Optimizing Breast Conference

Breast conferences improve the physician’s education around advances to patient care and improved outcomes and improve the care of patients with breast disease through a multidisciplinary review of the patient's diagnostic findings, treatment options, and the availability of clinical trial options. The speakers will discuss challenges encountered with the conference process and physician and allied health professional engagement and the changes enacted that improved the conferences and recommendations for patient management.

Target Audience

The NAPBC Best Practices webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer and diseases of the breast, including but not limited to: 

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current challenges with managing breast conferences, including logistics and operational issues (participation, scheduling) as well as the process to identify the best treatment options that respect the needs of the patient.
  • Discuss successful strategies used to improve the breast conference discussion and patient care recommendations, and the engagement of both physicians and allied health professionals.
  • Compare and contrast options to improve breast conferences and the successful experiences in a variety of health care settings with an eye toward identifying the best methods to address breast conferences in their own National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)-accredited center.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as an “ineligible company”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

Any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Faculty Disclosures


Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, FACS—Nothing to disclose

Dr. Golshan is a cancer surgeon and a nationally and internationally recognized leader in breast cancer treatment and research. In addition to caring for patients, he serves as deputy chief medical officer for Surgical Services and director of the Breast Cancer Program for the Yale Cancer Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital, and Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Centers, New Haven, CT.

Dr. Golshan is a leader in breast cancer research with more than 125 peer-reviewed publications. He has led numerous phase I, II, and III clinical trials and translational science innovations impacting the treatment options and outcomes for women. Dr. Golshan is an innovator in tailoring surgery and therapy for women with early stage breast cancer with funding support from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He is the principal investigator of several phase II trials aiming to reduce the need for second surgeries or re-excisions in women with breast cancer, one of which uses innovative image-guided operating room capabilities to capture and remove all residual tumor utilizing MRI and mass spectrometry, which is used at Yale’s hybrid operating room.


Edith Asbury, MLS, AHIP—Nothing to disclose

Ms. Asbury currently works at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA, as a medical librarian/informationist since 1983. Prior to that, she worked at Lancaster Mennonite High School, as a librarian/A-V coordinator. Ms. Asbury obtained her MLS from Drexel University School of Library and Information Science. She obtained her BS in Education from Millersville State College (now Millersville University). She is certified as a school librarian for grades K-12. Ms. Asbury is a member of the Medical Library Association, the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and the Central Pennsylvania Health Sciences Library Association.

Veronica Campos, DNP, RN, NE-BC, OCN—Nothing to disclose

Ms. Campos graduated from the University of Texas Health San Antonio School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, master’s degree in administrative management, and Doctorate of Nursing in executive administrative management. She started her career as a nurse extern on the oncology unit at Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, more than 12 years ago and has been in a variety of roles including staff nurse, oncology service line clinical educator, and manager of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant units at Methodist Hospital.

Ms. Campos has previously served as the Nominating Committee chair and president-elect of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) San Antonio Chapter. She is currently serving as the President of the ONS San Antonio Chapter and serves as the co-chair for the Annual Vendor Dinner and the chair of the 2020 San Antonio ONS Congress planning committee. In 2019, she was named the Oncology Nurse of the Year for the San Antonio ONS Chapter.

Nikki DeLano, MSN, RN, ONN-CG—Nothing to disclose

Ms. DeLano graduated from the Bristol Community College School of Nursing with an associate’s degree in nursing and in thanatology. She completed her master’s degree in nursing leadership and management at Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. DeLano started her career as a nurse at an outpatient oncology practice in Brockton, MA, more than 13 years ago and has worked in a variety of positions including staff nurse, oncology clinical educator, nurse manager, and nurse navigator for Signature Healthcare Hospital in Brockton, MA. Her current role is clinical oncology nurse manager for breast, gynecology oncology, and head and neck cancers at Sarah Cannon.

Lauren Turza, MD, FACS—Nothing to disclose 

Dr. Turza is a surgeon and chief of the Breast Care and Research Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD.  She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and is an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda. Dr. Turza received her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, New York, NY, and attended the Uniformed Services University for medical school. She completed a residency in general surgery from the National Capital Consortium (Walter Army Medical Center/WRNMMC) and deployed oversees in the Middle East. Dr. Turza serves as the Breast Program Director and the Cancer Liaison Physician for WRNMMC.


Program Committee Disclosures

Katharine Yao, MD, FACS—Nothing to disclose
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Ian Greenwalt, MD—Nothing to disclose
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Misty Harrison-Gwin, ASN, RN, CRN—Nothing to disclose
Reid Health

Rachael Lancaster, MD—Nothing to disclose
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Mehra Golshan, MD, FACS—Nothing to disclose
Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center   

Judy Kneece, RN, OCN—Salary from Educare, Inc.     
EduCare, Inc.

Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS—Nothing to disclose        
Waterbury Hospital

William Laffey, MBA—Nothing to disclose     
The Laffey Partnership

Denise Mammolito, MD, FACS—Nothing to disclose
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Melissa Nye, RN, BA, CN-BN—Nothing to disclose
Breast Advocates International

Richard Reitherman, MD—Nothing to disclose
National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC)

Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS—Nothing to disclose
Prevea/HSHS St. Vincent’s Regional Cancer Program

Asa Carter, MBA, CTR—Nothing to disclose
American College of Surgeons

Chantel Ellis—Nothing to disclose
American College of Surgeons

Andrea Scrementi—Nothing to disclose
American College of Surgeons

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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