Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Breast Care Team

Appointments available!
Please call 281-242-PINK(7465) or
email us at MSLHBreastCenter@houstonmethodist.org

Breast Radiologists

Stephen W. Phillips, M.D., FACR

Stephen W. Phillips, M.D., FACR

Breast Center Medical Director

College: University of Missouri - Columbia
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Internship: OBGYN, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Fellowship: CT and Ultrasound Senior Registrar, Dunedin Hospital; Breast Imaging and Intervention, Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center
Board Certified: Diagnostic Radiology

"We have the capability to provide the best, most effective diagnostic equipment and procedures possible — all here under one roof. We have options available to us that other imaging centers don't, and together with our breast center team and our patients, we decide on the course of action that is best for the patient's individual needs."- Stephen W. Phillips, M.D., FACR


Breast Surgeons

Kelly Dempsey, M.D.

Kelly Dempsey, M.D., FACS

College: Tulane University
Medical School: LSU School of Medicine
Internship: The University of Texas- Houston, Department of Surgery
Residency: The University of Texas- Houston, Department of Surgery
Membership: American College of Surgeons and American Society of Breast Surgeons
Board Certified: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Specialty: Breast Surgery

"I believe in providing personalized breast care for each woman's unique needs. Utilizing a full spectrum of minimally invasive and oncoplastic techniques, along with a team approach, our patients can expect state-of-the-art care in a warm, comforting environment. We understand the connection of mind, body and spirit and treat the whole person, not just the disease." - Kelly Dempsey, M.D., FACS

Sandra Templeton, M.D.

Sandra Templeton, M.D.

College: Baylor University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: San Bernadino County Medical Center
Residency: General Surgery, St. Barnabas Medical Center
Membership: American College of Surgeons and American Society of Breast Surgeons
Board Certified: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Specialty: Breast Surgery

"My goal is to provide breast care in a comprehensive and caring manner." - Sandra Templeton, M.D.


Oncologists

Bushra Cheema, M.D.

Bushra Cheema, M.D.

Medical School: Nishtar Medical College - Multan, Pakistan
Residency: Internal Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Fellowship: Hematology/Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Hematology/Oncology and Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch
Board Certified: Internal Medicine-Subspecialty of Medical Oncology; Internal Medicine ; and Palliative Medicine

"I want to make sure that you get the most advanced and comprehensive personalized care in a compassionate setting. Working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team allows me to treat you in the best possible manner. At the end of day it is you who matters the most!" - Bushra Cheema, M.D.

Charles Conlon, M.D.

Charles Conlon, M.D.

Cancer Committee Chair

College: The University of Houston
Medical School: The University of Texas Medical Branch
Internship: Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch
Residency: Medicine, The University of Texas Hospitals
Fellowship: Hematology and Developmental Therapeutics, The University of Texas Hospitals; Immunohematology, American Red Cross Headquarters Laboratories
Board Certified: Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine- Subspecialty of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Critical Care Medicine; Pathology, Special Competence in Blood Banking

Jorge Darcourt, M.D.

Jorge Darcourt, M.D.

Medical School: Universidad De Buenos Aires, Facultad De Medicina
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine
Board Certified: Internal Medicine- Subspecialty of Hematology and Medical Oncology

"Because your breast cancer treatment should be as unique as you are, we work to individualize your care. Now, more than ever, you have more tools to fight this disease. No matter what type of support you may need, our team will collaborate to find the resources to help you. " - Jorge Darcourt, M.D.

Nadeem Qurashi, M.D.

Nadeem Qurashi, M.D.

College: DJ Sind Govt. Science College - Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Sind Medical College - Karachi Pakistan
Internship: Primary Care - Long Island College Hospital
Residency: Primary Care, Interfaith Medical Center
Fellowship: Medical Oncology, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston
Board Certified: Oncology

William Velasquez, M.D.

William Velasquez, M.D.

Medical School: San Marcos University - Lima, Peru
Internship: Tropical Medicine, Albert Schweitzer Hospital; Internal Medicine, Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston
Board Certified: Internal Medicine- Subspecialty of Hematology and Medical Oncology

Alexander Wong, M.D.

Alexander Wong, M.D.

College: University of the East - Philippines
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery - Philippines
Internship: The Chicago Medical School
Residency: Pathology and Internal Medicine, New York Hospital Queens
Fellowship: Medical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Buffalo, New York
Board Certified: Medical Oncology

"In the 21st century, it is of utmost importance to emphasize the team approach to provide the best treatment to patients. This is such an enjoyable experience to work with a team of high quality colleagues who are just a phone call away and at times even closer in cyber space to discuss the care of our patients." - Alexander Wong, M.D.


Breast Reconstructive Surgeons

Pierre Chevray, M.D., PhD

Pierre Chevray, M.D., PhD

College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Internship: General Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Residency: General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery

Jay M.Shenaq, M.D.

Jay M. Shenaq, M.D.

College: University of Baghdad - Baghdad College of Medicine
Medical School: The Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: General Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Sinai Hospital; Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship: Microsurgery Traveling Fellowship, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital - Taipei, Taiwan
Board Certified: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery


Radiation Oncologists

Clive Shkedy, M.D.

Clive Shkedy, M.D.

Cancer Center Medical Director

Medical School: University of Wiwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Internship: Johannesburg, South Africa; Danbury Hospital, Connecticut
Residency: Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto (Chief Resident)
Fellowship: The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
Board Certified: The American Board of Radiology and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

"My goal is to provide state-of-the-art, personalized care to all of my patients with attention not only to their physical state but also attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. I believe that each patient should be treated as a person who has a cancer rather than as a cancer patient." - Clive Shkedy, M.D.


