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7 Quick Questions With Breast Cancer Surgeon Alison Goldenberg

Get to know your doctor with 7 quick questions

Based in Northern Virginia, Alison Goldenberg, MD, is a UVA Health breast cancer surgeon. She performs lumpectomies and mastectomies to remove breast cancer.

Meet a Northern Virginia-Based Breast Cancer Surgeon

We asked Goldenberg our 7 quick questions.

1. What has most inspired and shaped your approach to patient care?

Alison Goldenberg, MD

I always wanted to be a surgeon, but my experiences in general surgery residency steered me toward breast surgery. I found that many branches of surgery are somewhat impersonal and repetitive. I found breast surgery to be so much more patient-centered and unique. 

2. What's your favorite part of your job?

Meeting the patients. My goal is to make patients feel comfortable with their decisions and form long-term relationships. 

3. What's your biggest fear when you're a patient?

Doctors make the worst patients! My biggest fear would be trying to control the situation too much.

4. What do you do for stress relief?

I spend time with my husband and son at home. I also play the piano, paint, and like to try new recipes.

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5. Dogs or cats?

I never had dogs or cats growing up, but I did have a guinea pig! But as an adult I would like both a cat and a dog at some point.

6. What's the last movie you saw? Thumbs up or down?

Glass Onion — would recommend!

7. What's the best advice you've ever heard?

Choose a job you love, and then you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

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