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Thomas Hospital to provide 1,500 second doses at drive-through COVID-19 vaccination event

Friday, February 19, 2021
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Fairhope, Ala. – On Saturday, February 27, Thomas Hospital, the City of Fairhope, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency and the Hope Center at 3Circle Church will provide 1,500 second dose COVID-19 vaccines to those patients who received their first dose on Saturday, February 6, at the Hope Center. First dose vaccines and second dose vaccines will not be provided to patients who did not receive their first dose from the Hope Center at 3Circle Church on February 6.

Participants can receive their second dose at the Hope Center at 3Circle Church, located at 10274 State Highway 104, on February 27 from 9 – 1:30 p.m.
-          Participants with last names A-L should arrive to the clinic from 9 – 11 a.m.
-          Participants with last names M-Z should arrive to the clinic from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
-          Participants must have their vaccination record card when they arrive to the clinic.
o   If you have misplaced your card, you may visit the Thomas Hospital Fitness Center or the Hope Center at 3Circle Church to get a new one. Please bring valid ID if requesting a new card.

To date, Thomas Hospital has provided more than 10,000 vaccines to Baldwin County residents, healthcare workers and first responders. Infirmary Health has provided more than 26,000 vaccines across Mobile and Baldwin counties.

For questions or more information, please call 251-929-1447.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit or talk with your doctor.

Safe & healthy ways to celebrate Mardi Gras

Friday, February 12, 2021
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Mardi Gras might look a little different this year but here are some safe and healthy ways to let the good times roll!
#1. Visit the Mobile Carnival Museum.
#2. Stroll the aisles at Toomey's Mardi Gras and Party Supplies.
#3. Make your own shoebox float.
#4. See the lights at Mardi Gras Park | City of Mobile
#5. Tour the Eastern Shore with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce's “Jazzin’s It Up Mardi Gras Decorating Contest”. |
#6. Make Ellenjay's Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Muffins. |
#7. Enjoy a festive treat, like a Moonpie or King Cake Latte, from Serda's Coffee Co. Mobile.
#8. Let the good times roll and stroll along with the Mobile Porch Parade. |

And no matter how you celebrate this year, don’t forget to

  • Wear a mask
  • Socially distance
  • Wash your hands

MEDIA ALERT: Thomas Hospital first in area for innovative procedure

Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Dr. Robert Brown, a urogynecologist with Alabama UROGYN, recently performed the first vNotes hysterectomy in Alabama at Thomas Hospital. In addition to being the first procedure in Alabama, it is the first in the Gulf Coast region, including Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.
vNOTES (vaginal Natural Orifice Trans Endoscopic Surgery) is a scarless surgery, whereby the physician can perform a hysterectomy, oophorectomy, salpingectomy and other indicated procedures. The patient benefits include faster surgery, shorter length of hospital stay, less post-operation pain, less pain medication and quicker return to normal activities.

vNOTES is made possible through the use of Applied Medical’s Gelpoint v Path.  Fairhope area physicians, Dr. Robert Brown and Dr. Angela McCool-Pearson are trained to perform vNOTES. To schedule a consultation, contact Alabama UROGYN at 251-433-1895 (Option 2) or Southern Women Specialists at 251-990-1985.

Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile is proud to announce the recent affiliation of Dr. Jessica Jones

Monday, February 8, 2021
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Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile is proud to announce the recent affiliation of Dr. Jessica Jones. Dr. Jones is a compassionate and dedicated physician with more than five years of experience serving women on the Alabama Gulf Coast. She strives to treat her patients like they are family.

Dr. Jones specializes in

  • Obstetrics
  • Adult Gynecology
  • Adolescent Gynecology
  • Gynecological Surgery

Dr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical School and completed her residency with the LSU Health Sciences Center. She is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones, please call 251-435-7700.
Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile is conveniently located on the campus of Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, AL.
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CEO Spotlight | Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health

