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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Christopher Crisera, M.D.
Christopher Crisera, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Crisera is an Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Microsurgery at UCLA. Dr. Crisera joined the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as an Assistant Professor in 2005 after completing his plastic surgery residency and microsurgery fellowship at UCLA. He specializes in microvascular surgery. His clinical interests focus on breast reconstruction, oncologic reconstruction, lower extremity reconstruction, as well as aesthetic surgery of the breast and facial aesthetic surgery. Dr. Crisera was raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Harvard in 1990 with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. He then attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 2002. His current research focusses on the vascular biology of perforator flaps and pharmacologic conditioning of free flaps to improve outcomes in breast reconstruction.
 
Jaco Festekjian, M.D.
Jaco Festekjian, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Festekjian After completing his Advanced Aesthetic and Microsurgery Fellowship at The Mayo Clinic, Jaco H. Festekjian, M.D., F.A.C.S., joined the Department of Surgery and was appointed Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Festekjian is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons. Professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the California Society of Plastic Surgery. Areas of clinical expertise include: reconstructive surgeries requiring microsurgery, such as breast reconstruction, offering immediate and delayed breast reconstruction procedures, including DIEP, SIEA, SGAP, Muscle Sparing TRAM, and Latissimus flaps and breast implant based breast reconstruction.In addition, Dr. Festekjian has research interests in the clinical arena, specifically in the area of breast reconstruction, breast augmentation and breast reduction.
 
Jason Roostaeian, M.D.
Jason Roostaeian, M.D.
Breast Reconstruction

Jason Roostaeian, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Roostaeian, a Los Angeles native, obtained his undergraduate degree at UCLA with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He then continued at UCLA for medical school where he earned the prestigious UC Regents Scholarship, “the UC’s highest recognition of academic excellence.” In medical school he received Alpha Omega Alpha honors, as well as the Longmire Medial which is awarded to the top graduating student in surgery. After completing his residency training, Jason was then chosen to pursue additional specialization in Advanced Aesthetic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Roostaeian, dedicated to the art and science of plastic surgery, then returned to the UCLA Plastic Surgery Division to complete a fellowship in Microvascular Surgery where he focused on breast reconstruction, as well as complex reconstruction of the head & neck, and lower extremity. Dr. Jason Roostaeian strives to continue his passion for being at the cutting edge of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, authoring over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in leading plastic surgery text books and journals.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Erica  Silver , MS, LCGC
Erica Silver , MS, LCGC
Genetic Counseling

Erica L Silver, MS, LCGC is a licensed and certified genetic counselor specializing in cancer genetics and hereditary cancer syndromes. She received her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She then completed her Masters degree in Genetic Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and holds a genetic counseling license through the California Department of Public Health. Her interests include the decision-making process to proceed with genetic testing and how individuals use the information to help make management decisions.
 
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.
 
 

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