With great sadness and a profound sense of loss, we acknowledge the death of Dr. Susan M Love at the age of 75.
A fearless advocate. A brilliant researcher. And a beautiful spirit. Her contributions to women’s health and the fight against breast cancer were immeasurable.
Born with an innate sense of compassion and a keen intellect, revolutionized the field of breast science. After earning her medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, she completed her surgical training at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, where she discovered her passion for breast surgery.
One of Dr. Love’s greatest accomplishments was her pioneering work in breast cancer research and treatment. In 1992, she published the first edition of “Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book,” a groundbreaking resource that empowered women with knowledge about breast health and breast cancer. This comprehensive guide became a staple for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals worldwide. Dr. Love’s unwavering commitment to education and patient advocacy ensured that individuals had access to reliable information and a voice in their healthcare decisions.
Beyond her written work, Dr. Love actively pursued innovative approaches to breast cancer research. She co-founded the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), an organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through research, advocacy, and public policy. Dr. Love’s tireless advocacy efforts played a pivotal role in securing increased federal funding for breast cancer research and improving access to quality care for all women.
Dr. Love’s impact extended beyond breast cancer. She spearheaded efforts to advance women’s health across the board, promoting awareness and research in areas such as menopause, heart disease, and reproductive health. By founding the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she ensured that cutting-edge research and scientific inquiry into women’s health issues would continue long after her passing.
Dr. Susan M Love leaves an indelible legacy as a trailblazer in women’s health. Her contributions continue to shape women’s health, inspiring future generations of healthcare professionals and researchers striving to end breast cancer.