Susan Love

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Susan Love
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Born Susan Love
(1948-02-09) February 9, 1948 (age 69)
Little Silver, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University (BS)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center (MD)
UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA)
Occupation Surgeon, activist, and author
Spouse(s) Helen Cooksey, MD (m. 2008)
Children 1

Susan M. Love (born February 9, 1948)[1] is an American surgeon, a prominent advocate of preventive breast cancer research, and author.[2] She is regarded as one of the most respected women’s health specialists in the United States.[3] In 2012 Love announced that she was diagnosed with leukemia and would take a leave of absence to pursue chemotherapy treatment.[4] After a successful treatment, Love returned to work the following year.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Love was born in Little Silver, New Jersey and moved to Puerto Rico as a teenager. She enrolled at Fordham University after having spent five unsuccessful months as a nun with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.[6]

She received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School cum laude in 1974 and did her surgical residency at Boston's Beth Israel Medical Center.[7] She also graduated from the Executive MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.[7]


Love is a clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 1998 she was appointed by former President Clinton to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board, where she served until 2004. She maintains a board position at the National Cancer Institute, and continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA.[8] Love also serves as the medical director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, formerly titled The Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Institute. She lectures nationally and internationally on breast cancer, menopause, and women's health.

Dr. Love has a number of patents, including one for a microcatheter, that can be positioned in the breast ducts through their opening in the breast. A Phase 2 clinical trial,[9] investigates its use to deliver fulvestrant as a treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive breast cancer.

Through her organization, Love has launched several studies, initiatives, and coalitions on the subject of breast cancer such as the Army of Women and The Health of Women.

Bibliography (selective)[edit]


  • Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book (2003)
  • Live a Little!: Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health (2009)
  • Dr. Susan Love's breast book (1990)

Most cited peer-reviewed articles[edit]

  • Irene Gage M.D., Stuart J. Schnitt M.D., Asa J. Nixon M.D., Barbara Silver B.A., Abram Recht M.D., Susan L. Troyan M.D., Timothy Eberlein M.D., Susan M. Love M.D., Rebecca Gelman Ph.D., Jay R. Harris M.D., James L. Connolly M.D. "Pathologic margin involvement and the risk of recurrence in patients treated with breast-conserving therapy" Cancer November 1996, Vol 78, Issue 9, pages 1921–1928 (cited 315 times in Google Scholar as of March 2014)[10]
  • Mary-Claire King, PhD; Sarah Rowell, MPH; Susan M. Love, MD. Inherited breast and ovarian cancer: What are the risks? What are the choices? JAMA 1993, Vol 269, Issue 15, pages 1975-1980 (cited 246 times in Google Scholar as of March 2014)[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oakes, Elizabeth H. (2002). "Love, Susan". A to Z of STS Scientists. New York: Facts On File. pp. 183–184. ISBN 978-1-4381-0925-1. 
  2. ^ Smiley, Tavis. "Breast cancer expert Dr. Susan Love". PBS. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara (January 2010). "New Health Rule: Quit Worrying About Your Health". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  4. ^ Morrison, Patt (February 13, 2013). "Susan Love, doctor/patient". LA Times. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara (February 18, 2013). "Susan Love’s Illness Gives New Focus to Her Cause". NYT. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Gleick, Elizabeth. "Susan Love; A Surgeon Crusades Against Breast Cancer", People (magazine), July 25, 1994. Accessed September 3, 2015. "Born in Little Silver, N.J., the oldest of five children of Peggy and James Love, she moved to Puerto Rico when she was 13 after her father, a salesman for the Eaton machinery company, was transferred there."
  7. ^ a b Susan Love | Speaker Profile and Speaking Topics
  8. ^ "Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation". Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "PK Study of Pre-Surgical Intramuscular and Intraductal Fulvestrant in Women With Invasive Breast Cancer or DCIS Undergoing Mastectomy". 28 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Susan Love cites". Google Scholar. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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