July 6, 2001

Breast cancer specialist Susan Love to share latest research at DDLS

Nationally recognized breast cancer specialist Dr. Susan Love will speak at the Lab on Tuesday, July 10, at 1 p.m. in the Bldg. 123 auditorium, as part of the Director’s Distinguished Lecturer Series. (Please note the corrected time.)

Director Bruce Tarter invites all employees to attend this talk. There will be a book signing immediately following Love’s presentation.

Love, an adjunct professor of surgery at UCLA and the medical director of the Susan Love M.D. Breast Cancer Foundation, was appointed by President Clinton to the National Cancer Advisory Board and is one of the founders and a director of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Her talk at the Lab, "Wishful Thinking Is Not Enough," is the final presentation in the monthlong Cancer Awareness Campaign.

In her talk, she will discuss the latest issues and hot topics in breast cancer research, including her current work.

Love graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School cum laude in 1974. She did her surgical residency at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and was chief resident in 1979. She opened a private practice in general surgery in 1980 as the first women surgeon on the staff of Boston Hospital. In 1982, she joined the staff of the Dana Farber Breast Evaluation Clinic, the first comprehensive multidisciplinary center for breast care.

In 1988, she founded the Faulkner Breast Center in Boston, the first facility in the country to include a multidisciplinary, all woman staff with five surgeons, two clinical nurse specialists, a plastic surgeon, radiation therapist and medical oncologist.

She taught at Harvard Medical School for more than 12 years before joining UCLA in 1992, where she founded a multidisciplinary, comprehensive program addressing all aspects of breast care. In the fall of 1994, a gift from Revlon led to the establishment of the UCLA/Revlon Breast Center.

The center, under Love’s direction, developed the first comprehensive practice guidelines on breast disease, published in "The Cancer Journal" from Scientific American in January 1996.

She has published more than 30 articles in professional journals and contributed chapters to 14 publications. Her book, "Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book," was called the bible for women with breast cancer by The revised third edition was released last year.

Her book on menopause and the hormone dilemma, "Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause," was released by Random House in February of 1997.

In 1996, after 20 years of direct patient care, Love left clinical practice to devote more time to her basic research and her growing interest in women’s health as an adjunct professor of clinical surgery at UCLA.

She has a $500,000 grant from the Department of Defense to develop an intraductal approach to breast cancer. In addition, she is starting an independent think tank on women’s health issues and ways to improve the health care of women in the managed care environment.

Her talk will be rebroadcast on Thursday, July 19, at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4 and 8 p.m., and Friday, July 20, at 4 a.m.