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Gretchen M. Ahrendt, M.D., Joins Magee-Womens Hospital To Head Breast Surgical Services

PITTSBURGH, January 10, 2006 — Gretchen M. Ahrendt, M.D., breast specialist and surgeon, has joined the department of surgery, division of surgical oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as visiting associate professor. She also serves as director of breast surgical services at Magee-Womens Hospital  of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

At Magee, Dr. Ahrendt is focusing her clinical practice on the surgical management of breast disease. Her interests include the use of office-based and intra-operative ultrasound to optimize breast conservation for breast cancer, minimally invasive breast biopsy techniques and sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer staging. She also plans to initiate clinical research on emerging ablative therapies for early breast cancer treatment, develop a program for minimally invasive ablative therapy for benign breast masses and build on the program of partial breast radiation.

Dr. Ahrendt formerly served as the co-director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at the University of Rochester in New York after receiving her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Ahrendt is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, American Association of Breast Surgeons and Association of Academic Surgery. She has completed numerous presentations, abstracts and publications on breast cancer related topics.

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