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Santa Monica

Nicole  Dawson, M.D.
Nicole Dawson, M.D.
Breast Pathology

Nicole Dawson, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. Dr. Dawson received her medical degree from UCLA and completed her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Cytopathology at UCLA. Dr. Dawson is an experienced surgical pathologist and cytopathologist who works closely with the breast cancer specialists at Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital.
 
Alexandra Drakaki, MD
Alexandra Drakaki, MD
Medical Oncology

Dr. Drakaki is a faculty at the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine at UCLA. She performed her residency in Internal Medicine at a Tuft's University affiliate program and then she completed her Hematology and Oncology fellowship training in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Drakaki has a research interest in identifying drugs targeting a novel category of genes, called microRNAs, in different types of cancer, including breast cancer. Also she is participating in several clinical trials at UCLA.
 
Anne Hoyt, M.D.
Anne Hoyt, M.D.
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Anne Hoyt, MD, is a clinical professor of radiology and medical director of Breast Imaging for UCLA, the Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center in Santa Monica and Breast Imaging at the Manhattan Beach Imaging Center. She received her M.D. from UCLA and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of California, San Diego, and a fellowship in breast imaging and ultrasound at the UCLA-Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging. Dr. Hoyt’s interests focus on breast imaging with expertise in imaging guided biopsy of breast lesions. She has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed book chapters.
 
Cary Hsu, M.D.
Cary Hsu, M.D.
Surgical Oncology

Cary Hsu, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in Residence and Board Certified General Surgeon in the Divisions of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hsu completed general surgery training at UCLA and received subspecialty training in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute as well as the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He joined the faculty in 2011 and has been dedicated to the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer, soft tissue tumors, and gastrointestinal malignancies.
 
Sara Hurvitz, M.D.
Sara Hurvitz, M.D.
Medical Oncology

Dr. Hurvitz received her M.D. from the University of Southern California, and completed her residency in internal medicine and postgraduate fellowship in hematology/oncology at UCLA. Her research has focused on lymphoma and breast cancer. Dr. Hurvitz leads several national and international clinical trials for breast cancer and is involved in developing the Breast Cancer Clinical Translational Research Program at UCLA.
 
Amy Kusske, M.D.
Amy Kusske, M.D.
Breast Surgery

Amy Kusske, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, and a Board Certified General Surgeon in the Division of General Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the co-director of the UCLA Breast Center at Santa Monica, and specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and breast diseases. She has extensive experience with sentinel lymph node biopsy, nipple sparing mastectomy, and the newest techniques in breast cancer surgery. Dr. Kusske has been in practice since 1999 and her office is located in Santa Monica.
 
Suzanne  Levanas, LCSW
Suzanne Levanas, LCSW
Psychosocial Oncology

Suzanne Levanas, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with the Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, a center that offers educational and support services to individuals and families touched by cancer. Suzanne is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work & a Certified Oncology Social Worker. She has almost 20 years of experience in oncology and specializes in breast cancer. Suzanne is also a cancer survivor who combines her personal experience and professional expertise to provide caring, compassionate support to individuals facing breast cancer.
 
Janice Lu, MD, PhD
Janice Lu, MD, PhD
Medical Oncology

Dr. Janice Lu completed her Hematology and Medical Oncology fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD degree in Molecular Biology with Dr. David Allis, a pioneer in the foundations of epigenetics at Rockefeller University. Prior to joining UCLA's Division of Hematology and Oncology, she served as the Director of the Breast Medical Oncology Program at State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine for eight years. She has conducted many clinical trials, including a neoadjuvant study in HER2 positive breast cancer, which she led as national protocol chair. Her goal is to utilize her science and medical knowledge to work with each patient on a highly individualized basis with state-of-the-art cancer care.
 
Susan McCloskey, M.D., MSHS
Susan McCloskey, M.D., MSHS
Radiation Oncology

Susan McCloskey, MD, MSHS is an Assistant Professor of radiation oncology at UCLA. Dr. McCloskey received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and subsequently completed radiation oncology residency training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. McCloskey also holds a masters degree in health services research from the UCLA School of Public Health. She is currently leading the breast program in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology, and an active consulting physician for multidisciplinary breast programs. Dr. McCloskey specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, the use of technically advanced treatment modalities, and her research focuses on quality of care, quality of life, and health technology and outcomes assessment.
 
