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In this video surgeon Asha Chhablani, MD, describes breast cancer treatment services and the multidisciplinary care offered at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Dr. Chhablani has more than 30 years of experience performing surgery and specializes in breast surgery.

Her commitment to becoming a surgeon began in childhood and Dr. Chhablani has felt a special connection with female patients since she first began her training.

The University of Chicago Medical Center is a great place for learning and teaching, and the multidisciplinary, team approach attracted her to the Medical Center. Dr. Chhablani feels gratified to be surrounded by colleagues with such extensive knowledge and skill, including the oncologists, plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists and medical students.


Pediatric hematologist/oncologist Jennifer McNeer, MD, provides an introduction to childhood blood disorders, and how these conditions are diagnosed and treated at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. Childhood blood disorders include sickle cell disease, aplastic anemia, thalassemia, hemophilia, immunodeficiency syndromes, and more.


"As soon as I met with him, I knew I was in the right place," said Mary Carlene Shedd, colon cancer survivor who received treatment from Dr. Konstantin Umanskiy at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The University of Chicago Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology offers specialized treatment for the full range of GI cancers. Learn about the Center and meet some of our physicians. In this video, Mitchell Posner, MD, chief of cancer surgery, provides an overview of the Center, its services, and introduces other members of the physician team.

Specialized centers that treat large numbers of patients have experience and protocols that lead to better outcomes. Our gastroenterology and cancer programs have consistently been toped ranked in Illinois and ranked among the very best in the country by US News and World Report. We treat the most challenging conditions, cancers that other hospitals might consider hopeless.

Dr. Irv Waxman is a gastroenterologist who specializes in cancer. He works closely with surgeons and oncologists so that our team can offer diagnostic and treatment procedures that are only available at a handful hospitals in the

Senior clinical social worker Barbara Passman plays a key role in helping patients acclimate to the breast cancer care process. She answers questions and helps ease fears.

Social workers focus holistically -- not only the problems and the weaknesses, but also on the strengths, that can empower people to help themselves. Barbara can help patients feel comfortable in a complex medical center and help them acknowledge their questions and fears. She helps patients to feel as though they are equal partners on a team and encourages them to communicate with their physicians.

Barbara helps patients navigate through the choices they are facing and to cope with all the financial and family adjustments following a breast cancer diagnosis. She focuses on each patient as an individual and provides support tailored to their needs.


In this video, two highly skilled breast cancer surgeons talk about what makes the the University of Chicago Medical Center a special place. Featuring Nora Jaskowiak, MD, director of the University of Chicago Breast Center, and David Song, MD, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Together the University of Chicago Medical Center and our Cancer Research Center are changing the lives of those touched by cancer and spreading hope all over the world. Learn more at


Lucy Godley, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, talks about research ongoing to make stem cell transplants possible and safe for more patients. Godley also talks about an upcoming reunion of stem cell transplant patients to be held at the Medical Center in mid-April 2010.

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This video is part of a recurring feature on the ScienceLife blog where a University of Chicago Medical Center expert will address - in a series of short Q&A-style videos - frequently asked questions about a popular medical topic. These videos accompany stories posted on the blog, and are meant to offer clear, accurate information about common diseases and the accepted medical treatments currently available.


Janet Rowley, MD, sparked a revolution in cancer genetics and continues to shape the field of personalized medicine today. Rowley and her fellow University of Chicago colleagues, Michelle LeBeau, PhD, director, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center; Vinay Kumar, MBBS, MD, chair, Department of Pathology; and Richard Schilsky, MD, chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology; talk about this groundbreaking research and current advances in targeted therapy for cancer care.