Arizona Institute for Breast Health Medical Board
in Alphabetical Order


Luci Chen, M.D.
Medical Board Member
Dr. Luci M. Chen moved to Arizona from Chicago in 1999. She was Clinical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago until relocating to Phoenix. She enjoyed opportunities to teach residents and medical students and to conduct clinical research in addition to patient care. Dr. Chen received her medical degree from the State University of New York at the Health Science Center in Syracuse in 1990. She completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she served as Chief Resident in 1994. She was awarded an American Cancer Society Fellowship in 1995 for clinical research in breast cancer.

Dr. Chen has practiced with Drs. Quiet and Kuske since relocating to Arizona, and has extensive clinical experience with breast brachytherapy as well as external beam therapy for breast cancer. She has years of experience with various forms of conformal treatment including IMRT intensity modulated radiation therapy), as well as IGRT (image guided radiation therapy). Dr. Chen strongly believes that patient and family opinions and concerns matter as much as the technologically advanced treatments.

Dr. Chen was Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1995 and maintains up-to-date recertification. She became a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology in 2006. She has earned recognition as a "Top Doctor" by PHOENIX Magazine and has been listed in "America's Top Physicians." You can learn more about Dr. Chen and her practice at www.BreastMd.com.

Clare Colombo, M.D.
Medical Board Member
Clare A. Colombo, MD, is a diagnostic radiologist at SimonMed Imaging. She received her undergraduate degree at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York and her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. She served as Chief Resident at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Colombo is a board certified radiologist specializing in women's imaging.

She has been dedicated to mammography since 1991, reading approximately 12,000-13,000 mammograms and performing between 300-400 breast biopsies a year. She also performs hysterosalpingograms, hysterosonograms, and galctograms. She has given multiple lectures to women's groups concerning breast health and imaging options.

Before joining SimonMed in 2004, Dr. Colombo practiced at Clinical Diagnostic Radiology in Phoenix and before that at Radiology Associates of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been a medical-legal consultant since 2000. She is a member of the Society of Breast Imaging, American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America.


Sommer Gunia, D.O.
Medical Board Member
Dr. Gunia completed her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, her medical training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and her general surgery training through the University of Ohio Heritage College Of Osteopathic Medicine at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Ohio. She also completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Gunia's practice is solely dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of breast disease. She is dedicated to bringing the highest level of breast care to the Scottsdale area by incorporating her expertise in the newest technologies and advancements available for both the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Her training included oncoplastic surgical technique, which combines the oncological principles of cancer removal with optimal cosmetic results.

Dr. Gunia is dedicated to the timely diagnosis and treatment of abnormal breast findings. Her compassionate and caring staff is always ready and available to answer any questions about breast health. Dr. Gunia's focus is to help navigate her patients care within the multidisciplinary groups including: medical oncology, radiation oncology, genetic counseling, and plastic surgery.


Connie Jones, M.D.
Medical Board Member
Dr. Jones is a fellowship trained, dedicated Breast Imaging Radiologist who has practiced in Scottsdale, Arizona since 2005. She is the Medical Director and Radiologist for Assured Imaging Women's Wellness.

A physician with more than twenty years of experience, her clinical practice since residency has concentrated almost exclusively on Mammography/Breast Imaging and Intervention, which involves the screening evaluation, diagnostic assessment, and diagnosis of breast diseases including breast cancer. She is skilled and experienced in all aspects of Breast Imaging and Intervention including screening, diagnostics, image-guided needle biopsies, breast Ultrasound, breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) which is the latest and most promising modality to assist in the early detection of breast cancer.

Dr. Jones received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wake Forest University. She then completed her medical school training and received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then completed her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. This was followed by an intense year-long fellowship in Clinical Breast Imaging that provided specialized training in Mammography, breast Ultrasound, breast MRI and image guided biopsy as well as the development of clinical skills such as formulating image based treatment plans and recommendations for breast cancer patients. Dr. Jones has served in a variety of leadership positions within hospital and community based breast centers and has served as Medical Director and Imaging Director of her prior practices in Missouri and California. Dr. Jones is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging.

Dr. Jones has been, and continues to be, an unapologetic, ardent leader in breast health program development and has served as coordinator and faculty for numerous continuing medical education (CME) seminars for physicians and technologists. She is an experienced public speaker who has volunteered and appeared for television and community events promoting mammography screening and early detection for breast cancer. She is a supporter of patient advocacy and education and has given numerous talks to community and women's groups.

Her prior training as a Psychiatry resident at Duke University gives her a unique perspective in dealing with and assessing the emotional needs of women as they are being evaluated for a possible breast cancer diagnosis.

You can learn more about Dr. Jones and her practice at www.assuredww.com.