Monday, February 8, 2021
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Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health, embraces the history of the 110-year-old institution while focusing on expanding services across the region and employing the most advanced technologies and innovative services to support the organization's medical professionals.
What do you wish someone had told you when you started your career?
You can’t do everything on your own. Surround yourself with knowledgeable people you can trust. Support and trust your leadership team to make decisions for carrying out the organization’s mission and purpose. It takes a team of dedicated and committed leaders working together for an organization of our size to be successful.
What separates a good CEO from a great one?
The willingness to allow others to freely express themselves without imposing your authority on their thoughts and ideas. When you recognize good leadership talent, respect their contribution to the success of the organization and give them additional responsibilities and the opportunity to grow their leadership skills.
What sets your business apart?
Infirmary Health is Alabama’s largest non-governmental healthcare provider. We receive no govern-mental tax support or state funding.  Infirmary Health is a community-owned organization and is led by a local volunteer and non-compensated Board of Directors with a mission to make the latest medical advancements and highest quality of health care available to all residents of Southwest Alabama.
This CEO Spotlight was recently featured in the February 2021 issue of Mobile Bay Magazine. Purchase your copy at

Thomas Hospital to provide 3,000 COVID-19 vaccines for Baldwin County drive through vaccination event

Monday, February 1, 2021
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Fairhope, Ala. – On Saturday, February 6, and Saturday, February 27, Thomas Hospital and the City of Fairhope will provide 3,000 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Hope Center at 3 Circle Church.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Fairhope and our local municipalities to provide 3,000 vaccines for this drive through clinic,” said Ormand Thompson, Thomas Hospital President. “Thomas Hospital is proud to have served our community throughout the pandemic and to expand our vaccine offering in our Baldwin County community.”

The drive-through vaccination event will take place at the Hope Center at 3 Circle Church, located at 10274 State Highway 104, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on February 6. Booster vaccines will be given on Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vaccines will be administered to 1,500 to groups 1a, 1b and those 65 and older on a first-come-first-serve basis. Participants may call 251-929-1447 for more information.

To date, Thomas Hospital has provided more than 5,000 vaccines to Baldwin County residents, healthcare workers and first responders. This drive-through clinic will be in addition to the more than 1,100 vaccine doses Infirmary Health is administering on a daily basis in Baldwin and Mobile County.

In lieu of the drive-through event, community members in groups 1a, 1b and those 65 and older can schedule an appointment with one of Infirmary Health’s vaccine clinics in Fairhope, Bay Minette and Mobile. For an appointment to Infirmary Health’s hospital-based vaccine clinics, please call 251-341-2819.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit or talk with your doctor.

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Bringing outpatient physical therapy closer to home

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Whether you have suffered an injury, are recovering from an illness or recently had surgery, physical, occupational and speech therapy can be a powerful tool to help you regain your health. To make it easier for patients to access high-quality outpatient therapy services, Infirmary Health plans to expand its outpatient therapy clinics in Mobile and Baldwin counties, beginning in early 2021.
“Infirmary Health is known for excellence in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. We’re committed to expanding that same high level of care in more outpatient therapy locations,” said Russell Porter, PT, Infirmary Health’s director of outpatient therapy services.
“We’re proud of the comprehensive outpatient therapy program we offer at ProHealth Fitness Center in Mobile, Thomas Fitness Center in Fairhope and North Baldwin Fitness Center in Bay Minette. We understand it can be a challenge for patients in outlying areas to travel to and from these main locations for therapy. So, our focus is on making care more convenient by expanding the number of locations.”
The first Infirmary Health satellite therapy clinic will be located on Hillcrest Road, near Infirmary Health’s Diagnostic and Medical Clinic. Two additional clinics are planned for later in the year. These clinics will offer a full range of outpatient therapy services for adult patients with orthopedic, neuromuscular and neurological disorders.
“A primary benefit of the satellite clinics is continuity of care,” Porter said. “Infirmary Health’s electronic medical record allows patients who are treated in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to experience a seamless transition of care,” he said. “The patient’s records are accessible to all their providers at Infirmary Health, no matter the location. Everyone is on the same page.” On a patient’s first visit, their therapist performs an evaluation and learns about their needs and goals. Then, the therapist develops a personalized treatment plan. This may include treatments to improve movement and strength, as well interventions to control swelling and pain. Typically, patients are also given exercises to do at home.
For more information about Infirmary Health’s outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services, please visit or call ProHealth (251-435-5844), Thomas Fitness Center (251-279-1640) or
North Baldwin Fitness Center (251-937-2823).
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

