Meet Our Team

Our Breast Surgeons

 

Lorraine Tafra, MD

Dr. Tafra, since joining the AAMC Breast Center in 1999, has actively participated in breast research and clinical care. She participated in the initial development of the sentinel node technique for breast cancer and founded the Breast Surgery fellowship at AAMC. She is active in collaborative research with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, East Carolina University and Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, where she also holds an academic appointment in surgery.

  • Fellowships: NIH sponsored research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Surgical Oncology
  • Residency: Brown University and Thomas Jefferson University
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

 

Robert R. Buras, MD, FACS

Dr. Buras joined the AAMC Breast Center in August 2011. He has 20 years of prior experience in the management of breast cancer and benign breast conditions. Prior to joining AAMC, Dr. Buras served as the director of breast surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Buras strives to deliver the highest-quality care in the most compassionate manner possible.

  • Fellowships: Research Fellowship—Children’s Hospital, Washington, D.C., Surgical Oncology Fellowship City of Hope Cancer Center
  • Residency: Surgery, University of Illinois
  • Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Wen C. Liang, DO

Dr. Liang joined The Rebecca Fortney Breast Center in 2009, after eight years of private practice in Columbus, Ohio. She was one of the first breast surgeons to have experience in oncoplastic breast surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy, breast ultrasound procedures, and other procedures and research dedicated to the state-of-the-art individualized care of a patient. Today, her interests remain much of the same and she continues to be driven with the unending quest to perfect the art of breast surgery with using a balance of evidence-based medicine and respecting the patient’s autonomy. She has participated in and authored many research papers; educated and trained medical students, residents and fellows over a span of  20 years; and has given numerous talks to other surgeons, nationally and internationally. She is a native of Salisbury, Maryland, and is a proud Terrapin. She loves living in Annapolis with her husband, children (twins) and dogs (also twins).

  • Fellowship: Breast surgery at Grant Medical Center
  • Residency: Ohio University
  • Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Rubie Sue Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who joined the Breast Center at Anne Arundel Medical Center DeCesaris Cancer Institute in 2015. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, and a Master of Public Health degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Jackson completed a general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a fellowship in breast surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She is board-certified in general surgery.

Dr. Jackson’s interests include ultrasound of the axilla to refine treatment of breast cancer, improving the surgical approach to nipple-sparing mastectomy, and geographic and racial disparities in access to surgical care. She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

 

Our Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons and Staff

 

Devinder Singh, MD

Dr. Singh is board-certified in plastic surgery, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is the immediate past chair of the Maryland State Board of Physicians. Dr. Singh is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of complex recurrent ventral hernia repair and wound care. He specializes in breast and abdomen cosmetic surgery and “botched” surgery repair. Dr. Singh graduated medical school from Columbia University and completed a combined residency in general and plastic surgery at Yale University. Dr. Singh provides pro bono humanitarian cleft lip care to poor children through surgical mission trips all around the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Uganda.

 

Tripp Holton, MD

Dr. Holton is a board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has extensive expertise in reconstructive microsurgery, including reconstruction of the head and neck, breast, and extremities. Dr. Holton focuses on breast and body contouring, as well as facial aesthetic surgery. He is also active in research in the areas of biomaterials and biotechnology. He graduated medical school from Temple University and then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Maryland. He completed his fellowship training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins.

 

Virginia Lobach, PA-C

Virginia joined AAMG Plastic Surgery after completing a one-year surgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Virginia completed her physician assistant training at the University of Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from College of Charleston in South Carolina. 

 

Our Nurse Navigators

 

Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and has been a nurse for 31 years. Her specialty has been working as an oncology nurse for 25 of those years. She is a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) since 2009 and has been a Nurse Navigator at the Rebecca Fortney Breast for 13 years.

 

Alyson Figlioli

Alyson attended Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, Magna Cum Laude where she received her BS in Health Policy and Administration. After pursuing a career in healthcare management, she earned her AS Nursing degree from Anne Arundel Community College, Summa Cum Laude. She became a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) in 2012 and has been a Nurse Navigator at the Rebecca Fortney Breast Center since 2011.

 

Our Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants

 

Victoria Shellem

Victoria attended Georgetown University where she received her BS degree in Biology. After pursuing a career in cardiac nursing, she earned her MS degree from the University of Maryland. Her graduate education included training in oncology as a clinical nurse specialist. She was board-certified as an adult nurse practitioner in 2008. She practiced in Internal Medicine in Laurel, Md., prior to coming to The Breast Center in 2011. She is Co-Director of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland’s Central District here in Annapolis.

 

Molly O’Brien

Molly joined the AAMC Breast Center team in 2007 after working in Hematology/Oncology for seven years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She brings oncology expertise to our patients going through cancer surgery and on to chemotherapy and radiation. Molly completed her Physician Assistant training at Anne Arundel Community College and received her BS in biology from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.