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Our guest for lunch this week was Dr. Lisa Chism, a nurse practitioner in the High Risk Breast Clinic, and member of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, specializing in high-risk breast care. She holds a doctorate degree in the nurse practitioner profession from Oakland University, and is a board-certified nurse practitioner and a certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

Karmanos offers full service, comprehensive breast services at centers in Detroit and Farmington Hills, providing evaluation and treatment of various breast problems. Karmanos doctors work as a team to evaluate and diagnose new patients and care for breast cancer survivors who have completed their treatment. The nurse practitioners in the high risk breast clinic manage all high risk breast patients who may have a higher than normal risk of developing breast cancer.

Dr. Chism was recently honored as a fellow by the  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and has also developed a nursing theory titled, “Chism’s Theory of Spiritual Empathy,” which explains the relationship between nurses’ spiritual care perspective and their expressions of spiritual empathy.

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