February 04, 2013
Breast Surgeon Named Medical Director of Breast Care Program at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Tara Breslin brings two decades of research, academic and clinical experience in breast health and breast surgery to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Tara Breslin, MD, MS
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Breslin to our medical staff,” said Marsha L. Oberrieder, vice president of operations and administrator of the oncology and breast programs at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “Dr. Breslin’s extensive research and clinical experience in breast care and breast surgery will be a valuable addition to our women’s health services.”
Originally from Evanston, Ill, Breslin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 1988 and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1992. She completed a residency in general surgery at Baylor College of Medicine from 1992 to 1997. She completed a fellowship in surgical oncology from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston from 1997 to 2000. She also has a master’s degree in population health sciences. She is board certified in surgery from the American Board of Surgery and is licensed in Illinois and Michigan.
“I’m excited to join the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital staff and practice with the excellent physicians of Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation,” said Dr. Breslin. “My research focuses on measuring, analyzing, and improving quality in breast care programs to improve overall health outcomes in communities. While my research focuses on broad populations, my goal as a physician is always to use this research and knowledge to achieve the best possible health outcome for each individual patient.”
Breslin comes to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital from The University of Michigan Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, where she has served as an assistant professor since 2007. Prior to that position she was an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Surgery from 2000 to 2007.
Breslin’s work has been published more than 30 times in peer-reviewed journals, and she has made 60 regional and national presentations on breast care. She has also co-authored six book chapters on the surgical treatment of the breast and written nearly 30 commentaries as a contributing editor to Breast Diseases: A Yearbook Quarterly. Her recent publications focus on health outcomes, regional quality collaboratives and breast care program development and have been published in the academic journals American Journal of Surgery, Cancer, Breast, Surgery and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. She will present several abstracts this year focusing on her work with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and MiBOQI, a regional quality collaborative of 25 Michigan hospitals involved in breast cancer care quality improvement.
Breslin also serves on the editorial board of Annals of Surgical Oncology and has served as reviewer for several other publications, including Clinical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Cancer and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. She has presented to groups such as the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, American College of Surgeons, International Surgical Society and the Academic Surgical Congress on a variety of topics related to breast cancer research and surgery.
Breslin has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for seven grants from the National Institute of Health and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, among others. She holds the 1999-2000 American Society of Clinical Oncologists Young Investigators Award.
Breslin is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, the Association of Women Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She also has served on regional and national surgical/oncology committees throughout her career, including the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Education Committee, serving as the Liaison for the Association of Women Surgeons to the Association for Academic Surgery and serving as the project leader for the Michigan Cancer Consortium Breast Cancer Working Group.
Breslin has recently moved to the north shore with her husband and two young children. For more information about Breslin, and to schedule a consultation, please visit lfh.org/tara-breslin.
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Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (NMPG) is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. NMPG has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.