Dr. Newman is a surgical oncologist, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University, and she also obtained her undergraduate education at Harvard University with a major in chemistry. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Newman was recruited to remain at Downstate following completion of her postgraduate training, and served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery with this program for several years. She completed her fellowship in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is board-certified in General Surgery and holds an American Board of Surgery Added Qualifications Certificate in Surgical Critical Care. Prior to assuming her current position at the University of Michigan, Dr. Newman served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas with a full-time commitment to research and clinical practice in the Surgical Breast Section, and was Associate Director for the Walt Breast Center at Wayne State University for two years.
Dr. Newman's primary research has focused on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome, the evaluation and management of high-risk patients (including ductal lavage); broadened applications for induction chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy. Her basic science research has involved investigations of p27 and Her2/neu in breast cancer. Her extensive research related to disparities in breast cancer risk and outcome has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and was recently featured on CNN's documentary "Black in America 2". She maintains a very active community service record, and currently serves as Chief National Medical Advisor for the Sisters Network, Inc., a national African American breast cancer survivors support organization.
Dr. Newman holds leadership positions in the most prominent of oncologic academic and advocacy organizations: For the Society of Surgical Oncology she serves on the Executive Council and chairs the Disparities Committee; for the American Society of Clinical Oncology she co-chairs the Disparities Advisory Board and is the immediate past-cahir for the Health Services Committee; for the American Cancer Society she serves on the National Assembly, the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Division and is a member of its national committees on Incidence and Mortality as well as Breast Cancer. Dr. Newman also serves on the Executive Council for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, and she chairs its Special Populations Committee. Dr. Newman serves as Editor of the Disparities Section for the prestigious journal Cancer, and she is Associate Editor for the Breast Section of Annals of Surgical Oncology, the Official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology. She also serves on the Editorial Boards for numerous other leading academic journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology; CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians; and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.