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Photography for Breast Surgeons

Thursday, April 11
12:00 PM–3:30 PM
Course Moderators: Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS; Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, FACS
Faculty: Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS; Dennis R. Holmes, MD, FACS; Nirav B. Savalia, MD; Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, FACS

Course Description:

In 2024, Photography for Breast Surgeons is an absolute necessity. In oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgery, the surgeon works to remove the primary tumor with adequate margins while also attempting to maintain or improve the aesthetic appearance of the breast. Therefore, the surgeon needs to document appearance of the breast before and after surgery with images in a HIPAA complaint manner.

This course will cover medical photography and photography as an avocation, utilizing traditional cameras and smart phones. The curriculum will cover medical consent, pre-, post-, and intra-operative image capture as well as image storage, organization, and editing. With course completion, the attendee should be able to comfortably utilize photography for oncoplastic surgical planning, consultation, and evaluation. In addition, we hope to interest you in photography for personal enjoyment.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Better understand photography basics
  • Integrate photography into their clinical practice in a HIPAA compliant manner
  • Understand photographic techniques
  • Understand image post-processing
  • Embrace photography as an avocation

CME Credit Information:

The American Society of Breast Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


12:00 PM
Welcome and Introduction
Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, FACS
12:15 PM
ABC’s of Photography: The Basics
Light, Composition, Subject
Exposure – ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed
Focusing, Metering and Depth of Field
Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS
1:00 PM
In Your Practice
HIPAA Compliance/Consent
Capturing, Cataloguing, Storage
Digital Presentations (PPT, Keynote, etc)
Displaying (Office Setting, OR/Hospital, Treatment Center)
Nirav B. Savalia, MD; Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, FACS
1:30 PM
Cameras: DSLR, Mirrorless, SmartPhone
Lenses: Prime, Zoom, Wide, Telephoto
Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One
Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS
2:25 PM
Capturing Video Imagery in the OR, Editing Videos, Imbedding Videos in Presentations
Dennis R. Holmes, MD, FACS
3:00 PM
Avoiding Burn-out/Physician Self-Care
Genres (Macro, Wildlife, Landscape, Black and White, Street, Light Painting)
Printing Your Images, Social Media
Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS; Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, FACS
3:30 PM