Parvin  F. Peddi, M.D.
Parvin F. Peddi, M.D.
Medical Oncology

Dr. Parvin Peddi is a full-time staff physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She received her medical degree from Duke University and completed residency in internal medicine and initial part of her hematology/oncology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as Chief Resident. She completed her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at UCLA and joined the faculty, specializing in breast cancer. She is involved in clinical and translational research and in addition to seeing patients at Santa Monica Breast Center, Dr. Peddi leads the medical oncology aspect of the multidisciplinary team at the Revlon Breast Center, Ronald Reagan UCLA campus.
 
Charles  Tseng, M.D.
Charles Tseng, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction, Plastic Surgery

Dr. Tseng is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. He was raised in Los Angeles where he attended Harvard-Westlake School and was a top-ranked tennis player on the US National Junior Tennis team. He earned his B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Economics at Columbia University, NY where he also played on the Varsity Tennis Team. He continued at Columbia University and received his M.D. He completed a combined residency in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, IL. He then completed a combined fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Results of Dr. Tseng’s studies have been published in books, articles, and journals. Dr. Tseng has presented papers at the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society for Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Research Council and World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery among others. He has also published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Clinics in Plastic Surgery.
 
 

Westwood

Helena  R. Chang, M.D., Ph.D.
Helena R. Chang, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Revlon/UCLA Breast Center
Surgical Oncology

Dr. Chang, director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center and professor of surgery, is a world-renowned surgical oncologist, with a dedicated interest in breast cancer. She has held the Revlon Chair at UCLA since 1997 and has repeatedly been named as one of America’s Top Doctors in her field. Dr. Chang received her Ph.D. in cancer immunology and M.D. from Temple University, and completed her general surgery training at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia and a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She also completed advanced research fellowship training in cell cycle regulation in cancer at Temple University. As director of the Gonda/UCLA Breast Cancer Research Laboratory and the Clinical Trials Unit for Breast Cancer, Dr. Chang’s research focuses on developing biomarker-based laboratory tests for breast cancer detection, tailored-treatment and cancer vaccine development. Her work has earned her numerous awards and honors.
 
Sophia Apple, M.D.
Sophia Apple, M.D.
Breast Pathology

Sophia K. Apple M.D. is a Chief of Breast Pathology and Professor who has served on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since she joined the Department of Pathology in 2002. She has published over 50 original articles, numerous abstracts, and book chapters in the topic of breast cancer. She is an author of the leading textbook titled "The Breast Imaging" through Elsevier Publisher. She is a national and international speaker in breast pathology.She currently serves on the editorial board of 5 medical journals.Dr. Apple received her M.D. at Wright State University Medical Center in 1992. She received her Masters degree in Biochemistry at New York University and earned her B.S. in Biochemistry at New York University. She was trained in her anatomical and clinical pathology residency and Cytopathology fellowship at UCLA.
 
Lawrence Bassett, M.D.
Lawrence Bassett, M.D.
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Dr. Bassett is professor of radiology and section chief of the Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging. He received his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School and completed his residency at UCLA. He is a member of the American Board of Radiology, and he has authored books, contributed book chapters and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.
 
Robert Bennion, M.D.
Robert Bennion, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Surgical Oncology

Dr. Bennion, professor of clinical surgery, received his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed his residency in vascular surgery at UCLA. Dr. Bennion’s clinical interests include general surgery, surgical infections and breast disease. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery, Association for Academic Surgery, Los Angeles Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons, Southwestern Surgical Congress and Pacific Coast Surgical Association.
 
Rena  Callahan, M.D.
Rena Callahan, M.D.
Hematology Oncology

Rena Callahan, MD, attended Yale University and obtained a BS in Biology. She later attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she graduated with high honors, Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology training at UCLA with a clinical research focus in breast cancer. She is currently actively involved in the Breast Cancer research program at UCLA as a co-investigator for several trials of new and innovative therapies. Dr. Callahan is dedicated to providing patient centered care. She has a unique interest in how complementary therapies, such as meditation, yoga, reiki, and nutritional supplements can be integrated with Western evidence based medicine.
 
