Beebe welcomes oncoplastic breast surgeon Karen Barbosa

November 14, 2023

Beebe Healthcare recently announced that fellowship-trained oncoplastic breast surgeon Karen Barbosa, DO, FACOS, has joined its Center for Breast Health.

Barbosa is a board-certified surgeon who offers the latest, most advanced techniques in oncoplastic breast surgery. She is Hidden Scar Certified, and as a faculty member for the American Society of Breast Surgeons, she is active in training programs facilitated nationwide to teach surgeons how to optimize cosmetic outcomes for cancer patients. Barbosa is committed to delivering state-of-the-art care and making available a broad palette of treatment options for patients to consider and choose from.

Barbosa joins fellow breast surgeons Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS, and Matthew Richards, MD, at the new Center for Breast Health office at the Rehoboth Health Campus. She shares their commitment to offering the latest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options for breast health and cancer care in Sussex County. She will also see patients at the Georgetown Health Campus.

She is proud to be part of a team of specialists – including surgeons, a nurse practitioner and nurse navigators – who are committed to achievement of optimized long-term outcomes for every patient in a culture that values and embraces personalized, holistic care.

“There is great alignment and synergy between my personal vision and professional goals, and Beebe’s,” said Barbosa. “Beebe is not holding back. It is an organization that is always striving to do more for the people it serves, and I am excited to have an opportunity to be part of that.”

Barbosa is passionate about education in the office and out in the community. She makes it a priority to get to know her patients, answer their questions, and point them toward the right resources for achieving and maintaining good breast health – from routine mammograms to risk assessment and genetic testing. She also advocates for continuous education within the medical community.

Throughout the course of her career, she has become recognized as a reputable lecturer and speaker, and has been published in numerous prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Barbosa is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to pursue an internship focused on surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by residency training at Peninsula Hospital Center in New York, where she was appointed chief surgical resident. Barbosa’s clinical training concluded with a breast oncology fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. She has also traveled to the UK, Brazil and Argentina with a commitment to adopting the latest oncoplastic surgical techniques.

Prior to joining Beebe, she served as medical director of the Delaware Breast Cancer Program at TidalHealth. Before that, she was medical director of the Clark Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland’s Shore Regional Health Center.

“Throughout my career, I have always said that I work at a hospital, but I truly work for the patient,” said Barbosa. “Doing what is best for the patient is paramount and is at the heart of my day-to-day work.”

Outside work, Barbosa enjoys swimming, kayaking, photography and gardening. She is passionate about art and music, and attended the “Fame” School in New York City as a voice major. Barbosa is married and has two dogs and one cat. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and some Russian.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 302-703-3595. To learn more about the Center for Breast Health, visit

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