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Alicia Arnold, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Alicia Arnold, PhD

Breast Surgical Oncologist | Augusta University


Dr. Alicia Vinyard is an expert in breast cancer, cancer surgery and cancer survivorship.






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Dr Alicia Vinyard speaks at the white coat ceremony JENNIE: Augusta University Health breast cancer surgeon is a breast cancer survivor




Dr. Alicia Vinyard is a Board Certified General Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Georgia Cancer Center and Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She decided to specialize in breast surgical oncology to help other breast cancer survivors like herself. She treats patients with benign and malignant breast disease, and assists in other surgical oncologic needs.

Areas of Expertise (4)


Breast Cancer

Cancer Survivorship

Surgical Oncology

Education (3)

Philadelphia College of Osteop: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy

University of North Carolina: Bachelor's Degree, Psychology

University of Miami: Fellowship, Breast Surgical Oncology

Media Appearances (4)

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs People at high risk for breast cancer are benefiting from a heightened focus on prevention and personalized treatment of the disease.

Georgia Trend  online


Alicia Arnold was just finishing her third year of medical school when she found a lump in her breast. It was a discovery that would change her life. “To be honest, I really thought it was nothing,” she says. “I assumed it was a cyst or something. I was so young, and there was no family history of any cancer.” She had a workup done and received good news: The lump appeared benign. But – fortunately, as it turns out – the mass was painful, which prompted her to have it removed. Three days later, she got the report that she had invasive breast cancer. It was, she says, a massive shock – all the more so because breast cancer usually isn’t painful. That’s why Arnold says she was lucky that it hurt. She took a leave of absence from med school to have another surgery, which included removing lymph nodes under her arm after tests showed the cancer had spread to one node, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Afterward, Arnold returned to school, only to find herself paired with a breast surgeon during her clinical surgery rotation. She remembers thinking, “Oh my God, the last thing I want anything to do with is breast cancer.” It turned out to be just the opposite. “I connected with these patients,” says Dr. Arnold, now a breast surgeon herself and director of the breast program at the Georgia Cancer Center at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta, which is now affiliated with Wellstar. She recalls seeing one patient during her student clinical rotations who was very anxious and upset about what a chemo port would look like. “I just pulled down my collar and said, ‘It’s going to look like this.’”

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New procedure helps prevent breast cancer complications in the arm

News Channel 6  online


A local doctor helped save a woman battling breast cancer from additional pain and suffering after performing a procedure she just brought to the CSRA. While we don't typically connect the arm with breast cancer, one oncologist says you should...

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As cancer surgeon and patient, I know your journey

The Augusta Chronicle  online


Cancer Survivor Month provides an opportunity to consider what happens when the cancer goes away Cancer. It’s a simple word made up of just six letters, but it represents a disease that’s anything but simple...

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JENNIE: Augusta University Health breast cancer surgeon is a breast cancer survivor

News Channel 6  online


You know the statistics, one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease. Breast cancer, is the second most prevalent cancer among women in the US, but millions are surviving the disease, thanks in part, to regular screening, and new technology...

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Articles (2)

Evaluation of simplified lymphatic microsurgical preventing healing approach (SLYMPHA) for the prevention of breast cancer-related clinical lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection.

An American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal

Tolga Ozmen, Mesa Lazaro, Yan Zhou, Alicia Vinyard, Eli Avisar

2017 Lymphedema (LE) is a serious complication of axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) with an incidence rate of 16%. Lymphatic Microsurgical Preventing Healing Approach (LYMPHA) has been proposed as an effective adjunct to ALND for the prevention of LE...

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A Breast Cancer Review: Through the Eyes of the Doctor, Nurse, and Patient

Journal of Radiology Nursing

GA Klevos, NS Ezuddin, A Vinyard, T Ghaddar…

2017 Breast cancer patients endure many challenges in their journey. During the course of their treatment, they interact with several multidisciplinary teams, including radiologists, breast surgeons, and oncologists, as well as nurses, genetic counselors, social workers, and psychologists. This article aims to provide a synoptic review, including the background, causes, screening, diagnosis, and treatment options of breast cancer, by exploring the perspectives of the physician, nurse, and patient...

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