Dr. Kristi Funk, Breast Cancer Surgeon
Dr. Kristi Funk is a breast cancer surgeon who was thrust into the public eye in 2013 when Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times explaining her decision to have a double mastectomy. In it, she mentioned that she had the procedure at Dr. Funk’s Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. You can read about Jolie’s very personal decisions in the New York Times links on this page.
For Dr. Funk, the public attention provided her with an opportunity to educate more people about BRCA gene mutations and about breast cancer treatments. We discuss the latest in treatment during our conversation and you’ll hear how Dr. Funk counsels women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. We also discuss the issues of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of breast cancer and her view on when women should undergo mammograms. I also asked Dr. Funk some specific questions from the women I work with.
While Dr. Funk treats celebrities and the well-heeled in her Beverly Hills office, she is also committed to making sure that every woman who walks through her doors receives the same high-quality care whether she has insurance or the means to pay for it. I was stunned to learn that this commitment to treating everyone has left her unable at times to pay for her own groceries. What drives this surgeon and what do we all need to know about breast cancer? Find out on this edition of Frank Buckley Interviews.
Related show links:
- Angelina Jolie’s New York Times “My Choice” Op-Ed
- Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery
- Risk Assessment