David Chan, M.D.
David Chan, M.D.
Medical Oncology

Dr. Chan has been a member of the Division of Hematology/Oncology clinical faculty for more than 20 years. He trained in medicine at UCLA and in oncology at Stanford University. As a principal investigator with the UCLA Translational Oncology Research Institute and a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, he has been active in breast cancer clinical trials. Dr. Chan has lectured and written extensively on breast cancer. He is the author of Breast Cancer: Real Questions/Real Answers.
 
Marie  Cohen, Ph.D.
Marie Cohen, Ph.D.
Psychology

Marie Cohen, Ph.D., a psychologist, obtained her doctorate degree in clinical psychology through the Wright Institute Los Angeles and her MSW at UCLA. She has done her pre-doctoral internship at Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Culver City, CA. Her private practice focuses on cancer patients and their families, patients with chronic illnesses and their families, and couples and families. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. Her research interests include cancer and its effects on individuals and families, chronic illness and the family, and military deployment and its effects on soldiers and families.
 
Christopher Crisera, M.D.
Christopher Crisera, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction

Christopher Crisera, MD, is an associate clinical professor and the director of microsurgery in the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in state of the art breast reconstruction, oncologic reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery of the breast, body and face. Dr. Crisera joined the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2005 after completing his plastic surgery residency and microsurgery fellowship at UCLA. He graduated from Harvard with honors in 1990 with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and subsequently completed his general surgery residency at the University of California. Dr. Crisera is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
 
Andrew Da Lio, M.D.
Andrew Da Lio, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction

Andrew L. Da Lio, MD, is Clinical Professor and Chief, in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His clinical expertise is in reconstructive microsurgery and cosmetic surgery, with a major emphasis on breast reconstruction and aesthetic procedures. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed his general surgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, plastic surgery residency at L.A. County-USC Medical Center and fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at UCLA.
 
Nanette Debruhl, M.D.
Nanette Debruhl, M.D.
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Dr. DeBruhl, a professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences, received her M.D. from Georgetown University and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in breast imaging at UCLA. Dr. DeBruhl’s clinical and research interests include breast magnetic resonance (MR) and interventional breast imaging. She has published multiple research papers, with an emphasis on breast imaging technologies.
 
Laura  Doepke, M.D.
Laura Doepke, M.D.
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Laura Doepke, MD, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences, received her M.D. from UCLA and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at UCLA. She completed a fellowship in breast imaging at the UCLA-Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging. Dr. Doepke's primary focus is in breast imaging with expertise in imaging guided breast procedures. She also has clinical duties in general radiology and in oncological imaging.
 
Karen Duvall, M.D.
Karen Duvall, M.D.
Expert Team

Karen Duvall, M.D. is a physician in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine and a former director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Training Program. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University and her M.D. from the University of Arizona. She completed her graduate training in clinical nutrition. Her research interests including reducing the risk of breast cancer through preventive measures such as nutrition and healthy lifestyle as well as designing non-invasive detection methods that may identify women at high risk for developing breast cancer in addition to the current methods of mammography and clinical breast exam.
 
Jaco Festekjian, M.D.
Jaco Festekjian, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction

Jaco Festekjian, MD, an associate clinical professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has a wide range of expertise is aesthetic and reconstructive surgery with significant emphasis on breast reconstruction. He received his plastic surgery training at Indiana University School of Medicine and a microsurgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.
 
Patricia Ganz, M.D.
Patricia Ganz, M.D.
Oncologist
Expert Team

Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., a medical oncologist, received her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in 1969 and her M.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1973. She completed her training in internal medicine and hematology/oncology at UCLA Medical Center from 1973-1978, where she also served as Chief Resident in Medicine. She has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine since 1978 and the UCLA School of Public Health since 1992. Since 1993 she has been the Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
 
John Glaspy, M.D., MPH
John Glaspy, M.D., MPH
Medical Oncology

John Glaspy, MD, MPH, is professor of medicine at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. Dr. Glaspy holds the Estelle, Abe, and Marjorie Sanders Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. He is director of the JCCC Clinical Research Unit and director of the JCCC Womens Cancer Research Program. Dr. Glaspy is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Southwest Oncology Group, American Federation for Clinical Research, International Society of Interferon Research, and American Society of Nuclear Medicine, among others. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. During the course of his career, Dr. Glaspy has authored more than 270 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of the "Best Doctors in America."
 
