Cancer and Blood Care

Our Breast Surgeons

Our renowned breast surgeons practice at three easy to reach Greater Cincinnati area locations. Our goal is breast preservation with the highest standard of care. Your nurse navigator is with you through this critical juncture as you make decisions. While there are many complicated names for surgery, this really is removal of a cancerous tumor and will be handled individually.

Your nurse navigator is there via in person, phone, text, email, real time, whenever you need her. The following is a brief description of surgical procedures.

  • Lumpectomy: Surgical removal of a breast lump (which may be cancerous) and surrounding healthy tissue. Early breast cancers may be excised by lumpectomy rather than mastectomy.
  • Axillary lymph node dissection: Taking out the lymph nodes under the arm to prevent the spread of cancer cells to other sites in the body.
  • Breast reconstruction: When large amounts of breast tissue are surgically removed, the breast can be rebuilt with either an implant or tissue from your own body.
  • Breast conservation: A surgeon removes the breast cancer, a little normal breast tissue around the lump and usually some lymph nodes under the arm.
  • Total mastectomy: Removal of breast tissue. A total mastectomy is needed when cancer is found in more than one area of your breast, if your breast is too small or shaped in such a way that removing the cancer will leave little breast tissue or deformed breast, or if you can’t have radiation therapy. Skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies may be offered, depending on the proximity of the tumor to those structures.
  • Modified radical mastectomy: Removal of as much breast tissue as possible, the nipple, some of the overlying skin and lymph nodes in the armpit.

Our Breast Surgeons

Anne Kuritzky

MD
Breast Surgical Oncology

Inspired by the courage and resilience of her patients, Dr. Anne Kuritzky is driven to provide personalized, quality care to help patients in their journey through cancer.

Dr. Kuritzky provides surgical treatment for benign and malignant breast disease. With advanced fellowship training in breast cancer surgery, she is particularly interested in oncoplastics the integration of plastic surgery techniques into breast cancer surgery to leave the patient with optimal cosmetic results. Additionally, Dr. Kuritzky is focused on high-risk and hereditary breast cancer management and screening.

Through a team-based, multidisciplinary approach to care, Dr. Kuritzky looks forward to connecting with patients while collaborating with cancer care providers to develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan for each patient. Her goal is to not only provide high quality surgical care, but to educate patients on their condition, their treatment options and their post-operative health goals to achieve the best outcomes.

Dr. Kuritzky completed a residency in general surgery at Brown University, Providence RI, graduating in 2015.  She completed a fellowship in breast surgical onocology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL, graduating in 2017.

    Education
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine | Medical School, 2010
    Medical Doctor
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University | Residency, 2015
    Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery | Other, 2016

Kathleen M. Raque

MD
Breast Surgical Oncology

Dr. Kathleen Raque provides surgical treatment for benign and malignant breast disease, including breast cancer.

As a board-certified surgeon specializing in breast surgical oncology, Dr. Raque is part of an expert team of cancer care providers working collaboratively to ensure each patient receives individualized care specific to their needs. In her role as surgeon, Dr. Raque consults with patients to provide education and collaborate on decision-making. Her goal is for the patient to feel comfortable not only with the surgical care plan but with Dr. Raque herself as their surgeon.

Knowing that this can be a challenging time for patients, Dr. Raque recommends bringing a family member or friend to their consultation to help understand information and ask questions. She encourages patients to continue asking questions until they have an understanding. And she assures patients they are not alone in this journey. From physicians and clinicians to navigators and nutritionists, TriHealth's multidisciplinary approach to cancer care means there will always be someone by the patient's side along the way.

Dr. Raque's practice focuses on:

  • breast cancer surgery
  • breast conservation treatment
  • nipple sparing mastectomy
  • high risk & hereditary breast cancer management & screening
  • benign breast diseast
    • Education
    • University of Louisville School of Medicine | Medical School, 2011
      Medical Doctor
    • Good Samaritan Hospital | Internship, 2012
      Board Certification
    • American Board of Surgery | Other, 2017

    Barbara A Wexelman

    MD
    Breast Surgical Oncology
    Facing the fight against breast cancer can be frightening for patients. Barbara Wexelman, MD, chose to become a breast surgeon to help her patients through the most challenging, most stressful battles and return to their normal lives.

    Dr. Wexelman treats patients for benign and malignant breast disease. Combining her love of surgery and her dedication to women's health, she provides state-of-the-art breast cancer surgery treatment with the TriHealth Cancer Institute. Dr. Wexelman has fellowship training in nipple sparing mastectomy, a specialized surgical technique that removes breast tissue without removing the nipple. As each patient is unique, she works closely with patients and providers to develop a highly customized, multidisciplinary treatment plan.

    Dr. Wexelman's practice focus includes:
    • Breast surgery for benign and malignant breast disease
    • High-risk and hereditary breast cancer management and screening, including BRCA
    • Nipple sparing mastectomy
    • Lumpectomy/Breast conserving therapy
    • Prophylactic mastectomy
    Dr. Wexelman earned her medical degree from Yale University and completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Harvard Medical School with the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Dr. Wexelman earned her MBA from Yale University's School of Management, where she focused on surgical quality improvement and health care disparities. Her hobbies include U.S. politics, traveling and cooking
      Education
    • Massachusetts General Hospital | Fellowship, 2014
    • St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center | Residency, 2013
    • Yale University School of Medicine | Medical School, 2008
      Medical Doctor
      Board Certification
    • American Board of Surgery | Other, 2013