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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS) has added several world-renowned experts to the faculty of its February course on oncoplastic surgery (OPS), the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery.

Surgeons will gather in Newport Beach, February 8-10, 2019, to learn from a panel of experts, including several of the world’s pioneers in OPS. The two-and-a-half-day course – which provides more than 20 hours of certified medical education (CME) credits – instructs surgeons on how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

“We continually build and expand our faculty, and this meeting will include some of the world’s pre-eminent oncoplastic surgeons,” said Gail Lebovic, M.D. “Our program gives surgeons from all generations the opportunity to broaden their skills in the oncologic and aesthetic aspects of breast surgery under the instruction of those of us who developed these very techniques.”

For the upcoming course, two prominent international surgeons will serve as co-Course Directors: Cicero Urban, M.D., Chair of the Department of Surgery at Our Lady of Grace Hospital, Curitiba, Brazil, and Gustavo Zucca Matthes, M.D., head of the Breast Surgery Department at Barretos Cancer Hospital, Barretos, Brazil.

Dr. Urban is the author of numerous textbooks on OPS, including the seminal Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Dr. Mathes, along with Dr. Lebovic, introduced the use of a surgical simulator known as the “Mastotrainer” at educational courses as a first step in learning new concepts in breast surgery.

Other new international faculty include:

  • Vincenzo Giovinazzo, M.D., consultant surgeon in plastic, reconstruction and aesthetic surgery at Institute du Sein and Clinic Rhena, Strasbourg, France
  • Andrea Manconi, plastic surgeon at the European Institute of Oncology, University of Sassari, Milan, Italy
  • Angelo do Carma Silva Matthes, former coordinator of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Ribeirao Preto (UNAERP), São Paolo, Brazil.

The course’s keynote address at the February school will be delivered by world-renowned surgeon Melvin Silverstein, M.D., the pioneer of oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery in the U.S. Dr. Silverstein is the Medical Director of the Hoag Breast Center and holds the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in Newport Beach.

An additional keynote address will be given by Chaitanyanand B. Koppiker, M.S., M.D., a leading oncoplastic surgeon and Medical Director of Orchids Breast Health Center, in Pune, India. In addition to establishing the first integrated cancer center in Pune (Budhrani Cancer Institute at the Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital), Dr. Koppiker also founded an International School of Oncoplastic Surgery, which has held several international workshops and conferences.

The School of Oncoplastic Surgery provides participants with a variety of hands-on learning opportunities. These include an anatomy lab with cadavers to practice essential oncoplastic techniques and a live model workshop where attendees learn crucial aspects of perfecting the art of OPS.

“The hands-on practice in the cadaver lab was really meaningful to me,” said surgeon Hannah Caulfield of Pocatello, ID., who attended the program last year. “What I learned in the course completely changed how I approach what I do on a daily basis. My new skills have allowed me to get wider margins and better cosmetic outcomes. Our radiation oncologists have been very pleased with the outcomes they get as a result of these techniques.”

Oncoplastic surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results – a key patient satisfaction outcome. 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.

“While the adoption of oncoplastic surgery continues to rise, both in the US and abroad, a lack of standardized training limits patients’ access to this revolutionary approach to breast cancer surgery. Helping surgeons develop this new expertise will ultimately result in a higher standard of care for all breast cancer patients,” Dr. Lebovic said.

Participants in the course will also gain exposure to several new technologies that can be used in conjunction with oncoplastic surgery and learn how to integrate these into their current practice. Technologies to be featured include genomic testing to assess the need for radiation therapy in DCIS patients, the BioZorb 3-D implantable marking device, an implantable vascular arm port device, intraoperative specimen x-ray tools, and a new headlight to improve visualization during surgery.

Learn more at https://www.oncoplasticmd.com/february-2019-course/.

About the School of Oncoplastic Surgery & Dr. Gail Lebovic

As the first female oncoplastic surgeon in the U.S., 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 device technologies in women’s healthcare.

Dr. Lebovic 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 is the first and only oncoplastic surgery educational program in the U.S. that incorporates a full-day anatomy lab, a full day and a half of didactic lectures, and offers educational certification in oncoplastic surgery.

Dr. Lebovic currently also serves as Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Hologic, a medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health and well-being through early detection and treatment.

More about SOS is available at www.oncoplasticmd.com. For further information, contact Tiffany Young at (479) 236-9570 or tiffsos07@gmail.com.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Surgeons specializing in breast cancer can now receive training in advanced oncoplastic procedures from the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS). The school is one of the nation’s top continuing medical education programs. It is the first and only one in the United States to offer educational certification in oncoplastic surgery, the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery available.

