Eric Wan ’14: Seeking Quality of Life

By Beth Walk

Eric Wan

The  Research

Eric Wan is working with researchers from the School of Medicine to measure the quality of life of women across the different procedures and stages of breast reconstruction after mastectomy surgery. Several reconstruction approaches exist, but little is known about the quality of life issues among the different alternatives. Wan’s research follows breast cancer patients from before their reconstruction to one year after their final reconstruction procedure in order to better prepare future patients for changes in quality of life associated with different therapy choices and stages. The ultimate goal is for the research findings to be included as part of the preoperative counseling of patients planning to undergo breast reconstruction.

In His Own Words

“I started working with the group to learn the techniques of clinical research. I never knew that I would fall in love with clinical research, and even more so, with the clinic and working with patients. I will be a physician-scientist for the precise reason of translating research findings into patient care.”

Adviser: Gedge Rosson, Director of Breast Reconstruction, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine