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MEDIA CONTACT: Joyce Brennan
May 18, 2009 Public Information Officer
Southcoast Health System
Southcoast recruits top-tier clinical leadership for new cancer program
The center in Fall River will open in July 2009 and the Fairhaven center is scheduled to
open in 2011.
FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast Hospitals Group today announced the recruitment of
key clinical leadership, including a renowned medical oncologist and nationally recognized
expert as physician leader, for its new comprehensive cancer treatment program in Fall River and
“We have recruited top-tier clinicians with a wealth of experience at top academic
institutions around the country to lead our new comprehensive cancer program,” said Keith A.
Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group. “These physicians bring to Southcoast a
commitment to combining the very best in cancer treatment, technology and expertise to meet the
growing needs of our region‟s cancer patients.”
Leading the clinical team is Therese M. Mulvey, MD, a board-certified physician in
medical oncology and internal medicine, who will serve as the Physician Leader for Oncology
Services for Southcoast‟s new Centers for Cancer Care. The Fall River center opens in July and
the Fairhaven site in 2011.
Dr. Mulvey, who will join Southcoast in July 2009, is currently with Commonwealth
Hematology Oncology in Quincy, Mass., New England‟s largest private cancer care network,
where she has practiced since 1991 and served as its president.
Dr. Mulvey has dedicated her career to providing state-of-the-art community-based care
for cancer patients. As the Physician Leader for the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, she
plans to continue her affiliations with many leading academic medical centers to ensure that
patients of the South Coast region have access to high-quality oncology services and leading-edge
clinical cancer research without having to travel. Her philosophy is to empower patients to
receive high-quality care in their own communities, with shared decision making among
specialists and patients. Dr. Mulvey will serve as the Physician Leader for the two Southcoast
Centers for Cancer Care.
“The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care will greatly benefit from Dr. Mulvey‟s strong
leadership and vision for a comprehensive, community based oncology program,” Hovan said.
“Dr. Mulvey has dedicated her career to bringing „big city‟ medicine to the inner city and
suburbs. Recognizing the great need for personalized, high-quality cancer care services locally,
she shares Southcoast‟s mission to meet the needs of our diverse communities by providing high-
quality care, close to home.”
Dr. Mulvey began her career at Carney Hospital in Boston and served as an attending
physician at Quincy Hospital and Milton Hospital. She has also been a consulting physician at
South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
She received her education and post-graduate training at several tertiary facilities in
Boston, including a research and clinical fellow in hematology and oncology from Massachusetts
General Hospital, and a clinical fellow in hematology and oncology from Tufts-New England
Medical Center, where she also performed her residency. Dr. Mulvey received her medical degree
from Tufts University School of Medicine.
She has published numerous articles, abstracts and book chapters and most notably serves
as the Associate Editor for The Journal of Oncology Practice. She is the Immediate Past Chair of
American Society Clinical Oncology's Clinical Practice Committee and is an Associate Professor
for the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine where she has received
“Excellence in Teaching” awards.
For several years, she was named one of Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for Medical
Oncology and Hematology [“The Top Doctors 2006, 2008” and “Best Docs 2007”].
Teresa Boyle, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Teresa Boyle, MD, Radiation Oncologist, will be joining the Southcoast Centers for
Cancer Care in Fall River, beginning in July, and at the future Fairhaven center. Dr. Boyle is a
board-certified physician in radiation oncology and internal medicine and joins Southcoast from
Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Tex., an affiliated institution of the Texas A&M
Health Science Center.
She served as Chief Resident of Radiation Oncology at Tufts-New England Medical
Center in Boston, where she then served as Clinical Director of Lymphoma Service and Head &
Dr. Boyle performed her post-doctoral training at St. Elizabeth‟s Hospital and her
residency in Internal Medicine at Carney Hospital, both in Boston. She received her Bachelors
Degree from St. Mary‟s College in South Bend, Ind., and her Masters Degree in Education from
Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She received her Medical Degree from Loyola University of
She has published articles, abstracts and book chapters in numerous medical journals that
are nationally recognized by her peers on topics such as breast cancer, lung cancer and the use of
radiation therapy in various modalities.
Todd F. Roberts, MD, Medical Oncologist
Todd F. Roberts, MD, MSc., Medical Oncologist, joins Southcoast from Hematology and
Oncology Specialists, LLC, in New Orleans, where he currently serves as Director of Bone
Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation. He is also a Clinical Associate
Professor of Medicine at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics with their stem cell transplant
program in New Orleans.
Dr. Roberts is a board-certified physician in medical oncology. He has a fellowship in
bone marrow transplantation from Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, where he also
served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology under the
Tufts University School of Medicine affiliation. He received his Medical Degree from the
University of Toronto in Canada and performed his internal medicine internship at Harvard
Medical School at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. He performed his internal medicine
residency at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Roberts‟ current areas of research include stem cell transplantation, leukemia,
myelodysplasia (MDS, formerly known as "preleukemia"), Hodgkin‟s disease, Non-Hodgkin‟s
lymphoma and multiple myeloma (cancer that begins in plasma cells).
He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society
of Hematology. He has served on numerous committees and boards and is currently a member of
Hematology and Oncology Specialists Medical Research Committee.
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care
Southcoast announced plans to open the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fairhaven
with a satellite location in Fall River last year. The Centers for Cancer Care will provide
comprehensive treatment of cancer and blood diseases with a seamless link to the region‟s
premier health care provider, Southcoast Hospitals Group.
“It is important that we create a seamless link between the two centers as a way to further
ensures a collaborative approach to patient care. It will also give our patients access to a multi-
disciplinary team of specialists and caregivers that can work together on the best course of
treatment,” Hovan said.
There is a growing need for cancer treatment in the region and Southcoast is committed
to making sure patients have access to the very latest technology and care delivered by a
dedicated and experienced staff. Currently patients in the eastern section of the region must settle
for a patchwork of care providers and, in many cases, travel great distances for cancer treatments,
many of which require daily visits.
The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care will provide a full range of oncology services
including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, lab and radiology services and patient supportive
services, such as nutrition counseling and complementary therapies.
The center in Fall River will open in July 2009 at the Charlton Memorial Hospital site
and the Fairhaven site is scheduled to open in 2011. Drs. Mulvey, Boyle and Roberts will begin
seeing patients in July at the Fall River location.
Additional information on Southcoast‟s cancer program can be found on our website at
About Southcoast Health System & Southcoast Hospitals Group
Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple
access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern
Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. It includes the three hospitals that make up
Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke‟s Hospital in
New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty
and heart rhythm services, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery and advanced
imaging services. Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the
support of the community to provide services.
More information is available online at www.southcoast.org.