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Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS
National Leader

Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS has been named Chairman of the Genetics Working Group of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Sebastian is Medical Director of The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health.

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“One of the first initiatives of the Working Group, done in cooperation with the American Society for Clinical Oncology, was to survey physicians nationwide to assess how they incorporate genetic testing into their practice, and how they keep up to date,” says Dr. Sebastian. “Based on survey results, we will design courses to help breast cancer specialists stay current with this rapidly changing area of cancer care.
” The Working Group advocates on behalf of patients for insurance companies to cover genetic testing. “We can now test for genetic defects that predict a higher risk of developing breast cancer, enabling us to manage that risk proactively and reduce it for patients who test positive. This testing is now cost-effective. While insurance coverage has improved, there are still barriers for many patients,” says Dr. Sebastian. “We aim to improve the availability of genetic testing for patients nationally.”

For more information, visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/breast-health.

Victoria Lai, MD
Endocrine Surgery Specialist

After a suspicious thyroid biopsy, Pamela Yu was referred to Victoria Lai, MD, a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in endocrine surgery, which is surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, as well as neuroendocrine tumors...

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“Dr. Lai was really good at explaining what the thyroid does and how removing the thyroid could affect my health, and discussing my options,” says Pamela. But, during preoperative testing, a malignancy in Pamela’s lymph nodes was discovered and she needed more aggressive surgery. “This was truly a life-altering diagnosis for me,” recalls Yu.
“I had never had any major health concerns before and I was very anxious about undergoing such a serious surgery. Dr. Lai was honest and upfront every time we talked—which was a lot. She was very caring and reassuring.”
“I’m here to help guide my patients through their journey and make care as seamless and clear as possible,” says Dr. Lai. “Even though I’m a surgeon, I don’t always recommend surgery.” But if surgery is needed, most endocrine procedures involve a very small incision.
For Pamela, Dr. Lai performed a total thyroidectomy and removal of nearby lymph nodes. The highly complex surgery required extreme precision due to the close proximity of the tumor to the vocal cords. Today, Pamela is feeling back to normal and doing “great,” she says.

For more information, visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/surgicalspecialists.

Star Ratings

Rachel Ngernmaneepothong, MD
VHC Physician Group physicians and nurse practitioners receive a star rating based on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score... (on the photo: Rachel Ngernmaneepothong, MD)

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The score is an average of all responses from questions answered by patients from our nationally- recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients’ comments also are collected from the survey and then published on our web site. Personal health information is removed from comments to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy.

Visit vhcphysiciangroup.com to see the Star Ratings.

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Top Doctors

Virginia Hospital Center congratulates members of the VHC Physician Group who earned the Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazines Top Doctor recognition!

Featured on the cover of the Top Doctor issues:

For a complete listing, go to vhcphysiciangroup.com.

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