2015-2016 Board of Directors

Deanna J. Attai, MD, FACS
President

Dr. Deanna Attai is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. After completing her undergraduate education at Vassar College, she graduated with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Her surgical practice is limited to the care of patients with benign and malignant breast disease.

After 19 years in private practice, she joined the faculty of UCLA but remains in a community setting. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is certified by The American Society of Breast Surgeons for the performance of breast ultrasound, and serves as faculty for the ASBrS breast ultrasound courses. She has also served as the ASBrS secretary/treasurer and chair of the Society's Communications Committee.

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Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD, FACS
President-Elect

Dr. Sheldon Feldman, is a Brooklyn born New York City native. He received his medical degree from New York University Medical School and was awarded membership to Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He then completed his residency training in surgery at New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, and fulfilled a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ. He is a board certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was in private practice of General and Vascular surgery from 1981-2000 where he established Hudson Valley Surgical Associates in Kingston, New York. He and his family partnered with Benedictine Hospital to establish The Fern Feldman Anolick Breast Center in 1994 where he served as medical director. His career path and humanistic approach to patient care was motivated by the tragic loss of his sister Fern to breast cancer at age 37. He was recruited as Chief of Breast Surgery to Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC in September 2000. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He joined the faculty of NYP/CUMC in July 2008 as Chief of Breast Surgery and he was appointed to the Vivian L. Milstein Endowed Chair of Breast Cancer Surgery with academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor.

He is an active member of SSO (Society of Surgical Oncology), ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), ASBD (American Society of Breast Disease) and is past chairperson of the publication committee for ASBrS (American Society of Breast Surgeons) served on the ASBrS Board of Directors from 2010-2013. He is a member of the editorial board for The Breast Journal, the Annals of Surgical Oncology and invited reviewer for the journal Cancer and American Journal of Surgery. He has lectured and published extensively on minimally invasive breast surgery, tumor ablation, mammary ductoscopy, endoscopic/oncoplastic surgery, sentinel node biopsy, lymphedema prevention, environmental factors and breast cancer, compassion in medicine, physician-patient communication and holistic surgical practice. Dr. Feldman has become a leader in the innovation and utilization of new surgical techniques and diagnostic tools, and is the principal investigator for both single-site and multi-centered research protocols that aim to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

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Walton A. Taylor, MD, FACS
Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Walton Taylor is a practicing surgeon in Dallas, Texas. In addition to his position on the board of directors, Dr. Taylor has, since 2009, chaired the Society's Continuing Medical Education Committee. Under his leadership, that committee has been responsible for the Society's successful application to the American Council for Continuing Medical Education, resulting in its designation as an accredited continuing medical education provider and, in 2013, earning the honor of accreditation with commendation. He has also chaired the development and implementation of the Society's Breast Education and Self-Assessment Program, which was designed to help surgeons obtain the self-assessment credits necessary to fulfill the requirements for the American Board of Surgery's Maintenance of Certification part 2. Previously Dr. Taylor, who joined the Society in 2002, served on the Society's Coding and Reimbursement Committee.

The Dallas native graduated from Vanderbilt University, after which he attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his residency at UT Southwestern and affiliate hospitals. Dr. Taylor has been voted one of the "Best Doctors in Dallas" annually since 2010.

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Richard Fine, MD, FACS
Chairman of the Board

Biography coming soon

 

 

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Hiram S. Cody, III, MD, FACS
Past President

Hiram S. Cody, III, MD is an Attending Surgeon on the Breast Service, Department of Surgery, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer (MSKCC), and Professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed Residency in General Surgery at The Roosevelt Hospital, and Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at MSKCC. His clinical research interests have included patterns of loco-regional spread and long-term outcomes of breast cancer surgery, the impact of screening mammography, and sentinel lymph node biopsy. He is Principal Investigator of MSKCC's Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Program, has served as Acting Chief of MSKCC's Breast Service, and is active in local, national, and international organizations. He is Editor of the journal Breast Diseases, on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Surgery,reviews for 15 other journals, and was Editor of the multi-author textbook Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, editorials and book chapters. For the American Society of Breast Surgeons, he was Program Chair of the 9th Annual Meeting, he is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Steven L. Chen, MD, MBA, FACS
Director

Steven Chen, MD is a practicing private-practice surgeon in San Diego, California and the Director of Surgical Oncology at OasisMD.  He received his medical degree and completed general surgery and critical care residencies at the University of Michigan, followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Previously, he served as the Chief of Breast Surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, followed by a position as an Associate Professor of Surgery and as the Associate Program Director of the Surgical Oncology Training Program at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. Dr. Chen maintains an active breast cancer practice and maintains clinical research interests in quality of care measures, health outcomes, and cost-effectiveness. He has been a peer-reviewed funded researcher and is an author on numerous abstracts and publications. Beyond the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Dr. Chen serves on committees in the American Medical Association, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American College of Surgeons, as well as an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of University Surgeons.  He is on the Editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of Surgical Education.

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Jill Dietz, MD, FACS
Director

Jill Dietz, MD, is Director of Breast Center Operations at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her office is located at the UH Case Medical Center Chagrin Highlands Breast Center, Beachwood, Ohio.

Dr. Dietz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and received ABS recertification in 2010. She joined the UH Case Medical Center staff in 2014.

