Baptist Comprehensive Breast Program

At Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, we don't want any woman to experience breast cancer alone. That's why we developed the Baptist Comprehensive Breast Program, a place where women can come for medical expertise, support and answers to their questions. The Baptist Comprehensive Breast Program, created in January 2003, gives women access to local breast cancer experts, breast health services and resources under "one roof."

This Comprehensive Breast Program, the first of its kind in Memphis, allows Baptist experts to coordinate a patient's care from one central location, making it easier for patients to navigate the breast cancer process. Most patients are introduced to the Comprehensive Breast Program at the time of their diagnosis, through the Baptist Women's Health Center or at the recommendation of their physician, who is a member of the Comprehensive Breast Program network.

For more information about Baptist's Comprehensive Breast Program or to make an appointment, please call 901-226-0810.

Breast Cancer Experts

Network of Breast Cancer Experts

Baptist's Comprehensive Breast Program is a collaboration among local breast cancer experts, women's health physicians and Baptist. All of the physicians and specialists involved in the treatment of breast cancer patients are members of the Comprehensive Breast Program network, including radiologists, oncologists, surgeons, plastic surgeons, pathologists and genetic counselors. Comprehensive Breast Program patients can be referred to any of the physicians in the network, which is a huge benefit to patients—giving them access to experts, second and third opinions and advanced treatment options.

Baptist Comprehensive Breast Program Experts and Physicians

Radiation Oncologists
Dr. Jea Lee
Dr. Michael Marks
Breast Radiologists
Dr. Lynn Gayden
Dr. Anna Mize
Dr. Elizabeth Glenn
Dr. Bettina Gaycken
Dr. Bora Lee
Dr. Marsha Orcutt
Dr. Madison Buckley
Members of the Comprehensive Breast Program Executive Committee
Dr. Alyssa Throckmorton, Breast Surgeon and Chair of the Executive Committee
Dr. Thomas Chesney, Pathologist
Dr. Ron Johnson, Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Henry Sullivant, OB/Gyn
Dr. Diane Long, OB/Gyn
Dr. Carmel Verrier, Medical Oncologist

Breast Nurse Navigators

Breast Nurse navigators, registered nurses with years of experience in cancer care, are the key to streamlining breast cancer care for patients. These registered nurses help patients gain access to local resources, services and support groups and help coordinate care with the patients’ referring physician’s office.

More importantly, the breast nurse navigators are a common face for patients — always accessible to answer their questions about treatment options. They also serve as the ultimate support person for patients, meeting with them before surgeries and procedures. Several additional programs at the WHC, such as the Survivorship, Breast Risk Management, Benign Breast and Comprehensive Breast Programs are coordinated by the nurse navigators.

Multidisciplinary Breast Conference

Get second, third and fourth opinions at no additional cost

The weekly multidisciplinary breast conference brings breast cancer experts togetherAn outstanding feature of the Comprehensive Breast Program is a weekly multidisciplinary breast conference, which brings together a variety of breast cancer experts to discuss current breast cancer cases in "real time." This conference allows all the physicians involved in a patient's care to confer about treatments before recommending them, which means more treatment options for patients.

Plus, patients can receive second, third, even fourth opinions without visiting multiple physicians and at no additional cost. This translates to more personalized care for patients, which is the goal of Baptist's Comprehensive Breast Program.

Prevention & Healing


At Baptist, preventing a disease is just as important as treating it. The Baptist Comprehensive Breast Program actively works to help prevent breast cancer and catch it at its earliest stages through community education. The program's Breast Nurse Navigators are actively involved in the community teaching women how to detect breast cancer and educating them about resources.

For more information about breast cancer or to schedule a visit with one of our Breast Nurse Navigators, call 901-226-0810.

Healing the Body and the Mind

While it is important to help patients recover physically from an illness, Baptist also is committed to helping breast cancer patients heal emotionally and spiritually. Having breast cancer is such a life-altering event that it may be difficult for patients to recover and heal without the support of an outside source or organization. That's why the Comprehensive Breast Program provides patients with a listing of local breast cancer support groups and organizations.

Also, free emotional support for patients is available through Women Helping Other Women, a support group of breast cancer patients and survivors that meets at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. A psychologist specializing in breast cancer counseling facilitates the group. Spiritual support also is available through the Baptist Women's Hospital chaplain's office.

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50 Humphreys Blvd.
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Memphis, TN 38120



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