Staff Leadership

Directing our quest for transformative cancer care

Lewis J. Kampel, MD

CEO & Medical Director

Dr. Lewis Kampel is a medical oncologist with more than 40 years of experience. Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, he received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training in internal medicine, then served in the US Army for two years at Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe in the Netherlands. After he returned home, he had a fellowship in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology.

Between 1973 and 1975 he was in private practice in New Jersey. During that time, he also served as Chair of Internal Medicine at JFK Medical Center and Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Rahway Hospital.

In 1993, Dr. Kampel returned to MSK, where he continues to care for people with genitourinary cancers. He has expertise in treating prostate cancer, a disease that more often affects African American and Caribbean men. His interest in helping these men led to a collaboration with the government of Jamaica and the Jamaican community in New York. Dr. Kampel has worked to develop programs that might identify the cause and encourage earlier diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer in this high-risk group.

Dr. Kampel has a strong interest in quality assurance and performance improvement. At MSK, he was a leader in the quality assurance program for more than 15 years.

Dr. Kampel joined the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in February 2017 as Medical Director. In this role, he strives to preserve the center’s core mission of providing high-quality cancer care to all community members. He also works to strengthen the connection between the center and MSK. The center’s mission is to help traditionally underserved and underrepresented New Yorkers get access to the latest clinical trials and research advancements.

Lisa Pfail

Director of Operations

Lisa Pfail oversees the daily operations at the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and strives to make each individual patient experience as comfortable and as seamless as possible. Ms. Pfail is an experienced and dedicated healthcare professional who embraces innovation and welcomes fresh and new ideas for the betterment of the staff and patients alike. She received an MBA from Adelphi University.

Yvette Forbes


Yvette Forbes is the Controller at the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care, where she manages all financial affairs. Prior to coming the Center, Ms. Forbes was the Associate Director of Finance at an NGO, where she supervised the international and domestic finance team and travelled frequently to Africa to conduct forensic audits working with local auditing firms. She also has a strong background in local housing development and property management. Ms. Forbes holds a degree in Accounting.

Diani Nevares Parras

Director of Development

Diani has an extensive development and policy background. She has worked with small and medium sized nonprofits across the Country in creating, establishing, and expanding development and fundraising operations, systems, and processes.

Diani joined the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in late 2016 as the Director of Development. In this role, she leads and implements an annual development plan to support the RLCCC’s operating budget from major donors, foundations, corporations and government agencies.