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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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  • Silver-Performance-Stroke-Awards

    The Stroke Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has been recognized for its commitment, success, and achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM program.

    As a Silver Performance Achievement Award recipient that achieved 85 percent compliance with the Get With The Guidelines measures for 12 consecutive months, MedStar Georgetown and 569 other hospitals are featured in a July 28, 2009 advertisement in the "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

    "The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants," said Lee Schwamm, MD, national chairman, of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and vice chairman of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support. The goal of this initiative is to ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths among heart and stroke patients."

    As a certified and award-winning Stroke Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers 24/7 emergency coverage provided by an integrated team of emergency department physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroscience nurses, and neuroradiologists. Along with a dedicated stroke unit, innovative clinical research and valuable rehabilitation therapies, MedStar Georgetown is one of the leading hospitals in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.

    For more information about stroke care at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, call us today at 202-342-2400 or toll-free at 866-745-2633.

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    Our experienced medical team, including 700 affiliated physicians and 3,300 associates, is committed to making MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center your hospital of choice. We offer the highest level of quality care and access to technology, treatments, and specialties not typically found at a community hospital.

    With the opening of our seven-story Patient Care Tower, MedStar Franklin Square has a state-of-the art building that reflects the world-class care found inside. We've created a safe and healing environment for patients and their families.

    Please take a look around to learn more about the Patient Care Tower and the wide range of hospital services available at MedStar Franklin Square.

    Patient Care Tower facts

    • Seven stories

    • Additional 356,000 square feet

    • $175 million investment for the community

    • Expanded medical, surgical, and critical care units

    • Open, centrally located nurses' stations for easier access to staff

    • New, modern building reflecting the high-quality care delivered by doctors, nurses, and associates

    All private rooms

    • Spacious, modern rooms designed for privacy, safety, and convenience

    • Private bathroom in each room designed for easier access and to prevent falls

    • Enhanced technology to support safe, quality medical care

    • A window in each room for ample sunlight

    Bigger, more efficient Emergency Department



    • Patients will be triaged upon arrival so doctors and nurses can provide care sooner

    • Greater privacy with walls, not curtains, separating patients

    • All MedStar Franklin Square ED doctors are board certified in emergency medicine

    • Expanded lab in the ED can run more tests in less time

    • Easier access to CAT scan and diagnostic services

    • Separate behavioral health ED

    Learn more about our Emergency Department

    Todd Heap Family Pediatric Center

    • Larger, dedicated pediatric ED area with child-friendly intake and triage rooms

    • Doctors and nurses are pediatric specialists who understand the concerns of children that aren't feeling well and their parents

    • Connected inpatient suite with larger rooms that can better accommodate families spending the night

    • Named in honor of former Baltimore Ravens Tight End, Todd Heap, who along with his wife pledged to raise $1 million to support the pediatric ED and inpatient unit

    Patient centered

    • High quality patient-centered care delivered by more than 3,300 skilled professionals, including 700 affiliated physicians who work together from diagnosis, treatment, and recovery

      • 1,000 nurses who achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing

    • Proud member of MedStar Health, sharing in the vision to be a trusted leader in caring for people and advancing health

    Healing environment for patients and visitors

    • Private rooms provide patient benefits that help to:

      • Improve infection control

      • Reduce patient stress

      • Improve comfort and privacy

    • An open and welcoming three-story atrium with easy access to information and admitting

    • Large covered drop-off/pick-up area for patients and visitors

    • Bamboo garden, gentle waterfall and cozy fireplace for visitors

    • Quiet reflection areas, including a new chapel and prayer garden

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