Rebecca Aft

Rebecca L. Aft, MD, PhD

  • Professor of Surgery

Medical School

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1992

Post Doctoral Education

Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1983

Board Certifications

General Surgery--Certified

Honors and Awards

Best Doctors In America, 2017

Clinical Interests

Dr. Aft specializes in breast oncology, breast health, breast surgery and endocrine/cancer surgery. Other areas of clinical interest include breast disease, breast cancer, oncology, melanoma and general surgery.

Research Interests

Siteman Cancer Center (Aft, PI) 12/08-12/09
Significance of Genes Associated with Disseminated Breast Cancer Cells

NIH R21 CA111530-01 (Aft, PI) 06/21/05-05/31/07
Prognostic Marker Analysis of Disseminated Cancer Cells
The major goals of this project are to determine whether the chemotherapy resistance cells detectable in the bone marrow of women with locally advanced breast cancer express markers characteristic of stem cells.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation (Aft, PI) 01/01/06-01/01/07
Development and validation of a gene signature predictive of chemotherapy resistant disseminated breast cancer cells.

1R21 CA102869-01 (Mach, PI) Aft, Investigator 08/15/03-08/14/06
Dopamine D3 Receptor Imaging Agents for PET and SPECT
The main goal of this project is to develop PET and SPECT radiotracers, selective for the D3 receptor, based on lead compounds.

1 RO1 CA 102777-01 (Jeffe, PI) Aft, Co-Investigator 09/01/03-08/31/06
Quality of Life Over Time: DCIS vs Early Breast Cancer
The specific aims of this study are to: characterize the quality of life (QOL) over time of women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

R01 CA100760-01A1 (Schootman, PI) Aft, Investigator 08/12/04-07/31/07
Geographic Variation of Breast Cancer Survival
The major goals of this study are to examine small-area geographic clustering of breast cancer survival among women 66 years of age and older.

R01 CA112159 (Schootman, M) Aft, Co-Investigator 10/01/05-06/30/10
Neighborhood Effects on Quality of Life in Breast Cancer
The goal of this project is to: 1) determine the extent of geographic clustering of the change in Qol over time among women with and those without breast cancer at the level of the census tract; 2) determine the extent to which the change in Qol over time can be explained by neighborhood disadvantage among women with breast cancer and among women without breast cancer; and 3) identify potential pathways by which neighborhood disadvantage affects changes in Qol over time among women with breast cancer.
Breast disease, breast cancer, oncology

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
John Cochran Veterans Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
Joanne Knight Breast Health Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite F, Floor 5
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-2280
Fax: (314) 454-5509

Contact Information

Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Surgery
Section of Endocrine and Oncology Surgery
Campus Box 8109, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 747-0063

Selected Publications

Tran DD, Corsa CA, Biswas H, Aft R, Longmore GD. Temporal and Spatial cooperation of Snail1 and Twist1 during Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition predicts for human breast cancer recurrence. Mol Cancer Res. 2011 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Aft R, Perez JR, Raje N, Hirsh V, Saad F. Could targeting bone delay cancer progression? Potential mechanisms of action of bisphosphonates. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2011 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Aft R. Bisphosphonates in breast cancer: antitumor effects. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2011 Apr;9(4):292-9.

Liu Y, Pérez M, Schootman M, Aft RL, Gillanders WE, Jeffe DB. Correlates of fear of cancer recurrence in women with ductal carcinoma in situ and early invasive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 Nov;130(1):165-73.

Aft R. Bisphosphonates in breast cancer: clinical activity and implications of preclinical data. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2011 Mar;9(3):194-205.

Cyr AE, Novack D, Trinkaus K, Margenthaler JA, Gillanders WE, Eberlein TJ, Ritter J, Aft RL. Are we overtreating papillomas diagnosed on core needle biopsy? Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Apr;18(4):946-51. Epub 2010 Nov 3.

Collins KK, Liu Y, Schootman M, Aft R, Yan Y, Dean G, Eilers M, Jeffe DB. Effects of breast cancer surgery and surgical side effects on body image over time. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010 Aug 5.

