Kandace McGuire joins VCU Massey Cancer Center as chief of breast surgery
Kandace P. McGuire, M.D., has been appointed chief of breast surgery and surgical leader of the Breast Health Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center. She joined VCU in September 2017 and will also serve as an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the VCU School of Medicine.
Most recently, Dr. McGuire was the surgical director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina. Previously, she served in various roles related to breast cancer care at the University of Pittsburgh Magee-Womens Hospital.
McGuire obtained her medical doctorate from Eastern Virginia Medical School, where her original medical specialty interests changed course.
“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, and I went into medical school thinking family practice was my path,” said McGuire. “However, I developed an interest in women’s health after my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Her mother’s illness led to an interest in the treatment and research of the disease. She also discovered during this time that her future would be in surgery.
“I initially had no interest in surgery, but during my rotation, I realized how much I enjoyed it,” McGuire explained. “The next step was to find a mentor who was a breast surgeon.”
She completed her research fellowship and general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she also served as administrative chief resident. She then completed a Susan G. Komen/Society of Surgical Oncology fellowship in breast surgical oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.
McGuire conducts research in addition to providing patient care, leading clinical trials to improve patient outcomes. Her research focuses on minimizing breast cancer intervention, targeted surgical and medical therapies for breast cancer and decreasing age-related, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer detection, treatment and survivorship. McGuire plans to expand upon her research during her time at Massey.
“We are going to continue to look at breast cancer care and how it differs. Certain populations have disparities,” she said. “Doctors tend to make treatment decisions based on age, but there is not a lot of existing data to back up age-related differences in outcomes. The real question is, how do we determine how aggressively we treat somebody? Is it their age, their functional status, potential life expectancy, aggressiveness of the tumor or some combination of all of those? Breast cancer outcomes tend to be very good, but we need to figure out ways to keep those good outcomes, while reducing the amount of intervention we are giving.”
McGuire has published more than three dozen scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters. She has presented at more than 80 professional and academic conferences, including the Society of Surgical Oncology’s 70th Annual Cancer Symposium.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, serves on several national committees and is a member of many professional associations. She is also actively involved in teaching and mentoring.
Originally from Connecticut, McGuire met her husband at University of Richmond when they were both undergraduate students. They were married on the campus prior to moving out of state. They are both excited to be returning to the Richmond area.
The couple also has an 8-year-old son, who is a student at St. Christopher’s School. In her spare time, McGuire enjoys wine tasting and her family hopes to open a winery in the future. She is also a season ticket holder for University of Richmond men’s basketball and an avid exercise enthusiast with interests in running, yoga and mixed martial arts.
McGuire will begin seeing patients in October 2017 at Massey’s downtown and Stony Point locations.