Jenny C. Chang, MD
Director, Methodist Cancer Center
Dr. Jenny C. Chang is Director of the Cancer Center at The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA. She obtained her medical degree at Cambridge University in England, following which she completed fellowship training in medical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital/Institute for Cancer Research in the United Kingdom. She was also awarded a research doctorate from the University of London. There, she developed an interest in breast cancer, particularly in the area of prognostic and predictive markers. She used the clinical situation of locally advanced breast cancer, in which patients are traditionally treated with pre-operative therapy, to assess the use of such markers in predicting treatment response resulting in multiple publications in the Lancet and Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Her recent work has focused on the intrinsic therapy resistance of cancer stem cells, resulting in several publications in high impact journals (Journal National Cancer Institute, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) and international presentations. In addition, she holds several federal grants evaluating novel biologic agents and patents on new technologic advances, especially in the area of high throughput molecular profiling.
Luz A. Venta, MD
Director, Methodist Breast Center
Dr. Luz A.Venta is the Director of The Methodist Breast Center and founding member of the breast imaging section. Since 1994 she has dedicated her career to women's health by advancing the field of breast cancer detection through breast imaging and digital mammography. In 2003, she introduced breast MRI to the Methodist Hospital, prior to the American Cancer Society's acknowledgement of it as a powerful tool in the detection of breast cancer.
Dr. Venta's impact in women's health goes beyond her personal clinical practice. She has authored several chapters and a book on breast cancer. She has extensive experience in breast cancer research with more than two hundred publications and lectures, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Venta earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where she also completed a master's degree in genetics. She earned her medical degree from The University of Chicago were she also completed her residency training. She is a member of the American College of Radiology, a fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging, and is fluent in Spanish.
Treneth Baker, MD
Dr. Treneth Baker is a surgeon with a special interest in the treatment of breast disease. His proficiency in this area has made him a prolific breast surgeon, with 75% of his practice being surgery of the breast. Dr. Baker has been with The Methodist Hospital since 2000, and has been the director of the Kelsey-Seybold Breast Diagnostic Center since 2001. His special interest is in nipple-preserving, areola-preserving and skin-preserving mastectomies, offering his patients surgical options which retain the breast's appearance and thereby promote a positive body image.
After attending the University of Missouri - Kansas City for medical school, Dr. Baker completed his Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He also holds a master's degree in medical management from Tulane University.
Dr. Baker is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Texas Medical Association (TMA), the American Society of Breast Disease and the American College of Physician Executives.
Barbara Lee Bass, MD
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS is Chair of the Department of Surgery at The Methodist Hospital where she holds the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Distinguished Endowed Chair of Surgery. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of gastrointestinal surgery and for her leadership roles in graduate surgical education policy.
Dr. Bass received her Bachelors of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Tufts University. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha in 1979. She took her general surgery training at George Washington University in Washington, DC. During her training, she completed a research fellowship in gastrointestinal physiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC, during which time she served as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for her scientific contributions. Upon completion of her training, she entered her first academic job on the faculty of George Washington University and the Washington, DC VA Hospital, where she initiated her lifelong program in gastrointestinal amicus injury and repair and developed her surgical expertise in gastrointestinal surgery and surgical oncology. Her laboratory has received continuous extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health and the VA Healthcare System for 18 years.
Dr. Bass has been the recipient of many honors during her career, including the Founding Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Career Development Award, the American College of Surgeons Faculties Research Fellowship, the Association of Women Surgeons Nina Starr Braunwald Award and numerous teaching awards.
Dr. Bass has held numerous leadership positions in American surgery. She has served as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Surgery, President of the Society for Surgery of Alimentary Tract, Governor of the American College of Surgeons, including a term as Chair of the Board of Governors, Treasurer of the American Surgical Association, and Chair and Member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is on the editorial board of the leading surgical journals, including the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, where she serves as Associate Editor, and the World Journal of Surgery. She has served on numerous national advisory boards, including the Surgery in Bioengineering Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, the National Commission on Digestive Disorders, the strategic planning group for the NIH, the Executive Advisory Board for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program in both the VA Healthcare System and the American College of Surgeons Private Sector Initiative, and others.
