Meet Dr. Holmes

Dennis R. Holmes, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Breast Cancer Surgeon located in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Glendale, CA

Dr. Holmes is a dedicated breast surgeon and cancer researcher who recently held the position of Director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center at St. John’s Health Center. Formerly, Dr. Holmes held the positions of Chief Breast Surgeon and Medical Director of the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health, and Chief Breast Cancer Surgeon, and Breast Cancer Research Committee Co-Chair at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) Kenneth Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

FELLOWSHIP-TRAINED. Dr. Holmes is a 2003 graduate of the U.S.C. Breast Surgery Fellowship Training Program, one of most progressive breast surgery training programs in the U.S. Years later, he ascended to the position Fellowship Program Director and in the process had the privilege of supervising the training of over 30 dedicated breast surgeons. As evidence of his commitment to education, Dr. Holmes was selected to Chair the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, an annual educational meeting of over 3,000 breast surgeons. 

LEADER. Dr. Holmes currently serves in the leadership of several national surgical societies and is a frequent lecturer at conferences worldwide. Dr. Holmes is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; President of the TARGIT Collaborative Group (a national research and education organization in intraoperative radiotherapy); National Principal Investigator of the FROST Trial, a clinical trial evaluating the use of cryoablation (tumor freezing) instead of surgery for the treatment of early stage breast cancer; and serves and Principal or Co-investigator in several additional clinical trials. 

INNOVATOR. Widely respected by colleagues for his innovative approach to breast cancer care, Dr. Holmes has distinguished himself by his pioneering work in oncoplastic surgery, intraoperative radiotherapy, cryoablation, genetic testing, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, lymph node-sparing surgery, and minimally-invasive breast surgery. In Dr. Holmes’s view, “practicing the “Standard of Care” is not the goal to which surgeons should aspire. It’s merely a waystation on the way to something better. Surgeons should already strive to improve upon what we are doing today, with the never ending goal of developing treatment options that are ever more effective and safer for patients.” 

ADVOCATE. He is a strong advocate for individualized cancer therapy in which care is adapted to the severity of the cancer to avoiding unnecessary side effects. Where many breast surgeons see challenges, Dr. Holmes sees opportunities. However, what most distinguishes Dr. Holmes among breast surgeons is his commitment to providing women with treatment options that suit their physical and emotional needs, while also providing the best possible cancer control.

For more information about Dr. Holmes, visit his YouTube Channel here.

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Dennis Holmes, MD, FACS

Dr. Holmes is a dedicated breast surgeon and cancer researcher who recently held the position of Director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center at St. John’s Health Center. Formerly, Dr. Holmes held the positions of Chief Breast Surgeon and Medical Director of the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health, and Chief Breast Cancer Surgeon, and Breast Cancer Research Committee Co-Chair at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) Kenneth Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

FELLOWSHIP-TRAINED. Dr. Holmes is a 2003 graduate of the U.S.C. Breast Surgery Fellowship Training Program, one of most progressive breast surgery training programs in the U.S. Years later, he ascended to the position Fellowship Program Director and in the process had the privilege of supervising the training of over 30 dedicated breast surgeons. As evidence of his commitment to education, Dr. Holmes was selected to Chair the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, an annual educational meeting of over 3,000 breast surgeons. 

LEADER. Dr. Holmes currently serves in the leadership of several national surgical societies and is a frequent lecturer at conferences worldwide. Dr. Holmes is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; President of the TARGIT Collaborative Group (a national research and education organization in intraoperative radiotherapy); National Principal Investigator of the FROST Trial, a clinical trial evaluating the use of cryoablation (tumor freezing) instead of surgery for the treatment of early stage breast cancer; and serves and Principal or Co-investigator in several additional clinical trials. 

INNOVATOR. Widely respected by colleagues for his innovative approach to breast cancer care, Dr. Holmes has distinguished himself by his pioneering work in oncoplastic surgery, intraoperative radiotherapy, cryoablation, genetic testing, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, lymph node-sparing surgery, and minimally-invasive breast surgery. In Dr. Holmes’s view, “practicing the “Standard of Care” is not the goal to which surgeons should aspire. It’s merely a waystation on the way to something better. Surgeons should already strive to improve upon what we are doing today, with the never ending goal of developing treatment options that are ever more effective and safer for patients.” 

ADVOCATE. He is a strong advocate for individualized cancer therapy in which care is adapted to the severity of the cancer to avoiding unnecessary side effects. Where many breast surgeons see challenges, Dr. Holmes sees opportunities. However, what most distinguishes Dr. Holmes among breast surgeons is his commitment to providing women with treatment options that suit their physical and emotional needs, while also providing the best possible cancer control.

For more information about Dr. Holmes, visit his YouTube Channel here.


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    "He treated my daughter who had stage one breast cancer. He put us at ease and calmed our fears , he was the perfect surgeon for our situation."

    Sandra K.
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    "He has to be one of the most incredible doctor that I've been blessed to have on my survival team. He's saved my life! I'm a proud 28 yr B C survivor."

    Denise R.
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    "Dr. Holmes is kind, professional, and has a lot of patience answering every question you might have."

    Einat M.
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    "Great and SMART staff. Great place with ZERO infection rate. I was back to work after surgery way sooner then expected! Awesome place great center."

    Allissa P.
  • “Thank you so much for being caring and patient with me during this hard transition. I really appreciate your professionalism and dedication.”

    M. M.
  • “God Bless you, your mind, and your hands, so you may continue to help all women with breast cancer! We thank you for everything that you have done!"

    Family of MT
  • "This week I celebrated my 55th birthday. I cannot be thankful enough for your help in giving me another chance to enjoy waking up each day."

    M.L.