Optimal healthcare blends timeless doctor-patient values with state-of-the-art medical knowledge. The physician’s role varies from delivering therapies to guiding patients through the healthcare maze to their best decisions. Breast care should not be parceling out of anatomic parts, as if biological relationships do not exist. Instead, it should stem from an understanding of the “total woman”—biological and otherwise—and how important that unity is for quality of life, even when confronting breast cancer. Breast fellowships for gynecologic and general surgeons create superior clinicians and better patient advocates —essential in advancing women-centric care and healthcare leadership.
*The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Program in Women’s Oncology, Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island
†Florida Gynecologic Oncology and Lee Cancer Care, Fort Myers, Florida
Correspondence: James W. Orr, JR, MD, FACOG, FACS, Florida Gynecologic Oncology and Lee Cancer Care, 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 400, Fort Myers, FL. e-mail: email@example.com