Colleen Sanders, MSN, RN, CNL, is the new Brain Care Clinical Coordinator in Pediatric Neurosurgery. The role is that of a navigator who helps our young neurosurgery patients and their families as they navigate the complexities of pediatric brain tumor care among other conditions. With deep knowledge of the care systems across both NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University, she provides a bridge across all resources and unparalleled clinical and emotional support to families. In this new role, Colleen is provided with the resources and protected time needed to offer extraordinary care throughout a patient’s journey. As a direct point of contact for patient families, she helps advocate for and educate them on what they need to know throughout the process.
“I’m a new mom, myself, which has made my role in pediatric care even more purposeful,” said Sanders. “I can relate to how difficult it must be for our patient families to navigate the reality of pediatric brain tumor care, and in this new role it is rewarding to have the opportunity to provide support and guidance during such a challenging experience for patients and their families. We never want anyone to feel lost as they are trying to seek care, and my hope is that I can be there for them and do my best to fill that gap.”