Renowned breast surgeon joins Montclair Breast Center

Genesis Biotechnology Group and its new health care division, Genesis Health, recently announced that renowned breast surgeon Dr. Elissa Santoro is joining the New Jersey-based Montclair Breast Center.

Founded in 1989 by Dr. Nancy Elliott, MBC is a multidisciplinary facility providing specialized diagnostic and treatment services for breast health by radiologists and surgeons dedicated solely to breast wellness, breast cancer prevention and early detection, and the surgical treatment of breast disease.

Santoro received her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her general surgical residency at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, where she was the first woman to be chief surgical resident. An American Cancer Society Clinical Fellowship was awarded to her at Saint Vincent’s Hospital. She received a fellowship in cancer training from the National Institute of Health at New York Medical College. Santoro was the founder of the Breast Care and Treatment Center in Livingston.

A pioneer in breast surgery, Santoro has exclusively dedicated her practice to breast surgical oncology since 1976. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. She also maintains memberships in several professional societies and has held various positions.

Santoro has also appeared on several televised educational programs regarding breast health issues. She has written and coauthored numerous publications related to breast diseases and treatments. Santoro has worked with New Jersey state legislators to develop a Women’s Health Department and increased funds for Breast Cancer Research. She also received the first annual Christine Todd Whitman Award, for Outstanding Woman in the Field of Medicine.

“The Breast Home concept that Montclair Breast Center has created, with mammography results read by specialized experts, risk assessment and clinical breast exams, is ideally suited for women concerned about breast health. I am so pleased to contribute to this innovative approach for the benefit of women in New Jersey,” Santoro said.

“Dr. Elissa Santoro served as my mentor and shaped me as a surgeon, influencing the practice I created 30 years ago,” Elliott said. “Every woman deserves a breast doctor like Dr. Santoro, and we’re honored she has chosen to bring her compassion and expertise in breast health to our center.”