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The Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Handbook for Health Care Professionals


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Lillie Shockney is an oncology nurse, two time breast cancer survivor, Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine. Her nursing career has heavily focused on the care of cancer patients. She also has a background in performance improvement and quality of care measurement. Her educational background includes earning an RN diploma degree, BS in Health Care Administration and a Masters degree in Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is a published author and national speaker on breast cancer. She is the recipient of many national awards including the Impact Award from the National Consortium of the Breast Centers, the Excellence in Breast Cancer Education Award from the Oncology Nursing Society, the Internet Health Hero award from Intel, the Lane Adams Award from the American Cancer Society, and the Komen Foundation's Professor of Survivorship Award, along with many others. She is known for inspiring patients, health care professionals with her words of wisdom and wit and believes it is her mission to make the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer the least physically and emotionally traumatic she can, until there is a cure. Having experienced breast cancer personally and taken care of thousands of women with the disease, she is recognized as an expert. She also serves as the Ask an Expert on Breast Cancer for Johns Hopkins, Yahoo.com, and several other organizations. Dr. Tsangaris joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in March 2002 as the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center and the Chief of Breast Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology. He earned his BA at Wake Forest University in 1979; was awarded his MD degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in 1983; completed his General Surgery Residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC; received a Surgical Breast Oncology Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, in 1990; and attended Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard School of Medicine during the summer of 1994, where he completed their educational program in Clinical Effectiveness. An accomplished surgical oncologist who specializes in breast cancer, he has held several leadership positions prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty. These include Assistant Professor and Acting Chief of Breast Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York in 1990-1992. Visiting Surgical Consultant for the Saudi-US University Project for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia from 1995 to 1997; Director of Student Clerkships in the Department of Surgery at George Washington University Medical Center also from 1995 to 1997; and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Cancer Center at George Washington University from 1993 to 1997. Most recently, from 1997 to February 2002, prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty, he was the Director of Breast Surgical Services and Associate Professor of Surgery at Lombardi Cancer Center at the Georgetown University's Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Tsangaris joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in March 2002 as a nationally renowned breast surgical oncologist with expertise in surgical management as well as a breadth of knowledge and experience in clinical research in the field of breast cancer.

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