Breast Cancer Team

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What you Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer).  Each year in the United States, more than 192,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Review this important information about diagnosis, staging, treatment and reconstruction and ask your cancer care team about your individual situation.

Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Breast Cancer including side effects of treatments, support information and more.

Virginia Cancer Specialists – Breast Cancer Team

The Breast Cancer Team at Virginia Cancer Specialists is committed to having the patients’ experience being the best ever, starting with making an appointment to including social work services, medical oncology, surgery, pharmacy services, clinical trials, genetics and more. A 360º multidisciplinary team approach to patient care.

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                            [post_content] => Dr. Stephanie Akbari received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to do her residency in surgery at Harvard’s New England Deaconess Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and has previously served on committees of both of those organizations. Since 2005 she has been recognized as one of the region’s “Top Docs” in breast surgery by Washingtonian Magazine.

Dr. Akbari was the first dedicated breast surgeon in Northern Virginia and has been practicing in the area since 2002. She has been a pioneer in breast cancer surgery, continually integrating new technology into treatments she offers her patients. She was the first breast surgeon in the area to become certified in breast ultrasound, the first to incorporate partial breast irradiation into her practice, and the first to perform office based minimally invasive breast biopsies. In 2007, she established the first nationally accredited breast center in the Washington, DC region. She believes in personalized care and strives to put together the best treatment protocol individually tailored to meet the needs of each patient and their families.

In her leisure time, Dr. Akbari likes to spend time with her husband and two teenage boys. She also enjoys cooking, fitness, hiking, and traveling.


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                            [post_content] => Dr. Neelima Denduluri earned her medical degree from the Louisiana State University Medical Center, where she served as President of the American Medical Student Association. Upon graduation she received the "Exemplar of Desirable Attitudes of the Physician Towards His Patients" award, which is bestowed upon one graduating senior. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. During her fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, she was honored with the distinction of serving as Chief Fellow. She later served as Assistant Clinical Investigator and Staff Physician at NCI before joining Virginia Cancer Specialists.

Dr. Denduluri remains highly involved in the local community by participating in community outreach, speaking to support groups, and volunteering at the Arlington Free Clinic since 1999. She has consistently been named as a Top Doctor in Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian magazine, and she has been featured in both local and national media for her expertise in breast cancer.

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Dr. Denduluri continues to be active in medical education, currently serving as Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center. She has also taught attending students and residents of Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as oncology fellows at the National Navel Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Denduluri has published multiple articles and abstracts, and her work has been presented at various national meetings, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Dr. Denduluri is fluent in English, Spanish, and Telugu (an Indian language).

 


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Meet our Breast Cancer Specialists

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                            [post_content] => Dr. Irwin’s commitment to caring for and treating oncology and hematology patients led her to join the Loudoun Office of Virginia Cancer Specialists in 2008. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is a national clinical trials researcher. Dr. Irwin regularly lectures in the community for Life With Cancer, has educated the public on clinical trials for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has given multiple physician Grand Rounds at INOVA Loudoun Hospital to educate her peers on current oncology and hematology cases and developments.

A recognized expert in the fight against breast cancer, Dr. Irwin is part of the national U.S. Oncology Breast Cancer Research Committee, has been interviewed as a breast cancer specialist on television and in magazines, and is repeatedly called on to speak at charity events for breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Awarded multiple commendations for outstanding patient care, Dr. Irwin has a long-standing commitment to providing the best outcomes for her patients. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, where she was awarded the University of Pennsylvania's Holmes Award in Patient Oriented Evaluative Research. Dr. Irwin went on to complete her Hematology/Oncology fellowship after returning to Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Cancer Center. Her research and clinical focus during fellowship was in breast cancer and she completed a Bone Marrow Transplant rotation at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

 


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