Anne Hoyt, M.D.
Anne Hoyt, M.D.
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Anne Hoyt, MD, is a clinical professor of radiology and medical director of Breast Imaging for UCLA, the Barbara Kort Women's Imaging Center in Santa Monica and Breast Imaging at the Manhattan Beach Imaging Center. She received her M.D. from UCLA and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of California, San Diego, and a fellowship in breast imaging and ultrasound at the UCLA-Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging. Dr. Hoyt’s interests focus on breast imaging with expertise in imaging guided biopsy of breast lesions. She has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed book chapters.
 
Mitchell Kamrava, M.D.
Mitchell Kamrava, M.D.
Radiation Oncology

Dr. Mitchell Kamrava graduated from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical School during which time he spent a year as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar conducting research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stanford University Hospital followed by his residency in radiation oncology at the NCI, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Kamrava has advanced fellowship training in brachytherapy from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Radiation Oncology Department. He joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology specializing in Brachytherapy for all sites including breast cancer. He served as the founding chair of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) Resident's Committee as well as received multiple awards including: the Roentgen Resident Research Award, the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Public Service, the ACRO Howard H. Wong Scholarship, the UCSD Samuel B. Hamburger Memorial Thesis Award, the UCSD Goodhead Service.
 
David  Lu, M.D.
David Lu, M.D.
Breast Pathology

David Y. Lu, M.D., is an assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His clinical and research interests are in breast pathology, cytopathology, and genitourinary pathology. Dr. Lu also helps run the UCLA Department of Pathology Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Clinic, which is located in the 100 Med Plaza building. The clinic offers easy-to-schedule palpation- and ultrasound-guided FNAs of superficial lesions of the breasts, head and neck, thyroid, as well as other body sites. Dr. Lu received his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2005. He completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Emory University in 2009. He then pursued fellowship training in cytopathology and surgical pathology at UCLA.
 
Susan McCloskey, M.D., MSHS
Susan McCloskey, M.D., MSHS
Radiation Oncology

Susan McCloskey, MD, MSHS is an Assistant Professor of radiation oncology at UCLA. Dr. McCloskey received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and subsequently completed radiation oncology residency training at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. McCloskey also holds a masters degree in health services research from the UCLA School of Public Health. She is currently leading the breast program in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology, and an active consulting physician for multidisciplinary breast programs. Dr. McCloskey specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, the use of technically advanced treatment modalities, and her research focuses on quality of care, quality of life, and health technology and outcomes assessment.
 
Neda  Moatamed, M.D.
Neda Moatamed, M.D.
Breast Pathology

Neda Moatamed, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She completed her pathology residency and fellowship at USC Medical Center followed by Women’s health fellowship training at UCLA. She is currently practicing surgical pathology with focused specialization in breast, gynecologic pathology, and cytopathology at UCLA.
 
Erin O' Leary, M.S.G.C.
Erin O' Leary, M.S.G.C.
Genetic Counseling

Erin M. O’Leary, is a board certified genetic counselor at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ms. O’Leary received a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2001 and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling in 2005 at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colon Cancer. Ms. O’Leary has extensive expertise in the field of cancer genetics, genetic testing, screening and medical management of high risk families. She also has a strong interest in health education and has given several lectures regarding cancer genetics to both community and professional organizations as well as to physicians, nurses and medical students and is an expert consultant to various healthcare research companies. Ms. O’Leary also has research experience in clinical oncology, molecular genetics and cytogenetics, particularly related to faulty DNA damage repair in cancer cells.
 
Olga Olvesky, M.D.
Olga Olvesky, M.D.
Medical Oncology

Olga Olevsky, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1994. She then went on to complete her Internal Medicine Residency in 1997, and served as a Chief Medical Resident in 1998, at the University of Minnesota. She did her fellowship training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles, which she completed in 2004. From 2004 until 2009 she was in private practice in Santa Monica, California. She joined UCLA in 2009, where she currently has a busy clinical practice. Her academic interests include women's cancers, particularly breast cancer. Dr. Olevsky has been involved with the Revlon Breast Center Multidisciplinary Program since 2009. She has given multiple talks on the topics of breast cancer treatment and prevention, to both physicians and patients. Dr. Olevsky is Board Certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology.
 
