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Marcia Boraas, MD, FACS

Marcia Boraas, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Attending Surgeon

Breast Cancer TRDG Member

Specialties

Key Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2011-2017
  • Best Doctors in America®, Best Doctors Inc., 2007, 2009-2010, 2013-2017

Treatment Philosophy

I’ve been caring for women in the Philadelphia area with breast cancer for over 25 years. After graduating from Princeton University, I attended medical school and completed my surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. I was a breast surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania for seven years, and prior to that I was on the staff of Fox Chase Cancer Center. I was pleased to return to Fox Chase.

While I am a strong supporter of the research programs here at Fox Chase, my personal practice is entirely devoted to patient care, focusing on those diagnosed or suspected to have breast cancer, or who may be at high risk.

In my experience, Fox Chase has always valued an individualized approach to breast cancer treatment, offering their comprehensive resources in a patient-centered setting. 

Although it is impossible to comprehend the anxiety which accompanies the possibility or the confirmation of a breast cancer diagnosis, the truth is that most women who are treated will be well. In my practice, that important and shared understanding is essential to any discussion of surgical therapy and in making truly collaborative treatment decisions. I believe that offering personalized, and hopeful, care to women with breast cancer is what continues to make my work so rewarding.

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, American Cancer Society, Philadelphia, PA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgical Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Resident, Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 
  • Chief Resident, General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1977

Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors in America®, Best Doctors Inc., 2007, 2009-2010, 2013-2014, 2016
  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2011-2017 
  • Newsweek Health Top Cancer Doctors, 2015
  • America's Top Doctors®, 2015, 2016
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer, 7th-10th ed
  • America's Top Doctors, 11th-14th ed
  • The  first "Tickled Pink" Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of Teens for the Cure/Susan G. Komen for the Cure, November 2009
  • I.S. Ravdin Prize, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1977; Alpha Omega Alpha, 1976 
Patient Stories

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

Renee Dratch

Breast Cancer

At 41 years old, I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. It was July 2011.

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow

Breast Cancer

Linda Snow was active, maintained a healthy diet, and underwent genetic testing, followed by two double mastectomies and a hysterectomy. So she was shocked that even with all of these precautionary procedures that she still got breast cancer. Linda sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she met with her treatment team. After a long road, she is now cancer free and credits her survival to Fox Chase. "Where you start your cancer treatment really does make a difference," said Linda. "You have got to act with a sense of urgency because it can mean the difference between life and death. I unequivocally believe that I am alive today because I chose Fox Chase."

Audrey Lam

Breast Cancer

Audrey Lam

Breast Cancer

Born in Hong Kong in 1957, Audrey Lam traveled to the United States as a young adult in order to further her education. After earning a doctoral degree in School Psychology, she was the first Chinese bilingual school psychologist to work in the School District of Philadelphia. In December 2010, at the age of 52, Audrey suddenly felt her world turn upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer (ductal carcinoma). Her doctor recommended a mastectomy with an option of immediate breast reconstruction. Audrey decided to ask for a second opinion.

Mary Schwarzenberger

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

Mary Schwarzenberger

Ovarian & Primary Peritoneal Cancer

“My doctor told me Dr. Rubin ‘wrote the book’ on gynecologic surgery and was at the top of his class. This was someone he would send his loved ones to, if needed. That was all the endorsement I needed to hear.”

Ruth Sklar

Breast Cancer

Ruth Sklar

Breast Cancer

I received some bad news and some good news after a routine mammogram in June 2005. The bad news was that I had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. The good news was that it had not spread.

Pages

Publications

Selected Publications

Esposito AC, Crawford J, Sigurdson ER, Handorf EA, Hayes SB, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Omission of radiotherapy after breast conservation surgery in the postneoadjuvant setting. Journal of Surgical Research, 221:49-57, 2018. PMC5729922

Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Evers K, Wong Yu-Ning, Boraas M, Egleston BL, (In)- Efficiencies in the Preoperative Imaging Evaluation of the Medicare Breast Cancer Patient, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, Biostatistics, Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.

Bleicher RJ, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Ross E, Wong Yu-Ning, Patel S, Boraas M, Topham N, Egleston B, Preoperative Delays in the US Medicare Population with Breast Cancer, JCO Dec.20, 2012, Vol. 30 no. 36; 4485-4492  PubMed 

Loveland-Jones CE, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Boraas M, Bleicher RJ. Patterns of  Nodal Staging during Breast Conservation Surgery in the Medicare Patient:  will the ASCOSOGZ0011 trial change the pattern or care?  Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 143 (3):571-7, 2014

Silverman D, Ruth K, Sigurdson ER, Egleston BL, Goldstein LJ, Wong YN, Boraas M, Bleicher, RJ.Skin Involvement and Breast Cancer: Are T4b Lesions of All Sizes Created Equal?   J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Apr 20, pil:S1072-7515 (14)00340-8, doi:10.1016/j_jamcollsurg.2014.04.003 PubMed

Nardello SM, Kulkarni N, Aggon A, Boraas M., Sigurdson ER, Bleicher RJ.  Invasive MucinousCarcinoma Arising in Ectopic Axillary Breast Tissue.  A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Am J Case Rep 2015; Am J Case Rep 2015: 16:153-159  DOI 10.12659/AJCR.892650

Bleicher, Richard J, Ruth, Karen J, Sigurdson, Elin R, Beck, J. Robert, Ross, Eric, Wong, Yu-Ning, Patel, Sameer A, Boraas, Marcia, Chang, Eric, Topham, Neal S. Egleston, Brian.  Time to Surgery and Breast Cancer Survival in the United States:  JAMA Oncology. In press

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