Sunday, September 30, 2018

Meet Dr. Linda Han - Keynote Speaker for the 2018 “Lunch with Friends”!

Linda K. Han, MD, FACS, Director, Breast Care Team, Parkview Cancer Institute earned a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency in general surgery at The Ohio State University. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She has expertise in breast ultrasound and received her certification with commendations in breast ultrasound by the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Additionally, Dr. Han holds several professional memberships, including: American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Indiana State Medical Association. Prior to her arrival to Parkview Cancer Institute, Dr. Han served as Chief
of Breast Surgical Oncology and Professor of Clinical Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and Director of Breast Surgical Oncology at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, she established a breast cancer survivorship program, recognized nationally as best practice by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

She has received numerous recognitions for excellence in resident education and was awarded Mentor of the Year by the American Medical Women Association. She currently serves as the Director of Breast Oncology at Parkview Cancer Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

What attracted you to Parkview?
“Parkview’s vision to develop a regional referral center for comprehensive multidisciplinary oncology care and the opportunity to develop an outstanding breast oncology program. The level of commitment to achieve that goal by recruiting highly qualified cancer specialists who are experts in their field and the emphasis for patient-centered care was a strong factor in my decision to be a part of this exciting new program.”

What services are you providing?
“Through our dedicated breast program, we see patients who have any breast-related concerns, whether it is cancer or simply a concern of cancer risk. Not only do we provide comprehensive personalized treatment plans for breast cancer, we also provide education, counseling and prevention
strategies for women at high risk for breast cancer. So, we offer risk assessment, including genetic counseling for potential mutations that could increase risk of cancer. For patients diagnosed with breast cancer, we perform advanced breast preservation surgery to not only remove tumors but
also reshape the breast for a more aesthetic appearance. Our program also offers opportunity to participate in cutting edge clinical trials, many that include treatment that would not be otherwise available. Each patient’s case is discussed and reviewed in our multidisciplinary tumor board to develop a personalized treatment plan appropriate for that patient. Our nurse navigators are crucial in the role of patient-centered care and are an integral part of the breast cancer care team to improve the experience and outcomes for our patients.”

Dr. Han is the keynote speaker for the upcoming 14th Annual "Lunch With Friends" on Oct. 12, 2018 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Contact Marita Dwight-Smith for more information by phone at 260.266.6216 (office) or 260.249.0154 (cell) or by email at