Meet our Woman to Woman Team
Shohreh Shahabi, MD, EMHA
Dr. Shahabi is a dedicated oncologist, surgeon, educator and scientist and the chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Northwestern Medicine. Her commitment to improving the patient experience helped bring the Woman to Woman program to Northwestern and serves her well as the program’s physician champion. Dr. Shahabi has a strong passion for using innovative approaches to advance medicine and deliver world-class, comprehensive care to women.
A dedicated researcher and lifelong student, Dr. Shahabi is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Medical Biology. In her free time, she enjoys entertaining friends, exploring the arts, and traveling with her husband and daughter.
Alissa Newman, MMS, PA-C
Alissa has a passion for patient support and truly believes that tolerance of treatment for cancer and the overall process is directly related to emotional stability and the strength of support systems. She previously started Patient Mentorship and Survivorship programs at University of Miami and Memorial Regional Breast Cancer Center. As a co-lead, Alissa is honored to support women and their families on their cancer fighting journey.
Jeanmarie Thorne-Spencer, BSN, RNC
Jeanmarie is a passionate senior staff nurse with 35 years’ experience in women’s health, the last seventeen of which have all been at Northwestern Medicine. Besides being a nurse, she is a mother of three active children who, with her husband, enjoy their time together at one of the many beaches in Northwest Indiana.
Taking on new challenges is a part of who Jeanmarie is. Her passion for women’s health makes her a perfect co-lead. She has been key in the development and successful implementation of the Woman to Woman program here at Northwestern Medicine. Believing that for a mentor to really be helpful, having a good understanding of what a woman is going to feel once she has been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, she must walk in her shoes.
Other Committee Members
- Michelle Eleby, MHSA
- Anne Grace, PhD
- Jessie-Kaye Orante