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Cheryl Brunelle, PT, MS, CCS, CLT

Areas of expertise:

  • Breast cancer-related lymphedema
  • Prospective surveillance/screening
  • Risk factors for lymphedema
  • Symptoms of lymphedema
  • Measurement of lymphedema
  • Treatment of lymphedema: manual lymphatic drainage, compression, exercise, self-care
  • Early intervention for lymphedema
  • Breast edema after breast conserving surgery/radiation
  • Cording/Axillary web syndrome
  • Exercise after breast cancer
  • Rehabilitation after breast cancer
  • Side effects of COVID vaccination after breast cancer treatment
Dr. Roman Skoracki

Areas of expertise:

  • Surgical treatment of lymphedema (Extremity and head and neck lymphedema)
  • Multiple Lymphaticovenular Anastomoses – for treatment as well as in the prophylactic /immediate setting
  • Liposuction for Lymphedema
  • Liposuction for Lipedema
  • Lymph node transplant
  • Diagnostic imaging of lymphedema
  • Screening for patients at risk of lymphedema
  • Multidisciplinary care of lymphedema
Prof. Dominic Furniss

Areas of expertise:

  • Surgical treatment of lymphoedema
  • Multiple Lymphaticovenular Anastomoses
  • Liposuction for Lymphoedema
  • Liposuction for Lipodema
  • Lymph node transplant
  • Diagnostic imaging of lymphoedema
  • Screening for patients at risk of lymphoedema
Dr. Jay Granzow

Areas of expertise:

  • Lymphedema Surgery
  • Integrated Lymphedema Treatment System
  • VLNT (Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer)
  • LVA (Lymphaticovenous anastomosis)
  • SAPL (Suction Assisted Protein Lipectomy)
  • Lipedema Surgery
  • Lipolymphedema Surgery
Dr. Joseph Dayan

Note: Dr. Dayan is not currently answering questions.

Areas of expertise:

  • Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer
  • LVA (lymphaticovenous anastomosis)
  • Liposuction and Debulking Operations for Lymphedema
  • Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema
  • Lymphatic Imaging and Work-up (including lymphoscintigraphy, MRI/MRL/MRA, ICG Lymphangiography/SPY)
  • Assessing Outcomes in Lymphedema Treatment
Dr. Stanley Rockson

Areas of expertise:

  • Lymphedema
  • Lymphedema prevention
  • Genetics
  • Lymphatic malformations, venous malformations, complex vascular anomalies
  • Protein-losing enteropathy
  • Chylous effusions
  • Impact of systemic disease on lymphatic function
Dr. Sheila Ridner

Note: Dr. Ridner is not currently answering questions.

Areas of expertise:

  • Lymphedema treatment options
  • Self-care
  • Symptoms associated with lymphedema
  • Quality of life concerns
  • Coping with lymphatic diseases
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Patient advocacy
Dr. Jessica Kandel

Areas of expertise:

  • Neonatal and pediatric surgery
  • Congenital and pediatric solid tumors
  • Vascular tumors of infancy and childhood
  • Lymphatic malformations
  • Congenital lymphedema
  • Hemangiomas and vascular malformations
Cynthia Shechter, MA, OTR/L, CIMT, CLT-UE

Note: Cynthia Shechter is not currently answering questions.

Areas of expertise:

  • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • Lymphedema risk
  • Axillary web syndrome
  • Exercise
  • Air travel
  • Cellulitis/infections
  • Wrapping
  • Compression garments
  • Compression pump use
  • Self MLD
  • Surgical options for lymphedema
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Lifting and risk of exacerbation or developing lymphedema
  • Radiation in relation to lymphedema and motion
  • Evaluation and treatment of lymphedema
Dr. Francine Blei

Areas of expertise:

  • Hemangiomas – infantile, RICH, NICH
  • Syndromic Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations Genetic Aspects of Vascular Anomalies
  • Medical Treatment of Vascular Anomalies
  • Lymphatic Malformations
  • Prenatally diagnosed vascular lesions
  • Primary Lymphedema
  • Hereditary and non-Hereditary Vascular and Lymphatic Syndromes

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