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  • Lucy De La Cruz
    January 20, 2022

    The renowned 39-year-old breast surgeon becomes youngest Latina woman to lead breast surgery program in U.S. at major academic medical center

    WASHINGTONLucy Maria De La Cruz, MD, has joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as chief of its Breast Surgery Program and director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. Dr. De La Cruz is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who specializes in advanced breast surgery procedures, including wireless lumpectomies, hidden scar technique, oncoplastic breast conservation, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. She has been published in more than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific journals, and her pivotal papers on nipple-sparing mastectomy and oncologic outcomes have been cited worldwide. She will also direct the hospital’s breast surgery fellowship program.

    Lucy De La Cruz

    “I am honored and excited to lead the breast surgery program and the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital,” said De La Cruz. “It has been my life-long dream to bring my passion for medicine, helping others and building a state-of-the-art breast surgery program to advance breast health. I look forward to working with our multidisciplinary team of breast health experts to compassionately care for, educate and empower my patients in their health journey.”

    Dr. De La Cruz is an academic breast surgeon who conducts outcomes-focused research, and among her special interests are the impact of genomic mapping to guide breast cancer treatment and male breast cancer treatment. Her work is guided by a long-standing commitment to promoting equity and efficacy in breast cancer care delivery, using the principles of value-based health care.
    “The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are thrilled to have Dr. De La Cruz lead the breast surgery program. Her commitment to patients, their journey, and their outcomes are unmatched; and her expertise in novel surgical techniques brings new and beneficial options to patients,” said David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS, Physician Executive Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Professor and Chair Department of Plastic Surgery, and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine.
    Dr. De La Cruz’s story

    Dr. De La Cruz, 39, started her journey towards becoming the youngest Latina woman to lead a breast cancer surgery program at a major academic medical center at young age. As the daughter of international physician researchers, she spent a lot of time in labs where her parents worked, sparking her passion for medicine and “making a difference in people’s lives.” She grew up in Cuba, Mozambique, Spain, and Miami.
    In college, she studied abroad in the Dominican Republic at the Universidad Central Del Este School of Medicine, where students were involved in patient care very early in their education and training. There, she completed her medical degree, founded an American Medical Student Association chapter and raised scholarship funds to help those who couldn’t afford tuition.

    After graduation, she was told becoming a surgeon would be nearly impossible as a foreign medical graduate and a female. Despite this, De La Cruz obtained research fellowships from the University of Miami and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She continued her journey by obtaining a one-year residency internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, where she earned the Intern of the Year award and an AOA medical honor society membership for her dedication to medical student teaching. During her residency, she worked on an award-winning oncologic outcomes research project for nipple-sparing mastectomy that continues to be cited worldwide.
    That same year, Dr. De La Cruz started her breast surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she worked in private practice for a year before returning to the University of Pennsylvania as a faculty member in the associate program director of the breast cancer surgery fellowship program.
    After relocating to Washington, D.C., to be close to her family, she founded the breast cancer fellowship program curriculum at the Inova Health System. Now at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center, she continues to teach residents and fellows, pursue research, and care for patients – the fulfillment of her lifelong dream. 

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    The Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a volunteer body dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision and values of the hospital. The 19-member board consists of community members, MedStar Health leaders, and representation from our Medical Staff and Foundation. Due to the guidance of the board, the hospital has expanded the array of medical specialties on staff and directed the hospital toward the acquisition of many cutting-edge technologies, such as our fully integrated electronic medical record system.

    As the year comes to a close, a few very special members of our Board are stepping down. In recognition for years of dedicated volunteer service to the Board of Directors at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, we extend our appreciation!


    Lewie Aldridge, Jr.
    Lexington Park, MD
    Member for 11 years

    “After having family who was treated extremely well at the hospital, I felt if I could give back then I would. Without the wonderful staff, the hospital wouldn’t be as great as it is. I’m truly honored to have served with so many respected board members and the hospital administration, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the decisions, especially the one to sign on with MedStar. It was a soul searching time that I will always remember.”



    Donald Cather, Jr.
    Colton’s Point, MD
    Member for 9 years

    I was a paramedic when I joined in 2007 and wanted very much to help improve the Emergency Department. I feel extremely lucky to have been involved in that as well as the difficult decision to sign on with MedStar and the move to become more computerized. I wish I could continue on the board to be a part of all the great new things that are happening at the hospital.”


    pattyPatty Vernon-Rusher
    California, MD
    Member for 11 years 

    “I joined in 2005 because I wanted to do more for my community and contribute my information technology experience toward the hospital’s new endeavor to plan and implement electronic medical records. Until you experience the business of healthcare, you cannot possibly imagine or appreciate the associated complexities. I take great pride in playing a role in the decisions and actions that bring the finest quality medical care to St. Mary’s.”

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    The Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund was established by Richard and Rebecca Boker in 2007.[/caption]

    Through generous philanthropic support of the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Richard and Rebecca Boker have helped nearly every nurse at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney to advance skills and better serve our community.

    Olney, MD — For nearly a year before his death in December of 2006, Mr. Irving T. Boker, a resident of Leisure World, spent a great deal of time as a patient of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Mr. Boker’s family was extremely grateful for the compassionate care he received and decided to honor his memory with a charitable gift to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

    Brookeville residents Richard Boker and his wife Rebecca chose to establish the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund to help nurses at the hospital to advance their education and skills. “Because my father, a very giving and kind man, received first-class care from the nurses of MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, my wife and I decided to establish a memorial fund to offer ongoing educational support to the nurses and to keep my father’s name, ideals and memory alive," explains Richard Boker.

    Since 2007, the Irving T. Boker Memorial Fund has helped nearly every nurse at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center to advance their practice, some with formal education, all with a focus on safety and quality of care. Nurses have also benefited from pursuing certifications in nationally recognized nursing specialties, participating in the Maryland Hospital Association Healthcare Leadership Institute and University of Maryland nursing education sessions. 

    “Through support from the Irving T. Boker Fund, I was able to attend The National conference of Perioperative Nursing.As a result I have obtained my National Certification.  The conference attendance has allowed me remain current and up to date to enhance the care I give at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.” - Mary Johnson Rn. CPAN 

    Over the past 10 years, Mr. and Mrs. Boker have continued to support the fund and have been joined by other members of the community as well. Eleven local businesses such as Ledo’s Pizza and Brooklyn’s Deli, and over 90 individuals in the community have contributed to the fund over the last 10 years. 

    This support in memory of Mr. Boker helps MedStar Montgomery Medical Center continue to provide our community with the highest quality of care. In 2017, for example, 30 nurses will, though support from the fund, participate in training courses provided by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses on critical care for acutely or critically ill patients.

    Gabriel Pinski, vice president of philanthropy at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center states, "The Irving T. Boker Fund has made a huge difference to our exceptionally dedicated nurses at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. Through the generous philanthropic investment of the Boker family and the broader community, our nurses have resources to become the absolute best they can be. This community-minded approach, involving expressions of gratitude that improve patient care, is at the heart of why, for over 96 years, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center has set the highest standard for health care. Most of the major advancements at our hospital were made possible through philanthropic investments. This is truly a wonderful community.”

    If you would like to explore contributing to the Irving T. Boker Fund, please visit: more information about the fund, contact Gabriel Pinski at 301-774-8804 or

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