Our Professionals

The Patty Brisben Foundation’s medical professionals are available to answer questions you may have regarding sexual health. All questions will be answered via email within one week. To submit a question, please email  professionals@pattybrisbenfoundation.org.

Please note that this service is not meant to provide primary medical advice concerning specific medical care or treatment of any condition. Please consult your healthcare provider regarding your particular medical needs. Other professionals may be consulted from time to time in order to answer certain questions.

Cynthia Dehlinger – Director

Cindy Dehlinger is an advanced practice nurse with over 16 years of experience in women’s health. She obtained master’s degrees in nursing in midwifery from the University of Cincinnati and family practice from Northern Kentucky University. She is currently employed by the Christ Hospital urogynecology and pelvic floor medicine division. She also serves as part time faculty in the masters program at Northern Kentucky University‘s school of nursing. Her special interests include urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, vulvar disorders and pelvic organ prolapse.


Don S. Dizon MD FACP

Don S. Dizon is board certified in medical oncology and is the Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Ocology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, where he is also the Founder and Director of the Oncology Sexual Health Program at MGH Cancer Center. He is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is pending a similar appointment at Harvard Medical School.

He continues to be actively involved in clinical research devoted to trials of new treatments through his work with NRG Oncology, where he is a member of the Phase I, Cervix and Developmental Therapeutics committees. He serves on multiple national committees and is currently the co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee’s Cervical Cancer Task Force.

Before coming to MGH he was the Medical Director for the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants’ Hospital/Brown Medical School, where he co-founded and directed for the Center for Sexuality, Intimacy, and Fertility for women with cancer, the only type of cancer survivorship program in Rhode Island.

Dr. Dizon has served in leadership positions for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and is currently Editor of the Annual Meeting Education Book and Chair-Elect of the Cancer Communications Committee. He is a Past President of the National Consortium of Breast Centers and has served as a member of the program committees for the Annual Meetings of ASCO, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society.

In addition to his academic duties, he is Deputy Editor of Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate and will serve as the Editor of Principles and Practice of Gyneologic Oncology. He has published over 100 papers, authored multiple books, and continues a column for ASCO's social networking site, Connection, for which he received a Grand APEX award for Electronic Media in 2013 and an Apex award for a single blog post in 2014. He participates actively on social media, including on Twitter (@drdonsdizon), Instagram (drdonsdizon) and the MGH Cancer Center blog.


Jennifer Manders, M.D., FACS – Director

Dr. Manders is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon. She specializes in treatment of patients with benign or malignant diseases of the breast, a family history of breast cancer, or other factors that may increase the risk for developing breast cancer.

She has an avid interest in research and is a co-investigator in breast cancer clinical trials at The Christ Hospital. She helps direct the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that meets weekly, and she participates in multiple clinical and administrative committees at The Christ Hospital. She has also begun a support group for young women with breast cancer at the Wellness Community in Blue Ash and works closely with The American Cancer Society to promote support services for patients and their families.

Dr. Manders was honored as one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2007 Class of 40 Under Forty, and has repeatedly been listed as a Best Doctor in America by Best Doctors in America Database, and a Top Doctor by Cincinnati Magazine. She has authored several journal articles, book chapters, and posters, and regularly gives lectures on breast disease to health providers and the community.


Rose Hartzell-Cushanick, PhD, EdS, CHES, LMFT

Dr. Hartzell performs psychotherapy and is a sexuality researcher at San Diego Sexual Medicine, where she is responsible for addressing the sexuality, relationship, and intimacy concerns of individuals and couples who attend the clinic. Dr. Hartzell earned her doctorate in health behavior with an emphasis in human sexuality, and an EdS and Masters in mental health counseling with a minor in development from Indiana University. Dr. Hartzell is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license number 53079) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist who has worked in a variety of settings, providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families.

Dr. Hartzell has written multiple publications and has presented at over 50 international and national meetings on sexuality matters. She has conducted sex research with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP). Dr. Hartzell is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and has taught numerous classes at Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, San Diego State University, and National University. She has also been sought out as a sex expert by the media and has a monthly spot on FOX5 San Diego and has been quoted in many newspaper and magazine articles including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, US News & World Report and Women’s Health Magazine.

Dr. Hartzell is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She also serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Sexual Medicine.


Michael L. Krychman, MDCM

Michael L. Krychman, MDCM, is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine located in Newport Beach California. He is the former Co Director of The Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. He also is a clinical sexologist and has completed his Masters in Public Health and Human Sexuality. Dr Krychman has a degree in Erotology, Sexual Education and Forensic Sexology. Dr Krychman is also an AASECT certified sexual counselor. He is on faculty at University of Southern California. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Irvine, Division of Gynecological Oncology and the Medical Director of Ann’s Clinic, a high risk program for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors

His special interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, loss of libido, chronic medical illness and its impact on female sexual function as well as breast cancer sexuality. He is a well known speaker who is featured locally, nationally and internationally. He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals and has been featured in many scientific journals and lay magazines. Dr Krychman is an active reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He was the Scientific Chairman for the 2010 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health annual educational meeting. He presently holds an active executive board position for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He is an active member in good standing in ISSM, ESSM, ISSWSH and AASECT. He has recently been appointed to the Standard Committee for ISSM and has been a guest professor at the ESSM Sexual Medicine Summer School in Oxford, England. He is the creator of the recent WISH Initiative (Women’s Initiative on Sexual Health: www.yourvoiceyourwish.com) and the 2013 recipient of the WISH Outstanding Achievement award given by the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

Dr. Krychman has published 6 books, including 100 Questions & Answers for Women Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide to Female Cancer Survivorship which has been recently published. Other publications include 100 Questions and Answers about Women’s Sexual Wellness and Vitality and Breast cancer Sexuality, Sensuality and Intimacy. He has been featured in the New York Times, US News, World Report, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Health Magazine and many others.