Colorado Health Medical Group Breast Surgery at Memorial Hospital is a physician breast surgery practice in Colorado Springs, CO. Our board-certified breast surgeons perform surgery as treatment for the following conditions:
• breast cancer
• breast disease
Our breast surgery procedures include:
• partial mastectomy
• diagnostic breast biopsy
• diagnostic breast ultrasound
For much more detailed information about Memorial Breast Surgery, visit our practice website: memorialbreastsurgery.org
Ingrid Sharon, M.D.
Dr. Sharon, the most experienced breast surgeon in our community, is known for her surgical skill and compassionate care. More than 90 percent of her operations are breast surgical oncologic procedures ranging from breast conservation, incorporating oncoplastic techniques, to nipple-sparing mastectomies. Ten percent of her surgeries deal with premalignant and benign breast disease.
Dr. Sharon graduated from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and completed her post-graduate general surgery training at St. Barnabus Medical Center in New Jersey, where she received the Herbert A. Schulte Award of Excellence in Surgery. Prior to working in Colorado Springs, Dr. Sharon helped pioneer a surgical program in Belize and worked as a medical missionary in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and the Philippines.
In 1995, Dr. Sharon was appointed regional director of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She continues her association with the society today, as a member. In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Sharon received the Patients' Choice Award, which is given only to the top five percent of the nation's doctors. In 2010, the Consumers' Research Council of America named her in their guide to America's Top Surgeons. She is also a participant in the Mastery of Breast Surgery pilot program.
Laura Pomerenke, MD
Dr. Pomerenke began her career in general surgery in 1995, specializing in advanced laparoscopic surgery and breast surgery.
In 2002, she decided to devote herself exclusively to breast problems. Now one of Southern Colorado’s most respected breast surgeons, Dr. Pomerenke treats hundreds of patients each year. She specializes in the diagnosis, management and recovery of cancerous and non-cancerous breast diseases. Dr. Pomerenke is dedicated to providing the highest quality medical treatment with excellent cosmetic results. She has extensive experience performing nipple-sparing mastectomies, and she is trained in oncoplastic surgical techniques that help minimize breast scarring and deformity.
Dr. Pomerenke received her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. She completed her residency in general surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. She is board-certified. Dr. Pomerenke is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and a participant in the Mastery of Breast Surgery program. She is also certified in Breast Ultrasound by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She was recognized as a Top Doc by Colorado Springs Style magazine for two consecutive years.
Michelle DeWing, MD
Dr. DeWing received her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in general surgery at UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. DeWing was in private practice as a general surgeon for six years before entering the cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
After completing her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. DeWing went back to private practice for two years as a thoracic/general surgeon with a focus in lung and breast cancer. In 2012, Dr. DeWing entered the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship/UCLA Clinical Instructor program at the UCLA/Revlon Breast Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. DeWing is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is the author of numerous publications and has presented nationally and internationally.
Meredith McKee, MSN, FNP-C
Meredith McKee graduated from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
McKee has a strong interest in women's health issues. She has a passion
for patient care and wellness. At Memorial, she is an integral part of
the breast surgery practice. With her primary focus on risk assessment
for breast cancer, she sees patients with breast pain, lumps, nipple
discharge, and abnormal (but probably benign) mammograms. Patients with a
family history of breast cancer can particularly benefit from her
expertise, as she counsels women on how risk for breast cancer can be
decreased. She also creates individualized surveillance plans that,
depending on the patient, may involve increased imaging, genetic
counseling and/or testing, and medical oncology consultations for
endocrine prophylaxis of breast cancer. She also educates women on the
importance and principles of self breast exams.
goal is to ensure that patients leave the breast surgery practice
knowing that all of their needs have been met, whether those needs are
physical, psycho-social, or emotional.
How to Contact CHMG Breast Surgery at Memorial Hospital
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 719-477-0211.
Please note: a consultation may require a
physician's referral. Contact your doctor for more information about the
diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition.
More About Breast Cancer ...
How Is Surgery Used in Breast Cancer Treatment?
to remove as much of the cancer as possible is the primary treatment
for breast cancer. Today, women have many surgical options and choices.
The type of surgery performed depends upon:
the size and location of the breast lump or tumor
type and stage of the breast cancer (if the cancer has spread within
the breast or has spread outside of the breast to the lymph nodes, or to
other parts of the body)
the size of the breast
the woman's preference
are several types of breast surgeries. Your physician can explain the
benefits and risks of each type, in addition to answering any questions
or concerns you may have prior to surgery.
Questions to Ask Your Physician Before Surgery
Which type of surgery do you recommend for me? Why?
Where will the incision be located and how much of the breast tissue will be removed?
Will any lymph nodes be removed?
Will I be able to have breast reconstruction if I have a mastectomy?
Do you recommend breast reconstruction at the same time of the mastectomy surgery or at a later date?
Will additional treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy be required following surgery?
What type of follow-up care is needed?
How long will it be before I resume my normal activities?
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