Angel Augusto Rodriguez, MD
Dr. Angel Augusto Rodriguez is currently a member of the Methodist Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology department. He graduated from Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico in 2002, and trained at the Methodist Hospital during his Internal Medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Baylor College of Medicine and subsequently subspecialized in breast cancer as part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship Program. The specialized training in breast cancer included experience in the different fields of breast cancer such as surgery, plastic surgery, radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, and psychooncology. Dr. Rodriguez has also served as a Clinical Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine. He has worked throughout the Greater Houston area including The Woodlands, Spring, Humble, Kingwood, and Memorial City.
Dr. Rodriguez is active in breast oncology research and clinical trials. His fields of interest include triple negative breast cancer, breast cancer stem cells, brain metastasis, and novel predictive biomarkers for personalized medicine. He was awarded a Scholar-in-Training award in the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium for his presentation on the BRCA1 Gene Expression Signature predicting anthracycline-sensitivity in sporadic triple negative tumors which led to a publication in Breast Cancer Research in May 2010. He has given oral presentations about his research around the world including Dallas, Montreal, and Berlin. Dr. Rodriguez is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. His memberships include American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and Texas Medical Association.
David S. Conrow, MD
Dr. David S. Conrow is a board-certified radiologist specializing in diagnostic radiology at the Methodist Breast Center. Before joining the Methodist Hospital team in 2001, Dr. Conrow attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology as chief resident.
Dr. Conrow has held fellowships at the prestigious Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women's Hospital in Onco-Radiology, and at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his work in interventional radiology at the Methodist Breast Center, Dr. Conrow currently holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is a member of Houston Radiology Associated.
Jeffrey D. Friedman, MD
Jeffrey D. Friedman, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at The Methodist Hospital. Dr. Friedman completed his general surgery residency at the University of Illinois, plastic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and a fellowship in microsurgery from the University of Southern California. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has practiced reconstructive and aesthetic surgery for more than 14 years.
Dedicated to advanced research, Dr. Friedman continues to participate in research studies, educational publications, and presentations at the local, state, national and international levels. Dr. Friedman serves as medical director the Methodist Hospital Scurlock Operating Room, Deputy Chairman of Quality Management, secretary of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons and committee member of the American Society for of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
Dr. Friedman’s specialties include reconstructive surgery after weight loss, various microsurgery reconstructions, cosmetic facial surgery, breast augmentation, breast life, abdominoplasty and liposuction.
Dr. Friedman grew up in the Houston area and currently lives in the city with his wife and their four children.
Dr. Karl E. Tomm
Senior Attending Surgeon
Dr. Karl E. Tomm, Senior Attending Surgeon at the Methodist Breast Center, has been a part of The Methodist Hospital team since 1974. His specialties include general, thoracic and breast surgery, with a focus on specialty surgical treatment of benign and malignant breast disease.
Dr. Tomm previously served as Lieutenant Commander Thoracic Surgeon at the United States Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Dr. Tomm is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Aldona J. Spiegel, M.D.
Dr. Spiegel is the Director and Founder of the Center for Breast Restoration at the Institute for Reconstructive Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor with the Weill Medical College at Cornell University. Prior to joining Weill Medical College, she was an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She has been practicing at The Methodist Hospital since 2001.
Dr. Spiegel received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Ottawa Medical School in Canada, graduating with honors. She trained in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Her fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery and residency in plastic surgery were completed at Baylor College of Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Spiegel traveled to renowned centers in the United States and abroad to train in conservative and advanced breast reconstruction.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Medical Association, Plastic Surgery Research Council, Texas Medical Association, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, Harris County Medical Society, and the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Spiegel's clinical expertise is in microsurgical breast reconstruction, particularly in the area of surgical restoration with reinnervated autologous muscle-sparing perforator flaps.
Her research interests are in flap perfusion and clinical outcomes in breast reconstruction. Dr. Spiegel has co-authored numerous publications and book chapters and is also on the editorial board of several prestigious medical journals. She is a much requested speaker and teacher at national and international forums regarding her clinical and research interests.
Dr. Spiegel is also interested in all aspects of women’s health issues in plastic surgery.
In her leisure time, Dr. Spiegel spends time with her family and enjoys gardening and photography.
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