Breast Cancer Surgeon Named “Female Trailblazer”

Shelton, CT -- Shelton resident Camelia A. Lawrence, MD, FACS, of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, was named a “2017 Fairfield County Doctor of Distinction” by Fairfield County Business Journal, a Westfair Communications publication. Dr. Lawrence will be presented with the “Female Trailblazer” Award at a reception at The Waters Edge at Giovanni's in Darien during a benefit for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Dr. Lawrence is a Fellowship Trained Breast Surgeon and was nominated by staff at the American Cancer Society. 

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Dr. Lawrence makes herself available to help with its signature programs like Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  She speaks at community forums, large and small, to help educate women on the importance of being a health advocate for themselves to properly care for their families.   She will be honored by the American Cancer Society in November 2017.  Dr. Lawrence also volunteers for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other organizations.

Dr. Lawrence is a board-certified surgeon specializing in benign and malignant breast disease. She has a fellowship training in advance breast cancer surgery, including skin and nipple-sparing mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy and oncoplastic techniques.  Dr. Lawrence’s own personal journey and commitment to providing outstanding medical care is passed on to each of her patients. Dr. Lawrence is a graduate of Fordham University, the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry and was a distinguished Fellow in Breast Surgical Oncology at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. 

Dr. Lawrence can often be found working in her hospital’s Mobile Mammography Coach to reach women in under-served communities so they can have mammograms because women without health insurance are 50% less likely to have one.  Breast cancer mortality is 42% higher in African-American women than white women so it is critical that African-American women have mammograms and Dr. Lawrence is a trailblazer in trying to change that to save more lives from cancer.                                  


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