Naomi Greenwood


Cancer Experience

Diagnosed with ER positive breast cancer, December 2002

Professional Background and Education

From 1979 until retirement in 2014, I had a private psychotherapy practice for individuals, couples and groups, working with older teenagers and adults in Bethesda, Maryland.  I am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Maryland and as an Independent Social Worker in the District of Columbia.  Earlier in my career, I worked as an Acting Social Work Director, an Associate Social Work Director, and a Psychiatric Social Worker.
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1962
  • M.S.W. Smith College School for Social Work, 1964

Community and Professional Organizations

  • Member of Kesher Nashim (Women’s Cancer Support Group) Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, Md. 2007 -present
  • Director on Sisterhood Board Congregation Beth El 2011-2013 and 2016-2018
  • Hadassah, Life Member since 1970
  • Board Member, Burning Tree Village(BTV), Bethesda, Md. 2012-2015
  • Facilitator for Caregivers’ Group, BTV 2015-present
  • Member National Association of Social Workers 1964-2015
  • Member Academy of Certified Social Workers 1966-2012
  • Member Greater Washington Clinical Society of Social Workers, 1972-present

Why I Became an Advocate

Breast cancer is not only personal to me as a survivor, but also as the daughter of a mother who died from breast cancer metastasis at age 51.  Although it is heartening to know of the many advances in cancer research and treatment, there is still a long way to go to control this terrible disease.  I am highly motivated to learn all I can about current research and treatment options, pass along my knowledge to the community and to encourage those who are able to participate in research trials. In addition, I believe that more survivors are needed to have genetic testing, results of which can be added to the international pool.

Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests 

  • National Breast Cancer Coalition Summit & Lobby Day 2013 & 2014
  • American Association for Cancer Research Philadelphia Conference Poster & Mini Med School Session/ 2015, and Conference Sessions New Orleans presenting Poster/2016
  • Member of GBCA 2012-present


American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)

American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)