AVH Foundation’s Surgical Grand Rounds brings experts together on breast cancer

Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation While breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, new advances are creating better outcomes for both early and late stages of the disease. Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation (AVHF) invites you to attend its third lecture in a series aimed at giving both clinicians and community members an overview of the latest approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating a cross-section of surgical conditions.
Tonight’s lecture, titled, “Multidisciplinary Treatment of Breast Cancer,” will include physicians from several specialties involved in the care of a man or woman with breast cancer. While clinical in nature, the interested public will learn about the coordinated-care approach to breast cancer and discover leading-edge treatments available at Aspen Valley Hospital and in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dr. Les Fraser, breast surgeon with Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include medical oncologist, Dr. Armando Armas, Valley View Hospital (VVH) Dr. Bruce Greene and Dr. David Marcus, radiation oncologists with VVH in Glenwood Springs and Dr. Jason Martin, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, AVH. The lecture series is the brainchild of Aspen Valley Hospital’s two general surgeons, Dr. Joe Livengood and Dr. Les Fraser, who view the talks as opportunities to bring the medical community and interested public together around relevant topics.
“This week’s Grand Rounds lecture highlights experts we have right here in Aspen that offer a comprehensive approach to breast cancer. Each physician will speak about the latest advances in their specialty,” said Dr. Joseph Livengood. It’s easy to assume that larger hospitals have a more advanced approach to healthcare, yet Aspen attracts top physicians who want to take advantage of the exceptional lifestyle the area offers. Many come from prestigious universities and well-known hospital systems. They are supported by the excellent medical facilities at both AVH and VVH with the latest equipment to perform their leading-edge treatment approaches. This combination adds up to world-class care for our residents.
“Some women go to Denver for a mammogram, thinking it’s better than what we have here. The truth is we offer the same, latest 3D technology and it is the very same radiologists that rotate from Denver to here in Aspen. If you have a mammogram in Denver on Monday or Tuesday, it is being sent via computer to Aspen to be read,” Livengood said. With planned renovations included in the Master Facility Plan (MFP), more advances are coming for breast health at AVH, including a dedicated women’s imaging suite. The new suite builds on improvements already under way in the areas of diagnostic imaging, laboratory, surgery and oncology—making AVH truly a cutting-edge facility for breast care and treatment.

The no-cost lecture series is underwritten with educational gifts to Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation and through generous sponsorship support from the Hotel Jerome. If you are interested in learning more about supporting this lecture series, please call Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation. Watch for the next lecture on psychiatric care, mental health and head injuries in July.