World-Class Surgery Where You Live

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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Two years ago, Diane Evans started experiencing shortness of breath and a fast heartbeat. Her symptoms gradually worsened until the Perkinston, Mississippi, resident, then 78, could no longer manage any activity for longer than 10 minutes at a time. “I did notice I was slowing down, and I didn’t enjoy things as much because I really didn’t feel good,”  she said. “I wasn’t certain what it was, but I still functioned.”
Diane had not seen a doctor in 30 years — and had never been in a hospital except to give birth. Nor had she told anyone about her difficulties. A turning point came, however, in September 2019, when she attended a birthday party for her great-granddaughter. Diane struggled to breathe and make it through the celebration. Her daughter and son-in-law then texted friends in medicine, who urged them to get her to the emergency room at Mobile Infirmary. Diane finally agreed to go.
After a comprehensive evaluation and testing, doctors determined Diane had severe mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation occurs when the leaflets of the mitral valve, one of the four valves in  the heart, do not close properly, allowing blood to  leak backward.
“The severity of the leaking put Ms. Evans in congestive heart failure,” said William Johnson, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at Infirmary Health who consulted with Diane. “And while there are many causes of congestive heart failure, the end result is that the heart simply can’t adequately pump the blood out to the body to sustain all the functioning it needs to, and that blood backs up into the lungs.”
Diane also had a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, in which the heart beats too fast. “Diane’s condition was serious, but, overall, her heart was relatively strong,” Dr. Johnson said, “and she had no other health issues.” He recommended surgery to replace her mitral valve. During this time, he would also perform a sophisticated technique known as the Maze procedure to treat her atrial fibrillation. This involves using heat and/or cold to produce scar tissue in the heart to block the abnormal electrical impulses causing the irregular heartbeat, allowing new electrical pathways to be created.
All open-heart operations are very complex, requiring not only highly skilled cardiovascular surgeons but an entire multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals providing support in
and out of the operating room. Dr. Johnson and his colleagues at Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates are exceptionally equipped to meet these needs. They offer top-tier treatments for the full spectrum of congestive, degenerative and congenital heart and vascular disease.
“We tell people all the time that you don’t have to go out of town to get world-class surgery or to find surgeons who have been trained at world-class institutions and who have brought these skills to our community,” Dr. Johnson said. “Infirmary Health has done a terrific job of providing all of the ancillary support — all the personnel, equipment and resources — we need to help us be successful at what we do.” Vascular surgeon Michael Do, M.D., said it is uncommon to find so many multidisciplinary surgical specialists working together under one roof.
“If you think about cardiac surgery and then peripheral vascular surgery, classically there’s not a lot of overlap,” he said. “Fortunately, we have such talented surgeons in our group that there is some overlap. There are several procedures, including aortic aneurysm repair, where we oftentimes team up and do combined surgeries because that’s how we’ll achieve the best result. And that reflects the breadth of our experience and expertise.”
Six cardiothoracic surgeons in the group primarily focus on heart surgery, enabling Dr. Daniels to specialize in a vast variety of complications in the chest outside of the heart. “That’s allowed us to really progress this practice to where we’re now able to treat patients with much more challenging thoracic conditions,” he said. “And the reason I’m able to do it is simply because of our team approach, the idea that one of us is going to focus on a particular area so that the whole group is able to function more effectively.”
The care she received at Mobile Infirmary, Diane said, has turned her life around. “It had a very great impact because now I can walk more than 10 steps without stopping to catch my breath,” she said. “I received excellent care at Mobile Infirmary,” she added. “I was there 16 days in two different ICUs and then on the cardiology floor, and I had a whole slew of nurses and caregivers. They were all wonderful. The same for the cardiologists and Dr. Johnson — they were really, really good. I’m very grateful to be 80 and able to do what I’m doing. I feel certain this surgery will give me more years than I could have imagined.”
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

Thomas Hospital: Our Community's Hospital

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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For more than 60 years, Thomas Hospital has been the community’s trusted partner for care. Our team has watched our friends, neighbors and community members become parents and grandparents, fought alongside them through cancer treatments and helped them recover when they defeated an illness. Thomas Hospital is here for you and our community.
Did you know that Thomas Hospital is home to Baldwin County’s only open-heart surgery program and the county’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital? Baldwin County has grown immensely over the past six decades, and Thomas Hospital has grown right along with it. We are proud to provide you with the world-class, sophisticated care that is normally only found in large metropolitan areas.

