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Dr. Bridget O'Brien Named Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

December 23, 2019

As a new Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Bridget O’Brien, D.O., FACS, breast surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists in Cedar Park and Georgetown, was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. We sat down with Dr. O’Brien to learn more about her passion for providing quality care for patients as breast surgical oncology continues to evolve.

I’m passionate about providing quality, innovative care for each of my patients specific to their cancer and personal needs.”

What would you like patients to know about you and your approach to patient care?

I’m passionate about providing quality, innovative care for each of my patients specific to their cancer and personal needs. I want to help patients understand their diagnosis and breast cancer type. I also review the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines and the data behind these guidelines. I believe this helps empower patients by providing the knowledge they need to make personalized and informed decisions about their treatment.

What are the most important trends in breast cancer surgery that you see?

The ever-evolving breast cancer research continues to allow patients more targeted therapy options with improved outcomes. Often these outcomes result in the patient requiring less surgery.

What innovative advancements in breast surgical oncology are you most looking forward to?

We continue to make strides in several areas, including breast imaging and treatments that may decrease the need for invasive surgeries. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) affects the milk duct in the breast, and I’m closely watching the research and advancements in treatment for this cancer type as well as research around genetic mutations that place men and women at risk for breast cancer.

You’re among 1,992 Initiates from around the world to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). What does this recognition mean to you?

It is an honor to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. This recognition signifies the culmination of the hard work and dedication it took for me to progress through medical school, surgical residency, breast surgical oncology fellowship, multiple board exams, surgery board certification, and starting a breast surgical oncology practice as a part of Texas Breast Specialists.


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