Breast Ultrasound Accredited Surgeon in the Brazos Valley Bryan, TX (June 22, 2015) – Michael W. Steines, M.D., F.A.C.S., general surgeon at St. Joseph Regional Health Center since 1996, recently earned Breast Ultrasound Certification from The American Society of Breast Surgeons. An industry standard amongst experienced breast surgeons, the certification demonstrates a dedication that Dr. Steines has to quality patient care through adherence to the highest performance standards and training for the evaluation and treatment of breast cancer patients. “Patients who use a surgeon accredited in breast ultrasound can expect to have a higher level of expertise during this process,” says Dr. Michael W. Steines. “An ultrasound-guided biopsy by a breast surgeon allows a quick, safe and comfortable means of diagnosis by the same physician who will be able to treat any problem that is present. Additionally, intraoperative ultrasound has been shown to provide substantial benefit to the breast cancer patient when used by an experienced surgeon.” The accreditation program requires proper performance and interpretation of diagnostic and interventional breast ultrasound, as well as substantial training, continued education and commitment to quality results and appropriate management of all diagnoses. As the Brazos Valley's leader in cancer care, St. Joseph Cancer Center in Bryan, Texas offers complete services to identify and treat breast, prostate, lung, colon, and many other cancers. Our facilities include the most advanced diagnostics and clinical treatments available, all performed by board-certified cancer doctors – oncologists, radiologists and surgeons. Our cancer doctors have trained at some of the nation's most renowned medical centers. We have the only fellowship-trained radiation oncologist in the Brazos Valley. Our oncology nurses and support team are dedicated to helping each patient work through treatment and recovery in the best way possible for them. As cancer specialists, we create a multidisciplinary approach to each patient’s treatment. Plus, St. Joseph Cancer Center is accredited with a Commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer (COC), as well as the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) as a Center of Excellence, which challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards. ### About St. Joseph Health System Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health System is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including St. Joseph Regional Health Center, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Physician Associates operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. St. Joseph Health System is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit st-joseph.org. St. Joseph Health System is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 18 states and comprises more than 90 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 24 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.