Pioneering breast cancer researcher to deliver Miller Lecture

November 12, 2019

Image with caption: Armando Giuliano, M.D.

Armando Giuliano, M.D.

Armando Giuliano, M.D., will deliver the 2019 Daniel M. Miller Distinguished Lecture in Surgical Oncology, at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Eppley Science Hall Amphitheater. His speech is titled "The Rise and Fall of Lymphadenectomy for Breast Cancer."

Dr. Giuliano is the executive vice chair of surgery, chief of surgical oncology, professor of surgery and the Linda and Jim Lippman Chair in Surgical Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as clinical professor of surgery at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Lymphadenectomy (or lymph node dissection) is the surgical removal of one or more groups of lymph nodes. It is almost always performed as part of the surgical management of cancer.

"Dr. Giuliano is one of the dominant and most influential figures in breast cancer care," said Chandra Are, M.B.B.S., of the UNMC Department of Surgery. "His pioneering efforts in sentinel lymph node biopsy and groundbreaking research has literally changed the landscape of breast cancer surgery to benefit millions of breast cancer patients."

Dr. Giuliano has been a clinician-researcher his entire career. He has served as chairman of the Breast Organ Site Research Committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and was author and principal investigator for the sentinel node Z0010 and Z0011 studies, which significantly changed the standard of care for patients with breast cancer.

The main focus of his clinical research continues to be management of early breast cancer and quality of life of breast cancer patients. He was the first to successfully perform a sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer and has been a pioneer in the field. This procedure has enabled early-stage breast cancer patients to avoid having more extensive surgery.

Dr. Giuliano is past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology and currently serves on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. He is active in teaching fellows and residents and has served as chairman of the Breast Fellowship Program Directors Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology. Additionally, he has earned numerous teaching awards and worldwide honors for his contributions to breast cancer research.