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Mission Hope Cancer Center - Breast Surgery

At Dignity Health’s  Mission Hope Cancer Center we believe that cancer care requires a personalized approach. Mission Hope offers advanced cancer care, leading-edge technologies, access to clinical trials, social support services, nutrition counseling, social work and spiritual care and is accredited by the Commission on Cancer. In addition to breast surgery and breast cancer management, we offer Gynecological Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology and Hematology. Click for more information about Mission Hope Cancer Center.

Meet our Expert Team

Julie Barone, DO, FACS

Julie Barone, DO, FACS – Breast Surgical Oncologist

Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Program

Dr. Julie Barone is a fellowship trained breast oncoplastic surgeon with a specialized surgical practice that includes comprehensive breast care. As Medical Director, Dr. Barone leads Mission Hope Cancer Center's multidisciplinary team of specialists providing comprehensive patient-centered care. She has nearly 25 years of experience and previously practiced in Vail, Colorado and San Diego, California. 

Dr. Barone is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Breast Surgeons. She served on the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as the State Chair for California.

Her clinical interests include oncoplastic procedures, minimally invasive breast procedures, nipple-sparing mastectomy, high-risk management, and genetic testing and counseling

Board Certification: Certified by the American Board of Surgery
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship at Columbia University; St. Luke’s Roosevelt/Beth Israel Medical Centers, New York, New York
Residency: General Surgery Residency at Loyola University Medical Center,Maywood, Illinois
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Undergraduate: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Professional Memberships: American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Oncoplastic Surgery, Fellow American College of Surgeons

Mission Hope Cancer Center - Breast Surgery

There is ample free parking in the parking lot right out in front of the clinic.

A breast surgical oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and other diseases of the breast. Breast cancer specialists are highly skilled in their field because they have dedicated their practice to a smaller scope and have completed specialty-specific training or fellowships. The formal training provided by a fellowship ensures that each fellow who graduated is exposed to multidisciplinary aspects of care and advanced research and techniques. With years of training and education focused on breast disease, they have an in-depth knowledge of cancer biology, genetics and the most advanced surgical options to help patients achieve the best possible results and can provide novel and innovative treatments for breast cancer patients.

Better outcomes for patients with a breast surgery specialist

Research shows that breast cancer patients who have surgeries performed by physicians who have done a high volume of breast cancer surgeries have a better prognosis than patients of lower volume surgeons. Specialized breast cancer surgeons have dedicated their professional careers to the disease and perform hundreds of breast cancer surgeries every year.

Benign Breast Disease

  • Breast pain
  • Breast Lumps
  • Dense Breast Tissue
  • Abnormal Mammogram
  • Normal breast imaging with palpable mass
  • Gynecomastia
  • Abscess, chronic breast infections,mastitis
  • Nipple discharge
  • Papilloma, atypia

Malignant breast disease

  • Invasive cancer 
  • Noninvasive cancer; ductal carcinoma in situ
  • Breast Sarcoma, angiosarcoma
  • Neuroendocrine tumors

High Risk Breast Cancer Management

  • Family History of cancer and genetic mutations
  • History of atypia or prior breast cancer
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Individualized cancer risk reduction program

Breast Surgery

  • Oncoplastic procedures and minimally invasive breast procedures
  • Nipple sparing
  • High risk management and genetic testing and counseling
  • Hidden scar technique
  • Lumpectomy
  • Breast reduction lumpectomy for cancer
  • Skin sparing mastectomy
  • Nipple areola sparing mastectomy
  • Excisions for abnormal biopsy: LCIS, atypia, epithelial lesions
  • Ductoscopy for nipple discharge
  • Sentinel node biopsy for lymph node staging
  • Reverse Axillary mapping to decrease lymphedema in node excision procedures
  • Intraoperative margin analysis

Lymphedema Risk Reduction and Prevention

  • Body Composition analysis before and after axillary surgery to assess extracellular fluid for early diagnosis and intervention for better outcomes
  • Breast Surgery Rehabilitation program
  • Reverse axillary mapping technique to reduce injury to lymphatics


Pacific Central Coast Health Centers contracts with most health insurance plans, including Medi-Cal, and provides health care services that fit your health plan benefits. If you have questions about the health insurance plans we accept, contact the office where you would like to be seen and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • CenCal
  • Cigna
  • Coventry – First Health
  • Health Net
  • Healthsmart – Interplan
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan – Beech Street
  • Networks by Design
  • Tricare
  • TriWest
  • United Healthcare
  • Western Growers


What makes our Expert Team at Mission Hope Cancer Center - Breast Surgery stand out?

At Mission Hope Cancer Center we pride ourselves in offering an excellent team of physicians and medical staff to work together with patients on their cancer journeys. Just like people, each cancer is different. When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, you may be overwhelmed by the disease process and the myriad of treatment options.  Here at Mission Hope  our goal is to provide all-encompassing care for our patients through the integration of today’s foremost resources. We utilize the most advanced conventional medical technology and information, along with complementary therapies leading to a compassionate and personalized treatment experience that addresses not only the physical but also the psychosocial and spiritual facets of healing and survivorship.