Vivian J. Bea MD
- Breast surgical oncologist and section chief of breast surgical oncology at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York
- Breast cancer disparities researcher, educator, and community outreach leader
- Member of LBBC's Black Breast Cancer Advisory Council
Vivian J. Bea, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City and section chief of breast surgical oncology at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Bea is a breast cancer disparities researcher, educator, and community outreach leader. As a leader in the community, Dr. Bea has focused on bridging the gap between multidisciplinary breast cancer treatment and community barriers. She has a multi-institutional community outreach grant designed to address breast cancer disparities in Black women through increased breast cancer screening, innovative community education, and navigation.
She is course director for the Weill Cornell Breast Health Disparities annual CME course, whose goal is to provide breast cancer education to community clinicians within targeted communities. Most recently, Dr. Bea was awarded the prestigious American Medical Association’s National Minority Quality Forums Braintrust, “Top 40 under 40 in Minority Health” for her dedication to community outreach and research. Her clinical and research interests include management of the axilla and inflammatory breast cancer management in underserved populations, as well as identifying and eliminating breast cancer diagnosis and treatment disparities.
Dr. Bea received her master’s degree in biology from Drexel University and her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her training in general surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Lumpectomy surgery is a breast-conserving treatment that removes cancer while allowing you to keep some or most of your natural breast tissue. Lumpectomy surgery is sometimes called partial mastectomy, because only a part of the breast is removed.