How one Beverly Hills surgeon is blazing a new trail for breast cancer care.

A Pioneering Force

BY PETER B. BACH, M.D.

She performed a potentially life-saving operation on one of the most famous women in the world. How one Beverly Hills surgeon is blazing a new trail for breast cancer care.

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Of the hundreds of thousands of doctors working today, most toil in relative obscurity. Often, when one does achieve prominence, it’s because of an important scientific discovery, like developing a new vaccine or cancer drug. Sometimes it’s because he or she works for a venerable institution or is in charge of a major hospital. But every once in a while a doctor becomes famous—a celebrity, even—because of a patient she treats. That is certainly what happened to Kristi Funk, a 44-year-old breast cancer surgeon and a founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, on May 14 of this year. All it took was one sentence, published in an op-ed in the New York Times, to introduce her practice to the world: “Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries.”

Brad is Brad Pitt, and the patient—and the writer of the article—is Angelina Jolie. Funk performed a bilateral mastectomy on the 38-year-old actress, who had the procedure because she carries a rare mutation of one of the BRCA genes, which she inherited from her mother. Click Here To Read More >>>>

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