Kelly Wirsing, M.D., board certified general surgeon, is the medical director of the Breast Health Program at the Center for Women’s Health.
“The field of breast surgery is changing more rapidly than other specialties within general surgery,” Dr. Wirsing said. “By concentrating on breast surgery, I have been able to really focus on these changes, further hone my surgical skills and enhance my overall expertise. This has allowed me to provide the best possible care for my patients.”
Dr. Wirsing also found a greater sense of personal satisfaction in her specialty. “I discovered I really enjoyed working with breast cancer patients and helping them live longer, healthier lives,” she said. “It’s great watching them progress from a cancer diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery.”
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Wirsing believes that education is essential.
“My philosophy is to make sure each patient is as educated as possible,” she said. “I believe the more a woman knows, the more likely she is to be a survivor. My goal is to make women very knowledgeable about their condition. I want them to be aware of the disease and aware of the possible treatments. I sit down with every patient and explain the words on her pathology report. I use pictures, books – whatever it takes to help women understand and be as knowledgeable as possible about treatment and prognosis.”
She encourages women to seek information on their own as well. “Read up on the disease and be aware of the different options,” Dr. Wirsing said.
“There is a lot of good – and some not so good – information available. I can help patients sort it out and put them at ease. Again, the more they know, the better they will do.”
She strives to create a relaxed atmosphere that encourages communication.
“I want patients to know they can trust me and I can help them get through the process,” Dr. Wirsing said. “I’ll answer any possible questions they may have because I want them to be informed.”
Dr. Wirsing believes women should feel optimistic even in the face of a diagnosis of breast cancer. “Their chances of survival are getting better all the time, especially if they are diagnosed at an early stage,” she said. “Women are much more aware these days regarding screening for breast cancer, and the disease is being diagnosed at earlier stages.”
Dr. Wirsing is a native of a Bay City. She and her husband, an electrical engineer, have two grown children. She is a sports enthusiast who enjoys fishing and playing softball.
Special Interests and Procedures
- Breast surgery
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Ultrasound guided breast biopsy