I am a breast surgical oncologist at Memorial Breast Cancer Center. I treat patients with all stages of breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and patients at high risk for developing breast cancer in the future. I also care for patients other breast concerns such as benign lumps.
I am a board-certified, fellowship-trained, seasoned breast cancer expert with experience working at cancer centers around the country. Many times, I am the first doctor a patient is seeing after learning they have breast cancer. My goal is not only to provide them with the best surgical option to begin their treatment, but also to help them digest their diagnosis, understand their options and feel empowered to take part in the creation of their unique treatment plan.
I want to replace my patients’ fears with facts. I equip them with a plan and help them find the strength needed to battle the disease. Most importantly, I want my patients to know that they are not alone in this process. At Memorial, we are equipped with experts and resources to ensure someone is there to guide you every step along the way.
In addition to providing patient care, I am also involved in clinical research, and have been instrumental in the development and strategic planning for breast cancer programs. I am also actively involved with the American Society of Breast Surgeons and serve on the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Diversity Issues. I often travel to lecture and present on topics related to breast cancer, breast conserving therapy and components of a comprehensive breast cancer program.
Prior to joining Memorial, I was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern and the medical director of the Breast Evaluation and the Breast Surgery Clinics at Parkland Memorial Hospital.Related Medical Services
University Of Michigan School Of Medicine, 2000
Graduate Hospital, 2001
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, 2006
Northwestern University Memorial Hospital, 2007
Awards, Achievements, and More
My clinical research is aimed at better understanding racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes, and improving the health and long-term outcomes for breast cancer survivors.
- Cancer 2017 Jan 1;123(1):107-113. doi: 10.1002/cncr.30267. Epub 2016 Sep 1. Genetic Ancestry using Mitochondrial DNA in patients with Triple-negative breast cancer (GAMiT study). Rao R1, Rivers A1, Rahimi A2, Wooldridge R1, Rao M1, Leitch M1, Euhus D3, Haley BB4.
- National Medical Association “Top 40 under 40” Healthcare Professionals Award, 2014
- American College of Surgeons/American Society of Breast Surgeons Health Policy Scholarship, Alternate, 2014
- Edelston-Bendix/Northwestern University Award for Research Excellence 2006
- Clarence E. Crook Resident Award for Excellence in Surgical Research – St. Joseph Mercy Hospital 2005
- Frederick A. Coller Tour Award – Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society – 2005
- 3rd Place St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Annual Resident Research Forum – 2005
- MAP/Reader’s Digest International Fellowship – 2000
- Robbins/Inteflex Grant for Medical Education – 1999
- Opportunity Awards Program Grant for Foreign Studies – 1999
Early Acceptance Program (Inteflex) – University of Michigan 1993