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Published on June 26, 2017

Meet Dr. Kish, our new breast surgeon

It’s not every doctor who describes caring for patients as an honor. But those are the exact words Karen Kish, MD, a breast surgeon at Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals, uses.

Karen KishAs a breast surgeon, Dr. Kish routinely treats women who need biopsies to determine if they have breast cancer, along with women who need her surgical skills to treat the disease. “And every day, these women inspire me with their strength,” she says. “It is a true honor to care for them.”

Dedicated to healing

Helping people has always been a priority for Dr. Kish—that desire and a love of science are why she became a doctor.

She earned her medical degree at Drexel University and completed her residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. Board certified in general surgery, she arrived at Mercy last October with several years of experience as a breast surgeon.

Putting women first

Why breast surgery? “I just have a passion for women’s health—and helping guide women through cancer,” she says.

Dr. Kish is also the mother of three young daughters, ages 5, 7 and 8. And this only deepens her commitment to caring for women.

And here’s what she’d like all women to know about breast cancer: “We have more knowledge than ever before about this disease,” she says. “And that means we can offer women highly effective treatments.”

Breast Cancer: By the Numbers

89.7%: The majority of women who get breast cancer will survive five years or more after being diagnosed.

55-64: It’s most frequently diagnosed among women in this age range.

No. 1: It’s the most common cancer in women of all races and ethnicities.

Source: CDC

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