Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jon Foran.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Foran. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In the early 90’s, I began my radiology career in LA. Breast imaging was evolving rapidly with the birth of high resolution ultrasound, digital mammograms, breast MRI and image guided breast biopsy. Mastering these technologies could really save lives! I studied the art of cancer detection and went to courses until I was competent at screening for breast cancer. In nearby Pasadena, a former resident colleague offered me a job which included working at an amazing breast center, now the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center.
At the Pasadena location, radiologists were specialized in breast disease and highly regarded and trusted by their colleagues. These doctors were transforming the role of radiologist from mammogram readers (one of my patients called them “map readers”) to specialists capable of making a credible diagnosis. This sub specialization led to the breast center becoming a regional resource center with referrals from all over the LA area, serving 50,000 women a year.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In my first job in 1990’s, breast diagnosis was performed by the surgeon, with little or no imaging involved. Breast ultrasound was not yet accepted. That was the culture of the day. Gaining acceptance of radiological non-invasive techniques was a slow process that took at least a decade.
The Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center (previously known as the Huntington-Hill Breast Center) is a proud partnership between Huntington Hospital and The Hill Medical Corporation, bridging imaging and treatment to provide a seamless patient experience.
We provide a tranquil spa-like atmosphere in an effort to reduce anxiety and create a calm and comfortable environment for patients. The Breast Center is part of the Hill Medical Corporation and is comprised of radiologists who specialize in women’s and breast imaging. The technologists and clerical staff, as well as the radiologists are committed to providing expert diagnoses and quality patient care.
We provide Screening and Diagnostic Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, Breast Biopsy, Tomosynthesis/3-D Mammography, and Osteoporosis Screening.
What sets us apart is that we work with nurse navigators whose priority is to assist patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and follow them through their diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.
We have also been recognized for the highest in-patient care and clinical excellence by the following: ACR (American College of Radiology) Accredited Facility for Breast Ultrasound, for Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsies, and for Mammography and Stereotactic Biopsy; Awarded as the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the ACR; FDA Certificate of Approval; and Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Convincing our largest local HMO healthcare group to replace substandard mammography with modern digital techniques- this benefitted 8000 women. Every day when women choose our facility and trust us with their health concerns is a proud moment.
- Address: 625 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
- Website: www.HillMedical.com/randall_breast_center
- Phone: 626-793-6141
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- Instagram: @radiantimaging
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