Dr. Gretchen M. Ahrendt Joins James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center

March 22, 2001

Gretchen M. Ahrendt, M.D., was appointed visiting associate professor in the Department of Surgery and co-director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Prior to this appointment, Ahrendt was attending staff surgeon at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Association Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, she will specialize in breast cancer surgery as well as endocrine surgery. She will also co-direct the multidisciplinary Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the Cancer Center along with Jennifer Griggs, M.D.

Her special interests include sentinel lymph node surgery for breast cancer, high-risk breast cancer populations, and strategies for earlier detection of breast malignancy. In endocrine surgery, her interests include minimally invasive surgery for hyperparathyroidism and thyroid cancer.

Ahrendt received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Minnesota and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in general surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also completed a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

She holds memberships in the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Association of Academic Surgery, American College of Surgeons and the Association of Woman Surgeons. Ahrendt has also authored more than 20 book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and abstracts in the field.

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