Psychosocial Oncology Team

Our Psychosocial Oncology Staff consists of social workers and support staff to support you during your cancer journey. 

Senior Secretarial Staff
Secretarial staff may be the first people you encounter when contacting our department. Our secretaries can support you by providing basic information regarding community resources, (e.g. American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Social Security Disability, etc.). They are also available to assist patients and families with lodging arrangements and information on transportation, as well as scheduling appointments for you to meet with a social worker or psychologist.

Experts in networking, education, advocacy, research, and resource development, oncology social workers provide a variety of psychosocial interventions that enhance quality of life and survivorship of persons with cancer and their families. These services are designed to assist groups and communities as well as individuals through counseling, stress and symptom management, care planning, navigation, education and advocacy.

Social Work staff (LCSW/LMSW)
LCSW/LMSW staff offers the following services: psychosocial assessment, counseling, distress management, linkage to community resources, assist in coping with your diagnosis and lifestyle adjustments related to your diagnosis, assistance with advanced care planning, facilitating communication between you and your medical team, and consulting with other staff to identify and work within the social, emotional and economic factors related to the patient’s health situation. Social work staff is knowledgeable about challenges you may face and resources available to assist you. Social workers may meet with patients as part of a routine assessment during your clinic visit or inpatient stay. You can also schedule an appointment with your social worker for counseling or to discuss other practical concerns by calling (716)845-8022.

Baccalaureate prepared Social Work staff (BSW)
provide consultation and information and referral to a wide variety of community resources designed to address legal, financial and practical needs. Social Work staff also assists patients and families in making the transition from the hospital to other levels of care including skilled nursing facilities, sub-acute, rehabilitation, assisted living or long-term care.

Patricia Czamara, RN
Interim Director of Psychosocial Oncology

Teresa Johnson, LCSW-R
Senior Medical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mary Lynn Acee, LCSW
Medical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Suzanne Boehm, LCSW-R
Medical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Brian Braun, LCSW-R
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Glenn Frost, LCSW-R
Medical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kathleen Grandits, LCSW
Medical Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ryann Hartmayer, LCSW-R
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rachel Korman, LCSW
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Bethann Levin, LMSW
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Master Social Worker

Joni Maxick-Jason, LCSW
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Christy Paddon, LMSW
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Master Social Worker

Stephanie Segal, LMSW
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Master Social Worker

Michelle Spellman, LCSW-R
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LuAnn Stevens, LMSW
Medical Social Worker II
Licensed Master Social Worker

Elizabeth Soemann, BSW
Medical Social Worker I
Bachelor of Social Work