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New Director named for University of Michigan Breast Care Center

originally posted October 16, 2002

Lisa Newman, MD, MPH

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center announces the appointment of Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., as the new director of the Breast Care Center.

Newman, who also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery of the U-M Medical School, will be responsible for directing clinical services for women with benign and cancerous breast problems.

"I am very excited about joining one of the most renowned surgery departments in the country and to be working with such a prominent oncology team," says Newman. "The Cancer Center has an incredible complement of experts representing every discipline that is involved with breast cancer management and research. We have all the pieces in place to offer breast cancer patients the best possible care and the most cutting-edge protocols," continues Newman.

Newman's research focuses on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome; the evaluation and management of high-risk patients (including ductal lavage); broadened applications for induction chemotherapy; and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her basic science research has involved investigations of p27 and Her2/neu in breast cancer, and her extensive work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals.

Newman's research focuses on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome; the evaluation and management of high-risk patients (including ductal lavage); broadened applications for induction chemotherapy; and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her basic science research has involved investigations of p27 and Her2/neu in breast cancer, and her extensive work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals.

"Dr. Newman will provide outstanding leadership in the Breast Oncology Program at Michigan," says Alfred Chang, M.D., chief of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery and associate director for translational research The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center announces the appointment of Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., as the new director of the Breast Care Center.

Newman, who also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery of the U-M Medical School, will be responsible for directing clinical services for women with benign and cancerous breast problems.

"I am very excited about joining one of the most renowned surgery departments in the country and to be working with such a prominent oncology team," says Newman. "The Cancer Center has an incredible complement of experts representing every discipline that is involved with breast cancer management and research. We have all the pieces in place to offer breast cancer patients the best possible care and the most cutting-edge protocols," continues Newman.

in the Cancer Center. "She has established herself as a national leader in the field of breast cancer research, and I am very excited that she has joined our faculty. Not only is she an esteemed academician, she is also highly regarded by her patients as a caring physician," he continues.

With the recent hiring of additional faculty, Newman hopes to attract more patients to the U-M Breast Care Center, which currently sees approximately 600 new breast cancer patients each year. The Center, which opened in 1985, was one of the first multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment centers for breast cancer in the country. It is now staffed by a team of more than 25 breast disease experts, including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, gynecologists, social workers, and nurses.

According to Newman, "The Center is designed so that one telephone call sets into motion all of the appointments, tests and consultations a woman needs. Treatment protocols focus on breast preservation, through lumpectomy and radiation therapy, when possible. We are also able to offer women a number of state-of-the-art clinical trials."

Prior to assuming her current position at the University of Michigan, Newman served as an assistant professor of surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, with a full-time commitment to research and clinical practice in the Surgical Breast Section, and was associate director for the Walt Breast Center at Wayne State University for two years.

Newman holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University, and she also obtained her undergraduate education at Harvard University with a major in chemistry. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Newman was recruited to remain at Downstate following completion of her postgraduate training, and served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery with this program for several years. She completed her fellowship in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is board-certified in General Surgery and holds an American Board of Surgery Added Qualifications Certificate in Surgical Critical Care.

Newman maintains a very active community service record, and currently serves as Chief National Medical Advisor for the Sisters Network, Inc., a national African American breast cancer survivors support organization. Other active memberships include the American College of Surgeons; Society of Surgical Oncology; the Inter-cultural Cancer Council, American Society of Clinical Oncology; American Society of Breast Disease, for which she is a Board Member; American Society of Breast Surgeons; and the American Association of Clinical Research. Dr. Newman also serves on the Executive Council and chairs the Special Populations Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, and she serves as Board member for the Great Lakes Division of the American Cancer Society. She is a member of the Editorial Boards for Annals of Surgical Oncology and The Breast Journal.

For more information about the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center's Breast Care Center, call 1-800-865-1125.

 

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