Giraldo Kato, M.D.
Medical Board Member
Giraldo Kato, M.D. is a medical oncologist/hematologist and partner at Pinnacle Oncology Hematology. Dr. Kato received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic in 1985. He subsequently received a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Miami and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 1997 at East Carolina University School of Medicine where he served as Chief Resident. His fellowship in both Hematology and Medical Oncology was completed at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University in 1999.

Dr. Kato joined Pinnacle Oncology Hematology after serving as the Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Maricopa Medical Center and practicing in the Scottsdale area for several years. Dr. Kato has a special interest in breast cancer and coordinates the interdisciplinary breast cancer clinic at Pinnacle. His research interests include new breast cancer therapies as well as gastrointestinal and thoracic malignancies. He is an active member of ASCO, ASH, and ALMA.

Dr. Kato enjoys the outdoors and is a hiking enthusiast.


Robert R. Kuske, M.D., FAACE
Medical Board Member
An internationally renowned expert in the treatment of breast cancers, Dr. Robert R. Kuske was one of the earliest advocates of breast conservation therapy. He invented the 5-field technique for post-mastectomy comprehensive chest wall and nodal irradiation, ubiquitously used in the world today.

A pioneer of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), a four or five-day alternative to six weeks of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), Kuske has extensive experience in brachytherapy for women with augmentation mammoplasty, recurrences in a previously irradiated breast, as well as women with a history of mantle irradiation of Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is the co-principal investigator of a proposed Phase III trial for the National Cancer Institute directly comparing APBI to EBRT.

Kuske is past president of the American Association for Cancer Education and has been named a fellow. His contributions towards breast cancer treatments have been covered by CNN, Nightline on ABC, and NBC. Named one of the best cancer specialists in the United States by Good Housekeeping Magazine, Kuske has written several articles and papers for myriad renowned publications.

Kuske received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his Bachelor's Degree in physics from Swarthmore College. He is a member of several organizations including the American College of Radiology, American Medical Association, and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Dr. Kuske is also one of the founders of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, www.BreastMD.com

William D. Leighton, M.D., FACS
Medical Board Member
Dr. William Leighton, a native of Michigan, is an examiner for and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Leighton specializes in burn reconstruction and aesthetic plastic surgery. He is also an expert in breast reconstruction, treating all types of deformities of women going through breast cancer treatment.

Dr. Leighton graduated Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1974, and from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1978. He then went on to five years of General Surgery Residency through the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program earning both the Outstanding Intern Award in 1979 and the Outstanding Surgical Resident Award in 1983. His two years of plastic surgery training was at the Phoenix Plastic Surgery Residency Program. He then obtained the prestigious position of Microsurgery Fellow at the Southern Illinois University of School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.

Over the years, Dr. Leighton has become world renowned for his expertise in soft tissue expansion with multiple scientific papers, a book chapter, national and international scientific presentations, and instructional courses for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons/Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation. He holds academic faculty positions at the Mayo Medical School, the Arizona Mayo Clinic, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He has been recognized as one of the "Teachers of the Year" at the University of Arizona School of Medicine twice, and as a Phoenix Magazine "Top Doc" nine times. He is listed in America's Top Surgeons, the Consumer's Guide to Top Doctors, Top 101 Doctors in Scottsdale, and America's Top Rated Physicians.

Dr. Leighton has been featured on numerous national and local television programs. He is well known in the Valley as the Plastic Surgeon who is reconstructing Jason Schechterle, the Phoenix Police Officer who was near fatally burned when his stopped police cruiser was struck from behind by a cab traveling 115 miles an hour, causing his gas tank to explode. After having spent countless years working with burn patients, Dr. Leighton's compassionate approach to the practice of medicine, his meticulous technique, and empathetic regard for his patients in collaboration with Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, he is able to offer a world class safe and trusting environment during his patients' most difficult time.

In addition to running his clinical practice, The Leighton Institute for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Dr. Leighton enjoys spending time with his two boys; one an attorney, the other a third-year law student at Pepperdine University. He also loves playing golf with his sons and Officer Schechterle and traveling the globe operating on cleft lip and palate and burn patients with Sustainable Outreach Solutions as Medical Director and Medical Hands for Healing. He is a member of the Phoenix 100 Club supporting fallen police officers' and firefighters' families in their greatest time of need with financial support and educational scholarships for their children. He is a major sponsor for the Foundation for Burns and Trauma/Camp Courage Children's Burn Camp. Patients have traveled halfway around the world to have Dr. Leighton reconstruct their severe burn deformities.

