Education & Training
Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California
General Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
American College of Surgeons
American Board of Surgery-General Surgery
American Board of Surgery-Complex Surgical Oncology
American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology,
American Society of Breast Surgeons, Alliance Cooperative Trial Group, Association for Surgical
Education, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Gold Humanism Honor Society
Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Care Center, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center,
Lexington, Kentucky; Chief, Breast Surgery, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Lexington,
Kentucky; Advanced Development Director for General Surgery, University of Kentucky College of
Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky; Associate Director of Oncofertility, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, Kentucky.
Mission & Approach
“My introduction to medicine came early. My mother was an OR nurse, and as the only child to a single mother, when she was on call… I was on call. As such, there were many nights that I spent sleeping in the nurse’s lounge when she was called in for a case. She told me that I was 8 when I decided that I wanted to become a surgeon. While that decision came early on, finding my specific calling in the world of medicine would come later.
It was after attending my first Tumor Board during medical school that I knew I wanted to be a Surgical Oncologist. To become a part of the team of experts who assembled and discussed each patient at a time; finding the right answer for that individual patient, really spoke to me. While cancer care is different for everyone, patients all share common feelings of loss of control and aloneness. I NEVER want my patients to feel alone. My goal is to help walk each patient through this tough time in their life and to help them gain back some of that control. I strive to help patients understand why we recommend the treatment plan that we recommend and that, in functioning as a team – we’ll get her back to her own life.
Fast forward to now. While I am originally from Louisiana, I fell in love with North Carolina during my General Surgery residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. My husband and I met and got married in North Carolina, and now we are excited to return to the state we love, along with our son – to live, and to serve the people of this region.”