prevention. She completed her General Surgery training at the University of Massachusetts and a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center, where she was honored as the Terrell McElligot Surgical Oncology Fellow. She received advanced training in the surgical treatment of breast cancers, melanoma, sarcoma and other surgical tumors. She is certified by the American Board of General Surgery. Dr. Blair is dedicated to providing the highest quality of surgical care with an emphasis on a personalized approach to the individual patient.
Dr Blair has been a full time faculty member of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego since 2001. She maintains a busy clinical practice as well as teaching residents and students in surgical oncology and breast surgery. Dr Blair has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters. She participates in national cooperative committees for cancer care.
Dr Blair’s research focus has been on surgical margins for breast cancer during breast conservation operations and how to maintain the best cosmetic outcomes and quality of life for her patients. In her research at University of California San Diego, Dr. Blair has been developing a method for using nanotechnology and automated microscopy to detect positive margins intra-operatively and to localize non palpable breast cancers. She has been the Education Director for the nanotumor center at UCSD and received funding from the Department of Defense and the NIH to develop these projects.