For more information about Dr. Leighton and The Leighton Institute for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, please go to www.LeightonMD.com

Coral A. Quiet, M.D.
Medical Board Member
Dr. Quiet is a forerunner in both the medical circle and the community, imparting her knowledge and expertise through various esteemed publications. She has been a physician at Arizona Oncology Services since 1993 and was previously the chief resident of the department of radiation and cellular oncology at the University of Chicago Center for Radiation Therapy. She is also the co-medical director of the Arizona Institute for Breast Health, which she helped found with Dr. Belinda Barclay-White in 1998 to help women throughout Arizona receive a second opinion at no charge when they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Quiet is the spokesperson and medical advisor for the American Cancer Society and has served on the advisory boards of numerous institutions including Y-Me Wellness Community and Well Woman Healthcheck Office of Prevention and Health Promotion. She is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society, and the American Medical Society.

Quiet received her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and her Bachelor's Degree with honors from Mount Holyoke College.

Dr. Quiet is also one of the founders of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, www.BreastMD.com

Daniel Rubin, N.D.
Medical Board Member
Dr. Rubin is board certified in naturopathic oncology. As a consultant and practicing physician of naturopathic oncology, Dr. Rubin offers his services to both private patients as well as medical professionals and hospitals.

He received his B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Iowa and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, AZ, where he also completed his residency (1997-1998). Most recently Dr. Rubin is an adjunct faculty member in Oncology at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. In addition to his academic governmental appointment to the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board in the state of Arizona where he acts as Vice Chairperson, Dr. Rubin is also an Assistant Editor of the peer-reviewed and indexed medical journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies, the Oncology Editor of the peer-reviewed, International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Hematology Oncology News and Issues.

Additionally, Dr. Rubin was the Founding President the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Founding Vice Chair of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology Board of Medical Examiners. A frequent lecturer in both the academic and professional settings, Dr. Rubin has been asked to speak both nationally and internationally regarding oncology. He has appeared on local television regarding his work in oncology and has been featured in local newspapers and national magazines.

Born and raised in Glencoe, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Dr. Rubin's wife, Debi, is also a naturopathic physician with a focus on Women's Medicine. www.naturopathicspecialists.com


Lise C. Walker, M.D.
Medical Board Member
Dr. Walker has a deep understanding of breast care and has immersed herself in the various issues related to breast diseases over the past several years. She is a physician at the Breast Care Center of the Southwest, which specializes in treating women with abnormal breast diagnostic tests and symptoms. She is affiliated Phoenix Baptist Hospital, John C. Lincoln Hospital North Mountain, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea, Osborn Ambulatory Surgical Center, Thunderbird Samaritan Surgicenter, Paradise Valley Hospital, and Arrowhead Community Hospital.

Prior to joining the Breast Care Center, Walker entered private practice in Lake Havasu City. In 1997, pursuing further specialty in diseases of the breast, she joined renowned breast surgeons Philip Israel, M.D. and Richard Fine, M.D., pioneers in Image Guided Biopsy, a less invasive technique for obtaining tissue for microscopic examination, in Georgia.

Walker received her M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Pennsylvania and her Bachelor's Degree from University of Nevada. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and currently works at the Breast Care Center of the Southwest, www.BreastCareCenterSW.com

Walker is an active member of the American Society of Breast Diseases, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and the Maricopa County Medical Society.

Deborah J. White, M.D.
Medical Board Member
A pioneer in plastic surgery, Dr. White has had fellowship training in both Phoenix and Nashville, Tennessee, with an emphasis on aesthetic surgery and breast reconstruction for cancer patients. With an M.D. from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University, she is a past president of Rocky Mountain Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Enticed by the creative aspect of the plastic surgery arena since grade school, White performs a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. She was one of the first surgeons in the country to use Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) technique, and was a member of the National Task Force on UAL, guiding other plastic surgeons in the use of this technique, both at national and international levels.

White is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She has also contributed her valuable expertise to various publications.

White has been a member of the Arizona Institute for Breast Health medical board for more than four years. Her extensive training in reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery helps the group determine the best treatment recommendation for patients who have previously had these procedures and now have breast cancer. You can also reach Dr. White at www.DrWhitePlasticSurgery.com


Victor J. Zannis, M.D.
Medical Board Member
With more than 20 years of experience in breast surgery, Dr. Zannis is the Medical Director of Breast Care Center of the Southwest, specializing in full-time breast care. He has several awards to his credit such as Phoenix Baptist Hospital Physician of the Year and Maricopa Medical Center Nursing Staff Resident of the Year. Zannis earned his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Biology. A member of various societies like the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Medical Association, and the Arizona Medical Association, Zannis is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Southwestern Surgical Congress.

Zannis has recently been published in the American Journal of Surgery on the changing surgical techniques in breast care.

Zannis has been on the Arizona Institute for Breast Health medical board for five years. As a breast surgery specialist, he brings to the group up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that provide minimally invasive therapy for treating breast cancer. You can reach Dr. Zannis at the Breast Care Center of the Southwest, www.BreastCareCenterSW.com


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