Innovative Breast Cancer Surgery

Anna Voltura, M.D.

Anna Voltura, M.D.
Breast Oncology Surgeon

Anna Voltura, M.D., is a Board-certified breast cancer surgeon and clinical director at Baptist Health Breast Center. Previously, she was medical director of the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center’s Breast Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, where she also completed her surgical residency. Dr. Voltura was a breast surgery fellow at Johns Hopkins University, specializing ... View full profile

Robert DerHargopian, M.D.

Robert DerHargopian, M.D.
Breast Oncology Surgeon

Board-certified breast cancer surgeon Robert DerHagopian, M.D., is the medical director of Baptist Health Breast Center. He served as assistant clinical professor of surgery in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine from 1982 to 2002. After earning his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. DerHagopian completed his surgical residency at Boston City Hospital and Tufts-New England Medical Center. He served ... View full profile

Gladys Giron, M.D.

Gladys Giron, M.D.
Breast Oncology Surgeon

Board-certified breast cancer surgeon Gladys Giron, M.D., is associate medical director of Baptist Health Breast Center. Previously, she was medical director of Taylor Breast Health Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She earned her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and did her surgical residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Giron completed a clinical and research fellowship in breast cancer at Memorial ... View full profile

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Baptist Health Breast Center breast surgeon Anna Voltura, M.D., takes viewers into the OR at South Miami Hospital to demonstrate a nipple-sparing mastectomy to remove breast tissue from a patient with a family history of breast cancer.  During the webcast, Dr. Voltura describes how surgeons preserve the breast skin and areola with a nipple-sparing mastectomy.  “Nipple-sparing mastectomy has now entered the mainstream for both the treatment and  prevention of breast cancer," explains Dr. Voltura.  "We see a dramatic difference psychologically in women, in terms self-esteem and sense of self, than  those who have had the nipple removed."

In this webcast, Dr. Voltura describes how she previously performed this surgery.  Her partners Robert DerHagopian, M.D., and Gladys Giron, M.D., joined her to answer viewers' questions and help explain the benefits and risks of this surgery and the prevention of breast cancer.  Additionally, viewers will hear from the patient on whom this featured surgery was performed about her quick recovery that she describes as "remarkable."

Dr. Voltura, who holds a breast surgery fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, specializes in the newest techniques for the diagnosis, surgical treatment and medical management of breast cancer.  She has authored breast cancer research articles published in several medical journals.

This webcast serves to inform the general public and breast cancer patients about the importance of early detection and the surgical options available for treating breast cancer.  It is part of Baptist Health South Florida's effort to broadcast various surgeries and procedures on the Web.

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