Meet Our Team

The Breast Care Center at BID–Needham is co-led by Sonali Pandya, MD, Breast Surgeon and Vandana Dialani, MD, FSBI, Breast Radiologist.


Breast Surgery

Ted James, MD

Dr. James is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School and serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Surgery. He is also Chief, Breast Surgical Oncology and Co-Director of the BIDMC BreastCare Center, and breast surgeon at BID-Needham. He received his medical degree from Drexel University and completed his residency in general surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. James also earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University. He works with national organizations to improve quality in cancer care delivery. His research interests encompass studying clinical outcomes in cancer surgery and understanding mechanisms of tumor metastasis. He also volunteers with organizations that provide support and advocacy for people with cancer. Dr. James helps patients navigate the complex treatment decisions and challenges that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. His greatest satisfaction is to see patients through this difficult time and successfully move forward after treatment.

Sonali Pandya, MD

Dr. Pandya is a breast surgeon and new co-director of the BreastCare Center at BID Needham. Dr. Pandya received her medical degree from Saint George’s University. She completed her residency in general surgery at Albany Medical Center and her fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Women and Infants Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Pandya joins us from Women and Infants Hospital, where she brings many years of surgical experience in breast care and the management of benign and malignant breast cancer and diseases. Dr. Pandya’s clinical interests include breast cancer risk stratification, high-risk screening, young women and breast cancer, and the management of atypical and high-risk lesions. Her surgical specialties include hidden scar surgery and skin and nipple sparing mastectomies.


Breast Imaging

Vandana M. Dialani, MD

Dr. Dialani is the Co-Director of the BreastCare Center alongside Dr. Pandya (Breast surgeon). She also serves as the Director of Breast Imaging – Community Network Division and collaborates with the BID community hospitals and medical office sites, including BID-Needham, BID-Milton, BID-Plymouth, Medical Care Center North (Chelsea), BID Healthcare Lexington and Chestnut Hill, and HMFP Radiology – 1101 Beacon. She works with local administration and management to ensure the delivery of exceptional and uniform breast imaging care and quality across these sites.

Dr. Dialani has been an attending radiologist at BIDMC since 2006. She joined BIDMC as a Women’s Imaging Fellow in 2003 and from 2003-2006, she completed additional research and clinical fellowships in Breast Imaging and Chest Imaging. Before relocating to Boston, Dr. Dialani earned her MD from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, lndia. She also completed her Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Grant Medical College and the Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals in Mumbai.

She is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and has published several peer reviewed manuscripts on various aspects of breast imaging. She is particularly interested in Breast MRI and new technologies in Breast imaging. Dr. Dialani has held various administrative leadership positions, including Clinical Director of Breast MRI, since 2013 and Clinical Director of BID Needham. She was the site PI for the ECOG/ACRIN trial, "Comparison of Abbreviated Breast MRI and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis in Breast Cancer Screening in Women with Dense Breasts." She has been a mentor to several residents and fellows, was named a Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) Fellow in 2015, and is actively involved with SBI today.

Janet Baum, MD

Dr. Baum is a breast radiologist with over 40 years of experience in breast imaging.She completed her residency at the University of Michigan Medical School and an internship at St Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.



Vinny Champion, MD

Dr.Champion is a fellowship trained breast radiologist. Dr.Champion completed his residency from Rhode Island Hospital and fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center.



Valerie Fein-Zachary, MD

Dr. Fein-Zachary is a breast radiologist with over 30 years of experience in breast imaging. She does all aspects of breast imaging including breast biopsies and breast MRI. She is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School with an interest in healthcare for sexual and gender minorities.



Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen Dionne, NP

Kathleen Dionne is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and joined the BIDMC BreastCare Center staff in the summer of 2017. She previously worked as a nurse practitioner in the Center for Breast Care at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Boston College and earned her Master’s degree from Georgetown University while continuing to work as an inpatient nurse at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Kathleen manages her own panel of high-risk patients at BIDMC in Boston and BID–Needham. She also works closely with other providers to help manage new breast concerns, abnormal imaging, and other benign breast disease.

Emily Howland, NP

Emily Howland is a board certified Women's Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced at BIDMC since 2015. She earned her master of science in nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2006. Emily practices at both the BIDMC and BID–Needham BreastCare Center where her interests are evaluating patients with concerns of a breast mass, breast pain, nipple discharge, abnormal breast imaging and women in need of high-risk surveillance. In addition, she works collaboratively with Dr. Ranjna Sharma to help patients navigate through treatment after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Zinat J. Nassirzadeh, NP

Zinat Nassirzadeh is a board certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and has practiced at BIDMC since 2012. A Massachusetts' native, she earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Northeastern University and master of science from Boston College. Prior to specializing in breast health as a nurse practitioner, Zinat worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Obstetrics and Gynecology. At both the BIDMC and BID–Needham BreastCare Center, Zinat manages her own panel of high-risk patients and sees them annually for surveillance. Collaboratively working with physicians and breast imagers, she also evaluates new patients and orders image studies if needed for patients with breast mass, nipple discharge, pain and abnormal mammograms. Zinat is skilled in core needle biopsy, skin punch biopsy, incision and drainage, and aspiration.