Dr. Dietz earned her undergraduate degree at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, and her Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology and a general surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

A dedicated researcher, Dr. Dietz has received numerous grants for and has been the Principal Investigator on multiple research studies focused on understanding breast cancer risks. Her areas of research have included infections after surgery, oncoplastic techniques and the role that genetic factors play in developing breast cancer. Dr. Dietz has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts related to her research and produced chapters for nearly a dozen textbooks. She has given more than 50 oral presentations at regional and national medical meetings and has been the face and voice of community education about breast cancer on several local and national media outlets.

She is currently a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Board of Directors, is on the publications and corporate relations committee, and Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) SCORE education committee. In addition, Dr. Dietz previously served as Chair of the SSO Program Directors Committee, Chair of the Fellows Institute and Chair of the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting in 2013-2014.

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Mahmoud B. El-Tamer, MD, FACS
Director

Mahmoud El-Tamer, MD is trained as a breast surgeon with 25 years of experience caring for patients with breast cancer, and works collaboratively with other breast cancer specialists on Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary breast cancer disease management team.

Dr. El-Tamer received his MD from the American University of Beirut in 1981.  He completed his residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in 1985, followed by four years of surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  After his training, Dr. El-Tamer became interested in joining these two disciplines to provide improved care to breast cancer patients, and has developed a special expertise in this growing field of oncoplastic surgery.

Dr. El-Tamer’s research interests have covered different aspects of breast cancer and quality of care in surgery.  He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on research grants from the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation, the United States Veterans’ Administration, and the American College of Surgeons.  His current research interests are focused on tumor micro-environment post mastectomy radiation in 1?3 positive nodes and breast conservation.  Dr. El-Tamer has recently published “Principals & Techniques in Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgery”, a textbook to help other surgeons enhance cosmetic results while performing surgery to treat breast cancer.  Dr. El-Tamer holds the patent to a new agent for sentinel node detection.

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Jeffrey Landercasper, MD, FACS
Director

Dr. Jeffrey Landercasper is Director of the Norma J Vinger Center for Breast Care and former Department Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin. His current practice is focused on the care of patients with breast disease and melanoma. He is an educator of medical students and general surgery residents, most of whom plan to provide care to patients with breast disease in the community and rural setting. A native of Nebraska, his education began in a one room country school house. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado Medical School, then completed training in General Surgery at the Gundersen Health System. Dr. Landercasper is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, serves as a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Research Committee, and Chairs the ASBrS Patient Safety and Quality Committee (PSQC) . He has aided the ASBrS, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the National Consortium for Breast Centers, the Wisconsin Surgical Society and multiple other health organizations in development of "Quality Measures" and standards for interdisciplinary breast care. He believes high quality breast care is measurable and can be provided in all practice types. Dr. Landercasper has published on the use of breast care quality measures to determine outcomes and is a reviewer for multiple journals.

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Julie A. Margenthaler, MD, FACS
Director

Dr. Julie Margenthaler is the Director of Breast Surgical Services of the Joanne Knight Breast Center at Siteman Cancer Center and Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Fellowship Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency and breast fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. During her residency, she spent three years studying immune responses to transplantation which provided a foundation for current interests in the areas of cancer genomics and vaccine development. In addition, she has collaborations within the biomedical engineering department to develop methods for minimally invasive staging of axillary lymph nodes and novel molecular imaging devices. Dr. Margenthaler is also heavily involved in the investigation of breast cancer disparities in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Clinical trials of patient and systems delays within the city's safety net system have led to widespread changes in the referral process and a subsequent forty percent reduction in late-stage breast cancer diagnoses in this at-risk population. She has established a breast cancer clinical outcomes program which has resulted in linking of multiple institutional databases, incorporation of large epidemiological, market scan, and quality control databases, and the enlistment of the expertise of statisticians, epidemiologists, and prevention specialists in the Institute for Public Health to create a robust dataset for clinical outcomes and disparities research.

Dr. Margenthaler is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She was the Program Chair for the 2013 American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. She has served on committees for the Association for Academic Surgeon, Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American College of Surgeons, and is the Missouri State Chair for the Commission on Cancer. She is Past President of the St. Louis Surgical Society and the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. She is currently Associate Section Editor for the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research, reviews for 12 other journals, and is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, reviews, editorials, and book chapters. Dr. Margenthaler has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally and is committed to the mission of improving the lives of women with breast diseases and breast cancer.

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Carrie A. Thoms, MD, FACS
Director

Dr. Carrie Thoms is a board certified surgeon in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her general surgery residency at Emory University Hospital Affiliate Programs in 1988. She worked in Pakistan before returning to the States in 1997, settling in Cheyenne as a solo practice general surgeon. While in Wyoming she was involved in the Wyoming Breast and Cervical Cancer Network Member, the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Wyoming Affiliate. She helped found Celebrate Pink and Art for the Cure, local events to support breast cancer patients. In 2005, she was recruited to develop the breast program of Prevea Health, a multi-specialty clinic in her home state of Wisconsin. She is an Advisor to the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Surgical Technologist Program Advisory Committee Member, Volunteer for Ribbon of Hope Foundation, a local breast cancer support group and Delegate to the Wisconsin Medical Society (AMA).

Dr. Thoms is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) in breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast procedures and is a Reviewer for the ASBrS Ultrasound and Stereotactic Certification Programs. She has served as an instructor for ASBrS breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast courses, Committee Member of the Breast Imaging Technologies Certification and Accreditation Committee (2009-2015), BESAP 1 Author and BESAP 2 Editor for Mammography/ Ultrasound Module and is a Director on the ASBrS Foundation. Together with the help of the incomparable ASBrS staff and other ASBrS members, she is developing a patient website for the ASBrS.

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