Parvin  F. Peddi, M.D.
Parvin F. Peddi, M.D.
Medical Oncology

Dr. Parvin Peddi is a full-time staff physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She received her medical degree from Duke University and completed residency in internal medicine and initial part of her hematology/oncology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as Chief Resident and editor of the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics. She completed her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at UCLA and joined the faculty, specializing in breast cancer. She has been awarded American Society of Clinic Oncology Young Investigator Award for research in breast cancer and is actively involved in clinical and translational research. She leads the medical oncology aspect of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center Multidisciplinary Program and also participates in the Santa Monica Breast Center Multidisciplinary Clinic. Dr. Peddi has clinics in Santa Monica and Torrance.
 
Cherice  Poon, M.D.
Cherice Poon, M.D.
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Cherice Poon, MD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences, received her MD from University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at Indiana University. She also completed a Nuclear Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University. Dr. Poon’s interests focus on breast cancer and PET/CT imaging. She has contributed book chapters on breast imaging and is currently involved in a multi-center study on a Phase II drug trial in women with metastatic breast cancer.
 
Raquel Prati, MD
Raquel Prati, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Surgical Oncology

Raquel Prati, MD, assistant clinical professor of surgery, received her M.D. degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 1999 and is a board certified breast surgeon from Brazil. Dr. Prati's clinical interests are focused on breast diseases. She is a member of the Brazilian Medical Association and the Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Societies. She has completed additional research and clinical fellowship in the United States at UCLA. She is currently one of the dedicated breast surgeons at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center and directs the Breast Cancer High Risk Program.
 
Paul Schmit, MD
Paul Schmit, MD
Professor
Surgical Oncology

Dr. Schmit, professor of surgery, received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Schmit completed his internship and residency at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Schmit has a wide range of clinical interest, including breast disease.
 
Joyce Seldon, M.S.
Joyce Seldon, M.S.
Expert Team

Joyce L. Seldon, MS, CGC is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ms. Seldon received her Master of Science degree in 1995 in Genetic Counseling at the University of California, Irvine. She has extensive expertise in the field of cancer genetic counseling, cancer risk assessment, cancer genetic predisposition testing, and research in this area. Currently, she is the Deputy Director for the UCLA Cancer Genetics Program at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications including manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. She is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Genetics in Medicine. Ms. Seldon has given numerous invited lectures and presentations to lay groups, physicians, nurses, medical/doctoral students, college students, professional organizations, and international conferences.
 
Michael Steinberg, M.D., FASTRO, FACR, FACRO
Michael Steinberg, M.D., FASTRO, FACR, FACRO
Chair, UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology

Dr. Steinberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His professional career spans private, corporate and academic practice and is known for the development of multi-site radiation oncology care networks that are characterized by clinical excellence and community based clinical research. The UCLA Radiation Oncology network includes the department at Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA, academically oriented community practices as well as Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Steinberg has specific expertise in the treatment of tumors of the GU system, breast and head and neck. He specializes in the use of technically advanced treatment modalities such as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and brachytherapy for the treatment of malignancy.
 
Peggy  Sullivan , M.D.
Peggy Sullivan , M.D.
Breast Pathology

Peggy Sullivan, MD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received her M.D. from the Keck USC School of Medicine. She completed her residency, cytopathology fellowship, and Women’s Health fellowship at UCLA. Her research and clinical interests are devoted to cytopathology and surgical pathology including gynecologic and breast pathology.
 
David Wellisch, PhD
David Wellisch, PhD
Expert Team

David Wellisch, Ph.D., is a Professor-in-Residence and Chief Psychologist of the Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for 38 years. Dr. Wellisch has had a dedicated interest in clinical work and research with cancer patients and their families for his entire carrier. He has published 150 scientific articles and book chapters on psychological aspects of cancer. He has consulted, served on, and chaired committees at the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. In 2012, Dr. Wellisch won the Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence from the International Psycho-Oncology Society naming him the outstanding clinician in psycho-oncology on a world-wide basis.
 
Nazanin Yaghmai, MD
Nazanin Yaghmai, MD
Iris Cantor Breast Imaging Center

Dr. Yaghmai is Assistant Professor of the Department of Radiological Sciences. She received her M.D. from UCLA and completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at UCLA. She completed a fellowship in breast imaging at the UCLA-Iris Cantor Center for Breast Imaging.
 
 

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