Homayoon Sanati, MD, Named Medical Director of the MemorialCare Breast Center at Long Beach Memorial and Orange Coast Memorial

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Officials at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (LBMMC) and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (OCMMC) - two hospitals in the MemorialCare Health System- have named Homayoon Sanati, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Breast Center at LBMMC and OCMMC. In his new role, Dr. Sanati will conduct leading-edge breast cancer research and lead the MemorialCare’s multi-disciplinary breast program in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

In addition, Dr. Sanati will oversee the breast care team during the expansion of a new Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) Pavilion at Long Beach Memorial, scheduled to be finished in summer 2013.The $31 million, 63,000-square foot pavilion will enhance convenience for all cancer patients, moving an array of cancer services—the Breast Center, Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphedema Clinic, Ambulatory Infusion, Cancer Clinical Research Center, physician office space, TCI administration offices and other related services—together in one building.

“With the arrival of Dr. Sanati and the expansion of TCI, our hospitals will improve upon the world-renowned cancer care already delivered by physicians and staff at Long Beach Memorial and Orange Coast Memorial,” said Diana Hendel, Pharm.D., chief executive officer, Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “Dr. Sanati brings tremendous expertise to MemorialCare, and we are honored to have him lead our breast team during this exciting time of growth.”

Dr. Sanati brings with him many years of experience, having served as one of the assistant professors of medicine for the division of Hematology/Oncology at UCI Medical Center where he specialized in breast cancer. He received his medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin School of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and continues to participate in various regional and national administrative service appointments and committees. Dr. Sanati completed his Fellowship Program at UCLA Medical Center in Combined Geriatric and Medical Oncology and is triple board certified in medical oncology, geriatrics and hospice/palliative care. His research has focused on pain management, quality of life and palliative supportive care. His work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and he has been honored with numerous awards, including America’s Top Oncologist selected by Consumer’s Research Council of America.

“I am thrilled to be joining a strong team of expert physicians, surgeons, pathologists, breast radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists dedicated to breast cancer care,” Dr. Sanati said. “The expert multi-disciplinary team of specialists will allow MemorialCare to improve clinical outcomes and provide new clinical research opportunities for our breast cancer patients.”

About the MemorialCare Breast Center: MemorialCare Breast Centers are among the most comprehensive breast centers in Long Beach and Orange County, Calif. Most recently, the MemorialCare Breast Center at Long Beach Memorial was named an accredited Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Caring and compassionate physicians and staff are solely dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and offer patients a significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.