Scott Karlan, MD, FACS

Director of Physician Education, Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild

Scott Karlan, MD is Director of Physician Education at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Karlan was in private practice in Beverly Hills for 13 years before joining the academic faculty as a surgical oncologist in the Department of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2000.

While in private practice, he helped pioneer techniques that reduced pain and hastened recovery from breast surgery, including research on anesthetic agents that are now widely utilized.

As a board-certified general surgeon whose practice is limited to breast surgery, Dr. Karlan is able to offer patients a wide range of options for treating breast abnormalities. He is not only experienced with state-of-the-art surgical techniques, but also has years of experience with nonsurgical, minimally invasive approaches, using ultrasound and computer guidance.

Although his primary commitment is to patient care, Dr. Karlan has been the principal investigator on a number of IRB-approved research trials, involving ductal lavage, MRI and PET-CT in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, surgical margin assessment and molecular profiling of tumors. Dr. Karlan has lectured and written articles on breast surgery and reconstruction.

He is a member of the National Ultrasound Faculty for the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Breast Ultrasound Certification Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and leads yearly CME courses on ultrasound and other minimally invasive technologies for Breast Surgery fellows and General Surgeons in private practice. He is also a former president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association and has chaired the Los Angeles Delegation to the California Medical Association.

Dr. Karlan received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College. He then enrolled in the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Engineering at the same time. He returned to Harvard and completed his medical studies, then went to Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency in general surgery. He was board-certified in 1988, re-certified in 1996 and 2005, and has been an Associate Board Examiner.

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