16th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium

Breast cancer represents a complicated family of diseases for which detection, diagnosis, and multimodal management strategies continually are evolving. Therefore, practice-focused education will enable you to integrate the highest-quality methodologies into the treatment of your patients. For 16 years, the multidisciplinary Annual Breast Cancer Symposium has met this educational need - bringing together surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as geneticists, radiologists, pathologists, and nurses - to improve the care for patients with breast cancer.

This activity will be VIRTUAL or IN PERSON, you choose what works best for you. Register today!


Registration Fee: $100
($130 after September 14, so register early!)


October 1, 2021
8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

In Person or Virtual - You Choose!


In person option will be held at McCreary Tower
Masks Mandatory, No Walk-Ins
(475 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC)
Virtual option via Webex

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Judy C. Boughey is a breast surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is the Chair of the Division of Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncology. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Boughey leads multiple clinical trials in breast cancer care, focused on safely de-escalating breast cancer management and individualizing care. She is active nationally and internationally in specialty societies . She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and is a fellow of the American Surgical Association. She is the W.H. Odell Professor in Individualized Medicine. 



  • Determine when to use mammography and when to use MRI.
  • Describe utility of breast cancer risk model after panel genetic testing.
  • Discus how Oncotype Dx testing results determine patient systemic treatment decisions.
  • Describe the appropriate negative margin width for breast cancer surgery.
  • Identify fertility preservation options for breast cancer patients.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians (oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, plastic surgeons, gynecologists, family and primary care), physician assistants, nurse practitioners, oncology nurses and other nurses who care for breast cancer patients in different practice settings.


  • 5.0 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC
  • 5.0 Nursing Contact Hours: Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) is an approved provider
    of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Participants must attend 90% of the activity and complete the online evaluation to receive credit.
  • The Wake Forest School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Accreditation Statement: The Wake Forest School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Faculty from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Laura Allen, MD
Cancer Center of Lexington
Radiation Oncology

Akiko Chiba, MD
Assistant Professor
Surgical Oncology—Breast Care Clinic

Kelly Cronin, MD
Assistant Professor and
Section Chief of Breast Imaging

Jeffrey Deaton, MD
Associate Professor and
Section Head of REI
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Emily Douglas, MD
Assistant Professor
Hematology and Oncology
Marissa Howard-McNatt, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Breast Care Center

Adam J. Katz, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Edward Levine, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Surgical Oncology

Thuy Vu, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Comprehensive Cancer Center


7:45am Tech Check–in (Webex)
8:30am Registration
9:00am Welcome and Remarks
Marissa Howard-McNatt, MD
9:15am Recent Advances in Fertility Preservation
Jeffrey Deaton, MD
9:45am Right Sizing Management of Breast Cancer: Can We Safely Do Less?
Judy Boughey, MD
10:30am Stretch Break
10:45am Update in Radiation Oncology Treatment in Breast Cancer
Laura Allen, MD
11:15am 3D Mammography and MRI Indications
Kelly Cronin, MD
11:45am Lunch
12:30pm Margins in Breast Cancer: How Much is Enough?
Akiko Chiba, MD
1:00pm Options for Breast Reconstruction
Adam J. Katz, MD
1:30pm Break
1:45pm TC Model and Breast Cancer Risk Estimation After Panel Testing
Thuy Vu, MS, CGC
2:15pm Oncotype Trials: TAILORx, RxPONDER – How Results are used to Treat Breast Cancer
Emily Douglas, MD
2:45pm The Great Debate
Marissa Howard-McNatt, MD and Edward Levine, MD
3:15pm Questions/Wrap Up
3:45pm Adjourn


Handouts will be available online by the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. Go to www.northwestahec.org and sign in and click on my courses and events click the open button beside the program name and the handouts will be listed.

For More Information and Assistance

Please contact Michelle Adams at (336) 713-7726 or email micadams@wakehealth.edu

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Northwest AHEC provides compassionate education and respectful care for all, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.


This activity is presented in conjunction with the Breast Care Center of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Northwest Area Health Education Center.