BreastCare Center opens in Needham

Date: March 02, 2017

From Needham Times

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham recently opened a BreastCare Center. The center brings breast care and the latest imaging technology, diagnosis and treatment to Needham and surrounding towns.

"We were excited to open the doors to our new state-of-the-art BreastCare Center," said John Fogarty, president and CEO of BID-Needham. "As part of our ongoing efforts to meet the most pressing health needs of this region, we know this center will play an important role for breast screening, diagnosis and treatment in our community in the years to come."

The BreastCare Center is co-led by Dr. Mary Jane Houlihan, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at BID–Needham and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; and Dr. Tejas S. Mehta, chief of breast imaging and co-director of the BreastCare Centers at both BID–Needham and BIDMC.
The team includes Dr. Shambhavi Venkataraman, the associate chief of community breast imaging and lead physician in breast imaging at BID–Needham; and Zinat Nassirzadeh, a board-certified women's health nurse practitioner who evaluates new patients and manages a panel of high-risk patients.

"While the Beth Israel Deaconess system has long practiced multidisciplinary medicine, this brand-new space in Needham brings together radiologists, technologists, nurse practitioners and surgeons under the same roof," said Houlihan. "We have a great team in place, all of whom are dedicated to bringing the highest level of breast care to the Needham community and beyond."

"We worked closely with patients to seek their input when we were designing the center — including waiting rooms, changing areas, imaging rooms and consult rooms," said Mehta. "From the time patients walk in, we want them to feel they are entering a private and calming environment at what can be a stressful time."

Subspecialized breast radiologists, all of whom also practice at BIDMC in Boston, will use diagnostic technology including 3-D mammography, ultrasound and MRI.

With the new center, BID–Needham expects to nearly double the number of annual breast mammograms it provides to the community each year from 8,000 to 15,000.

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