Area of Expertise
• Breast Cancer
• Benign Breast Disease
• Breast and Axillary Surgery
Area of Special Interest
• Surgery after Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy
• Patients with an Inherited Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
I chose Breast Surgery as my specialty because breast cancer patients are inspiring – they are beaming with hope for themselves, as well as for other breast cancer patients who may come after them. This means that patients join clinical trials, for example, and try to make breast cancer care better for the world. It’s extremely rewarding to care for such engaged, hopeful patients.
My approach to patient care is based on shared decision-making, meaning I do my best to explain everything in a way each patient can understand and be wholly involved in their treatment decisions.
I was born and raised in Syracuse NY, and my entire family still resides there. In addition, my family traditionally spent every holiday season visiting my godparents in Henrietta! I am truly excited for this homecoming, and to serve the community that helped make me who I am today.
Surgery (General Surgery) - American Board of Surgery
Associate Professor - Department of Surgery, Oncology (SMD)
Residency & Fellowship
Fellowship, Surgery, Breast, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 2016 - 2017
Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), University of California San Diego-General Surgery. 2008 - 2009
Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), University of California San Diego-General Surgery. 2008 - 2016
MD | Case Western Reserve University. 2008
Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, Association of American Medical Colleges, Applied and accepted for le. 2021
Best Manuscript Award, Association of Women Surgeons. 2018
Conquer Cancer Merit Award American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Research, outstanding poster by a trainee. 2017
Corynee S. Uhl Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center, For excellence and compassionate breast cancer patient care. 2017
American College of Surgeons Leadership and Advocacy Summit Resident and Associate Society of ACS, Travel Grant to attend the Su. 2016
Jeopardy Contestant and Winner, San Diego Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). 2015
Outstanding Clinical/Outcomes Research Award, Surgery Research Showcase, UCSD. 2014
Grant award to fund "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A Dinner Symposium"Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, UCSD, Co-chai. 2012
Award for Research Excellence at Lepow Day, AOA, Case Western Reserve University. 2006
Crile Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University Research in pediatric pulmonology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital,. 2005
Training Grant Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Research in pediatric pulmonology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. 2005
Josephine E. and Kenneth M. Schreck, MD Family Endowment Fund Annual Scholarship Award, Case Western Reserve University, School. 2004 - 2008
Ratings & Reviews
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