Our tobacco treatment team includes clinical health psychologists, nurses, tobacco treatment specialists, and a health educator with decades of experience in helping people stop using tobacco products.
LeadershipJamie S. Ostroff, PhD
Director, Tobacco Treatment Program
I am a clinical health psychologist with expertise in tobacco dependence treatment. I provide motivational counseling and behavioral support to individuals, couples, and families struggling with tobacco dependence. I specialize in working with cancer patients and others with medical conditions.
Jack E. Burkhalter, PhD
Assistant Director, Tobacco Treatment Program
I am a clinical health psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families to help them overcome tobacco dependence. I specialize in motivational counseling to enhance intentions and follow-through about quitting tobacco use, and I work with underserved populations such as low-income persons and those living with HIV/AIDS.
ClinicianJennifer Hay, PhD
As a clinician, I help people quit smoking and using other tobacco products by offering supportive outpatient counseling.
Tobacco Treatment SpecialistsSuhana de Leon-Sanchez, RN, NP
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a primary focus in treating nicotine dependence in cancer patients. I work collaboratively with the clinical team to formulate individualized quit strategies based on each person’s goals. I use an evidence-based practice model that includes education, motivational counseling, and FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications.
Maureen O’Brien, RN, MS
As a clinical nurse specialist, I address the specific needs of cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their families who want to improve their health through treatment for tobacco dependence. I work collaboratively with the healthcare team to develop individualized quit strategies that incorporate both motivational counseling and evidence-based, FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications. As a CNS, I am an active consultant, advocate, and liaison between MSK, patients, and their families regarding tobacco treatment. I am also responsible for the development and implementation of patient and staff education related to tobacco treatment at MSK.
C. Will Whitlock, RN, NP
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in treating nicotine dependence in the cancer care setting and work with our patients to develop individualized quit strategies that incorporate both motivational counseling and FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications.
MSKQuits Tobacco Cessation EducatorIvy Opoku-Nti, MPH
Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
I work with employees and dependents in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Employee Health and Wellness program. I assist employees and their dependents by establishing a personalized quitting plan that includes behavioral modifications, motivational counseling, as well as FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications.
Clinic CoordinatorDionne Birbeck, MPH
As the clinic coordinator, I work closely with our psychologists and nurses to ensure that our clinic operates smoothly. I’m responsible for the coordination of patient schedules, database maintenance, patient smoking status, and report management on monthly referrals across Disease Management Teams (DMTs).