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.
Nina D’Abreo, MD
Dr. Nina D’Abreo, is an Attending Physician in the Department of Oncology and Hematology at Winthrop-University Hospital and Medical Director of the Winthrop’s Breast Health Program. She serves on the Breast Cancer Medical Advisory Committee at 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 Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University 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
Gina DeLuca is a Registered Dietitian, and the Outpatient Oncology Dietitian for the Center for Cancer Care at NYU Winthrop Hospital where she provides individual nutrition counseling, as well as group nutrition education presentations, to patients during all phases of oncologic care, including prevention, treatment, and survivorship. As a member of the Oncology Support Services team, she serves on the Center for Cancer Care’s Cancer Committee, is a member of cancer-specific workgroups, and participates in institution-wide cancer awareness events.
Gina received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Gender Studies from New York University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Gina is currently pursuing specialized certification in oncology nutrition.
Barry K. Douglas, MD, FACS
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.
Jonathan Haas, MD
Jonathan Haas is the Chief of Radiation Oncology at Winthrop-University Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Haas has been named a Castle Connolly New York Metropolitan Top Doctor as well as New York Newsday Top Doctor and was the youngest Radiation Oncologist to receive these awards. He is a regular contributing guest on WABC radio in New York and was the first Radiation Oncologist to complete Cyberknife training in the New York metropolitan area. He has published extensively on the use of CyberKnife for Lung, Prostate, Spine/CNS, and Gynecologic uses for CyberKnife. He has taught physicians in this country and abroad on clinical utilization of CyberKnife and his Department at Winthrop is the largest CyberKnife practice in the United States. His current research interest is the use of CyberKnife after lumpectomy for breast cancer and he has accrued and completed patients on an IRB approved protocol for this indication.
Virginia E. Maurer, MD
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 and currently maintains two offices in the New York area.
Monika Zak is a Genomics Consultant at GeneDx laboratory, a DNA diagnostic firm that serves individuals and families suffering from severe hereditary disorders. She currently serves as a lecturer at the Pace University Physicians Assistants Training Program and the Long Island University Genetic Counseling graduate program. Zak has worked as a Genetic Counselor at a number of New York area medical centers including New York Methodist Hospital (Brooklyn, NY), Regional Medical Genetics Center (Westchester, NY), and Long Island College Hospital (Brooklyn, NY). At Winthrop University Hospital, where she worked as a Certified Genetic Counselor, Supervisor of Genetic Counseling Services, and Supervisor of Genetic Services for Prenatal, Pediatric and Cancer patients, she developed a cancer genetics program for risk assessment and genetic testing of hereditary cancer syndromes. In 2005, Zak was the recipient of a New York State Department of Health Grant for Cancer Education.