Epic Care’s Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Valery Uhl, and Fellowship Trained Breast Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Bailey authored the abstract: Breast IORT in Patients with an Ipsilateral Pacemaker. Thanks to their excellent work in cancer research and treatment, their abstract has been selected for the upcoming TARGIT Collaborative Group Conference in New Orleans on February 7. Congratulations to both for this accomplishment and well-deserved recognition!
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Congratulations to Epic Care’s very own, Gopal Sachdeva, Radiation Oncologist for being recognized as Bay Area’s Top Doctors of 2019!
Each year, San Francisco Magazine partners with Castle Connolly Medical LTD, a health care research and information company to ask medical professionals, hospital executives, and county medical societies to nominate their own ‘top docs’.
With thousands of providers in the local area, what an honor to be counted among the best in the bay!
Dr. Carolyn Parma is a Breast Health Surgeon at Epic Care. But also, a newlywed and former ballet dancer, who’s strong passion for medicine, family, and pizza never fade.
Dr. Parma often encourages her patients, “Remember- you are braver than you think, stronger than you feel, and loved more than you know.” She shares, “I believe in treating the whole patient. In medicine, illnesses do not define people, so I really try to get to know the person first.”
In addition to life as a surgeon, Dr. Parma is looking forward to the holidays and her favorite traditions: matching Christmas pajamas for the family, ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix, and a slice of pizza (she has it every week!).
When she’s not helping others, you’ll find Dr. Parma at the beach and appreciating quality time with those around her by spending time with family and friends.
Q: How do you prefer to start your day (compared to the reality)?
A: Breakfast in Bed! Does that count? I believe breakfast is so important: eggs, bacon, pancakes…you name it! Can you tell breakfast is my favorite mealtime?
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine, more specifically as a breast health surgeon?
A: Believe it or not, I actually went to medical school because at the time I was majoring in psychology and brain sciences. Initially, I thought I wanted to be a psychiatrist! But as the years went on, I realized I enjoyed the complexities of surgery and working with my hands.
Q: What has been the greatest influence when it comes to how you approach your work?
A: After a cancer diagnosis, life is scary. But seeing patients through their surgeries and treatments and having them come away with good outcomes, positive experiences, and strength they never knew they had when they conquer or beat cancer is one of the greatest things about my job.
Q: What’s a work-related accomplishment you’re really proud of?
A: I’ve won a number of teaching awards, and I am double board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Most people only get one board certification but I have two!
Q: What’s the biggest misconception about Breast Surgeons?
A: That we are plastic surgeons that only do cosmetic breast procedures. In reality, we treat all kinds of breast problems from benign to malignant disease, including different kinds of breast cancers. As a bonus, we always take into consideration the cosmetic aspects when performing our surgeries.
Q: What do you love about what you do?
A: No breast cancer is the same! Therefore, cancer treatments vary widely. It’s nice to be able to tailor a patient’s treatment to exactly what they need and in ways that are aligned with their goals.
Q: You’ve committed much of your life to medicine and helping others. Can you share more about your advocacy for breast health?
A: I believe that everyone deserves the best possible patient care, and that involves treating the whole person and not just their disease. Healing continues even after a diagnosis, surgery, and treatments. It’s about getting patients back to living their best lives and feeling fulfilled in every way possible.