Dr. Harness shares how a woman can find an experienced surgeon to perform her double mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
A woman needs with a double mastectomy, in my view, an experience breast surgeon. In larger urban or metropolitan areas, that’s often easier because there are more and more surgeons who greater than 50 percent of their practice is breast. If on the other hand, the patient is living in an area where the surgeon’s percentage of doing breast surgery is 15, 20 or 25 percent, I would ask that surgeon if they are member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
We have 2500 members around the United States. We have well over a thousand of our members attend our annual meeting, and we always talk about the latest and greatest techniques at those annual meetings. But she needs somebody who is experienced, if at all possible.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.