March 18, 2018
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Dr. Loren Rourke named to lead Breast Care Center at MMC Cancer Institute

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PORTLAND, Maine — The Breast Care Center at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute announced Thursday that Loren Rourke, M.D., a surgeon with advanced training in breast cancer surgery, has joined its multidisciplinary team of sub-specialty providers and will serve as its new director.

Prior to joining MMC, Rourke led the breast surgery program at the Woodlands Regional Care Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She held the faculty appointment of assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery. At MMC, she also joins Maine Medical Partners – Surgical Care.

“Dr. Rourke is a highly skilled surgeon whose expertise is matched by her compassion for patients facing breast cancer,” said Eric Larsen, M.D., interim medical director of the MMC Cancer Institute. “We welcome her to our team of expert physicians with advanced training in medical and surgical oncology.”

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Rourke graduated from Tulane University and earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  She completed her clinical residency in general surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center followed by the prestigious Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the multidisciplinary treatment of breast cancer and advanced surgical techniques. She is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

The Breast Care Center at Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute meets or exceeds national benchmarks for its quality of care and patient outcomes. The multidisciplinary approach to treatment, access to clinical trials, and the support of clinical patient navigators earn high marks on patient satisfaction surveys. For more information, visit

Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as the number-one ranked hospital in Maine by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 6,500 people. MMC’s unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit

Maine Medical Partners, Maine’s largest multi-specialty medical group, is proud to serve the healthcare needs of patients locally and throughout northern New England. Its affiliation with Maine Medical Center, the State’s largest tertiary care center, supports an invaluable mix of patient-centered care and high technology medicine. For more information, visit