Improving Breast Cancer Surgical Outcomes With Lymphovenous Bypass With Jason Mouabbi, MD; Valerie Brutus, MD, FACS; and Elizabeth Stirling Craig, MD

In this interview, Jason Mouabbi, MD, an Oncology Data Advisor Editorial Board Member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Breast Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, sat down with Valerie Brutus, MD, FACS, a Breast Surgical Oncologist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Hartford HealthCare, and Elizabeth Stirling Craig, MD, Director of Microvascular Breast Reconstruction at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Hartford HealthCare, to discuss improving breast cancer surgical outcomes with lymphovenous bypass surgery.

Dr. Mouabbi engages Dr. Brutus and Dr. Craig in a thought-provoking discussion about lymphovenous bypass surgery: what it is, who qualifies for this procedure, its viability, what to expect from this procedure and its treatment process, and more about breast cancer surgical outcomes. 

About Dr. Mouabbi, Dr. Brutus, and Dr. Craig

Jason Mouabbi, MD, is in Assistant Professor in the Department of General Oncology and the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he specializes in lobular breast cancers. His research focuses on the management of breast cancer subtypes and their impact on treatment. Dr. Mouabbi has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the Guiding Researchers and Advocates to Scientific Partnerships (GRASP) Advocate Choice Award in 2022 and the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Cancer Award of Excellence in 2021.

Valerie Brutus, MD, FACS, is a Breast Surgical Oncologist at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Hartford HealthCare in Connecticut. She specializes in the treatment of patients with all stages of breast cancer, with particular interest in genetic testing, oncoplastic surgery, breast reconstruction, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and sentinel node procedures. Dr. Brutus is a member of the American Association of Breast Surgeons and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Elizabeth Stirling Craig, MD, is the Director of Microvascular Breast Reconstruction at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut. An expert in breast reconstruction, Dr. Stirling Craig specializes in advanced techniques including deep inferior epigastric perforator and superior gluteal artery perforator flap reconstruction, oncoplastic lift reconstruction, and reduction after lumpectomy. She is one of the few plastic surgeons in the country with expertise in microsurgical procedures used for free flap reconstruction for patients with breast cancer and lymphedema. 

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