As the director and founder of DiepCfoundation I gave thoughtful consideration to the advisory board. I sought those who value and practice patient engagement at the highest level through shared decision making and evidence based research and science. The members of the advisory board are exemplary of these standards. I have the highest respect for each individual in their respective professions. I am honored and grateful to have them on the board to share in the mission of educating about breast reconstruction options after breast cancer and mastectomy.
Dr. Minas T. Chrysopoulo
Dr. Chrysopoulo is a board certified plastic surgeon at PRMA Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, Texas who specializes in state-of-the-art breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. Procedures performed include the DIEP, SIEA, GAP, & TUG flap procedures, vascularized lymph node transfer, fat grafting, Alloderm one-step, nipple-sparing mastectomy, and cosmetic surgery of the breast and body.
Named one of America’s Top Surgeons, “Dr. C” is routinely featured in the media for his contributions in the field of breast reconstruction. He has authored and co-authored several book chapters and scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been an invited speaker on expert breast reconstruction panels at regional, national and international academic conferences.
Dr. C has dedicated his professional life to advocating for breast cancer patients. He strongly believes that shared decision making between the physician and patient is crucial in achieving the best results and has built his practice on this philosophy.
Follow him on Twitter: @mchrysopoulo
Dr. Anne Dancey
Anne Dancey graduated from Glasgow University, UK, with distinction and honours in 1999. Her general surgical training was completed in the Midlands and she became one of the youngest surgeons in the United Kingdom to pass the specialist exam in plastic surgery (FRCS-Plast).
Anne is trained in all areas of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery performing the full repertoire of procedures. However, her specialist interest lies in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery and lymphoedema surgery. She had the privilege of completing a 6 month fellowship at the internationally renowned breast reconstruction unit in Gent, Belgium, with some of the world’s best plastic surgeons. The focus there was primarily on the latest techniques in micro-vascular free-flap and aesthetic breast surgery. She is one of the few surgeons in the UK performing DIEP flap breast reconstructions and lymph node transfers for lymphoedema, having performed over 60 lymph node transfers to date.
Anne is a council member of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) with the responsibility of overseeing all plastic surgeons in the West Midlands. In addition, she is the Royal College of Surgeons regional speciality advisor for plastic surgery and represents the British Standards Institute, responsible for improving European and national safety standards in non-surgical treatments. This gives her a unique and important role in shaping the future of plastic surgery and regulation of the industry.
Author of over 30 papers and several prestigious book chapters, she regularly peer reviews articles for the major international plastic surgery journals.
Follow her on Twitter @DrAnneDancey
Dr. Michele Boyce Ley
Dr. Michele Boyce Ley was raised in Northern California and has lived in Tucson since 2000. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology. She completed medical school at St. Louis University and moved to Tucson for her general surgery residency at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Boyce Ley is board-certified in general surgery. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of California San Francisco, Carol Frank Buck Breast Care Center in 2006 before establishing a breast surgical oncology practice in Tucson.
Dr. Boyce Ley has worked in a variety of practice settings. Most recently, she was the director of breast surgery at the University of Arizona and associate professor of surgery. She has always focused her practice on developing multidisciplinary care teams to provide the highest level of personalized surgical and medical care to her patients. Dr. Boyce Ley works with other specialists to develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on the latest research for each patient.
As a surgeon, she partners with her patients to plan the surgical therapy that will provide the best outcome for their diagnosis and help them achieve the best possible quality of life.
Follow her on Twitter @MLeyMD
Dr. Danielle Carroll
Danielle Carroll, MD is a board-certified radiologist specializing in breast imaging and intervention with Arizona State Radiology based in Tucson, AZ. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree from the University of West Florida. After returning to Tucson she obtained her medical degree from The University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at The University of Arizona College of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Carroll has additional fellowship training in Breast Imaging and Intervention. Board certified by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Carroll belongs to the Radiological Society of North America, American Association for Women Radiologists, Society of Breast Imaging, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She has received a number of distinctions and awards for her academic achievements and her work in the field of medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Carroll enjoys Bikram Yoga, ballet class, photography, reading, and supporting Arizona Athletics. When asked about her career as a breast radiologist, Dr. Carroll states “I am driven to diagnose breast cancer at the earliest possible moment which can significantly increase a woman’s chance for long term survival. In the event that breast cancer is diagnosed, I strive to ensure that each patient is established with the best breast surgeons and oncologists who can guide the patient through the breast cancer treatment and recovery process. I am also passionate about educating patients about the importance of breast imaging and breast health. This passion has prompted the development of my blog ‘The Mammo Press: A patient’s guide to Breast Imaging and Radiology.'”
Follow her on Twitter: @dcarrollmd
Kirstin Litz is a software engineer at Franklin Templeton Investments. She has more than 25 years of diverse experience in software development, financial, and manufacturing systems.
Kirstin is a strong advocate, educator, and herself a breast cancer survivor. She is actively involved in many programs supporting breast cancer patients. As a member of the Board of Directors for the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation she focuses her efforts on survivor support programs and fundraising that serve breast cancer patients regardless of financial status. Kirstin has logged countless hours as an Ambassador for Bright Pink educating and empowering young women to be proactive advocates for their breast and ovarian health. In addition, she is a member of the UCSF Breast Cancer Advocacy Core. Kirstin utilizes the patient advocacy training received as Project LEAD Institute graduate to share evidence based science to the breast cancer and breast reconstruction community.
Follow her on Twitter: @2BACancer
Barbara Jacoby is a two-time breast cancer survivor and domestic abuse survivor who created the Let Life Happen website to provide hope and inspiration for other survivors. In addition, her experiences have led her to become a patient advocate who is recognized as an award-winning breast cancer blogger worldwide and whose work is also syndicated on The Huffington Post.
Follow her on Twitter: @letlifehappen
Stephanie D. Zimmerman, MSN
Stephie holds a BA in Psychology from Furman University, a BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and an MSN from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience within the realm of childhood cancer from autologous bone marrow transplant and the rigor of clinical trials to survivorship and the potential for late effects of cancer treatment.
Stephie is also a survivor of Ewing’s Sarcoma which was diagnosed when she was 8 years old in 1978, a time when treatment was palliative at best for children. Thus, her professional love is survivorship and late effects. She established and served as the pediatric nurse practitioner over survivorship at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth from 2000-2002 before leaving her position to be a full-time mom.
In 2008, Stephie’s heart failed as a result of Adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy and she underwent heart transplant at 38 years young. Stephie is a strong advocate not only for herself, but also for those she represents. She firmly believes that cancer survivors MUST know the risk factors they carry for late effects that may occur decades later as was the case in her lived experience.