B. Ley, MD, FACS is a fellowship-trained surgical
oncologist focusing the majority of his practice
on breast care and the management of breast cancer.
He attended Needville High School
in Needville, Texas, where he enjoyed playing
football, basketball, discus-throwing and earning
multiple Eagle Scout honors trekking through Philmont
Scout ranch in New Mexico. The University of Texas
in Austin was his next destination, and prior
to his graduation in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science
in Pharmacy with highest honors, he was inducted
into the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, the honor
society of Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, and was
named a Distinguished College Scholar and served
on the Pharmacy Council and in Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical
Dr. Ley graduated 14th in a class
of 168 from Baylor College of Medicine in 1988
and moved to Temple, Texas to complete a residency
in general surgery at the Scott & White Clinic/Texas
A&M University Health Science Center in 1993,
where he served as an Advanced Trauma Life Support
Instructor and as Administrative Chief Resident
for 1992-1993. He presented papers at the 4th
International Conference of Head and Neck Surgeons
in San Francisco, California and at the Southeastern
Surgical Congress, both involving research on
Returning to Houston in 1993,
Dr Ley was accepted into the highly competitive
Surgical Oncology Fellowship training program
at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center, a National Institute of Health T32 granted-funded
and Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited program.
While there, he enrolled in graduate-level courses
in molecular biology at the University of Texas
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, served
as Administrative Fellow in 1995-1996, presented
basic science research into apoptotic mechanisms
in breast cancer and melanoma at the Society of
Surgical Oncology Symposium in Atlanta. He also
helped build bridges between the Departments of
Surgery at M. D. Anderson and Baylor College of
Medicine by serving as an attending surgeon at
Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas, one
of the nation's original urban Level I Trauma
Shortly after arriving in Mississippi
in 1996, Dr. Ley donated his time as volunteer
faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical
Center until that department was fully staffed.
He introduced a number of pioneering surgical
oncology techniques to Mississippi patients, such
as intraoperative lymphatic mapping and sentinel
node biopsy for melanoma and breast cancer patients,
participating in the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial and
the University of Louisville Breast Sentinel Lymph
Node Registry, serving as a co-author on a number
of articles in peer-reviewed surgical journals
form the Louisville study.
In addition to these accomplishments,
Dr. Ley introduced Neoadjuvant, or "Pre-operative"
Chemotherapy to facilitate breast preservation
in breast cancer patients, popularized the used
of Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation in rectal cancer
patients to faciliate sphincter preservation and
avoidance of permanent colostomy, cryoablation
and radiofrequency ablation of hepatic tumors,
and recently, oncoplastic breast surgery to improve
cosmetic outcome during breast cancer surgery.
Dr. Ley was instrumental in lobbying
the state Legislature to authorize matching funding
for the Breast and Cervical Screening Program,
which allowed use of dormant CDC funding for a
program to make breast and cervical cancer screening
available for low-income women. This program is
now administered by the state Department of Health.
With the indispensable help of
Madina Dixon, RN, and R. Scott Runnels, MD, FACS,
he lobbied the State Legislature again to authorize
the creation of a Breast Cancer Awareness license
plate, which has raised thousands of dollars for
the Mississippi chapters of Susan G. Komen for
the Cure®. Now an advisor to the Mississippi
affiliate of the American Cancer Society, Dr.
Ley has supported the Mississippi Witness Project,
and speaks regularly to cancer support groups
and health care forums across the state.
Dr. Ley's most recent presentation
was at the 2009 symposium of the American Society
of Breast Surgeons in San Diego, California, involving
a study of an intraoperative molecular assay of
sentinel nodes in breast cancer patients to help
avoid return trips to the operating room to remove
more lymph node-bearing tissue. He also presented
similar data at the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Symposium
of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in
Washington, DC in 2008. Dr. Ley also regularly
performs free breast health screening in the central
Mississippi area at health fairs organized by
Odessah Hawkins, CFNP.
Dr. Ley is board-certified in
general surgery (1994) and re-certified in 2003.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons,
a Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology,
a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology,
a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons
and the American Society of Breast Disease, the
Mississippi State Medical Association, and the
American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Ley participates in the American Society of
Breast Surgeons Mastery of Breast Surgery Program
and is the Director of Onocology Services at Womans
Hospital in Flowood, and also has completed the
curriculum of the School of Breast Oncology. He
also is Co-Medical Director of the Nutrition Support
Service at St. Dominic's/ Jackson Memorial Hospital.
He serves as a consultant to Veridex Corporation
(A Johnson & Johnson unit), Genomic Health,
Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Covidien Corporation.
He is the only breast surgeon in Mississippi formally
trained in an accredited oncology fellowship training
Ley has privileges as an attending surgeon at
Mississippi Baptist Hospital, Woman's Hospital
in Flowood, St. Dominic's Jackson Memorial Hospital,
St. Dominic's Ambulatory Surgery Center and is
application-pending at Crossgates/River Oaks Hospital.