At Breast Cancer Answers we have a team of breaking news expert contributors who report on the latest breast cancer news and what it means for patients. Our breast cancer team of experts is led by our medical director, Dr. Jay Harness, a past president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. Jay K. Harness- Medical Director of Breast Cancer Answers
Dr. Jay K. Harness is a board certified surgeon currently treating patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. Dr. Harness specializes in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, management of breast health issues, risk assessment and counseling. Dr. Harness is the medical director for Breast Cancer Answers and guides this first-ever social media show by drawing from his former leadership experience as the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1969 and spent time early on in his career at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Check out Dr. Harness’s website.
Dr. Hoda Anton-Culver
Widely recognized as a leader in cancer research, Dr. Hoda Anton-Culver is a Professor & Chair of the Epidemiology School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine as well as Director of the Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute. She is a Professor in the Microbiology & Molecular Genetics School of Medicine and the School of Social Ecology at UCI. In 1968 Dr. Anton-Culver earned a PH.D. from St. Andrews University in Scotland and has worked in broad scientific areas of cancer epidemiology and cancer genetics, but focuses her research on cancer epidemiology on etiology, molecular genetic characterization, evaluation of genetic-phenotype correlation, and genotype-environment interaction using large populations of cancer patients, their relatives, and unaffected controls. Dr. Anton-Culver received the University of California, Irvine Alumni Association Lauds & Laurels Award in 1995 along several professional academic awards in cancer genetics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Check out Dr. Anton-Culver’s website.
Andrea Brennan, OTR/L
Andrea Brennan Andrea Brennan is an occupational therapist specializing in lymphedema therapy. She is currently the only lymphedema therapist in Arizona and can be reached at LymphedemaTherapist@gmail.com.
Dr. Afshin Forouzannia
Dr. Afshin Forouzannia is a board certified Radiation Oncologist and joined Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group in 2007. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1994 and completed medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan in 1998. For the final two years of his residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Forouzannia acted as chief resident and has been an instructor for several medical school courses at the University of Wisconsin. He has had extensive experience with breast brachytherapy during his residency and his areas of clinical expertise include Brachytherapy, Breast, GYN and Prostate. Check out Dr. Forouzannia’s website.
Dr. Michael Krychman
Dr. Krychman is a doctor of sexual medicine, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and a clinical sexual counselor and author. Dr Krychman has devoted his career to helping patients and their partners overcome sexual health challenges and experience a higher quality of physical intimacy. Dr. Krychman is also a specialist in survivorship medicine and provides life coaching and care plans to optimize the health and wellness of patients with chronic diseases or cancer. Check out Dr. Krychman’s website.
Dr. Brian D. Lawenda
Dr. Brian D. Lawenda is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who has been in practice over six years. He currently practices as a member of 21st Century Oncology at locations in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV. Prior to joining 21st Century Oncology, Doctor Lawenda served as the clinical director of the Radiation Oncology department and the department head of the Breast Health Center, at at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Doctor Lawenda began his education at Temple University Medical School and after graduating with honors (AOA) he went on to a general surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He later completed his residency and served as the Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute).
Doctor Lawenda was Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and a distinguished former Commander in the U.S. Navy.
His clinical interests are stereotactic body/brain radiosurgery (SBRT/SABR, SRS), breast cancer, benign and malignant brain tumors, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, prostate cancer and Integrative Oncology, an exciting new sub-specialty in the field of oncology centered on a holistic approach to cancer care and best evidence-based treatments. Check out Dr. Lawenda’s website.
Maria Lopez-Carale, breast cancer survivor, is a clinical team leader & breast cancer specialist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California.
Dr. David A. Margileth
Dr. David A. Margileth practices medical oncology at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA specializing in oncology, hematology, and internal medicine (board certified). His selected area of interest is breast cancer. Dr. Margileth graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1971 and has since spent time treating patients at the National Cancer Institute and Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. Check out Dr. Margileth’s website.
Dr. Daniel Reed
Dr. Daniel Reed is Board Certified in Radiation Oncology by the American Board of Radiology and is a Diplomat of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology. He completed his residency at University of Washington after receiving his medical doctorate degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. At the University of Washington Dr. Reed received the 2002 National Research Award in Radiation Oncology for his work in breast cancer treatment.
Dr. Reed became the Seattle Prostate Institute/American Brachytherapy Society Prostate Fellowship Coordinator through 2005. He recently authored the 2007 National Treatment Guidelines of the American College of Radiology for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy. Dr. Reed has been at Arrowhead Hospital Dept. of Radiation Oncology for 3 years. He is an expert in breast and prostate cancer, and has been named as a Phoenix Top Doctor in 2009 by Phoenix Magazine. Check out Dr. Reed’s website.
