A Pioneering Force
BY PETER B. BACH, M.D.
She performed a potentially life-saving operation on one of the most famous women in the world. How one Beverly Hills surgeon is blazing a new trail for breast cancer care.
Of the hundreds of thousands of doctors working today, most toil in relative obscurity. Often, when one does achieve prominence, it’s because of an important scientific discovery, like developing a new vaccine or cancer drug. Sometimes it’s because he or she works for a venerable institution or is in charge of a major hospital. But every once in a while a doctor becomes famous—a celebrity, even—because of a patient she treats. That is certainly what happened to Kristi Funk, a 44-year-old breast cancer surgeon and a founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, on May 14 of this year. All it took was one sentence, published in an op-ed in the New York Times, to introduce her practice to the world: “Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries.”
Brad is Brad Pitt, and the patient—and the writer of the article—is Angelina Jolie. Funk performed a bilateral mastectomy on the 38-year-old actress, who had the procedure because she carries a rare mutation of one of the BRCA genes, which she inherited from her mother. Click Here To Read More >>>>