Atsuko Okabe, MD| Breast Surgery | MedStar Health
Atsuko Okabe

Atsuko Okabe, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (763 reviews)

Specialties: Breast Surgery

Languages: Japanese, English

(443) 777-6249

About me

Atsuko Okabe, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast conditions – both cancerous and benign. She sees patients at the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and at MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

Dr. Okabe is trained to offer her patients the latest, most state-of-the-art treatment options, including breast conserving surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy, and accelerated partial breast radiation. She advocates strongly for the use of clinical trials and encourages eligible patients to consider participating in research-based care, as a pathway to achieving the best possible clinical outcomes. Dr. Okabe is an active participant in multidisciplinary tumor board conferences, where patient cases are assessed by a team of MedStar Health oncologists, and the most optimal plan of care is determined for each. Additionally, as she is meeting with patients and families, she emphasizes the importance of self-breast exam, often debunking the myth that “only those with a family history of breast cancer need to be concerned about breast cancer.”

Dr. Okabe is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons to perform breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. She is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and is actively involved in community outreach to promote breast cancer prevention and early detection. Dr. Okabe has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Baltimore magazine.

Dr. Okabe’s Philosophy of Care

“What keeps me going each day is the incredible amount of inspiration my patients bring to me. Their strength, courage, and determination as they go through difficult times, is amazing. The women I care for are facing unique and very personal challenges. I am committed to supporting them every step of the way and am truly grateful to be part of their journey.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Breast Cancer
  • Carcinoma In Situ Of Breast
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
  • Her2neu Receptor
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Mammogram
  • Acquired Absence Of Breast
  • Acquired Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia
  • Benign Breast Lump
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Atrophy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cyst
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Prosthesis
  • Breast Thickening
  • Carcinoma In Situ Of Breast
  • Congenital Hypoplasia Of Breast
  • Contusion Of Breast
  • Deformity Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Dense Breast
  • Disproportion Of Reconstructed Breast
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
  • Dysplasia Of Breast
  • Er Positive Breast Cancer
  • Family History Of Breast Cancer
  • Fibrocystic Breast Changes
  • Galactocele
  • Galactorrhea
  • Gynecomastia
  • Her2neu Receptor
  • Hereditary Breast And Ovarian Cancer
  • History Of Breast Cancer
  • History Of Fibrocystic Disease
  • Hypertrophy Of Breast
  • Hypopigmented Nipple Lesions
  • Hypoplasia Of Breast
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS)
  • Lymphedema
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Mammary Duct Ectasia
  • Mammary Dysplasia
  • Mastitis
  • Mastodynia
  • Mastopathy
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Microcalcifications
  • Mondor's Disease
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Nipple Diseases
  • Nipple Lesions
  • Paget's Disease Of The Breast
  • Postmastectomy Lymphedema Syndrome
  • Postpartum Mastitis
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer
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Procedures I perform

  • Aspiration Breast Cyst
  • Bloodless Breast Surgery
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Follow Up
  • Breast Cancer Genetics
  • Breast Conservation
  • Breast Examination
  • Breast Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cancer Risk Reduction Surgery
  • Core Needle Biopsy Of Breast
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mammogram
  • Mastectomy
  • Open Breast Biopsy
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
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Practice locations

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9101 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 110
Baltimore, MD, 21237

443-777-6500

Fax 443-777-6249

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Fax 443-777-6249

12 Medstar Boulevard
Suite 110
Bel Air, MD, 21015

443-777-6500

Fax 443-777-6249

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miles away

Fax 443-777-6249

Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Residency Program: University of New Mexico (1992)

Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine (1987)

Awards

  • Baltimore Magazine Top Doc, 2014

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Apr 5, 2024

    Dr. Okabe is wonderful, however, there were so many questions I didn't think to ask regarding the procedure so I felt like I was in the dark on what would be saved vs. What would be removed regarding double mastectomy surgery. Some written materials/questionnaire to assist me with what to ask the doctor would have helped. A checklist to cover all of the main points of surgery would be nice to review with the doctor as well. I don't know what I don't know.

  • Mar 21, 2024

    Very good Dr.

  • Mar 4, 2024

    Excellent provider explanation. No rushing, great empathy and respect shown.