Meet the Team
Dr. Tara Sanft is the Director of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic, one of the nation’s only multidisciplinary clinics specializing in cancer survivorship. Dr. Sanft is a breast oncologist who cares for women with newly diagnosed breast cancer. As the Director of the Survivorship Clinic, Dr. Sanft sees patients who have had various types of cancer and have completed their initial treatment. Her research focuses on healthy lifestyles and quality of life after cancer.
Maura Harrigan, MS, RD, CSO is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO). As a member of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic team, Maura provides individualized counseling addressing the unique nutrition concerns of the cancer survivor. Maura is also a Project Manager at the Yale School of Public Health where she conducts lifestyle interventions for the Lifestyle, Exercise and Nutrition (LEAN) Study.
Scott Capozza, MS, PT has been the physical therapist for the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic since its inception in 2006. He develops exercise plans uniquely tailored to a survivor's needs and personal preferences by assessing their strength and range of motion. He has also used his experience working as the lead therapist/trainer in the Hormones and Physical Exercise (HOPE) study to educate breast cancer survivors on the importance of exercise to reduce fatigue, bone loss, and joint pain as a result of hormone therapy. As a longtime survivor of testicular cancer, Scott has shared his personal story of cancer survivorship with both oncology professionals and high school students throughout Connecticut.
Angela Khairallah, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker for the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital as well as the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic. Angela’s areas of specialty include breast cancer, young adults with cancer (ages 18-39), and cancer survivorship. Angela earned her Master’s degree from the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work in 2001 and has been licensed since 2004. Within her work with patients in the Survivorship Clinic, her focus is to help patients adjust to their “new normal” by addressing the social, emotional, spiritual, and sexual impact that cancer has had and may continue to have on their lives. She provides patients with tools, interventions, and resources to overcome challenges they may face by utilizing her knowledge and expertise in mental health, mindfulness, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral strategies.
Javin Brita, PA-C, MPAS is a certified Physician Assistant with the Survivorship Clinic. He sees patients with various types of cancer, helping them coordinate their care, counsel on health maintenance and cancer prevention, and listens to concerns they have after completing their treatment. Outside of clinic, he develops Survivorship care plans that are delivered to patients on the day of their visit. Before starting at Yale, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science University in December 2017 with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and was the vice president of his student SAAAPA society; and also from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Pre-Medical Concentration in 2011. Prior to his PA education, he worked as both a medical assistant in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
“Kiki” Angelique Williams is the Program Coordinator for the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic. She is the liaison and point person between the patients and the Survivorship team. She schedules the patient appointments that best meet their schedules. Every detail of the clinic is managed by her, from clinic schedules to obtaining patient records to reviewing clinic referrals. Kiki has been in the healthcare field for over 20 years, including 10 years of oncology.