Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center

Breast Health Experts

The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers physical examinations and imaging services by health care professionals who exclusively specialize in diseases of the breast. Devoted solely to breast health care, these doctors, nurses and technologists working within steps of each other afford seamless, confident, accurate medical management.

Shawna Willey, MD, Chief of the MedStar Regional Breast Health Program. She is a nationally-reputed, breast surgical oncologist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Division of Breast Surgery. Dr. Willey also serves as the Vice Chairperson for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine. A native of Iowa, she received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed her residency in surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center. Before joining Lombardi, Dr. Willey served as the Director of the Breast Care Center at George Washington University. As an active researcher in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Willey is the principal investigator on many clinical trials with a focus on outcomes and quality of life. She is interested in international health and education, and has conducted programs throughout the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Dr. Willey is the past president of the American Society for Breast Surgeons and served as its president in 2008-2009. She is a co-founder of the Breast Cancer Care Foundation in Washington, DC and recently received awards from the African Women's Cancer Association and the Living in Pink Foundation.

Breast evaluation and monitoring services are provided by the Center's co-Director, Robert Warren, MD. Dr. Warren devotes his clinical time exclusively to breast physical examination and management and monitoring of any positive findings. Dr. Warren also offers patient education and training in breast self-examination. A private training area with breast simulators encourages the patient to learn or improve self -examination techniques.

Dr. Eleni Tousimis, a board certified breast surgical oncologist with expertise in minimally invasive breast cancer surgery. A Washington, DC, native, she joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Division of Breast Surgery in 2012 as Chief of Breast Surgery and Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Following her breast fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001, she completed additional specialty training in minimally invasive surgery of the breast at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. Most recently, Dr Tousimis served as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Program Director of Surgical Education at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has been recognized for her pursuit of new initiatives in breast cancer management, including nipple sparing mastectomy, partial breast radiation and new anesthetic techniques for breast surgery. As a well respected clinician, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Tousimis has received numerous awards and holds leadership positions in several professional societies and acts as section editor of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Bridget Oppong is an attending breast surgeon in the Division of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Oppong also serves as Assistant Medical Director at Capital Breast Care Center, a community initiative of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her MD in 2004 from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, where she subsequently completed her general surgery residency training in 2010. Dr. Oppong obtained additional fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City completed in June 2011. Dr. Oppong is interested in outcomes research including in the area of triple-negative breast cancer, and fertility preservation for younger women diagnosed with breast cancer. She has interest in international breast health and improving cancer care in developing countries.

Minna Manalo, MSN, CNRP, is a certified Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. She received her BSN from University of Virginia in 1994, and MSN from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1999, with dual-certification as an Adult and Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has previous experience in adult internal medicine at MGH in Boston, MA. In August 2003, she became a certified breast health specialist. Her current clinical practice involves management of patients who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or other breast diseases, promotion of screening techniques, and patient education and community outreach.

Ann McMahon, NP, is a certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and certified Breast Care Nurse in the Division of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. She received her BSN from Boston College in 2006, and MSN from Boston College in 2007. Ms. McMahon has previous experience working in medical oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She works collaboratively with the surgical oncologists. Her current practice involves management of patients who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or other breast diseases, women at high risk for breast cancer development, breast cancer risk reduction strategies, breast health promotion, patient education and community outreach.

Lyndsay Anderson, NP, is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 2007. Ms. Anderson completed her Master's of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner training at Georgetown University in 2011 and began work in the Ourisman Breast Health Center in 2012. Her current clinical practice involves management of patients at high risk for breast cancer and surgical treatment of those with newly diagnosed breast cancer. Ms. Anderson's practice interests include patient education, promotion of screening techniques and breast cancer risk reduction strategies. She is a certified Oncology Nurse.

Lorna Dressendorfer, RN, BSN, is a Breast Nurse Navigator in the Division of Breast Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center.  She graduated from George Mason University with honors in 1995. She has dedicated her entire nursing career to women's health and is an active member of the National Coalition of Nurse Navigators. Ms. Dressendorfer works primarily with breast cancer patients, and takes an active role in their treatment planning, coordination of care, education, and advocacy. She provides a support system for the patient and family from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship, empowering them along the way to make informed decisions.  In addition, Ms. Dressendorfer works with high risk women, including those with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, as they consider the process of prophylactic mastectomy.  Ms. Dressendorfer understands the unique needs of her patients, providing kind and compassionate care at every step of the journey.