Dr. Lebovic explains how common oncoplastic surgery is.
For me, I’ve been doing it for the last 17 years because it just made sense as a woman surgeon that if you needed to have surgery on the breast you wanted that to look good. So, knowing that I went out and during my training got extra training, couple of extra years to try and learn how to do those techniques. We’re not taught that in the standard surgical training. So, now, 17 years later, surgeons are beginning to realize that this is very important to the women that they’re treating and so, it’s becoming very popular and the surgeons around the country are beginning to learn these new techniques.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.