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Wilmot Cancer Center Names New Breast Cancer Program Director

2 More Specialists Join Rochester’s Largest Breast Cancer Program

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center has named surgeon Kristin Skinner, M.D., director of the multidisciplinary breast cancer program and added two oncologists for this growing program.

Oncologist Alissa Huston, M.D., and radiation oncologist Hong Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., have also joined the team, broadening the expertise available to people with breast cancer.

“These are three great additions to our breast cancer team. Dr. Skinner’s leadership of breast cancer programs is proven and our patients benefit from their expertise,” says Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Wilmot Cancer Center

Skinner was named associate professor of Surgery and Oncology, chief of the division of surgical oncology and director of the multidisciplinary breast cancer program, which includes oncologists Gary Lyman, M.D., M.P.H., and Michelle Shayne, M.D.; radiation oncologist Marilyn Ling, M.D.; and surgeons Carl Andrus, M.D., Howard Langstein, M.D., Ann Olzinski, M.D., James Peacock, M.D., and Steven Vega, M.D.

“My goals for the breast cancer program is to create a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary breast center,” says Skinner. “With the construction of the new Cancer Center, we’ll have all of our doctors together in a warm, caring environment for women who are facing this disease.”

She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and earned her M.D. degree at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her training in general surgery and fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of California - Los Angeles.

She spent several years on the faculty at the University of Southern California, before going to New YorkUniversity in 2003 as chief of surgical oncology and director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Center.

Skinner is actively involved in clinical and translational research evaluating biologic markers of breast cancer risk, possible molecular diagnostic markers in breast cancer, the application of intraductal approaches to breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, and the potential for less invasive forms of treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of the breast.

She is also currently studying the impact of the timing of breast cancer surgery during the menstrual cycle on outcomes. 

Her research has been funded by the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and Susan G. Komen Foundation. Skinner is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is a member of many professional societies including the Association of Academic Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, and American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

Huston comes from Pittsburgh Cancer Institute where she completed a Fellowship in hematology/oncology. She is a graduate of WheatonCollege and earned her M.D. at SUNY at Buffalo, before coming to Strong Memorial Hospital for internship and residency.

Huston, senior instructor, has conducted research into cancer metastasizing to the bone, treatment of bone metastases, and diagnosing and treatment of chemotherapy-induced osteoporosis for women with breast cancer.

She is author of several research articles and a member of American College of Physicians, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Breast Diseases and American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Zhang, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology, has been with the Wilmot Radiation Oncology Department for the past four years, most recently as Chief Resident. 

She is a graduate of FudanUniversity in China and earned at doctorate in neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Then she earned her M.D. at Yale University School of medicine before coming to the University Of Rochester Medical Center to study radiation oncology.

She has published several research articles in leading journals and is a member of American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Radiological Society of North America and American Society of Clinical Oncology.  She received the 2006 RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award.


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