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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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  • March 13, 2017

    Two Southern Maryland Known Artists Featured

    Leonardtown, Maryland – MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is currently hosting an art show by two Southern Maryland known artists, Gerry Wood and Pamela Callen. Their artwork is the latest in an ongoing Art of Healing Gallery exhibit located in the hospital’s Atrium dining area for associates, visitors and community members to enjoy.  

    Lifelong art enthusiast, Gerry Wood primarily paints in watercolors and also enjoys acrylics and collage. Gerry’s studio doubles as a classroom where she enjoys teaching her art students all that she has learned through her own studies. “To me, learning and growing as an artist are as much a priority as the painting process itself,” said Gerry.

    Pamela Callen’s world travels and fondness of Southern Maryland often inspire her to create impressionistic style artwork with vivid color and movement, abstracts or semi-abstracts. “I’ve always been drawn to the restful, restorative qualities of the water,” said Pamela, “and I enjoy the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.”     

    The Art of Healing Gallery began during the hospital’s 2016 annual philanthropy campaign. The hospital’s Auxiliary donated the hanging and lighting system for the rotating Art of Healing Gallery – a modern feature designed to compliment Atrium dining area renovations expected to begin later this year. A rendering of the proposed renovations is displayed inside the Atrium and includes expansion of the eating area with partition, along with updated furniture, lighting, flooring and wall treatments.

    Visit MedStarStMarys.org/PowerToHeal to learn more about MedStar’s annual philanthropy campaign and ways to give at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

     

    Artwork by Gerry Wood (left) and Pamela Callen (right) now on display and available for purchase in the Atrium of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.

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