The Division of Breast and Oncologic Surgery comprises our clinical faculty of four board-certified breast surgeons and their support staff dedicated to our mission of excellence in the care of patients with malignant and benign breast disease; the education of medical students and surgical residents in the management of breast disease and the art of breast surgery; and the performance of basic and translational research aimed at advancing breast surgery. Our board-certified fellowship-trained surgical oncologist provides expertise in the management of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, skin (melanoma), and soft tissue (sarcoma).
Together, we perform a myriad of cancer-related community service, such as providing support groups, free yoga programs, and awareness programs, plus community-based cancer prevention programs and free screenings.
The Division’s faculty has been recognized for its clinical excellence by selection for inclusion in the present and past editions of the Castle Connolly Guides, America’s Top Doctors, representing the top 1% of physicians in the nation; America's Top Doctors for Cancer; and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. In addition, the faculty has been selected for inclusion in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” list, the Best Doctors in America database, and Guide to America's Top Surgeons (Consumers' Research Council of America).
Our breast surgeons practice at Stony Brook’s Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, which in 2012 was granted a full three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The NAPBC is a new program administered by the American College of Surgeons, and our breast center is the first in New York State to gain this quality-assurance designation. We also have satellite offices in Hampton Bays and Smithtown.
Established in 1993, our multidisciplinary breast center was the first of its kind in Suffolk County, and it still is the only one of its kind in our region. See video interview with Dr. Brian J. O'Hea, chief of breast surgery and director of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, talking about our Breast Surgery Service and the recent achievement of our NAPBC accreditation.
Our surgical oncologist practices at the Stony Brook Cancer Center, where she leads both the melanoma team and the sarcoma team. In 2008, she established Stony Brook's HIPEC program for advanced abdominal cancers, increasing the survival time of patients.
The Division’s faculty plays an important role in the education of Stony Brook medical students and general surgery residents, training tomorrow's physicians and surgeons to provide the best care to women with breast cancer and other breast diseases, as well as patients with other forms of cancer. With regard to research, the Division also provides patients with the opportunity to participate in clinical trials that offer them the only local access to newly developed treatment options.
Together, the clinical and academic strengths of the Division of Breast Surgery form the foundation of our continued success in achieving the excellence expected of us in our diverse programs of patient care, education, research, and community service.