Oncology Navigators


Oncology Navigators are committed to improving the experience of our patients and families. Navigators are experts in navigating complex healthcare situations. They can help in a variety of ways including: helping to connect patients to the appropriate providers; facilitating access to information; offering clarity to the plan of care; referring patients and families to support services.

Oncology Nurse Navigators

Patricia GambinoTrish Gambino, MSN, RN
Manager & Navigator for GI Cancers
215-615-0537

Patricia Gambino (patricia.gambino@uphs.upenn.edu) has worked for the past 13 years as a Patient Support Specialist and GI Nurse Navigator at the Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania. She has been an oncology nurse for over 30 years. During those 30 years she worked in many fields of nursing- specifically clinical resource management, discharge planning, homecare and hospice support. Ms. Gambino received her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and has been an active member of the local Oncology Nursing Society for over fifteen years. Her goal is to help patients, with GI malignancies, navigate a very complex medical system. By doing so, she hopes to optimize services available to patients so they feel maximally supported during their cancer journey.

Eleanor MillerEleanor Miller, BSN, MSN, OCN
Navigator for Breast Cancer & the Penn Cancer Network
215-605-5837

Eleanor Miller (Eleanor.miller2@uphs.upenn.edu) is a nurse navigator at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University before earning her BSN and MSN from Thomas Jefferson University. She has spent her career thus far as an oncology nurse, served as a unit-based committee chairperson for professional development and preceptor and mentor to new and student nurses and most recently as a nurse navigator with the breast cancer populations as well as for the Penn Cancer Network referrals, which is a variety of cancer diagnoses Eleanor has been involved in multiple process improvement projects at the Abramson Cancer Center to further improve access to oncology care. Most recently she has worked on the new patient process for breast cancer referrals, genetics counseling/testing access, as well as refining the referrals process for the Penn Cancer Network

Peg RummelPeggy Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC
Navigator for Head & Neck, Blood-Related Cancers & the Amyloid Clinic
215-615-0535

Peg Rummel (Margaret.rummel@uphs.upenn.edu) serves as a navigator for hematology/head and neck service lines at the Abramson Cancer Center. In her role, she participates in multidisciplinary treatment planning with a focus on care coordination, increasing access to care and identifying barriers that interfere with obtaining care. Ms Rummel received her BSN from Holy Family University and her MHA from St. Joseph's University. She is OCN certified and has lectured both locally and nationally. She has also published several articles and a book related to oncology. Ms. Rummel has been a trainer for the ACS ICC program for over 25 years and has been involved in the curriculum development.

Linda MillerLinda Miller, BSN, RN
Navigator for Lung Cancer
215-662-4641

Linda Miller (linda.miller@uphs.upenn.edu) is a nurse navigator at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BSN at Wilkes University 1992. Linda has worked at the University of Pennsylvania for the last twenty years. Her nursing experience has included working in the area of multi-organ transplant, post-anesthesia care, radiation oncology, clinical research and surgical oncology. Prior to joining the cancer center, Linda had most recently worked with the thoracic surgery team. Linda assisted in opening the new thoracic surgery unit in 2008. She developed the thoracic nursing education provided to the patients and staff in addition to serving as a preceptor, mentor and clinical leader. She had active roles in the nursing practice committee, staff nurse advisory board and professional development committees in addition to being the unit council chair. Linda has taken on the role as the thoracic oncology nurse navigator working with all the thoracic subspecialties including interventional pulmonary, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgery to improve the patient experience and flow.

Oncology Patient Navigator

Sandy BlackburnSandy Blackburn
Navigator for Special Needs program
215-662-6968

Sandy Blackburn (sandy.blackburn@uphs.upenn.edu) has worked at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 24 years, including patient advocacy in the Guest Services Department and as the coordinator for the hospital's volunteer program, which included adult, college and teen programs. She has been with the Abramson Cancer Center for approximately 12 years as a patient navigator for our special needs population including our donors.