Pérez M, Liu Y, Schootman M, Aft RL, Schechtman KB, Gillanders WE, Jeffe DB. Changes in sexual problems over time in women with and without early-stage breast cancer. Menopause. 2010 Sep-Oct;17(5):924-37.

Liu Y, Pérez M, Schootman M, Aft RL, Gillanders WE, Ellis MJ, Jeffe DB. A longitudinal study of factors associated with perceived risk of recurrence in women with ductal carcinoma in situ and early-stage invasive breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010 May 6.

Schootman M, Deshpande AD, Pruitt SL, Aft R, Jeffe DB. National estimates of racial disparities in health status and behavioral risk factors among long-term cancer survivors and non-cancer controls. Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Sep;21(9):1387-95.

Ding L, Ellis MJ, Li S, Larson DE, Chen K, Wallis JW, Harris CC, McLellan MD, Fulton RS, Fulton LL, Abbott RM, Hoog J, Dooling DJ, Koboldt DC, Schmidt H, Kalicki J, Zhang Q, Chen L, Lin L, Wendl MC, McMichael JF, Magrini VJ, Cook L, McGrath SD, Vickery TL, Appelbaum E, Deschryver K, Davies S, Guintoli T, Lin L, Crowder R, Tao Y, Snider JE, Smith SM, Dukes AF, Sanderson GE, Pohl CS, Delehaunty KD, Fronick CC, Pape KA, Reed JS, Robinson JS, Hodges JS, Schierding W, Dees ND, Shen D, Locke DP, Wiechert ME, Eldred JM, Peck JB, Oberkfell BJ, Lolofie JT, Du F, Hawkins AE, O'Laughlin MD, Bernard KE, Cunningham M, Elliott G, Mason MD, Thompson DM Jr, Ivanovich JL, Goodfellow PJ, Perou CM, Weinstock GM, Aft R, Watson M, Ley TJ, Wilson RK, Mardis ER. Genome remodelling in a basal-like breast cancer metastasis and xenograft. Nature. 2010 Apr 15;464(7291):999-1005.

Aft R, Naughton M, Trinkaus K, Watson M, Ylagan L, Chavez-MacGregor M, Zhai J, Kuo S, Shannon W, Diemer K, Herrmann V, Dietz J, Ali A, Ellis M, Weiss P, Eberlein T, Ma C, Fracasso PM, Zoberi I, Taylor M, Gillanders W, Pluard T, Mortimer J, Weilbaecher K. Effect of zoledronic acid on disseminated tumour cells in women with locally advanced breast cancer: an open label, randomised, phase 2 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2010 May;11(5):421-8.

Keune JD, Jeffe DB, Schootman M, Hoffman A, Gillanders WE, Aft RL. Accuracy of ultrasonography and mammography in predicting pathologic response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Am J Surg. 2010 Apr;199(4):477-84.

Schootman M, Lian M, Deshpande AD, Baker EA, Pruitt SL, Aft R, Jeffe DB. Temporal trends in geographic disparities in small-area breast cancer incidence and mortality, 1988 to 2005. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Apr;19(4):1122-31.

Liu Y, Pérez M, Aft RL, Massman K, Robinson E, Myles S, Schootman M, Gillanders WE, Jeffe DB. Accuracy of perceived risk of recurrence among patients with early-stage breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Mar;19(3):675-80.

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Veeramachanei N, Aft R. Principles of Surgical Oncology. In: Govindan R (ed.). Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology Review. 2005.

Cohen M, Aft R, Eberlein T. Breast Surgery. In: Doherty G. et al. (eds.). Washington Manual of Surgery. 2002.

Aft R. Principals of Surgical Oncology. In: Govindan R, Arquette M. Washington Manual of Oncology. 2002.

Yim J, Aft RL, Eberlein T. Breast Disease. In: Doherty G. et al. (eds.). Washington Manual of Surgery. 1998.