Lisa Newman MD

Lisa A Newman, MD

medical group

Specialties: Surgery

Services: Breast Cancer, Breast Surgery, Cancer Research, Cancer Surgery

Board Certification and Education

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery


  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, NY, 1985

Residencies & Internships

  • Kings County Hospital Center, General Surgery, NY, 1990
  • State University of New York, General Surgery, NY, 1987


  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology, TX, 1999

About Me

Member of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute 


I specialize in Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer, and Health Disparities.

Breast Cancer


Biographical Statement:

Dr. Newman is a surgical oncologist, and effective December 1, 2015 she became Director of the Breast Oncology Program for the multi-hospital Henry Ford Health System in metropolitan Detroit Michigan. She also serves as Founding Medical Director for the newly-created HFHS International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes. Prior to being recruited to HFHS, Dr.  Newman was Professor of Surgery and Director of the Breast Care Center for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she also served as Program Director for the Breast Fellowship since 2002. She maintains a University of Michigan affiliation, as Professor of Health Management and Policy with the School of Public Health. Dr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University, and she also obtained her undergraduate education at Harvard University with a major in chemistry.  She attended medical school and completed her general surgery residency training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn.  Dr. Newman was recruited to remain at Downstate following completion of her postgraduate training, and served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery with this program for several years.  She completed her fellowship in surgical oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Prior to assuming her current position at the University of Michigan, Dr. Newman served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas with a full-time commitment to research and clinical practice in the Surgical Breast Section, and she continues to hold a position as Adjunct Professor of Surgery with M.D. Anderson. She also served previously as Associate Director for the Walt Breast Center at Wayne State University for two years.  Dr. Newman was recently recruited to join the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and effective December 1, 2015 she was named Director of the Breast Oncology Program for the multiple hospitals within HFHS; she also serves as founding Medical Director for the newly-created HFHS International Center for the Study of Breast Cancer Subtypes.

Dr. Newman’s primary research has focused on ethnicity-related variation in breast cancer risk and outcome, the evaluation and management of high-risk patients; broadened applications for neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and special surgical techniques such as the skin-sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel lymph node biopsy.  Her extensive research related to disparities in breast cancer risk and outcome has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and was featured in CNN’s documentary “Black in America 2”. She was also the featured breast cancer medical expert for NBC’s “Today Show” in October 2014 as well on CBS Nightly News in April 2015. She maintains a very active community service record, and currently serves as Chief National Medical Advisor for the Sisters Network, Inc., a national African American breast cancer survivors support organization. She currently oversees an international breast cancer research and training program involving the University of Michigan, the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, the Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, and the St. Paul’s Millennium Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This program has focused in the study of triple negative breast cancer in women with African ancestry. Her work has been acknowledged via several awards, such as the 2012 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Hero Award; and the 2010 National Medical Association Woman in Medicine Award. She was named one the ten “Michiganders of the Year” for 2011 by the Detroit News one of “Oprah’s Angels” for breast cancer work by Oprah magazine. She has received the University of Michigan 2012 Community Service Award; the 2013 Sarah Goddard Power Award for Advancement of Women in Academic Medicine; and the 2015 Harold Johnson Diversity Award. Most recently, Dr. Newman was awarded the coveted title of Komen Scholar, for its maximum three-year term which she will serve from 2016-2019.

Dr. Newman also held an appointment to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Breast cancer in Young Women, and she chaired its work-group on breast health messages for the general population; she also served on the NIH’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. Dr. Newman has held leadership positions in the most prominent of oncologic academic and advocacy organizations: for the Society of Surgical Oncology she served on the Executive Council and chaired the Disparities Committee; for the American Society of Clinical Oncology she has chaired the Health Disparities Advisory Group and the Health Services Committee; for the American Cancer Society she has served on the National Assembly, the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Division and is a member of its national committees on Incidence and Mortality as well as Breast Cancer. Dr. Newman has also served on the Executive Council for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, and she chaired its Special Populations Committee. Dr. Newman served as Editor of the Disparities Section for the prestigious journal Cancer, and she has served as Section Editor for the Breast Section of Annals of Surgical Oncology, the Official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology. She has also served on the Editorial Boards for numerous other leading academic journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology; CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians; and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Research Interests:

Cancer Incidence and Outcome Disparities: with a focus on breast cancer disparities related to racial/ethnic background and socioeconomic resources
Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy for Breast Cancer
Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

Awards and Honors:

1985 - Clarence Dennis Society Prize for Surgical Scholarship, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center; Brooklyn, New York

1990 - Thomas W. Pollack Award for Best Surgical Chief Resident, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center; Brooklyn, New York

1996 - “Golden Apple” Teacher of the Year Award, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Department of Surgery; Brooklyn, New York

1999 - “Spirited Digest Magapaper” Award for Community Service; Houston, Texas

2000 - “Pink Ribbons Project” Award: Breast Cancer Awareness & Community Outreach; Houston, Texas

2000 - Minority Enterprise Television Production Award for Community Service; Houston, Texas

2002 - National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project Minority Investigator of the Year

2004 - 1st Annual Eubanks Breast Cancer Visionary Award Sisters Network, Inc.; Houston, Texas

2007 - Alumni Achievement Award, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center; Brooklyn, New York

2009 - Hale-McMillan Award in Surgery Meharry Medical College, Memphis, TN

2009 - CNN Documentary- Black in America 2

2009-2014 (yearly) - Hour Detroit Magazine Top Docs - Surgical Oncology

2009 - Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Community Service Award

2010 - University of Michigan Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Achievement Award

2010 - Visiting Professorship Award, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Surgery

2010 - State University of New York Downstate Medical Center Alumni Association Award in Surgical Oncology, Award, 2010

2010 - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, The Septima Poinsette Clark Award, 2010

2010 - National Medical Association Women in Medicine Award  

2011 - Howard University Department of Surgery Drew-Syphax Award

2011 - Heart & Soul/University of Maryland Women’s Achievement Award

2011 - “100 Most Influential African Americans”; NBC Network Affiliate/The Grigio

2011 - Fellow, American Society of Clinical Oncology

2011 - Named one “25 Most Influential African American Doctors in the Detroit Market, Black Health Magazine

2011 - Keynote Speaker and Award, SUNY Downstate Medical School White Coat Ceremony First Year Medical Students

2011 - Detroit News “Michigander of the Year”

2012 - Yale University Visiting Professorship and Annual Mandatory Lectureship

2012 - Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Annual Award

2012 - Vital Signs African Americans in Health Care Award- Michigan

2012 - University of Michigan “Community Service” Award 2012 - “O” Magazine, Angel of Breast Cancer Award

2013 - University of Michigan Alpha Phi Alpha “Salute to African American Women” Award and Keynote speaker

2013 - University of Michigan Class of 2013 “Token of Appreciation from Medical Students” (TAMS) Award

2013 - Sisters Network, Inc. Detroit Chapter Conference Tour Award

2014 - University of Michigan Sarah Goddard Power Award for Advancement of Women in Academic Medicine

2014 - University of Michigan Nominee, John P. McGovern Complete Physician Award

2015 - University of Michigan Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

2016 - Career Achievement Award, Michigan Women’s History Month Leadership in Action Awards Program

2016-2019 - Komen Scholar






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