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U-M CCC - Progress Newsletter Winter 2003 Online

New Director Named for University of Michigan Breast Care Center

The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., as the new director of the Breast Care Center. Dr. 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 Dr. 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.

Dr. Newman's research focuses on: ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome;

  • 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 in the Cancer Center. "She has established herself as a national leader in the field of breast cancer research."

With the recent hiring of additional faculty, Dr. 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.

According to Dr. 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."

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