Breast Cancer Expert Named to Women’s Health Media Company Advisory Board

EmpowHER, an award-winning health media company for women based in Scottsdale, Arizona, has named breast cancer surgeon Dr. Jay Harness as a member of the company’s Medical Advisory Board.

The EmpowHer website provides visitors access to one of the largest women’s health and wellness content libraries on the web, as well as the largest online community of women discussing their health and wellness issues.

According to Dr. Harness:

“The company’s 10-member Medical Advisory Board includes a number of distinguished experts from a broad range of scientific, surgical and other health care related disciplines.

“Serving on the EmpowHer advisory board offers an opportunity to further share my We Live You philosophy of patient care and treatment, and how this medical approach offers emotional reconstruction to women faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.

The tools EmpowHer provides to its global community of users permits me to quickly answer questions and offer treatment insights to women located anywhere, far beyond my office in Southern California.

“It is a pleasure to serve EmpowHer in this capacity with such a distinguished group of health care thinkers and leaders.”

The company’s site includes a backgrounder detailing the career of Dr. Harness:

Dr. Jay K. Harness is President of Breast Surgery International and a past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. He is a full-time breast surgeon at the St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center in Orange, California. Practicing surgery for 36 years, Dr. Harness specializes in breast and endocrine surgery.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, he spent his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Harness then remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan and developed the second United States multidisciplinary breast center in 1985. He left the University of Michigan in 1989 and spent two years at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston where he also established a multidisciplinary breast center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Subsequently, he came to Oakland, California in 1991 to join the University of California-East Bay Department of Surgery where he was a Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Highland General Hospital. The opportunity to direct his third multidisciplinary breast center in Southern California came in the summer of 2003.

Prior to coming to Southern California, Dr Harness spent 28 years in academic surgery at: the University of Michigan, Tufts University and the University of California, (Davis-East Bay & San Francisco-East Bay). He is currently Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Harness has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery. He is a member of several national and international surgical societies and associations. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer, and President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and Chair, Board of Directors, of The American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has authored over 80 scientific articles and book chapters and has been the lead editor of 2 textbooks.

His books include Breast Cancer-Collaborative Management and Ultrasound in Surgical Practice: Basic Principles and Clinical Applications, and he has written 21 book chapters, including Expert Consultations in Breast Cancer and Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Harness is currently the Principal Investigator of the NCI (National Cancer Institute) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) at the St. Joseph Hospital Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Orange, California which began in June 2007.

He is one of the leading clinical research physicians at St. Joseph Hospital.

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