Pathologists

Ognjen Kosarac, M.D.

Ognjen Kosarac, M.D.

College: Real Gymnasium, Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, University of Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Internship: Dr. Petar Vitezica - Split, Croatia
Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, East Virginia Medical School and Houston Methodist Hospital
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology, Houston Methodist Hospital; Cytopathology, Houston Methodist Hospital

Seema Mullick, M.D.

Seema Mullick, M.D.

Laboratory Medical Director

Medical School: Christian Medical College - Punjab, India
Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, Texas
Fellowship: Cytopathology, Baylor College of Medicine; Surgical Pathology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Houston, Texas
Board Certified: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology

"Tissue diagnosis is a critical part of the multidisciplinary treatment plan of breast cancer. My goal is to provide an accurate and timely biopsy report to facilitate the personalized care of each of our patients here at MSLH." - Seema Mullick, M.D.

Breast Care Navigator

Maria Socci, Breast Care Navigator

Maria Socci, RN

Hi, I am Maria Socci, your Breast Care Navigator at the Breast Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

What does a Breast Care Navigator do?
The simple answer is I do whatever I can to reduce your stress and provide emotional support and guidance throughout your journey to survivorship — so that you can focus on healing.

In other words, I’ll be your “care partner” throughout your treatment — holding your hand, providing words of encouragement, taking care of details and answering questions. I’m the person you can turn to when you need assistance, advocacy or even just someone to listen.

More specifically, my job is to help you:

  • Understand the continuum of care. This generally begins with discussions of your exam findings and your different procedure options.
  • Make appropriate decisions by ensuring that you are educated and fully understand each of your options.
  • Feel empowered in your care through participation in support groups such as our Houston Methodist Sugar Land Breast Cancer Support Group, CanCare, American Cancer Society and others.

In addition, I can facilitate your various appointments with the Breast Care Team, as well as coordinate other health appointment needs that may arise during your care. And I’ll attend the weekly patient care review sessions in which our multidisciplinary breast care team discusses your personalized treatment plan, so that I know exactly how your care is proceeding and what steps may be next.

You don’t have to go through treatment feeling alone or uncertain. I can help … call me any time!

Phone: 281-276-8989
Email: MSocci@houstonmethodist.org

Lisa Lewis Smith

Lisa Lewis Smith

Breast Center Lead

Certifications & Licenses: Texas Department of Health, The American Registry of Radiologic Technology

"My goal is to ensure excellent patient care and facilitate the Houston Methodist I-CARE values."

Heidi Holden

Heidi Holden

Mammography Technologist

Certifications & Licenses: Texas Department of Health (MRT), The American Registry of Radiologic Technology

"My goal is to do the best by my patients using compassion and the knowledge I have from 21 years of experience."

Carolyn Stewart

Carolyn Stewart

Mammography Technologist

Certifications & Licenses: Texas Department of Health (MRT), The American Registry of Radiologic Technology

"My goal is to provide quality exams with the utmost care, compassion and respect to all patients."

Chitra Vianeswakan

Chitra Vianeswakan

Sonographer

Certifications & Licenses: Texas Department of Health

"My goal is to make a difference in each patient that I come across and to emphasize the importance of mammograms and breast ultrasounds."

Teresa Lindamood

Teresa Lindamood

Registered Nurse

Certifications & Licenses: R.N., CPR, ACLS, ARIN

"My goal is to strive for compassion and advocacy for my patients."

Heidi Trento

Heidi Trento

Mammography Technologist

Certifications & Licenses: Texas Department of Health (MRT), The American Registry of Radiologic Technology

"My goal is to provide an excellent experience for my patients while treating them with the best care."

Tracy Boone

Tracy Boone

Mammography Technologist

Certifications & Licenses: Texas Department of Health (MRT), The American Registry of Radiologic Technology, CPR

"My goal is to be the best technologist that is willing to learn new concepts and procedures and to go above and beyond with patient care."

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor

Mammography Technologist

Certifications & Licenses: The American Registry of Radiologic Technology, RT (R)(M)

"I believe that if you are good to yourself it will be reflected in everything that you do as well as the people that you come in contact with."

Sammie Durden

Sammie Durden

PRN Mammography Technologist

Certifications & Licenses: Certified Medical Radiation Technologist, The American Registry of Radiologic Technology

"My goal is to become more proficient in performing breast procedures so that I can deliver compassionate patient care at the next level."

Elva Cruz

Elva Cruz

Front Desk Clerk

"From the time the patient enters the Breast Center, I greet them, assist with paperwork, answer any questions they may have and offer them coffee or tea while they relax in the waiting room."

Pawnee Villaflor

Pawnee Villaflor

Patient Access Representative

"It is my duty and pleasure to assist patients in scheduling their appointments as well as help with any billing questions or concerns that may arise."

Kiri Seliger

Kiri Seliger

Breast Center Liaison

"I am a facilitator of all aspects relating to breast health and the Breast Center. I interface with family physicians, breast surgeons, breast radiologists and other outside facilities to obtain information, films, orders and schedule patient procedures for all patients of the Breast Center. It is my pleasure to insure a timely and uncomplicated experience."

Jane Cherian

Jane Cherian

Front Desk Clerk

"I ensure that patients are scheduled correctly for routine exams and biopsies. Also ensure patients are seen in a timely manner."