All members of our residency faculty are seasoned clinicians with 10+ years of experience and a passion for oncologic rehabilitation. All our faculty mentors are committed to providing supportive mentorship to foster professional development and critical thinking, and to developing clinical specialists.
Rachel Tran is City of Hope's manager of Physical Therapy, overseeing inpatient and outpatient services. She received her D.P.T. from Northeastern University and completed the USC/RLANRC Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2012. Tran is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy. She is a passionate supporter of residency education with multiple years of experience as a residency mentor and program director.
CeCe Fernandez has been practicing as a physical therapist for over 15 years. She specializes in hematological disorders and stem cell transplantation, while also working with various oncological diagnoses throughout the hospital. She has collaborated with various teams focusing on program development for inclusion of physical therapy in all populations, but her passion and current research areas include the use of prehabilitation in surgical oncology and stem cell transplant population.
Gouri Varatkar has 10 years of inpatient and outpatient experience in the oncology setting focused mainly on geriatric oncology patients. Her interests are geriatric oncology and women’s health, and she has obtained advanced certifications in both geriatric physical therapy and pelvic health physical therapy. Varatkar treats in our outpatient department and is passionate about providing comprehensive care for women with cancer.
Norma has been a City of Hope physical therapy practitioner for 20 years. Her areas of interest have been hematological disorders and hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT). She has played an integral role in developing policies and procedures for physical therapy automatic referrals and setting up lab value guidelines on the HCT floor. Hook has been a member of the APTA since 1988 and with the Oncology Section since 2004.
Lisa McManus has been a practicing physical therapist for 28 years. For the last 15 years, she has dedicated herself to rehabilitation of those suffering from the effects of cancer and its treatment at City of Hope. She specializes in hematological diagnoses, as well as stem cell transplants. Having advanced training in neurologic rehabilitation and pelvic floor physical therapy has allowed her to transition to the outpatient department at City of Hope. Here she has been able to assist in the development of a pelvic health program. She has also participated as a guest lecturer at area universities on the subject of cancer rehab.
After earning bachelor degrees in both medical technology and physical therapy, Joy Ramos practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Oncology rehab, an evolving field in the comprehensive management of cancer treatment, inspired her to join City of Hope’s Department of Rehabilitation Services. With 10 years at City of Hope, she has broad experience in acute care, providing skilled physical therapy services in a variety of cases (plastic/reconstructive, orthopedic and limb salvage, neurosurgery, solid tumors and other forms of cancer-related disorders). Ramos is a strong advocate for early mobility in ICU, and champions City of Hope’s interdepartment effort to transform ICU culture and adapt evidence-based practice in ICU mobility.