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Aaron and Imelda Margulies follow their passion of treating breast cancer

Aaron and Imelda Margulies pride themselves in providing compassionate breast surgical care and clinical genetic services that every patient can trust.

The husband and wife team decided to follow their passion of treating breast cancer after Imelda lost her mother to the sick- ness in 2002.

“Breast cancer has touched our family quite closely,” said Aaron Margulies, a general surgeon who completed a fellowship in breast cancer surgery at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in Little Rock, Ark. “God put on my heart to be a breast cancer surgeon, and so I followed His path for me. I just fell in love with what He asked me to do, helping women defeat and sur- vive their breast cancer diagnosis.”

“God put on my heart to be a breast cancer surgeon, and so I followed His path for me,” ~ Aaron Margulies

After completing the multi-disciplinary fellowship in 2006, the Margulies Team, having relocated from Tennessee to California to Arkansas, returned home to Tennessee and began the work of healing breast cancer. In 2015, the couple opened their own independent practice.

“It was time to be in charge of our own destiny,” noted Imelda Margulies, a board-certified family nurse practitioner. “We had our own practice in general surgery in California, so we knew what it was like to run our own practice and to best help our patients.”

During this time, Imelda, who serves as Director of Clinical Genetics Service, said the practice evolved into the world of hereditary cancer genetic testing, a service for which she trained at the City of Hope.

“My practice of genetics became more than just breast cancer,” she explained. “It grew into colon cancer, uterine cancer, prostate cancer, pancreas cancer, and counseling and testing people, who may carry genetic mutations.”

Because not everyone will carry genetic mutations like BRCA, Imelda said it’s important for anyone who has family histories of these cancers to undergo genetic testing and cancer risk assessments.

“Knowing one’s level of risk of developing cancer, people can access the right tools to help keep an eye on things, such as more screenings, or to consider risk reduction strategies. For those with a known genetic mutation or a strong family history, getting family members to do genetic testing is helpful,” she said. “If they find any mutations, then we can find cancer early when it’s really treatable.” The Margulies Team has an office at the Turkey Creek Medical Center, 10180 Parkside Drive, Suite G-11, and an additional location at 7714 Conner Road, Suite 107, in Powell. Aaron Margulies is in the Top 10 percent of breast surgeons in the United States by number of surgeries and even made a presentation at the acclaimed San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2005.

As active supporters of the American Cancer Society, both Imelda and Aaron have been a part of several of the organization’s campaigns, including Real Men Wear Pink, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and the Relay For Life.

“It’s always great to give back to the community and organizations that help make a difference,” said Imelda. “I’m glad that I’m making a difference.”

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