Join our expert faculty from Rush University Medical Center as they present a free educational webinar exploring innovations in lymphedema management. Our team will highlight cases and showcase our multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant intends to incorporate the following into their practice of medicine:
• Assess the role of microsurgery in the management of breast cancer related lymphedema.
• Discuss surgical options for lymphedema treatment in combination with delayed breast reconstruction.
• Evaluate the options for immediate prophylactic lymphatic reconstruction following axillary lymph node sampling.
• Recommend wellness services occupational therapists (OT) can provide for patients with breast cancer and lymphedema.
OUR MULTIDISCIPLINARY PANEL
Deana Shenaq, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and serves as the Director of Microsurgery for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is also the Associate Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency and Fellowship. Dr. Shenaq specializes in both implant-based and autologous breast reconstruction and in the microsurgical treatment and prevention of lymphedema. She has extensive training in innovative techniques such as lymph node transfer, lymphovenous bypass and immediate lymphatic reconstruction. Dr. Shenaq is an accomplished writer and researcher, focusing on patient reported outcomes in breast reconstruction. She is dedicated to oncologic reconstruction and ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of personalized care.
George Kokosis, MD, has extensive experience in oncologic reconstruction, including microsurgical and implant-based breast reconstruction. He is also trained in immediate lymphatic reconstructions after mastectomy to prevent lymphedema and lymph node transfer for surgical treatment of lymphedema. His research interests include patient reported outcomes after breast reconstruction, surgical treatment of lymphedema and surgical ergonomics. Through surgical innovation and individualized patient care he strives to restore not only function, but also appearance and self-confidence for his patients.
Adam Steuer, MS, OTR/L, is the supervisor of Occupational Therapy and has extensive experience working with breast cancer survivors. He has been a certified lymphedema therapist for over eight years and he has helped create the breast cancer rehabilitation program at Rush University Medical Center. He is currently researching how post-surgical occupational therapy can affect patient outcomes after breast reconstruction, including the management of lymphedema.