Lorraine Tafra, MD FACS

Dr. Lorraine Tafra serves as a member of TransMed7’s Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Tafra is a breast surgeon and the founding and current Director of the AAMC Breast Center, a position she accepted in 1999.

Dr. Tafra received her Medical Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed residency training in General Surgery at Brown University and Thomas Jefferson University.  She also completed a 2-year NIH-sponsored research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery.  She was then accepted as a member of the first fellowship group at the John Wayne Cancer Institute where she completed a 2-year Surgical Oncology fellowship and participated in the initial development of the sentinel node technique for breast cancer.

Dr. Tafra serves on numerous committees for a variety of national surgical organizations including the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, National Approvals Program for Breast Centers, National Consortium of Breast Centers, National Quality Forum, Surgical Quality Alliance, and others.  She is a past-president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the largest and oldest society dedicated to breast surgery.  She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, both in the U.S. and internationally.  She founded the Breast Surgery fellowship at AAMC, now in its 10th year, and is active in research with collaborations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, East Carolina University, and Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, where she also holds an academic appointment in surgery.