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Dr. Jay Harness, Explains Why Media Cover in Women’s Cancer Stories Should Be Positive

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the University of Michigan in 1989 and spent two years at Tufts University
School of Medicine in Boston where he also established a multidisciplinary
breast center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Subsequently, he came to
Oakland, California in 1991 to join the University of California-East Bay
Department of Surgery where he was a Professor and Chief of Surgical
Oncology at Highland General Hospital. The opportunity to direct his third
multidisciplinary breast center in Southern California came in the summer of


Over the years, Dr. Harness has been known for his work in the fields of
endocrine and breast surgery as well as the use of ultrasound in surgical
practice. He is a member of several national and international surgical
societies and associations. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer, and
President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and Chair, Board
of Directors, of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has authored
nearly 80 scientific articles and book chapters and has been the lead editor
of 2 textbooks.

Dr. Harness lives with his wife, Cherrie Olson-Harness, in Newport Beach,
California. His 3 children and 3 grandchildren live in Michigan and the
state of Washington. His hobbies include photography, sailing and horseback

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