Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture, 2011

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The 2011 Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lecture on Women and Health - "Collaborative Care: What Advances in Breast Cancer Can Teach Us About Reforming TheHealth Care System," featuring Dr. Lee Gravatt Wilke - took place on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 PM at the Miller Ward Alumni House. Click here to watch the video.

Dr. Wilke is the Director of the University of Wisconsin Breast Center and an Associate Professor of Surgery. Her breast cancer research has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, and in 2008  she received the Triangle Business Journal Health Care Hero’s Award for Physician Excellence.  

Before the growth of collaborative centers of excellence in cardiovascular disease, obesity, geriatrics and others;  breast health specialists built multi-disciplinary centers and programs to analyze outcomes; working in tandem to identify the best therapies for the prevention, treatment and follow-up for individuals with breast disease.  Since the 1970s, oncologists from the fields of surgery, medicine, radiation, radiology and pathology have collaborated to uncover the least invasive and most effective means for eradicating breast malignancies.  This work has been done in intimate collaboration with the patients as advocates and supportive partners.  Through clinical trials, novel surgical techniques and adjuvant therapies have and continue to be tested; becoming the backbone for our many cancer care guidelines.  Though they are a maze of “word salads”, the MQSA, NQMBC, NABPC, ASBS, SSO, ACS, and NCCN all provide collaborative groups to ensure that the best quality metrics are identified and vetted for distribution to the breast care teams across the country.  It is through this rich history in collaborative care, research and quality improvement that breast care teams can provide informative stepping stones for health care reform.   In the past 2 years, our government has asked that we “improve quality and prevent disease”.  The multi-disciplinary breast care teams have a wealth of  experience in these excellent objectives, both good and bad;  and can provide insight into how best to accomplish these goals.  This talk focused on the history of collaborative breast care and how past experiences can be used to perhaps inform our health care system of the future.  

Dr. Wilke had a discussion with leading breast cancer researchers at Emory:

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Ruth O’Regan, MD

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Mylin Torres, MD

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Amelia Zelnak, MD


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