Message from the Program Director

The Joanne Knight Breast Center provides complete breast care annually to more than 700 women diagnosed with breast cancer. The emphasis of our breast program is superb clinical care, which is supported by a multidisciplinary approach and directed by leaders in the fields of breast imaging, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and genetics.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a tertiary care facility that is consistenly ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report as an honor roll hospital. The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region, and Washington University School of Medicine is one of the world’s premier medical schools with extensive funding for both clinical and basic science research. The Department of Surgery received more than $13 million in National Institute of Health (NIH) funding in 2012.

Breast Oncology is a dynamic field, and general and oncologic surgeons are constantly challenged to keep up to date with the changing management of patients diagnosed with breast cancer. The multidisciplinary approach to treating this disease allows for advanced clinical care of these educated patients. There are currently 47 clinical breast protocols that provide patients with exposure to the most advanced drugs and state-of-the-art technologies in the field of breast oncology. In addition, there are strong basic and translational research programs that produce novel therapies for patients.

The breast fellow is immersed in this academic environment with exposure to a wide variety of complex cases that are routinely referred to our facility. Fellows will have an opportunity to develop expertise in the field of breast oncology with emphasis on leadership, teaching and academic advancement. Details about the fellowship are available on this website; meanwhile, feel free to contact us with further questions.

Julie A. Margenthaler, MD
Director Breast Fellowship