance of nutrition with a cancer diagnosis and helps them deal with side effects, prevent malnutrition and reduce risk of recurrence. She enjoys finding creative solutions to help individuals achieve healthy outcomes, motivating them to meet their own nutrition goals and to make positive lifestyle changes. She continually fine-tunes her nutrition counseling skills, sharpens her knowledge of dietetics and develops new programs to encourage the success of patients. Cynthia holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition education from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, earned her degree in dietetics from Arizona State University and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Maryland. She holds training certifications in Level 1 and Level 2 weight management counseling. She was awarded the Emerging Leaders award by her national professional association, the American Dietetic Association.
Fatu Fofana, RN, BSN
General/Thoracic Nurse Navigator
As a cancer nurse navigator Fatu Fofana supports and navigates patients from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship. Fatu serves as a patient advocate and provides education, medical guidance and counseling to patients and their families throughout the cancer treatment process. She refers patients to appropriate cancer support programs and resources in our communities. Fatu also acts as a liaison between patients and their care team.
Fatu holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She has been an oncology nurse for eleven years at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, serving patients as a charge nurse and as a direct caregiver, including administration of chemotherapy. As an oncology nurse, Fatu excelled at educating patients about all aspects of their disease, including the side effects of treatment. Her passion for coordinating patients care and providing psychosocial (emotional and social) support along the continuum led Fatu to her current role as a cancer nurse navigator.
Lori Hartinger, RN, BSN, OCN
Breast Nurse Navigator
Lori Hartinger is a dedicated nurse that believes in ensuring patients receive the best breast care. Her compassion for her patients motivates her to move patients quickly through the system ensuring they feel supported through out their journey.
Lori received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason School of Nursing. She has been practicing in the field of oncology for the last seven years and is a Certified Oncology Nurse (OCN). Prior to joining the Shady Grove Breast Center and the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital navigation team, she worked in different areas of oncology including the inpatient setting both as a staff nurse and as a nurse manager. Lori’s outpatient experience includes working for Emory University Winship Cancer Institute, navigating newly diagnosed patients through the health-care system as well as coordinating care of patients enrolled in clinical trials. She is a member of the Oncology Nurse Society. Before becoming a nurse, Lori graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management.
Traudi Rose, RN, OCN, CHPN, MBA
Lead Navigator, Cancer Care Services
Traudi Rose is the lead cancer care navigator for Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals. She ensures the navigation team provides the highest quality of navigation services to patients at both hospitals. Traudi also continues to navigate patients at both hospitals from diagnosis through survivorship. She enjoys being an advocate for patients and connecting patients to resources to make their journey the best it can be.
Traudi is a professional Oncology Certified Nurse who has broad experience working with persons with cancer. She has worked in the field of oncology in a variety of settings, as a travel nurse. Traudi also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA).