The School of Oncoplastic Surgery offers a core curriculum of essential topics and rotates in well-known and new faculty members for each training.
“After 37 years of doing breast surgery, I initially attended the course because I wanted to provide my breast cancer patients with better cosmetic results,” said Jack Traylor, M.D., a surgeon in Huntington, W.V. who attended two courses in the past year. “The skills I’ve gained through these courses have enabled me to do more breast conserving surgery – with excellent cosmetic outcomes – for cases that would have previously required mastectomy. I went back to learn more advanced techniques and will continue to attend courses in the future to keep myself current on the latest advances in oncoplastic surgery.”
Oncoplastic surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results. OPS can help surgeons increase the number of women who are eligible for breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). In this way, the cancer removal can be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, augmentation, lift, mastectomy or reconstruction, taking into account patient preference and clinical circumstances.
Gail Lebovic, M.D. founded the School of Oncoplastic Surgery in 2007 with a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. SOS focuses on a multidisciplinary and practical “hands-on” approach to training surgeons in oncoplastic breast surgery techniques. It was the first and is the only oncoplastic surgery educational program in the US that incorporates a full-day anatomy lab as well as a full day of didactic lectures led by world-renowned pioneers in oncoplastic surgery.
As the first female oncoplastic surgeon in the US, Dr. Lebovic is an internationally known authority in using reconstructive and plastic surgery approaches in the surgical treatment of breast cancer. A past president of the American Society of Breast Disease, she has received several distinguished awards and is also the inventor of multiple successful medical technologies in women’s healthcare.