The Medical Advisory Council provides professional advice and guidance on emerging topics relating to breast health. The Council is comprised of recognized experts in their respective fields of medicine with affiliations at leading academic and medical institutions.
Soojin Ahn, MD
Dr. Soojin Ahn is a board certified surgeon specializing in breast surgery and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone. She received Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, where she was a New York University Presidential Honors Scholar and a Sokol Chemistry Scholar. She went on to receive her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. She completed her residency in general surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center, followed by subspecialty training of Society of Surgical Oncology accredited breast surgery fellowship at the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Ahn’s clinical practice focuses include the management of both benign and malignant diseases of the breast, as well as evaluation and follow-up of women at high risk of developing breast cancer due to significant family history, presence of genetic mutation, or history of high-risk lesions discovered through biopsy. She performs benign breast excisions and breast cancer surgeries including lumpectomy, mastectomy (skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy), and sentinel lymph node biopsy for axillary staging in patients with early stage breast cancer. She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons.
Nina D’Abreo, MD Read Posts
Dr. Nina D’Abreo, is an Attending Physician in the Department of Oncology and Hematology at the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Winthrop-University Hospital and Medical Director of NYU-Winthrop’s Breast Health Program. She serves on the Breast Cancer Medical Advisory Committee at NYU-Winthrop, which is dedicated to improving all aspects of breast health. She is responsible for developing the Breast Clinical Trials Program at Winthrop and serves as the local Principal Investigator of several cooperative group-sponsored breast cancer clinical trials designed for breast cancer prevention, early stage and metastatic breast cancer. Dr. D’Abreo is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone School of Medicine. She is focused on the personalized treatment of breast cancer, and has a particular interest in breast cancer survivorship. She has widely spoken and published on the subject of breast cancer.
Gina DeLuca, RD, CDN Read Posts
Gina DeLuca is a Registered Dietitian for Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She provides outpatient oncology nutrition care to patients, individually and in groups, on prevention-, treatment-, and survivorship-related topics. Gina received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Gina is currently pursuing specialized certification in oncology nutrition.
Barry K. Douglas, MD, FACS Read Posts
Dr. Barry K. Douglas has been with the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 1991 and joined the Maurer Foundation Board of Directors in 2012. Dr. Douglas is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College, Connecticut where he majored in Studio Art and Physics. He then obtained his MD degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, North Carolina in 1980. After his internship he completed his General Surgical Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. Continuing his education at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Douglas completed residencies in Microvascular Surgery and then Plastic Surgery. From 1986-87, he held the position of Chief Resident at this prestigious hospital. In 1987, Dr. Douglas completed a fellowship in Pediatric Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Akron with the Northeastern Ohio School of Medicine. Dr. Douglas has lectured on a wide range of topics including cosmetic surgery, cleft lip surgery, breast reconstruction, and reconstruction for skin malignancies. His areas of expertise include cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction, cleft lip and palate surgery, rhinoplasty and aesthetic breast surgery.
Douglas Marks, MD Read Posts
Douglas Marks, MD is a breast medical oncologist at Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Winthrop. Dr. Marks joined Perlmutter Cancer Center following a fellowship program in Oncology/Hematology at Columbia University Medical Center. He is currently involved in several research endeavors focused on better understanding the interaction between an individual patient’s immune system and breast cancer. Dr. Marks’ research projects were accepted for presentation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society for Immunology of Cancer, and the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group. Dr. Marks received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2012, where he also completed residency training in Internal Medicine. During that residency, he was awarded the Klaudia Ewa Knapik Memorial Award (“Top Resident”) by faculty of the Department of Medicine.
Virginia E. Maurer, MD Read Posts
Dr. Virginia E. Maurer, MD is a nationally recognized leader in the field of breast health education and founded the Maurer Foundation in 1995. A graduate of Queen’s University School of Medicine in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, she is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Maurer is a prominent breast surgeon and breast cancer specialist, and Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and Director of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Program. She has been in private practice since 1981.
Melanie McDermet, MS Read Posts
Melanie McDermet, MS is a genetic counselor at Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Winthrop-University Hospital, specializing in cancer, pediatric and prenatal genetics. A prolific community speaker, she has lectured on the topics of cancer and genetics to diverse audiences, including obstetrics and pediatric physicians; prenatal and pediatric patients; other genetic counselors; and high school, college, nursing and physician groups. Ms. McDermet holds a M.S. degree in human genetics from the University of Michigan and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Amy Solan, MD
Amy N. Solan, MD is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist specializing in the management of breast cancer. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Solan served as the Chief of Radiation Oncology at NYU Brooklyn before transitioning her medical practice to NYU Long Island in 2020. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and serves as the local Principal Investigator for multiple breast cancer clinical trials.