Michelle Azu, MD, FACS
Director of Breast Surgery at Chilton Hospital
97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
Appointments: (973) 831-5056
Having a breast concern is one of the scariest moments in a patient’s life. As a breast surgeon, I’ve had the honor of providing operative and nonoperative care to hundreds of brave individuals.
My surgical expertise as a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center-trained breast surgeon allows patients the greatest benefit when it is combined with a balanced listening ear, compassion, and an appreciation for the tenacity human spirit. I am fortunate to work at Chilton Hospital where these important traits are embraced by all. At Chilton, we are committed to putting our patients first and making your experience with us a good one.
My breast surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was completed in 2009 and prior to my fellowship, I spent five years in Stony Brook, New York at the State University of New York, in my training to become a general surgeon.
I will help patients decide if a unique treatment option is best for them or if they would better benefit from the many other therapy options offered at The Breast Center at Chilton. Both benign and malignant breast concerns are frightening for patients, and I walk side by side with my patients through whatever is required to optimize their outcome. I have several professional interests, but the most important is simple: taking care of my patients and treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve.
In addition to direct interaction with patients in office hours and in surgery, I also spend time investigating and contributing to multiple research studies partially in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health. Two of my research objectives include epidemiologic and demographic factors in breast cancer treatment, and social media influences in surgical care. I am also the author or co-author of several publications and was invited to share some of my research at the Society of Surgical Oncology annual national meeting in March 2012.
As a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and similar groups, I am constantly in conversation with other experts in breast surgery allowing me to always offer my patients the most up-to-date information on their disease and offer the best surgical treatments. As importantly, I also participate in events important for members of the community. In May 2012, I was a guest on the EBC radio show in New Jersey and shared important information on breast cancer and breast awareness with the listening audience. In October 2011, I had the honor of being an invited speaker, along with NBC’s Hoda Kotb, at the Robert Wood Johnson’s Annual Tied to the Cause community event.
Recent Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2011
Patient’s Choice Award Recipient, Patient’s Choice Award, 2011
Outstanding Young Physician Alumni Award, University of Missouri School of Medicine, 2011
Click here to download my curriculum vitae to learn more about my experience.