Recognized for her fierce intellect, unrelenting tenacity, and laser-like focus, Dr. Susan Love is our quintessential Chief Visionary Officer. For the past 20 years, she has dedicated her career to the eradication of breast cancer and pioneered some of the world’s more innovative research. From spearheading a partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to mapping the breast ductal system, to harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to develop a handheld, self-reading ultrasound for breast cancer screening in underserved populations, Dr. Love’s goal remains simple and clear: to end breast cancer.
Dr. Susan Love started Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
Dr. Love published the bestselling Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, now in its 6th edition, which The New York Times called “the Bible for women with breast cancer.” She also helped establish the National Breast Cancer Coalition, which helped influence the federal government to increase research funding for breast cancer from $90 million to $420 million per year.
She became the first female general surgeon on the staff of Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. In that role, she regularly offered treatment information and options to breast cancer patients at a time when they were routinely kept in the dark about their surgical choices. When radical mastectomies were the norm, Dr. Love was one of the few medical professionals who championed the use of more conservative lumpectomies. She also helped establish Boston’s Faulkner Breast Center, the first American facility to specialize in breast disease.
Dr. Love began her career in the 1970s as one of ten women in her medical school graduating class—and she has been leading the charge for women ever since.