Dr. Melanie Lynch Joins Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Norma Pfriem Breast Center, part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, is pleased to welcome Melanie Lynch, MD, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon, to its staff. An Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Dr. Lynch will lead the breast care teams at the Bridgeport, Fairfield and Trumbull offices.

Dr. Lynch comes to us as a leader in breast cancer care from Northeast Ohio. She has served as Medical Director of the Summa Health System Breast Program since 2013, and was Section Chief of General Surgery at Cleveland VA Medical Center. She served as Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of General Surgery Residency Program at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Lynch was awarded a Crain’s Cleveland Business Physician Innovator Award 2018 for the implementation of an access program that ensures next day appointments and expedited biopsies for women with a cancer concern.

She implemented a comprehensive breast program at Summa Health earning accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). She was recognized for developing other innovative clinical programs including: multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer, screening and management of women at increased risk of breast cancer or with genetic susceptibility to breast cancer, survivorship care and use of integrative medicine for management of symptoms associated with breast cancer treatment. 

“Dr. Lynch has demonstrated a commitment to the values of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital of providing comprehensive and coordinated breast care to all women in our community,” says Donna Twist, PhD, executive director of the Breast Center, and Vice President, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation.

“Dr. Lynch was selected from among a national pool of candidates. We are pleased to welcome a compassionate surgeon to our team,” said Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, FACS, inaugural Deputy Chief Medical Officer for surgical services at Smilow Cancer Hospital, of which the Breast Center is a part. 

Dr. Lynch will begin seeing patients in late January.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the breast center at 203-254-2381.

Norma Pfriem Breast Center, a part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, provides nearly 1,500 uninsured and underinsured women with financial assistance for patient care annually. One of only 500 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital, Fairfield and Trumbull locations. Services provided through Smilow Cancer Hospital include medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, genetic risk assessment, clinical trial participation as well as wellness services like yoga, nutrition counseling and massage.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital). Both Bridgeport Hospital and the Milford Campus of Bridgeport Hospital serve patients throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.  www.bridgeporthospital.org