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Meet our breast cancer experts

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we recognize that a breast cancer diagnosis will significantly impact your life. Our experienced oncologists and surgeons understand the range of physical and emotional challenges you will confront and your need for information to help you make important decisions about your treatment.

CTCA® provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for all stages of breast cancer. The experts who treat breast cancer at CTCA work collaboratively, performing and analyzing diagnostic tests onsite and developing an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Medical oncology

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez

ricardo alvarez Dr. Ricardo Alvarez is the Director of Cancer Research at the Breast Cancer Center at Southeastern. Double board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Alvarez is recognized for his contributions to the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer, particularly inflammatory breast cancer. He serves as principal investigator for many large clinical trials designed to improve and expand treatment options for breast cancer. Dr. Alvarez’s research studies have been published in many peer-reviewed journals, including Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and The Annals of Oncology. He has written more than 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and he regularly presents his work at national and international conferences.

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Dr. Dennis Citrin

dennis citrin Dr. Dennis Citrin is a double board-certified Medical Oncologist with more than three decades of experience in cancer care. He focuses his practice on treating patients with advanced and complex breast cancer at our hospital near Chicago. Dr. Citrin has served on the faculty of several medical schools, including the University of Wisconsin, University of California in San Diego, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. His research has been published extensively in journals such as Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and he is the author of Knowledge is Power: What Every Woman Should Know about Breast Cancer.

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Dr. Shayma Kazmi

shayma kazmi Dr. Shayma Kazmi is a Medical Oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia. Board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine, she is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the Medical Society of New Jersey. Throughout her career, Dr. Kazmi has written abstracts and conducted numerous cancer research studies. She joined CTCA because she wanted not only to administer conventional medicine, such as chemotherapy, but also to treat the entire person through the use of evidence-informed supportive therapies.

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Dr. Cynthia Lynch

cynthia lynch medical oncologist wrmc Dr. Cynthia Lynch is a Medical Oncologist at our hospital near Phoenix. Board certified in hematology and medical oncology, Dr. Lynch spearheaded several clinical trials designed to advance breast cancer treatment, and she has worked to address important concerns in cancer care, including racial disparities in medicine and barriers to clinical trial enrollment.

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Dr. Sagun Shrestha

sagun shrestha Dr. Sagun Shrestha is a Medical Oncologist who treats a number of malignancies, with a particular focus on treating breast cancer patients at our hospital in Tulsa. Board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Shrestha is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and American College of Physicians. Her goal is to help her patients and their families make informed decisions about cancer treatment.

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Breast surgery

Dr. Derrick Beech

Derrick Beech Dr. Derrick Beech is the Chair of Surgery at our hospital near Phoenix. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Beech is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As a researcher, he has focused on cancer prevention and control, gene therapy for cancer, and clinical trials on new approaches for breast cancer, sarcoma and colorectal cancer. His studies have been published in numerous leading medical journals, and he has also written several book chapters and articles for mainstream publications.

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Dr. Anita Johnson

anita johnson Dr. Anita Johnson is a Breast Surgical Oncologist at our hospital near Atlanta. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and served as an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She also belongs to the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Johnson’s work has been published in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Surgery and Seminars in Surgical Oncology. She has given many presentations on breast cancer for events hosted by the likes of the American College of Surgeons, Association of Academic Surgeons and Southwestern Surgical Congress.

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Dr. Stephen Ray

stephen ray Dr. Stephen Ray is the Medical Director of Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at our hospital near Chicago. Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgeries, Dr. Ray is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Steven Standiford

steven standiford Dr. Steven Standiford is the Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery and a Surgical Oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia. He is also a member of the medical advisory board for The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Standiford is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Throughout his career, Dr. Standiford has contributed chapters to a number of textbooks, and his work has been published in several medical journals, including the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Journal of Surgical Oncology and Trauma Quarterly.

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Dr. Huan Vu

Huan Nguyen Vu Dr. Huan Vu is the Medical Director of Surgery and a Surgical Oncologist at our hospital in Tulsa. Board certified in surgical oncology by the American Board of Surgery and certified in robotic surgery through Hunter-McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital, Dr. Vu is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and several other professional organizations. He participated in laboratory research and also contributed to Oncology for the Primary Care Provider, a seminal reference book.

