Multidisciplinary breast care team enhances patient care services at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Adriana I. Suarez-Ligon, MD, has joined Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s growing roster of prestigious surgeons, with a specialization is breast surgery. Dr. Suarez-Ligon offers many procedures, including breast conservation surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsies and axillary node dissections. Additionally, for benign disease, she provides excisional breast biopsies. A prominent speaker for lectures on breast cancer and women’s health, Dr. Suarez-Ligon is trained in the spectrum of benign and malignant breast diseases, and has become an expert in breast pathology.

“I most look forward to the individual partnership I will form with my patients and the partnerships I will develop with the multidisciplinary breast care team. I truly believe that optimal care is delivered when all involved in delivering care (a multidisciplinary team) and receiving care (the patient and their family) work together to achieve the same goal,” says Dr. Suarez-Ligon

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One of these partnerships includes the collaborative effort between Dr. Suarez-Ligon and Verónica C. Vásquez, MHA, CN-BA, Breast Patient Navigator within the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center. This relationship will enhance over all patient care as the team will now be able to assist breast cancer patients with every step of the treatment process.

“Breast cancer treatment requires local and systemic therapies. The cornerstone of local therapy is surgery. Research has proven the efficiency of a multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment increases survival. Our team is comprised of medical oncologists, a radiation oncologist, plastic surgeon and myself, a certified breast cancer navigator. The team is now complete with Dr. Suarez!” says Vasquez.

Dr. Suarez-Ligon is passionate about improving care for female patients. The daughter of an OBGYN, she always knew she would follow in her father’s footsteps. However, in medical school she was intrigued by surgery and the act of physically removing a disease and being able to potentially cure a patient through surgery.

“As a bilingual Cuban-American, I’m excited to bridge the gap between the local Hispanic community and the healthcare system,” she states. “Where most procedures and medical references get lost in transition, I’m looking forward to enhancing the patient experience at Trinitas by providing Spanish and English speaking patients with the most current and accurate information on breast health.”

Dr. Suarez-Ligon received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Columbia College in New York and continued on to received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. She underwent her residency at Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School and completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Suarez-Ligon will be a guest speaker at the TRMC Breast Health Lecture on October 6th.

To register for this event visit register at http://trmc breasthealth.eventbrite.com.