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Breast Surgery

Molly L. Sebastian, MD
Molly L. Sebastian, MD, FACS,
Medical Director

Claire R. Edwards, MD
Claire R. Edwards, MD, FACS


The Hospital's NAPBC Accredited Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health is led by Molly L. Sebastian, MD, FACS, Medical Director. Dr. Sebastian is board certified in general surgery and is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, as is her partner, Claire R. Edwards, MD, FACS. They offer patients operative care with minimally-invasive techniques being used whenever possible and treatment tailored to the unique needs of the individual patient. Dr. Sebastian, Dr. Edwards and their team provide the medical expertise that ensures patients have the highest quality care, all in one place, in their efforts to stay breast-healthy.

Procedures available to breast cancer patients and other patients with diseases of the breast include - but are not limited to - the following:

  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • Stereotactic biopsy
  • MRI-guided biopsy
  • Sentinel node biopsy and/or excision
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Breast Reconstructive surgery

Breast Surgery Journey

  • Arriving at Virginia Hospital Center
    Address: 1625 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 22205. Park in the Zone A Parking. Take garage elevator to the LOBBY, and then the Hospital's elevators to the 2nd floor.

  • Arriving at the Surgery Center
    Surgery Center located on the 2nd floor of 1625 Building. Sign-in on the clip board in the reception area. Shortly thereafter, a nurse will escort you back to your all-private preoperative room.

  • Surgery Center
    Your surgical preparation begins. You will change into a gown and a nurse will confirm your medical history and surgical procedure. After this, your family, friend or loved one will be invited back to join you.

  • Preparation in Radiology or Nuclear Medicine
    If your surgeon has ordered a preoperative diagnostic procedure, you will be transported to Radiology or Nuclear Medicine. These procedures are not for all patients. After, you will be transported back to your room in the Surgery Center.

  • Pre-Surgical Communication
    Before surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist and surgeon(s). After, you will be transported to the operating room for surgery.

  • Operating Room (OR)
    A dedicated breast care OR team will provide highly specialized care.

  • Tracking During Surgery
    The Smart Track Monitor in the Surgery Center reception area allows your family, friends or loved ones to know where you are throughout your surgical journey by an assigned identification number.

  • Post-Surgical Care
    After surgery, some patients will be transported to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for careful monitoring during recovery, and others are transported directly back to the Surgery Center. Time spent in these areas can vary for each patient.

  • After PACU
    After the PACU, some patients will be transported back to the Surgery Center and then discharged. Other patients will be admitted to an all-private patient room on 5A. Your surgeon determines if you stay overnight.

  • Post-Surgical Communication
    Following surgery, the surgeon will meet your family, friends or loved ones in the Surgery Center reception area to update them about your surgery and status.
Patient Success Stories

“I did not have a family history of breast cancer or any symptoms when my breast cancer was detected during a routine mammogram. My doctor gave me a couple of choices to consider for breast surgeons, but I wanted someone at Virginia Hospital Center. Within five minutes of meeting Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS, my husband and I knew we’d found our doctor. She put my mind at ease and made me feel comfortable about my options and the choices I needed to make.

The same was true when we first met Sarosh Zafar, MD to discuss breast reconstruction surgery. She was easy to talk to and so knowledgeable—she made me feel confident."

— Glenda Rogers, Breast Cancer Survivor.

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