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Jennifer K. Plichta, MD, MS
I became interested in breast surgery, because it combined surgery with science and the ultimate multidisciplinary patient care. Being a breast surgeon also allows me to work with other specialties and combine our talents to provide patients with the compassion and excellence they deserve. I grew up with a passion for math and science, and my mother always thought medicine would be a good fit. I, however, needed a little more convincing. It wasn’t until medical school and my discovery of surgery that I was sold on the idea. In addition to patient care, I participate in research related to breast cancer, breast cancer risk assessment, and benign breast disease. Working with the Breast Risk Assessment Clinic, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet women with an increased risk of breast cancer and help them determine the best management strategy for their breast health. I also enjoy working with residents and students, helping to train the next generation of physicians. My husband, also a surgeon at Duke Health, and I love to try new restaurants and spend time with family and friends.
Clinical Focus and Research
My research interests are broad, but include areas such as high risk breast lesions (such as atypical ductal hyperplasia), breast cancer risk assessment and hereditary breast cancer. I mainly participate in clinical research projects both locally at Duke and on the national level. Through our research, patients can expect to receive more personalized treatment plans tailored to their specific disease and circumstance.
View Jennifer Plichta's publications on PubMed
- First Health
- Gateway Health Alliance
- Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization
- MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
- OneNet PPO
Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.