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Get To Know Our Newest Breast Surgeon: Dr. Stacia S. Pfost

October 01, 2022

Stacia S. Pfost, M.D., breast surgeon, is now seeing patients at Texas Breast Specialists–Houston Medical Center and Sugar Land. Dr. Pfost discusses her patient care philosophy on the importance of being a great listener and a few of her favorite volunteer experiences while giving back to the Galveston community.

Why did you choose to specialize in breast surgery?

In my general surgery rotation during residency, I had the opportunity to work with breast cancer patients. I loved being able to really get to know the women – and occasional men – and be there for them every step of the way throughout treatment. Seeing former patients come in for a routine checkup with no evidence of the disease is the most rewarding part of my job and what inspired me to become a breast surgeon.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your medical education?

The most valuable lesson I learned is the importance of ethics and communication. Being able to listen to patients and talk through challenging topics with them is a key skill to develop as a physician. These virtues have helped to ensure I am clearly communicating with my patients and providing them with a personalized care plan that meets their needs.

What is a myth you would like to dispel about breast cancer?

A common misconception about breast cancer is that every patient is required to undergo a mastectomy. Every patient is different. In fact, there have been many times my patients have opted for a lumpectomy or other breast procedure instead.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy spending your time doing?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family. We love being outside on the water making memories together in Galveston.

What’s the best volunteer experience you had and what did you do?

I have had many wonderful volunteer experiences. A few of my favorite moments have been donating white blood cells for a leukemia patient’s treatment, visiting with patients’ families while their loved ones were in surgery, and cleaning up Galveston’s beaches.

What is your hidden talent?

I love art. I enjoy painting, drawing, and going to visit the various art galleries and museums throughout the Houston area.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Houston?

My favorite thing to do is eat at the amazing restaurants across Houston. The dishes are spectacular, and many spots have an incredible ambiance about them.

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