Dr. Patricia Lynn Clark joined Ironwood Women’s Centers in July 2016. She is a board-certified general surgeon with a passion for treating breast cancer and for using oncoplastic surgery to improve outcomes. Additional plastic surgery training led her to become nationally recognized as a teacher of oncoplastic surgery at national and international conferences. These techniques reduce the need for mastectomy in patients with complex breast disease and they minimize deformity. Dr. Clark’s surgical career began in East St Louis, Illinois as a trauma surgeon. While treating gunshot wounds and managing critically ill patients in the ICU, she also utilized her plastic surgery training by performing breast reductions and oncoplastic surgery for her breast patients. She moved on to the Chicago area to further advance her interest in the treatment of breast cancer surgery alongside her general surgery practice that was focused on minimally invasive surgery. She now practices breast surgery full time and is committed to developing comprehensive treatment teams individualized to each patient’s unique needs.
Dr. Clark’s previous administrative roles include Chairman of Surgery Departments, Cancer Liaison Physician for the American College of Surgeons, and she has served on the Cancer Committee of several hospitals.
She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the American Society of Breast Disease.