How Advanced Practice Providers are essential to the care of oncology patients.

Richard Paxman welcomes Danielle T. Calvano, PA-C, Elahe Salehi, DNP, ANP-BC and Elizabeth Strand, MSN- APRN- BC for the next episode of the series.

This engaging, in depth discussion will uncover how the role of advanced practice providers has evolved to be such a crucial part of a patients care team, the aspects of care they deliver and the evolution of the speciality over the past decade.

Danielle Calvano, PA-C

Danielle Calvano, PA-C is a knowledgeable Licensed Physician Assistant that received her Bachelors of Science from Quinnipiac University and her Physician Assistant Degree from Mercy College’s Graduate Program in Physician Assistant Studies. Mrs. Calvano is board certified and credentialed with the National Commission of Physician Assistants.

Since 2001, she has practiced in the areas of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, and has educated Physician Assistant students as an Associate Professor at Mercy College. Danielle has been a member of the staff at White Plains Hospital since 2004, and brought to the Clinical Navigator position her familiarity of education and a strong knowledge of the WPH system. She became the Breast Cancer Clinical Navigator in 2011, and has coordinated the clinical, educational and emotional needs of hundreds of breast cancer patients and their families. In 2020, she was promoted to Clinical Program Manager of the Cancer Center and continues to develop programs and services for everyone treated at the Cancer Center.

Elahe Salehi, DNP, ANP-BC

Elahe Salehi, DNP, ANP-BC Nurse Practitioner, Department of Breast Oncology Director of Advance Practice Nursing, Division of Women’s Cancers Elahe Salehi, DNP, ANP-BC, is currently working as an oncology nurse practitioner for Department of Breast Oncology. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of Scalp Cooling Best Practice Guidelines and Policies. Her research interest is assessing the efficacy of scalp cooling in metastatic breast cancer population and in novel therapies. Elahe Salehi began her nursing career as a new graduate in inpatient-oncology, where she developed passion for all oncology patients. She continued her career as a nurse practitioner in oncology settings both inpatient and outpatient. For the last 11 years, her focus has been providing care to men and women with breast cancer from initial diagnosis through end of life care. She was honored and nominated by one of her young breast cancer patients for Salute to Nurses-The Boston globe. She is the recipient of The President’s Award for Nursing Excellence, presented by the Nursing and Patient Care Services Department. Elahe Salehi received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ryerson University in 2002, MSN-NP Adult Oncology at Yale School of Nursing in 2006, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at MGHIHP in 2019. She is board certified as a nurse practitioner through American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Elizabeth Strand, MSN-APRN-BC

Elizabeth Strand MSN- APRN- BC  has been a Nurse Practitioner in Breast Oncology at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Medstar- Georgetown Hospital in Washington DC since 2018.  Prior to that,  she was in a similar role at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston which is where she first met Richard Paxman and started using the PAXMAN scalp cooling device with her patients.  She then was delighted to help  bring PAXMAN to  Georgetown.  She has treated dozens of women who have benefited from using scalp cooling with PAXMAN.  

She has been an oncology Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years. She got her Master’s in Oncology Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing, her NP certificate from Simmons College,  and has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Davidson College.