Kristin L. Brill, MD, FACS is a breast surgeon and Director of the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Division Director of Breast Surgery at Cooper University Health Care.
She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American College of Surgical Oncology Group. She was general surgery trained at New York Methodist Hospital, and fellowship trained in Breast Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. In addition, she has published breast cancer research in medical journals such as Annals of Plastic Surgery and Cancer; she has presented research at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and lectures frequently in the region.
Dr. Brill is an Assistant Professor of Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, and adjunct faculty at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She is directly involved in the education and mentoring of medical students, surgical residents, and fellows. She provides lectures and supports journal clubs, as well as closely interacts with student and residents in the clinic setting and the operating room. She assists in identifying research opportunities for students and residents.
She serves on the OB-GYN curriculum committee and is a member of the IRB. She serves as PI and co-PI on several breast oncology and surgical trials.
Steven C. Bonawitz, MD, FACS, has been in practice since 1994. Dr. Bonawitz is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse. Dr. Bonawitz completed his residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and his General Surgery Residency at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed a fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Bonawitz was a member of the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before assuming the position of Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Cooper University Hospital. Dr. Bonawitz specializes in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Microsurgery and Craniofacial Reconstruction.
A. Leilani Fahey, MD, MHA is an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and her Masters in Health Administration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She completed her plastic surgery training at Cooper University Hospital and has been an attending plastic surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Cooper Hospital since 1999. She enjoys educating residents and medical students. Dr. Fahey’s practice involves many aspects of plastic surgery, particularly reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery.
My teaching philosophy expands upon the “see one, do one, teach one” idea. In the beginning stages of learning, the resident is best served by listening and observing. For example, I will explain a patient’s diagnostic workup or demonstrate a surgical technique. As the resident develops, he or she is expected to be able to answer theoretical questions and also demonstrate surgical skills under direct guidance. In the final stages of his or her formal surgical education, the resident will ask advanced theoretical questions and also be able to perform aspects of an operation independently. This is the stage in which the senior resident is able to teach junior residents and medical students.
My research philosophy is to first focus on an area of personal interest in which there are still unanswered questions. Then, a research question that can reasonably be expected to be answered in light of one’s resources should be developed. This is followed by a thorough literature review, development of the methodology, discussion of the project with mentors, and recruitment of a team that will assist in completing the project.
Andrew Newman, MD, is a board certified plastic surgery who specializes in comprehensive breast reconstruction and microsurgery. He is a proponent of the latest techniques in implant-based breast reconstruction, including pre-pectoral (above the muscle) and direct-to-implant reconstruction. As the director of the Section of Microsurgery, he also has a large practice of autologous (free flap) breast reconstruction, including DIEP free flaps and alternatives such as the PAP free flap.
In addition to breast reconstruction, Dr. Newman performs facial reconstruction in collaboration with the Division of Otolaryngology, as well as other types of reconstruction procedures. He also enjoys a small cosmetic practice which includes skin treatments, injectables, and facial and breast surgery.