Meet Our Team

The BreastCare Center at BID–Needham is currently led by Vandana Dialani, MD, FSBI, Breast Radiologist.

Breast Surgery

Ted James, MD

Ted James, MDDr. 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 BIDMC's 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.

Nurse Navigation

Althea Silver, RN

Althea Silver, RNAlthea Silver comes to the BID-Needham BreastCare Center from BIDMC Boston. During her 11 years in Boston, Althea was the Nurse Navigator on the Liver Tumor Multi-Disciplinary team. Prior to working with the Liver Tumor team, she was the research nurse and center coordinator for the Movement Disorder team in outpatient Neurology. Althea has a BSN from Johns Hopkins University and an MPH from Boston University.


Bianca Calkins, BS, R.T. (R) (M), Section Supervisor

Bianca Calkins, BS, RTBianca Calkins is responsible for overseeing the workflow throughout the breast imaging department and personally performs mammography exams. In her role, she is responsible for leading and mentoring the team of mammography technologists. Bianca is a liaison between the breast imaging department, the breast surgery team and the operating room, ensuring coordination of care throughout the patient breast care experience. Prior to joining BID Needham, she worked as a resource mammography technologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Bianca holds a BS in Health Science Studies, from Quinnipiac University, and an AS in Radiography from Champlain College.

Breast Imaging

Vandana M. Dialani, MD

Vandana Dialani, MDDr. Dialani is the Co-Director of the BreastCare Center. 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. 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

Janet Baum, MDDr. 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

Vinny Champion, MDDr.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

Valerie Fein-Zachary, MDDr. 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

Emily Howland, NP

Emily Howland, NPEmily 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.