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Q & A With Pink and Teal Hero A. Leilani Fahey, MD, FACS

Pink and Teal Hero A. Leilani Fahey, MD, FACS, is a plastic surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Find who inspired her career in medicine and why she chose to practice at Cooper.

A. Leilani Fahey, MD, FACS

A. Leilani Fahey, MD, FACS

Q. Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?

A. My father is an oncologist. Seeing his compassion for patients and his commitment to helping people inspired me.

Q. What is your approach to patient care?

A. I always try to look at the whole person and make a more personal connection. Patients are not statistics they are human beings with families, feeling and lives outside their diagnosis.

Q. What attracted you to plastic surgery, specifically breast reconstruction?

A. I like doing breast reconstruction because it is technically challenging and helps restore a woman’s body image after a mastectomy.

Q. Why did you choose to practice at Cooper?

A. I’ve been an attending surgeon at Cooper for 17 years and chose to practice here for the opportunity to help all women, especially those who are underserved. I enjoy helping people who otherwise may not get help.

Q. Are you excited for the Pink & Teal Brunch this year?

A. Absolutely! I love this event. It is a celebration of survivors, and there is so much hope in the room. I think it is very helpful for other patients to see all the other people who can relate to what they are going through. It’s a great cause.

Q. Last question. What do you like to do in your free time, if you have any?

A. I enjoy gardening. Taking care of plants completely relaxes me.