Dr. Steven Shak
Dr. Steven Shak co-founded Genomic Health Inc. and has been its Chief Medical Officer since December 2000. Dr. Shak has been a leader in personalized medicine for more than two decades. Under Dr. Shak’s leadership Genomic Health used innovative molecular diagnostic methods and rigorous clinical studies to develop the Oncotype DX® breast cancer and colon cancer assays and has maintained an 80% product development success rate. Prior to Genomic Health, Dr. Shak served for 14 years in various roles in Discovery Research and Medical Affairs at Genentech, Inc. In addition, Dr. Shak led the clinical team that gained approval for Herceptin®, a pharmacogenomic treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Prior to Genentech, Dr. Shak served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Shak holds a BA in Chemistry from Amherst College and an MD from the New York University School of Medicine, and completed his Post-Doctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco. Check out Dr. Shak’s website.
Lisa Schneider-Cipriano is a breast cancer survivor and the host of BreastCancerAnswers.com. On June 9th, 2010, Lisa was diagnosed with stage II ductal carcinoma breast cancer. After undergoing a bilateral mastectomy, Lisa began chemotherapy for 18 weeks before moving on to Tamoxifen anti-hormonal therapy and preparation for her breast reconstruction. Now she shares her story with the hope that she can “help just one person get through what [she] was about endure…”
< style=”margin-bottom: 30px;”>Born in Oak Park and raised in Oak Brook, IL, Lisa moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1986. Graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Communications, Theater, Lisa graduated from ASU in 1988 and has been in the Arizona broadcast industry ever since. Prior to co-hosting, “The Chat Room,” Lisa was with Arizona Capitol Television and spent over 20 years in Valley radio.
Married to husband Michael Cipriano and proud mother of ten-year-old triplets (Tony, Nora & Taylor) she stays pretty busy but always has time for family and friends. Check out Lisa’s website.
Dr. Michael Schultz
Dr. Michael Schultz is an innovator in breast cancer treatment with more than 40 years of experience. He is currently the Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Breast Center.
Dr. Schultz received the 2011 Inspire Award from the Tigerlily Foundation for creating an “ideal model of care” called “No More Sleepless Nights.”™ The program includes a rapid diagnostic approach followed by a seamless, accurate treatment plan put together by a team of specialists from St. Joseph’s Breast Center and Cancer Institute. This provides patients with peace of mind, saving them time and worry.
Named a Baltimore magazine Top Doc numerous times, Dr. Schultz received his medical degree from the University of Maryland and did his residency at Sinai Hospital. St. Joseph’s Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Check out Dr. Schultz’s website.
Laszlo Tabar, MD
Dr. Tabar is a Professor of Radiology at University of Uppsala School of Medicine, Sweden, Medical Director of the Department of Mammography, Falun Central Hospital, Sweden, and Consultant Radiologist for numerous Comprehensive Breast Centers in the United States.
As the Medical Director of the Mammography Department, he is responsible for a department consisting of four physicians, nine X-ray technologists and a clerical staff of four. He has been responsible for this unit since its establishment in 1977. He is also the Director of the Kopparberg County mammographic screening program, which began in 1977. The Department carries out breast cancer screening by mammography on 200-250 women a day. In addition, 15-20 referred patients are examined by mammography daily.
During the past 27 years more than 1,000,000 mammographic examinations have been performed by the Department of Mammography, Falun Central Hospital . The screening program started as a scientifically designed, controlled, randomized, population-based trial performed under the auspices of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. My publications related to this project are included in the list of publications. Since 1987 service screening has been offered to all women aged 40-69 living in Dalarna (Kopparberg) county.
He has also given teaching courses in mammography to radiologists in the following countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, Scotland, Hungary, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Japan, China, Chile, The United Kingdom, and Mexico. Check out Dr. Tabar’s website.
Christine Teal, MD
Christine Teal is the chief of breast surgery at The George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Teal performs minimally invasive procedures including ultrasound guided core biopsies, sentinel lymph node biopsies, skin sparing mastectomies and is planning to participate in a trial for partial breast radiation through radiation oncology. She is also the Director of the Breast Care Center, as well as an assistant professor of surgery and the co-director of undergraduate surgical education.
She earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she graduated AOA. She completed a residency in general surgery at The New York Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, both located in New York City. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cancer Education and Radiology. Check out Dr. Teal’s website.
Dr. Shawna C. Willey
Dr. Shawna C. Willey is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Division Chief of Breast Surgery, and Director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Georgetown University, where she has been a faculty member since 2002. A respected breast surgeon, Dr. Willey is a well-known leader in breast health in the Washington, DC area. Before joining Lombardi, Dr. Willey directed the breast program at George Washington University Medical Center.
She divides her time between treating women with breast cancer and conducting research to benefit women in the future. Dr. Willey has been an investigator on several clinical trials, including a study of the expanded use of ductal lavage for patients with previous breast cancer treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiation. Dr. Willey is also the former president of the American Society for Breast Surgeons. Check out Dr. Willey’s website.