Northwell opens center for breast and lymphatic surgery in Great Neck

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Dr. Mark L. Smith, executive director of the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery, consults with a patient during an exam. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)
Dr. Mark L. Smith, executive director of the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery, consults with a patient during an exam. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

Northwell Health opened an outpatient reconstructive breast and lymphatic surgery center in Great Neck to help women who are either battling breast cancer or have a genetic predisposition for it, , the healthcare provider announced last Friday.

The Gerald J. Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery, a 4,600-square-foot outpatient clinic located at 600 Northern Blvd. in Suite 310, offers services like reconstructive surgery, robotic mastectomy and reconstruction, medical tattooing to restore pigmentation for the nipple and areola areas, and post-operation appointments.

The Friedman Center’s waiting area features couches with throw pillows, accent chairs, coffee tables as well as custom artwork. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)
The Friedman Center’s waiting area features couches with throw pillows, accent chairs and coffee tables as well as custom artwork. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

The center also features several exam rooms, an integrated consultation area with a table, flat screen monitor and comfortable chairs, a teleconference room for educational activities, a navigator to guide patients through Northwell’s available services, and former patients sharing their experiences with current patients.

“The Friedman Center began as a shared vision among patients and physicians about how we could provide the best possible care for patients – the way we’d want our family members to be treated,” said Dr. Mark L. Smith, the executive director of the Friedman Center and director of reconstructive oncology at Northwell’s Cancer Institute. “We know patients feel nervous and overwhelmed when they come in either before or after a mastectomy. We’ve created a serene and nurturing environment to help women make the best medical decisions during a stressful time.”

Smith is joined by four plastic reconstructive surgeons: Adam Perry, the chief of plastic surgery at Southside Hospital; Armen Kasabian and Victor Andres Moon, who have both worked as plastic surgeons at 600 Northern Blvd. in Suite 309; and Neil Tanna, the chief of plastic surgery at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills.

“Being part of a large health system with experts in every area of breast cancer treatment allows us to fully evaluate complex conditions and provide seamless patient care,” Smith said.

For more information about the Friedman Center, call (516) 224-2350.

The center is, in part, supported by the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation.

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