Breast Surgery

With early-stage breast cancer, one may be able to choose which type of breast surgery to have. Often, your choice is between breast conserving surgery (surgery that takes out the cancer leaving most of the breast) and a mastectomy (surgery that removes the whole breast). Research shows that women with early-stage breast cancer who have breast conserving surgery along with radiation therapy live as long as those who have a mastectomy. A skin-sparing or nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction is also available in our Department for women whose only option is a mastectomy or for those who opt to have all the breast tissue removed.

Most women with breast cancer will lead long, healthy lives after treatment. Treatment for breast cancer usually begins a few weeks after diagnosis. In these weeks, you should meet with a surgeon, learn the facts about your surgery choices, and think about what is important to you. Then choose which kind of surgery to have.


Elisa Port, MD, FACS
Dr. Port is the Co-Director of the Dubin Breast Center. She is a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, and those at increased risk for breast cancer. Dr. Port has extensive experience with sentinel lymph node biopsy, nipple sparing mastectomy, and the newest techniques in breast cancer surgery for both invasive breast cancer and DCIS.

Hank Schmidt, MD, PhD, FACS
Dr. Schmidt is a surgical oncologist specializing in treatment of breast cancer and other breast diseases. His practice also focuses on cancer risk and individuals at high risk for cancer development. Dr. Schmidt is committed to personalized treatment planning and incorporation of novel therapies to improve breast cancer survival.

Christina Weltz, MD
Dr. Weltz’s surgical practice has been exclusively in the area of breast disease, specifically in the diagnosis of breast cancer and the surgical treatment of all aspects of benign and malignant breast disease. the primary goal of her practice is to carefully consider each individual’s situation in order to determine the best treatment plan.

Contact Us

Dubin Breast Center
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Klingenstein Pavilion
1176 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10029

For Appointments and Information
Tel: 855-TO-DUBIN (863-8246) or

Breast Imaging
Tel: 212-241-3300 option 1

Breast Surgery
Tel: 212-241-3300 option 2

Breast Reconstruction (plastic surgery)
Tel: 212-241-4410

Medical Oncology
Tel: 212-241-3300 option 3

Radiation Oncology
Tel: 212-241-7501

Breast Pathology
Tel: 212-241-7397

Breast Health Resource Program (psychosocial support)
Tel: 212-987-3063

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