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Nationally prominent breast cancer specialists join MemorialCare

Five nationally prominent breast cancer medical and surgical oncologists joined MemorialCare Medical Group, expanding MemorialCare’s world-class cancer services throughout Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties.

The leading cancer specialists—newest members of MemorialCare Cancer Institute—include breast medical oncologist John Link, M.D.; breast surgical oncologists Lisa Guerra, M.D., Amy Bremner, M.D. and Shawndeep Tung, M.D.; and medical oncologist Bhavana Pathak, M.D. They join MemorialCare Breast Center’s expert, multidisciplinary team of specialists in oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, surgery, genetics and other specialties.

Together, they bring several decades of experience at leading breast cancer centers. Throughout their careers they have been principal investigators for multiple breast cancer and other clinical trials, sought-after presenters at numerous medical conferences, noted authors of peer-reviewed medical journals and book chapters, and frequently appear in media interviews as cancer experts. In Orange County, they treat patients in their offices in Newport Beach, Laguna Hills and Orange, and at MemorialCare Cancer Institute facilities at Orange Coast and Saddleback Medical Centers.

Among the world’s acclaimed breast oncologists, speaker, educator and researcher, John Link, M.D. founded one of the nation’s first comprehensive breast cancer diagnostic, treatment and research centers at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. He is the author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual, the most widely read book for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Leading breast cancer surgeon and speaker, Lisa Guerra, M.D., is widely published in prestigious journals, principal and sub-investigator for multiple breast cancer clinical trials and presents at numerous medical meetings. She has expertise in oncoplastic surgery, intraoperative radiation therapy, managing high-risk patients, and recognized for leadership in advancing breast cancer awareness.
With extensive experience providing exceptional patient care, Amy Bremner, M.D., specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and is an advocate of oncoplastic breast surgery, which simultaneously achieves both excellent cosmetic results and a reduction in recurrence. Other areas of expertise include breast conserving surgery, intraoperative radio therapy, risk assessment and genetic testing. Dr. Bremner received her medical degree at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C., before continuing with her general surgery training at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. She completed her breast surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California.

Shawndeep Tung, M.D., highly regarded breast surgical oncologist, completed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Georgetown University Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s top-rated center devoted exclusively to prevention, cancer care, research and education.

Bhavana Pathak, M.D., expert in integrative oncology and complementary medicine in cancer care, is an acknowledged clinician, researcher and educator. Graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and named its Outstanding Medical Student, she completed a residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in hematology and oncology at University of Irvine Medical Center.

“The addition of these prominent breast cancer specialists builds on our team of exceptional, dedicated breast radiologists, breast surgeons, breast oncologists, breast radiation oncologists, genetic counselors and patient navigators who are regarded as among the nation’s best in providing the most advanced care available to our communities,” explains MemorialCare Breast Centers Medical Director Gary Levine, M.D., past President of National Consortium of Breast Centers and Chair of American Society of Clinical Oncology Steering Committee.

Always among the first to acquire the latest and most precise techniques and technologies to detect and treat breast cancer, MemorialCare Breast Centers are the region’s only breast centers staffed by dedicated breast radiologists that are solely focused on breast imaging.

“With both the recent announcement of the four esteemed board-certified oncologists and hematologists of OC Blood & Cancer Care and these five new acclaimed breast cancer physicians all joining MemorialCare Medical Group, it marks an exciting time for MemorialCare Cancer Institute,” says Mark Schafer, M.D., CEO of MemorialCare Medical Foundation, which includes MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians. “It allows us to offer our patients even more access to an extraordinary cancer team of more than 150 highly experienced specialists as well as the latest in evidence-based cancer treatments and therapies.”

“We’re proud to expand our family of providers to deliver even more of the high-quality, comprehensive care that MemorialCare is known for,” says Marcia Manker, CEO of Orange Coast and Saddleback Medical Centers. “The strength of our partnership with these outstanding physicians is rooted in our shared values and passionate commitment to superior quality and exceptional service.”
MemorialCare Cancer Institute – led by dedicated and highly skilled oncologists and specialists committed to staying on the leading-edge of cancer research – are involved in more than 100 of the world’s most promising research protocols. MemorialCare physicians value scientific research and data, providing their patients access to clinical trials and innovative, breakthrough treatments.

MemorialCare Medical Group includes 1,700 physicians specializing in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics; specialties like oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, surgery and urgent care. Caring for patients of all ages throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, it is continually honored among California’s Top Performing Medical Groups by Integrated Healthcare Association in its Patient Assessment Survey, ranking in 98th percentile and top three medical groups in California. It is consecutively named among Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County Medical Groups and Top Workplaces as well as selected Best Medical Groups by Long Beach Press Telegram, Grunion Gazette, Beachcomber, San Clemente Times, Dana Point Times and Capistrano Dispatch.

MemorialCare, national leader in value-based care and evidence-based medicine with 225 care locations throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, is the largest health system headquartered in Orange County. MemorialCare includes top hospitals – Orange Coast Medical Center, Saddleback Medical Center, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach; MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; MemorialCare Research, MemorialCare Select Health Plan and numerous convenient outpatient surgery, medical imaging, urgent care, breast health, physical therapy, dialysis, and primary care and specialty centers. Its many accolades include Best Health System, Best Workplaces, Top Performing Medical Groups, Magnet Nursing Excellence honors, 10 Largest Children’s Hospitals, Top 50 U.S. Hospitals, Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, Best Breast Centers, Best Orthopedic Hospitals, 100 Best Hospitals for Spine and Prostate Surgeries, Top Hospital Safety national honors, Orange County’s first Accredited Geriatric Emergency Department, Best of Orange County and Long Beach Hospitals and Medical Groups from seven Southern California newspapers, U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and “high performing” honors in 41 clinical categories, and Newsweek Top 100 Hospitals, Best Maternity Hospitals, Best Hospitals in the World and more. Visit memorialcare.org.

This article was released by MemorialCare Medical Group.