Thomas Hospital is our community’s hospital. As one of the county’s largest employers, our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the highest quality of care. Since 2005, more than $110 million has been invested in major Thomas Hospital projects, like the new birth center, the breast center, expanded cardiac services, the freestanding emergency department at Malbis and the Advanced Endoscopy Lab.

Thank you to our community for your continued support. We look forward to serving you for the next 60 years.
For more information on Thomas Hospital, please visit

Q: What are risk factors for vascular disease? And what can I do to guard against them?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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A: Vascular disease is a circulation disorder that causes the blood vessels outside of the heart or brain to narrow, block or spasm. This can occur in the arteries or veins. Risk factors for vascular disease include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, being over age 50, obesity, kidney disease, a personal history of heart disease and a family history of vascular disease. Lifestyle choices that increase the risk of developing vascular disease include smoking and drug use, poor eating habits and not exercising. 
To prevent vascular disease, adopt a healthy lifestyle. Do not smoke, control your blood sugar, work to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, set exercise goals and be attentive to physical changes. New aches and pains, skin changes or ulcerations, focal weakness or paresthesia, facial asymmetry or speech changes may be symptoms of vascular disease and warrant medical attention.

Melanie K. Rose, M.D.
Vascular surgeon with Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

Q: What do I need to know about human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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A: Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a DNA virus. There are more than 100 different types of HPV, but not all of them cause disease. High-risk strains of HPV are found in six different types of cancer, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, head and neck cancers. These high-risk strains of HPV are obtained through any skin-to-skin contact with someone who has HPV, including intercourse. The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is approved for men and women ages nine to 45 and provides 90% protection against all HPV cancers. Gynecologists should start screening women for HPV beginning at age 30.
Brittney B. Laughlin, D.O.
OB-GYN with Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

Q: How does radiation therapy treat cancer? What are the benefits?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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A: Radiation uses focused, high-dose X-rays to attack the DNA of cancer cells. This destroys the blueprints of the cells, so when they try to divide, they die. In radiation therapy, the side effects are limited to where the radiation is targeted. For example, treating cancer below the head will not cause hair loss. Treatments are fast, and you cannot feel them, similar to getting a CT scan.
Addison Willett, M.D., J.D., M.B.A.
Radiation oncologist with Infirmary Cancer Care
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine. 

Q: What are some reasons I should see a gastroenterologist?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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A: Everyone should see a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African Americans and people with a family history of colorectal cancer should start at age 45. If you have new abdominal pain or heartburn that does not respond to over-the-counter medications, particularly if you are over age 45 or a smoker, you should see a gastroenterologist. You should also see a gastroenterologist if you have blood in  your stool. Lastly, see a gastroenterologist if you have abnormal liver function levels on routine labs in more than two or three occasions.
Nathaniel “Teddy” Winstead, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF
Gastroenterologist with Gulf Coast Gastroenterology
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

Infirmary Health opens COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center beginning Monday, January 18

Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Community members age 75 and older and first responders can contact the Infirmary Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center for an appointment beginning Monday, January 18. Please do not attempt to call the phone number if you are not eligible for an appointment. We anticipate large call volumes, and your patience is appreciated.

Infirmary Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Infirmary Health to begin vaccinating ages 75+ beginning January 18

Friday, January 8, 2021
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As directed by Gov. Kay Ivey, Infirmary Health will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to citizens who are 75 years or older and first responders by appointment only, effective January 18.  Information on appointment availability will be published the moment it is available, as Infirmary Health works to double its vaccine capacity. If you have questions about whether you qualify, please visit

I AM MORE Awards | November - December 2020

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Please join us in congratulating the employees and departments who were recently recognized across our system.
I AM MORE - November

  • Milton Wilson | Mobile Infirmary - Medical Electronics
  • Aubrey Wiggins | Infirmary Health - Administration

WE ARE MORE - November

  • Pharmacy | Mobile Infirmary
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement | Mobile Infirmary
  • MICU | Thomas Hospital
  • SICU | Thomas Hospital

I AM MORE - December

  • Kenny Ngo | Mobile Infirmary - 3600's
  • Patrick McDonald | Mobile Infirmary - Surgery
  • Ariana Gordon | Mobile Infirmary - 4 South
  • Angela Dolby | Thomas Hospital - Emergency Department
  • Drusilla Farley | Eastern Shore Family Practice
  • Holly Oliveira | Infirmary Health - Accounting
  • Kristy Childres | Thomas Hospital - Endoscopy

WE ARE MORE - December

  • Customer Services Department | Infirmary Health
  • Plant Operations | Thomas Hospital

These awards, organized by our Customer Service department, recognizes employees for service that goes above and beyond. Nominees are submitted by peers and administration. A committee then selects the winners who have demonstrated a commitment to our goals and values.

