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A fellowship trained breast surgeon, Dr. Lisa R. Allen is director of the Capital Health Center for Comprehensive Breast Care. She provides surgical care for patients with both benign and malignant breast disease and treats other breast conditions which require the expertise of a surgeon specializing in breast care.
Dr. Allen joined Capital Health from MD Anderson Cancer Center where she completed fellowship training in breast surgical oncology. She is board-certified in general surgery. During her breast surgical oncology fellowship, Dr. Allen fine-tuned her surgical skills in breast surgery as well as received training in the many multidisciplinary aspects of breast cancer from international leaders in their fields. This included training in medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery, pathology, diagnostic radiology, and genetics.
Dr. Allen received her medical degree from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She also served as Chief Resident during her training. During her residency, Dr. Allen spent a year doing clinical research in the area of breast cancer.
Dr. Allen remains involved in clinical research and has presented her findings at national oncology meetings and has been published in oncology journals. Some of her research areas of interest include preoperative imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning of breast cancer, the role of nodal surgery in treatment and prognosis, and the use of partial breast irradiation in patients receiving breast conservation surgery.
In 2011, Dr. Allen’s paper, “Is there a role for MRI in the preoperative assessment of Patients with Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS)” was chosen as an Important Paper in Breast Cancer Research by the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. Allen is a member of many professional and scientific societies, including the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.