UCLA Health received full accredited by the Society for Surgical Oncology to train a surgical breast fellow in the multidisciplinary care of patients with benign and malignant breast disease.
Dr. Farnaz Haji became the program’s first Fellow on August 1st, 2020. Dr. Haji received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Science from Colorado State University. She completed her medical degree from Midwestern University, Arizona. Dr. Haji became a board-certified general surgeon after completing her General Surgery Residency in Miami, Florida.
She is an advocate for equitable women’s health nationally and internationally and is passionate about ensuring women receive the most up-to-date care for diseases of the breast. Prior to starting a medical career, she worked as a researcher and teacher in the Middle East to advocate for women’s healthcare and education.
Combining her passion for women’s health and surgery, Dr. Haji pursued a Breast Surgical Oncology fellowship. Her clinical and research interests include benign and malignant breast diseases and tailoring surgical treatments for patients with breast cancer. She is passionate about comprehensive wellness in women’s cancer care and has a special interest in oncofertility and sexual health in patients with breast cancer.
Her mission is to provide personalized, evidence based surgical breast cancer care to her patients and to help them navigate their cancer treatment to optimize their cancer outcome and survivorship. Her teaching background allows her to support the emotional and educational needs of her patients and their families and to guide them to additional support services as required.