Maria Rybak, MS, is a staff physicist at the Cleveland Clinic and is located at Hillcrest Hospital. She earned a Master’s of Science Degree in medical physics from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Rybak’s specialty interests include Brachytherapy, External Beam Radiotherapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy.
Throughout your radiation therapy treatments you will work Nurse Practitioners (NPs). NPs play an active role in your treatment in collaborating with your staff physician to perform physical exams, review treatment and follow laboratory and radiology results on a daily basis. They are a constant member of the radiation oncology team, providing consistent care to you and your caregivers with an additional focus on quality of life and symptom management.
Elisabeth “Libby” Dolan, MSN, ONC ACHPN
Libby graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2005 then went on to study nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Libby worked on a women’s surgical oncology unit while obtaining her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University with a focus in oncology and palliative care. After completing her MSN in 2011, Libby worked in palliative care before turning her interests to radiation oncology.
Libby joined the Radiation Oncology program at Cleveland Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner in 2013. She works closely with physicians to coordinate patient care and treatment and manage side effects with a special focus on patients with gynecologic and breast cancers. Libby has published articles related to managing cancer pain and other symptoms and is certified in Oncology Nursing as well as Hospice and Palliative Nursing.
Molly Freeman, MSN, ANP-BC
Molly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Elmira College in New York in 1998. For five years, she worked with women diagnosed with gynecological malignancies. Working within both inpatient and outpatient areas, she administered care over the spectrum of treatment for these patients, from post-surgical resection, to chemotherapy, and end of life care. She graduated with her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Ursuline College in 2008. After obtaining her Nurse Practitioner license, she cared for patients in a family practice setting for 3 years.
Molly joined the Radiation Oncology program at Cleveland Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner in 2011. She works closely with her collaborating physician, Dr. Gregory Videtic, to coordinate the care of patients diagnosed with thoracic malignancies. The most rewarding part of her job is the gratification she feels when she has had the opportunity to provide comfort to a patient.
Bridgett Harr, MSN, NP-C OCN
Bridgett graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2007. After graduation, Bridgett worked on a medical/surgical oncology unit at Cleveland Clinic. Bridgett obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing at Kent State University in 2012.
Bridgett joined the Radiation Oncology program at Cleveland Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner in 2012. She works closely with physicians to coordinate patient care and treatment and manage side effects. Bridgett is involved in a multi-disciplinary survivorship clinic for patients with head and neck cancers. She has presented at multiple head and neck cancer conferences and is certified in oncology nursing.
Sherry Soeder, MSN, CNP, AOCNP, ACHPN
Sherry graduated from Youngstown State University with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College.
Sherry joined the Radiation Oncology program at Cleveland Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner in 2003. She works very closely with the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center and physicians to coordinate patient care and treatment and manage side effects. In 2012, Sherry received the Nursing Alliance Award, which is a Nursing Excellence Award presented during Nurses’ week at Cleveland Clinic. She is certified in both oncology and palliative medicine nursing. Sherry has presented at numerous conferences.
Richard Thousand MSN, CNP, RN
Richard, originally a Registered Respiratory Therapist, graduated from the Huron School of Nursing in 2003 and Ursuline College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He worked in the Intensive Care Unit of Cleveland Clinic at Huron Road. In 2007, Richard completed his MSN from Case Western Reserve University as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a sub-specialty in cardiology.
Richard joined the Radiation Oncology department at Cleveland Clinic as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. He currently works with several collaborating physicians to coordinate patient care, manage side-effects, and offer support and guidance to patients with prostate cancer. Richard is involved in a multi-disciplinary survivorship program for patients with prostate cancer.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is comprised of several other team members that directly or indirectly assist our patients throughout his or her cancer treatment.
Radiation Oncology coordinators are administrative support representatives who assist in maintaining a variety of clinical programs, events and activities in the department of Radiation Oncology. Along with establishing schedules for events the coordinator represents programs effectively and professionally. The coordinators work collaboratively with both internal and external clientele.
The dosimetrist has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist. The dosimetrist designs a treatment plan by means of a computer to deliver a prescribed radiation dose. When designing a plan, the dosimetrist takes into consideration the dose-limiting normal structures, such as the lens of the eye, the spinal cord, or the heart.
Medical Secretaries perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties to support the physician staff in Radiation Oncology. These duties include: answering phone calls, handling and preparing correspondence, and keeping accurate and up-to-date schedules for the physicians. They must be well organized in order to maximize the efficiency of their physician's time.
Delivering compassionate care to patients and their families is the primary focus of the nurses in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cleveland Clinic.
We strive to provide excellent nursing care to:
- Maximize health
- Enhance quality of life
- Relieve suffering
- Provide education and support to patients and their families.
Promoting an environment that respects diversity, enhances quality of life and preserves human dignity, radiation oncology nurses collaborate with other professionals involved in patient care, including doctors, nurse practitioners, dieticians and social workers.
Patient Service Representatives
Patient Service Representatives provide our Radiation Oncology patients with excellent customer support. This group of trained individuals work with the patients to schedule a variety of complex appointments over the duration of their treatment. Additionally, they check patients in for treatments, offer support and provide information concerning financial clearance. Dedicated to patient satisfaction, our Patient Service Representatives strive for excellence to meet the needs of our diverse patient population.
The radiation therapist is an integral part of the cancer treatment team. The therapist administers and records targeted doses of prescribed radiation. The radiation therapists are compassionate professionals educated in physics, radiation safety, human anatomy and patient care.
The Radiation Oncology research team has the responsibility of oversight of numerous clinical research trials. These trials include therapeutic, retrospective, chart review, and database studies. The research team is comprised of a biostatistician, a data coordinator, regulatory coordinators, a research nurse, and a research supervisor. Our current Radiation Oncology clinical research trials are available online.
Special Procedure Group
The special procedures team consists of Radiation Therapists that have advanced training in the delivery of internal radiation therapy. Procedures include: intracavitary implants, interstitial implants, ocular implants, hyperthermia, and brachytherapy for treatment of the prostate.
Our Van Drivers play an integral role in patient care. The drivers provide transportation for those patients that would not be able to get the treatment they need due to lack of transportation. The drivers promote a positive Cleveland Clinic experience by being courteous, safe, service minded and helpful. They cover a 30 mile radius between the patient’s residence and main campus. They provide assistance as well as a friendly ear when necessary!