Patricia Harris is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the University of Maryland Department of Family and Community Health and an instructor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She was treated for ovarian cancer at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer in late 2010, and recently wrote the following letter to the cancer center director.
Kevin Cullen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Patricia Harris (left) and Dr. Sarah Temkin (right).
Dear Dr. Cullen,
I wanted to let you know about the amazingly positive experience I have had as a patient at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. During the past year, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer and had surgery at UMMC on October 29, 2010. This was followed by four months of outpatient chemotherapy.
My surgeon and oncologist is Dr. Sarah Temkin. The experience my family and I had with Dr. Temkin and her team was quite remarkable. I found her to be both brilliant and amazingly caring. She is the kind of physician who comes in on the weekends to check on you, even though I am sure that can be delegated to others. She is very "down to earth" and comforting in her communication, and she always communicated her availability.
It was also very advantageous to have my surgery and chemotherapy provided by the same doctor. I understand from the literature that this increases good outcomes.
As I am a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, I am very familiar with what good health care is. My care experience with Dr. Temkin was exemplary, and I am so grateful to have her as my physician. I look forward to continued good health, and I wanted to let you know about my very positive experience at the Greenebaum Cancer Center.
Patricia Harris MS, CRNP-PMH, BC
University of Maryland School of Nursing