Donor Spotlight: Elisa and Jim Ross, Breast Health Fellowship

Michigan Medicine is incredibly grateful for the support received from Elisa and Jim Ross and the Genetic Disease Foundation, of which Elisa Ross is president. The foundation’s gift will be used to support the Breast Health Fellowship under the direction of Mark Pearlman, M.D., within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Pearlman offers the only breast health fellowships in obstetrics and gynecology in the country.

The program trains postgraduate obstetrics and gynecology physicians to develop expertise in the evaluation and management of women with genetic predisposition to breast, ovarian, and other cancer gene mutations and breast diseases. Pearlman is part of a multidisciplinary team with specific expertise in breast cancer and BRCA, and other gene mutation management.

Dana Scott, M.D., breast health fellow at the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, decided to pursue a fellowship in breast diseases after completing a rotation with a breast surgeon to gain more experience and confidence with the assessment and management of breast diseases. “I was particularly excited about this fellowship, because it focuses on incorporating breast diseases and hereditary cancer syndromes into the broader field of obstetrics and gynecology,” said Scott.

This gift will support the breast fellow’s education, emphasizing the importance of genetic testing with the intent to improve and increase resident education about improving cancer genetic screening among women by obstetrics and gynecology physicians nationwide.

“The world of genetics and hereditary cancer syndromes is burgeoning with research, and has the potential to significantly reduce the risk of potentially deadly cancers, such as breast and ovarian cancer,” said Scott.

Read more about Dr. Pearlman’s research on genetic mutations at the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.