DETROIT – Breast cancer surgeon Erica N. Proctor, M.D., has joined the Henry Ford Cancer Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Dr. Proctor comes to Henry Ford from the University of Michigan Health System. She begins work at Henry Ford this month.
She will perform breast cancer surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, and will see patients in clinic each week at Henry Ford Medical Center–New Center One in Detroit and Henry Ford Medical Center–Fairlane in Dearborn.
In her role at Henry Ford, Dr. Proctor also serves as the director of Breast Cancer Disparities Research, focusing on opportunities to improve access to screening and treatment to improve breast cancer health outcomes in southeast Michigan.
According to the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute, older African Americans in southeast Michigan have disproportionately higher rates of cancer and have significantly higher mortality rates compared to Caucasians in the region, as well as African Americans nationally.
Dr. Proctor brings a great deal of experience to the program, having served as a scholar for the Translational Health Disparities Course at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Additionally, she was a research fellow for the African Ancestry project, a collaboration between U-M, Henry Ford and Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital in Ghana to study triple negative breast cancer and African ancestry. Dr. Proctor travels to Ghana each year to continue work on this research project.
Dr. Proctor received her medical degree from U-M Medical School, and completed her residency in general surgery and fellowship in surgical breast oncology at U-M Health System.
She is member of the American College of Surgeons and the National Medical Association.
For more information about the care provided by the Henry Ford Cancer Institute or to schedule an appointment, visit the Henry Ford Cancer Institute.