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Virtual Launch ~ A Labor of Love ~ 9/7/2020

Dr. Jill Dietz, MD, FACS

Keynote Speaker, President at the American Society of Breast Surgeons

Prior to becoming President, Dr. Dietz served as Chair of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Committee, the Society's publications, and corporate relations committees and as a member of the Society's board of directors. She previously served as chair of the Society's annual meeting in 2013-2014. She currently serves as The American Society of Breast Surgeons an (ASBrS) representative to the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) where she serves as Vice-Chair of the Standards and Accreditation Committee. Dr. Dietz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Dietz is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She has run the Cancer Program at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio for the past six years. She has practiced as a breast surgeon for over 20 years and is devoted to furthering value for patients and individualization of care.

Dr. Linda Smith, MD, FACS

Guest Speaker, X-ray Associates 


Dr. Linda Smith has been a dedicated breast surgeon, treating patients for over 35 years. Dr. Linda Smith wanted to be a physician since childhood. She began studying a pre-medical curriculum in high school and qualified for a six-year medical program at Northwestern University. Following graduation from Northwestern, Dr. Smith attended a 5-year General Surgery Residency and then completed a one-year Burn and Trauma Fellowship at the University of New Mexico. She entered private practice in New Mexico in 1984 and began her career as a General Surgeon. From the beginning of her practice, Dr. Smith concentrated on breast care and in 1990 elected to sub-specialize in the treatment of breast disorders. She is very passionate and 100% dedicated to the treatment of breast disease.

Lillian Montoya

Guest Speaker, President and Chief Executive Officer Christus St. Vincent Health System

Lillian Montoya is the President and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Vincent, north-central New Mexico’s full-service regional health system. She is the hospital’s first female CEO since the original Sisters of Charity founded the hospital in 1865. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer. During her tenure, Christus St. Vincent has earned a Best Place to Work recognition for three successive years, earned a Five Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and became part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network of hospitals for its commitment to quality, safety, associate engagement, and patient experience.

As a native New Mexican, Lillian has distinguished herself as an active participant in many community, business, and educational organizations. She has been repeatedly featured as a New Mexico top business “Power Broker” by New Mexico Business Weekly. Prior to her work with CHRISTUS St. Vincent, Lillian led organizations and initiatives to strengthen New Mexico in the areas of higher education, economic development, venture capital, and early childhood education. With more than 30 years of extensive experience in helping corporate, government and non-profit leaders navigate strategic and organizational challenges, Lillian has demonstrated proven results in developing and implementing programs that make our local communities better places to work.

PINK "ME" in the Local News ~ 8/25/2020

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 / 01:27 PM MDT / Updated: Aug 25, 2020 / 03:16 PM MDT
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WATCH: Full interview with Dr. Michelle Bean, PINK "ME" Founder

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Providing information, networking, and knowledge to women battling breast cancer and those on their journey toward survivorship is the purpose of the local nonprofit organization PINK “ME”.

by: Allison Keys

Nonprofit hosts virtual event to aid women battling breast cancer


Founder of PINK “ME”, Dr. Michelle Bean discusses the nonprofit’s programs, services, and upcoming virtual launch event. PINK “ME” strives to ensure women lead healthy, fulfilling lives in a supportive community of survivors, are empowered to be their own advocates, know their options, and participate in activities that raise their awareness, all while being encouraged and supported emotionally. One of the PINK “ME”‘s programs is Connected by Cells, which changes something commonly heard when diagnosed with breast cancer, having cancerous cells, into a positive virtual support platform that allows women to obtain information needed for their journey. Other programs offered include the Breast Cancer Treatment Health Assistance Program, and the Survivor Health and Wellness Health Assistance Program. The organization will launch via Zoom during a free information event on Monday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Register online for the PINK “ME” launch event.

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