In June 2014, Ari D. Brooks, MD, director of the Integrated Breast Center and Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, and Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, associate professor of Medicine and associate chief of staff of the Abramson Cancer Center, and president, East Central Division, American Cancer Society, teamed up to launch a grassroots program, the Penn Medicine Breast Health Initiative (PMBHI). “We founded this initiative to help women in need and ultimately save lives,” Brooks said. “Through it we are able to help the underserved and uninsured women of Southeastern PA, by giving them much-needed access to all our health system has to offer – the latest technology in breast screenings and diagnostic, and treatment services.”

The PMBHI is supported by the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Community Grants Program and by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Healthy Woman Program.

Since its start, the Initiative has served over 300 uninsured women with free mammograms and breast diagnostic services,” said Andrea Nicholson, MPH, patient navigator and program manager of the PMBHI. “Of the women screened, two were diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at Abramson Cancer Center. Our patients, many of whom may not otherwise be able to access care, are grateful for the services they receive.”

Women coming in through the PMBHI can receive mammograms in Radiology at PAH, the Tuttleman Center/Penn Medicine Rittenhouse, or the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Women in need of follow-up care are referred to Dr. Brooks at his Penn Medicine Washington Square office.

For more information or to refer a patient, contact Andrea Nicholson at 215-454-3217 or

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