Building upon his experience starting one of the first comprehensive breast cancer diagnostic and treatment centers in the US in the mid 1980’s (Long Beach Memorial Breast Center), John Link, M.D. founded Breastlink in 1995.
While there are different comprehensive models (physician-owned, academic or university, hospital based, etc.), their providers came to believe the best way to ensure optimal patient results was to have a free-standing, multi-disciplinary breast cancer practice. A local network of breast-dedicated providers is able to offer patients the benefits of sub-specialty medicine without the cost structure and legacy interests found in many hospitals and/or universities.
Breastlink soon grew from its roots in Long Beach. In 1998 a breast cancer center in Fountain Valley (Orange County) was opened. In 2005 their center based in Torrance was moved to Manhattan Beach.
While they are a committed supporter of the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020’s goal to end breast cancer by 2020 they remain focused on providing detection and treatment to patients who need their help today – and every day until the medical knowledge exists to permanently end breast cancer.
Dr. West is a tireless advocate for the early detection of breast cancer and is a leading pioneer in the development of a comprehensive breast cancer treatment practice.
Dr. John West opened Orange County’s first breast care center in 1988, and over the past 25 years has been on the cutting edge of developing a team approach to the care of patients with breast problems.
Dr. West was born in Texas and raised in San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkley, and continued medical and surgical training at U.C. S. F. where he graduated A.O.A (top 10% of his class). He started to practice in Orange County in 1973.
He has been named a Best Doctor in America and has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in Orange County”. He has been the lead author in 20 peer review articles and has written two books.
He continues to be at the forefront of cutting edge breast care issues. He was co-founder and chairman of the board of the Breast Health Awareness Foundation, which is community outreach program dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. He has recently been inspired by the work of Michael Porter (Author of Redefining Health Care). Dr. West has made a personal Commitment to adapting Porter’s principles of value-based competition to the breast care marketplace.
For more information about Breastlink, and Dr. John West, visit their website here.