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Meet Our Team


Driola Brahaj, MD

Dr. Brahaj received her medical degree from the University “Mother Teresa” of Tirana in Albania. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Our Lady of Mercy Medical
Center, New York Medical College. Dr. Brahaj trained for three years in hematology-oncology at the Montefiore North Medical Center and graduated from New York Medical College.
She is board-certified in internal medicine and hematology and oncology. Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant hematologic diseases and solid tumors with an interest in renal, lung, colon and breast cancer.

Sapna Khubchandani, MD, MPH

Dr. Khubchandani received her medical degree at the Medical College at Calcutta University, India and completed her residency in internal medicine and preventive medicine (cancer prevention track) at Griffin Hospital/Yale University, Derby, Conn. While completing her residency, Dr. Khubchandani also completed her masters degree in public health at the Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Conn. She completed her fellowship in medical oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York. Dr. Khubchandani is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Dr. Khubchandani is widely published in her field and has presented at numerous conferences. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. She is also the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s Physician Training Award in Preventive Medicine.

Cathi Grady
Cancer Registrar

Cathi Grady has worked in the Cancer Registry for 3 ½ years.  Cathi’s responsibilities include case finding, completing data requests from various departments, as well as additional cancer registries throughout the State of Connecticut.  
She is responsible for follow-up, abstracting/coding, data submission to the State of Connecticut, logging the minutes for both the Cancer Committee meetings and Tumor Boards, as well as staging form completion, and documenting all treatments.   
Cathi accesses information from the State of Connecticut regarding cases and phone contacts, represents Bristol Hospital at local and regional cancer registry educational meetings and participated in the Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center’s Accreditation to the State of Connecticut.

Arlene Pereira, MSW, LCSW
Oncology Clinical Social Worker
Our patients will meet with Arlene at the time of their first visit with us, and are encouraged to speak to her throughout their treatment journey.  She will be available to provide counseling and support services for you and your family whenever needed.
She will work as your liaison to community services and programs, as well as facilitate our Cancer Care Center's support group programs for both patients and caregivers.  Arlene is also looking forward to expanding groups for all kinds of patients, families and children’s needs.  These groups are a wonderful resource and are open to community participation.   

Jacqueline Dean RN, MSN, OCN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Jacqueline received her BSN from St. Joseph College and her MSN from Sacred Heart University in Patient Care Services Administration. She has been practicing Oncology Nursing for over 20 years in Inpatient, Outpatient and Hospice settings and also spent 8 years in the US Army Reserves. She is looking forward to bring her diverse experience in clinical and research nursing to her new role as the Nurse Navigator at the Cancer Care Center. Jackie is an Oncology Certified Nurse through the Oncology Nursing society.

Jacqueline is available to assist patients starting at the time of diagnosis. She will provide information about our center, radiation, chemotherapy, port placement, and any other aspect in dealing with a cancer diagnosis.  Jacqueline also works in collaboration with the Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital.

Contact the Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center at 860.585.3400
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