Dr. Michele Carpenter has dedicated her professional practice entirely to breast cancer diagnosis and care. She is currently the Program Director for the Breast Program at St. Joseph’s Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Orange, Calif.
Dr. Carpenter earned her M.D. from Georgetown University. After General Surgery residency at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA, she spent one year aboard the USS Acadia as the Chief Medical Officer. She then worked for Scripps Clinic Medical Group for 11 years where she was the Breast Program director. During her time in San Diego, she held the position of Medical Director of Susan G Komen Grant for the Breast Cancer Coalition as well as member of the Advisory Committee for the Scripps Clinic Advisory Board and American Cancer Society Breast Health Initiative Team. She was also a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer for the BCEDP Proficiency in Breast Examination Course for California Department of Health Services, and a Clinical Advisor and Consultant for Clinical Breast Protocols for the Cancer Detection Section of California Department of Health Services, and a Board Member of the American Cancer Society Breast Health Initiative Team. She has continued her association with San Diego breast care with her role as the Medical Director of the LBL Breast Cancer Support Group. She has also been president of San Diego Society of General Surgeons and San Diego Surgical Society.
She continues to be a reviewer and a member of the Ultrasound Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and has coauthored and participated as the principle investigator for several studies in IORT for breast cancer and cooperative group trials at the center. She also serves as the St. Joseph Hospital Medical Staff Secretary Treasurer, the Co-president of Women Doctors of Orange County and has been Chairman of Surgery as well as General Surgery and the Quality Enhancement Committee at St. Joseph Hospital.