Dr. Elissa Jeanne Santoro obtained her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1965, where she also completed a straight surgical internship. After two years of Surgical residency at Woman’s Medical, she completed her Surgical residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and became the first woman to be Chief Surgical Resident. There, she received an ACS postdoctoral Fellowship in cancer training. At New York Medical College she was awarded a postdoctoral Fellowship from The National Cancer Institute, and was also on the surgical faculty. Dr. Santoro then moved to New Jersey and joined the faculty at UMDNJ. Later, she joined St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ private practice and in 1977 opened the first Breast Oncology practice in New Jersey. Dr. Santoro is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery, and is particularly renowned as an expert in breast surgery and surgical oncology.