Diagnostic and Medical Clinic announces the addition of Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, M.D.

Monday, January 4, 2021
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Mobile, Ala. – Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson M.D. joins Diagnostic and Medical Clinic (DMC) as a family medicine physician having served the Mobile area since 2015. Her speciality focuses on providing healthcare for the entire family from newborns to seniors. Dr. Butts-Wilkerson will see patients at the DMC Hillcrest location. Please call 251-633-4949 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Butts-Wilkerson earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama and completed her residency in family medicine with the University of South Alabama where she was chief resident. Dr. Butts-Wilkerson is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Infirmary Health to receive approximately 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Monday, December 7, 2020

Mobile, Ala. – Infirmary Health expects to receive approximately 5,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) in mid-December.

Vaccine allocations are prioritized by the ADPH for healthcare workers, emergency medical services and nursing homes.  Vaccinations to the general public will be subsequently directed by ADPH. Vaccines allocated to Infirmary Health will be distributed in both Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Eligible recipients of the vaccine will receive notification from Infirmary Health about their eligibility, location and timing of the vaccine administration. A designated call center will be established for scheduling of the administration process.

Infirmary Health launches monoclonal antibody infusion clinics to treat COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Mobile, Ala. – Infirmary Health is now offering monoclonal antibody infusion treatments for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms as part of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)’s Emergency Use Authorization.

Patients who meet the following criteria may qualify for the infusion therapy:
-          Positive COVID-19 test
-          18 years of age or older
-          Mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms
-          No recent hospitalization due to COVID-19
-          No oxygen supplementation
-          Are within 10 days of first showing symptoms
Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses, and in this case specifically directed against the spike protein of COVID-19. In a clinical trial of patients with COVID-19, the monoclonal antibody treatment helped reduce hospitalizations related to the virus.
Infirmary Health offers the monoclonal antibody therapy in an outpatient setting conveniently located on its hospital campuses in Mobile, Fairhope and Bay Minette. The treatment takes approximately two hours, and appointments are available daily. Patients who believe they may be a candidate for the treatment may contact their primary care physician for more information. Patients who do not have a primary care physician may make an appointment with Diagnostic & Medical Clinic by calling 251-435-1106 or the Thomas Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic by calling 251-279-1245.

The goal of the monoclonal antibody treatment is to reduce the risk for hospitalization in COVID-19 patients. Infirmary Health opened its outpatient infusion clinics on November 25, and to date, nearly 50 patients have been treated.

Infirmary Health’s hospitals, clinics and affiliates continue to serve the Mobile and Baldwin County communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The health system consistently pursues new treatment opportunities to care for its patients, staff and communities.

What should I do if I am at high risk for breast cancer?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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Q: What should I do if I am at high risk for breast cancer?
A: Women may be at high risk for breast cancer if they have close family members who have had breast cancer or other specific cancers, if they have had a breast biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia or LCIS, have extremely dense breasts on mammograms, or were treated with chest radiation at a young age. If you think you may be at high risk, consider seeing your physician for a formal breast cancer risk assessment. If your estimated lifetime risk is over 20%, this is considered high risk, and you may benefit from our High-Risk Breast Clinic. This clinic offers genetic counseling and testing, risk-tailored screenings that include more frequent breast exams, and enhanced breast imaging with 3D mammography and breast MRI. You will also learn techniques for performing self-breast exams and about risk-reducing strategies, such as diet, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and limiting menopausal hormone replacement therapy. If appropriate, your physician may discuss risk-reducing medications (also called chemoprevention) or surgery, including a prophylactic mastectomy.
Caroline McGugin, M.D.
Breast Surgeon with Infirmary Surgical Specialists