Surgeons from across the nation will gather for a sold-out course in Newport Beach, Sept. 14-16, 2018, to continue their training in oncoplastic surgery. The course will primarily focus on advanced oncoplastic techniques to improve outcomes with breast conserving surgery.

Since 2007, the school has brought together experts from around the world to train course attendees on the various aspects of oncoplastic surgery. The two-and-a-half-day course – which provides more than 20 hours of certified medical education (CME) credits – instructs surgeons on how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

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DALLAS – Surgeons can now receive educational certification in oncoplastic surgery – the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery – through the School of Oncoplastic Surgery.

The school brings together experts from around the world and across the nation to learn the various aspects of oncoplastic surgery. The two-and-a-half day course – which provides a minimum of 20 hours of certified medical education (CME) credits – instructs surgeons on how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

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Among the many improvements in the care of women who have breast cancer, one of the most promising is oncoplastic surgery.This approach combines methods to remove cancer with reconstructive techniques to insure complete tumor control. At same time it achieves better aesthetic outcomes.

This month’s upcoming School of Oncoplastic Surgery will help surgeons develop new skills they can use when performing breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) on patients with breast cancer. The three-day course will be held Jan. 22-24, 2016 in Dallas.

LAS VEGAS – Breast surgery experts from across the nation will gather in Nevada this September to learn oncoplastic surgery, now the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery available. The two-and-a-half-day course to be held by the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS) will instruct surgeons how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.

“We’ve reached a point where breast surgeons need oncoplastic skills, because women are living long healthy lives after breast cancer surgery, and they want to preserve their femininity,” said SOS founder/course director Gail Lebovic, M.D.

The course will be held Sept. 8-10, 2016 at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev.

Oncoplastic surgery (OPS) trains surgeons to save as much of the natural tissue as possible without compromising removal of the cancer. Reconstructive techniques are also addressed during the course, so that surgeons can offer their patients an opportunity to continue looking good without compromising their health or survival after being treated for cancer.

“The reason I came to the SOS course is that breast surgery is heading in this direction,” said A. J. Beisler, M.D., a surgeon in Bellefontaine, Ohio, who attended the January course. “When I saw the availability of the anatomy lab, I thought that would be really helpful. It’s one thing to hear people say ‘This is the way I do it.’ It’s another thing to stand there with them and have them take you through it.”

Special elements of the oncoplastic surgery program include:

Full-day anatomy lab. Attendees receive hands-on instruction and gain experience in multiple oncoplastic techniques.
Didactic lectures by experts covering topics in breast surgery & cancer care.
Sculpture lab that uses clay casts from real-life subjects to teach attendees about aesthetics, size, shape and symmetry.
Live models for surgical marking. Attendees learn the skin markings crucial to perfecting the art of OPS.
Networking opportunities with faculty and colleagues. Surgeons work side-by-side with the faculty and network/socialize with each other throughout the course.
Panel discussions. Current controversial topics of significant importance to breast cancer surgeons are discussed in-depth with leaders in the field.

“We’re now entering our 10th year of teaching the course, and those of us who have been in the field for many years realize the importance of passing on our skills to younger surgeons,” said Dr. Lebovic.

She notes from her experience that the most effective way to teach the oncoplastic approach involves unique elements not offered by other educational courses: “That’s why the School of Oncoplastic Surgery is especially rich with hands-on experience that gives surgeons the confidence to use these methods in their own practices.”

Other parts of the course include:

One-to-one instruction from the course’s expert faculty. Instructors include several world-renowned pioneers in OPS.
Introduction to new technologies used in oncoplastic cases. Selected new tools are demonstrated and utilized in the lab.
Instruction on reimbursement coding when performing oncoplastic procedures

“I came to the SOS because even though I’ve been doing breast work for quite a few years, the expectations of patients are changing in terms of cosmetic appearance,” said Denver breast surgeon Jodi Chamber, M.D., FACS. “There are a lot of new techniques out there that quite honestly I have not been using but I’ve been reading about. I wanted to see them first-hand from folks who have been doing them.”

Oncoplastic surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results when a lumpectomy is performed. OPS can also be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, augmentation, lift, mastectomy or reconstruction taking into account patient preference and clinical circumstances.

The School of Oncoplastic Surgery was founded in 2007 by Dr. Lebovic with a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. Dr. Lebovic is a past president of the American Society of Breast Disease, recipient of several distinguished awards and the inventor of multiple successful medical technologies in women’s healthcare. She currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Focal Therapeutics, Inc.

Henderson, Nevada’s second largest city and site of the course, is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Course information is available at www.2016sos.com. For further information, phone Tiffany Young at (479) 236-9570 or email her: tiffany@breasttreatment.com