“I’m a breast cancer and reconstruction surgeon in San Francisco and also a breast cancer survivor.”
I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer in 2017, which strengthened my commitment to advocating and educating on better breast surgery options. I feel strongly about making sure that people learn not only about the oncologic outcomes from recommended breast cancer treatments, but also the potential long-term side effects of treatments and the psychological and physical impact. After my own experience going through breast cancer treatment, my husband Dr. Ziv Peled (@peledmigraine), who is a peripheral nerve surgeon, and I pioneered a new technique to allow for sensation preservation after mastectomy to minimize or eliminate the chest numbness that typically occurs after mastectomy.
Seeing breast cancer survivors being able to look and feel like themselves again after undergoing nerve-sparing mastectomy and other types of oncoplastic surgery is the most rewarding part of my breast surgery practice and something I hope to continue to innovate more in the future!