Interdisciplinary Breast Surgery Fellowship group at poster session

Fellows receive mentorship in research and complete at least one project for presentation/publication during the year. University of Iowa Breast Molecular Epidemiology Resource (BMER) and the Iowa Cancer Registry are both valuable local research resources. The BMER is an institutional repository containing longitudinal clinical information, patient reported outcomes and banked tissue/plasma from patients with benign and malignant breast disease.

The Iowa Cancer registry is part of the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program and is managed by our collaborators in the UI College of Public Health. Interested fellows can also pursue additional basic science research training through an NIH T32 training grant supported position (additional time required).

University of Iowa participates in both investigator led and national cooperative breast oncology trials, giving fellows experience with managing and recruiting for clinical trials.

Selected Fellow Research

Sophia Fu

Management of Breast Cancer Risk in Patients with Atypia: Variability in a Single Academic Institution. Poster presentation at American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting, May 2018

Emily Albright

Quality of Life is Adversely Affected by the Diagnosis of Proliferative Breast Lesions. Poster presentation at 2017 American Association of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting, oral presentation at the Carol Scott Conner Visiting Professor Resident Research Day, third place winner.

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy is Not Associated with Delay of Adjuvant Treatment. Oral presentation at 2017 Society of Surgical OncologyAnnual Cancer Symposium. Published Ann Surg Oncol 2018 June; 25: 1928.

Poorly Differentiated Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Breast with Merkel Cell Features. Breast J. 2018 Jul;24(4):644-647.

Anjali Thawani

MRI in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma Improves Preoperative Tumor Size Determination but Increases Mastectomy Rate, poster presentation, 2016 American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting. Oral presentation: Annual Carol Scott Conner Visiting Professor Resident Research Day, third place winner.

Rachael Hayes

Sentinel lymph node (SLN) localization is highly successful after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) for breast cancer. Poster presentation at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.