I am a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging, including screening for breast cancer, the evaluation of breast symptoms, and imaging-guided breast biopsy. To do this, I use mammography, sonography, and magnetic resonance imaging.
I founded the Breast Imaging Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering and was its director for 20 years. During that time, it was built into the largest breast imaging group in the world. The Service has made major contributions in refining breast biopsy techniques, replacing surgical biopsy with needle biopsy, understanding the appropriate imaging management of women having breast conservation surgery, and demonstrating the importance of MRI in breast imaging. Currently, the role of contrast-enhanced mammography is under investigation. This work has resulted in my publication of more than 200 peer reviewed articles, as well as invited articles and chapters, on breast imaging. I have written several textbooks on breast imaging. I have also worked to help establish breast cancer screening programs in several nations.
I have served as president of the Society of Breast Imaging and have been on the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Task Force for many years, serving as the chair of the committee on government relations. I have also been the chair of the New York State Breast Cancer Detection and Education Program Advisory Council, a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee, and am on the editorial board or review scientific papers for multiple medical journals. In recognition of these services, I have been awarded the gold medal of the Society of Breast Imaging, which is given once every two years to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the breast imaging field.
Along with others on the Breast Imaging Service, I have worked to train more than 100 postgraduate fellows in breast imaging, as well as residents and foreign radiologists. Additionally, I lecture around the US and the world as part of my commitment to teaching. As founding chair of the American College of Radiology Committee on Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation, I have worked to make women in the US confident that the breast imaging services they receive will be of high quality wherever they seek care.
- Clinical Expertise: Breast Imaging; Breast Biopsy
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Jefferson Medical College
- Residencies: The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
- Fellowships: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
- Board Certifications: Diagnostic Radiology
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