Faculty Profile

Lauren M. Postlewait, MD

Lauren M. Postlewait, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Email

lauren.postlewait@emory.edu

Certification

American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member

2020

Biography

Dr. Lauren Postlewait is a specialist in breast cancer surgery and the treatment of breast disease. Her clinical interests include providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with breast cancer. Her practice is based primarily at Grady Memorial Hospital.

She received her MD at Emory University School of Medicine in 2012. She remained at Emory and completed her clinical residency in general surgery and a two-year research fellowship in surgical oncology, after which she completed a clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Dr. Postlewait has a variety of research interests. She has worked in clinical investigation and outcomes analysis of patients treated for advanced and inflammatory breast cancer. She is also interested in optimizing the treatment of breast cancer patients through improving patient education techniques and investigating appropriate de-escalation of surgical techniques to reduce morbidity while maintaining excellent outcomes in the context of multidisciplinary care. In addition, she has a passion for clinical ethics as well as identifying and improving health disparities.

She has received numerous awards for her research including the Merit Award in 2015 and 2016 from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology as well as Best Clinical Research awards at Emory Department of Surgery Research Days in 2015 and 2017.

Publications

View Dr. Postlewait's publications in PubMed.

Affiliations

  • Emory Decatur Hospital

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

Education

  • MD, Emory University  School of Medicine, Class of 2012

  • General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2012-2014, 2016-2019

  • Research Sabbatical, Surgical Oncology (mentor: Shishir Maithel, MD), Emory University School of Medicine, 2014-2016

  • Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, 2019-2020

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Breast Surgeons

Honors and Awards

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Merit Award, 2015

  • Best Clinical Poster, Emory Surgery Research Day, 2015

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, 2016

  • North American Travel Grant, Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), 2016

  • Best of the Best Clinical Presentation, 12th World Congress of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA), 2016

  • Best Clinical Presentation, Emory Surgery Research Day, 2017

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer surgery

  • Treatment of breast disease

  • Providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with breast cancer

Research Interests:

  • Clinical investigation and outcomes analysis of patients treated for advanced and inflammatory breast cancer

  • Optimizing the treatment of breast cancer patients through improving patient education techniques

  • Investigating de-escalation of surgical techniques to reduce morbidity while maintaining excellent outcomes

  • Clinical ethics

  • Identifying and improving health disparities