Breast Surgeon, Health First Breast Center

The Health First Breast Center in Melbourne offers a comprehensive breast program with specialists managing every phase of patient care. Patients receive state-of-the-art, comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary care in a compassionate and supportive environment. The Breast Center has an experienced team of medical professionals, including surgeons, radiologists, nurses, a dedicated nurse navigator, as well as imaging and ancillary professionals. The Breast Center covers the full spectrum of patient needs with highly specialized care in one location, something not available anywhere else in Brevard County. SpaceCoast Living asked Dr. Noori to tell us about herself and The Breast Center.

“As a young girl growing up in Atlanta, I always knew I would go into medicine. I earned my medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. My internship and residency were both at Orlando Regional Medical Center in surgery. I then completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and I’ve received special training in all aspects of breast disease. I joined Health First two years ago.”

“The message I hope to convey is about the program we’ve created here at this phenomenal facility. In a nutshell, The Breast Center is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary facility, where a patient can get all of her breast imaging completed, and see a surgeon if necessary. During the development phase, we relocated our surgeons’ offices to the center in order to build a cohesive program of care. This allows me to be close to the radiologists.  For example, I have the ability to simply walk over to the radiologist’s office to discuss a patient’s images, often prior or even during our consultation. Or I can visit with my patient during her imaging or biopsy workup. We are extremely lucky to have Dr. Chanhi Park as our lead mammographer here at the Breast Center. She has over 25 years of expertise in breast imaging. My other partners include Dr. J. Patel, a surgical oncologist who has been serving this community for over 30 years, as well as Dr. George Collis, our plastic surgeon, who completed a microvascular reconstructive surgery fellowship and  joined our team last year. I am also proud to have Ms. Robin Ison serve as our nurse navigator.  Almost all the patient services are located in The Breast Center. This limits patients having to juggle various appointments and drive to several locations. Furthermore, the patient often meets the same individuals during her visits. If additional intervention is required such as a breast biopsy, it is very comforting to be surrounded by familiar faces. Having the same team guiding and caring for the patient during her treatment journey is invaluable, especially during this vulnerable time. Being a part of such a program, we are able to follow patients through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and even survivorship. Hopefully, this will help patients return to their ways of life.”

“I would also like to add that we’re here to facilitate early diagnosis of breast cancer. We can eat healthier diets, engage in regular exercise and limit our alcohol intake to minimize our risk. Yet, as women, we are unfortunately still predisposed to breast cancer. We must remember that early detection is critical to a successful treatment and outcome. Most types of breast cancers are easily treated with early detection.”

Dr. Noori, her husband, Dr. Joseph Bedway, Jr. (a surgeon at Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital), and their daughter Lilly, live in Suntree.