The Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center was founded in 1983 by Kamilia F. Kozlowski, M.D. It was the first independent breast center of its kind in Tennessee and still remains one of the very few nationwide. Its goal was focused on delivering streamlined, cost-effective quality breast health care in a woman-friendly setting. Dr. Kozlowski developed the specialty of Clinical Breast Radiology being directly involved in the care of a woman’s diagnostic breast imaging workup, one of the very few “independent breast centers” Nationwide.
Dr. K's goal was to change the fragmented and inefficient delivery of breast health care. Traditionally, a woman would visit multiple specialists and sometimes get conflicting opinions to determine if there is a potential breast problem. In contrast, the Clinical Breast Radiologist can synthesize the information from her clinical and imaging findings, perform the workup in a single setting, and accurately discuss with the woman whether there is a concern for breast cancer prior to her leaving the office.
If a tissue diagnosis is needed, the diagnosis is made in the office with specialized, painless needle procedures. Most results are readily available within 24 to 48 hours.
In 1997, the Knoxville Breast Center became the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center. The same woman-centered, woman-friendly, efficient medical care for the diagnostic part of breast health care was broadened to the treatment phase. As part of the comprehensive services, a Multidisciplinary Team was created. The specialists, in addition to the clinical breast radiologists and the dedicated breast surgeon include the medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast pathologist, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and lymphedema specialist. They discuss pathology and treatment planning issues which are unique for every woman. Women are also able to participate in clinical trials to further our knowledge about breast cancer.