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Breast reconstruction surgeons

Dr. Randall Craft

randall craft wrmc Dr. Randall Craft is the Chief of Surgery at our hospital near Phoenix. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A member of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, his research has been published in numerous medical journals, including Annals of Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Research, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Archives of Surgery. He has presented his research at several medical conferences both in the United States and abroad.

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Dr. Fred Durden

Fred Durden Dr. Fred Durden is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at our hospital near Atlanta. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and in otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Durden has published several studies in leading journals. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

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Dr. Rola Eid

rola eid Dr. Rola Eid is Medical Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at our hospital in Tulsa. Double board certified in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery, she is an expert in a broad range of breast, facial and cosmetic reconstructive surgery techniques. Dr. Eid recently added 3-D nipple tattooing to the approaches she offers, inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer to offer patients as many options as possible to restore their sense of normalcy.

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Dr. John Fernandez

john fernandez Dr. John Fernandez is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at our hospital in Philadelphia. Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a Candidate member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A dedicated researcher, Dr. Fernandez has published studies and abstracts on plastic and reconstructive surgery in several medical journals, including The FASEB Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He has also presented his work at national medical conferences.

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Dr. Daniel Liu

daniel liu Dr. Daniel Liu is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at our hospital near Chicago. Dr. Liu is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A dedicated researcher, Dr. Liu has published several studies on various aspects of plastic surgery and serves as peer reviewer in eminent medical journals. He has presented his work at numerous national and international professional conferences, and has contributed chapters to textbooks on plastic surgery.

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Radiation oncology

Dr. Sean Cavanaugh

sean cavanaugh Dr. Sean Cavanaugh is Chief of Radiation Oncology at our hospital near Atlanta. Board certified by the American Board of Radiology, his work has been published in numerous journals, including Urology, Prostate Cancer, American Journal of Brachytherapy, The International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics and Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment. In 2011, 2012 and 2014, Dr. Cavanaugh was honored with a Compassionate Doctor Certification from Patient’s Choice. He also received Georgia’s Favorite Physicians Award every year from 2009 to 2014, and he received the Patients' Choice Award and the On-Time Physician Award from Vitals.com in 2014.

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Dr. Curt Heese

curt heese Dr. Curt Heese is a Radiation Oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia. Board certified in radiation oncology, Dr. Heese has a master’s degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Heese completed two bachelor’s degrees at the same time at Iowa State University—one in chemical engineering and the other in microbiology. He has published papers on a handful of subjects, including cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and 3-D conformal radiation therapy for retinoblastoma.

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Dr. Douglas Kelly

douglas kelly Dr. Douglas Kelly is a Radiation Oncologist at our hospital in Tulsa. Board certified in radiation oncology, Dr. Kelly is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology who has authored and served as principal investigator for several research protocols. He has also presented work on several radiation therapy topics at national conferences. Dr. Kelly is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Radiosurgery Society.

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Dr. Kamal Patel

kamal patel Dr. Kamal Patel is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at our hospital near Chicago. Board certified in radiology, he has a master’s degree in applied physiology from Chicago Medical School, where he also earned his medical degree. Prior to that, he received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Iowa. While a resident, Dr. Patel earned the Rose Award for Excellence in Patient Care.

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Dr. Marnee Spierer

marnee spierer Dr. Marnee Spierer is the Chief of Radiation Oncology Clinical Operations at our hospital near Phoenix. Board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Spierer is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Board of Radiology. She has presented study findings at numerous local and national clinical meetings. Her investigations have focused on post-mastectomy radiation, soft tissue sarcoma, women’s oncology and other areas of expertise. She has served as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator for various clinical trials, and her research has been published in prominent, peer-reviewed medical journals. She has also contributed chapters to several radiation oncology books.

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Advanced genomic testing

genomic tumor assessment

We use genomic tumor assessment to examine a patient's tumor on a genetic level. This innovative tool can help us find what's driving the cancer's growth and offer patients more precise treatment.

A personalized treatment plan

a personalized treatment plan

Our doctors work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and diagnosis.

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