SPRINGFIELD — Breast surgeon Jesse Casaubon, D.O., who recently completed training in breast surgical oncology, has joined the Department of Surgical Oncology at Baystate Health.
“I was inspired by my physician grandfather, who worked so hard for his community,” Casaubon said. “I heard so many stories about him, and I remember wanting to impact the community the way he could.”
Casaubon earned his bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science with a concentration in sports medicine and a minor in biomedical science at Colorado State University, before going on to earn his medical degree at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo. He completed his medical residency in general surgery at New York Medical College, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Alpert Medical Center, Brown University – Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I.
“Breast Surgery is an incredible field where the surgeon, in combination with the multi-disciplinary team, is able to offer patients excellent outcomes and survival,” Casaubon said. “It is a field where the physician can form lasting relationships with patients. It is a field that is driven by research, but has many unanswered questions that offer the opportunity for further research.”
Active in research, Casaubon is currently involved in studying COVID-19-related delays on the upgrade rates of atypical ductal hyperplasia. He recently published “Breast-specific Sensuality and Appearance Satisfaction: A Comparison of Present Breast-conserving Surgery and Nipple-sparing Mastectomy” in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Casaubon is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and DOCARE International. He has an interest in oncoplastics.
Among his many honors and awards, Casaubon was awarded first place in the Scientific Writing and Research Competition at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Global Medicine Honors Award from Rocky Vista University for his dedication and participation in global medical outreach.
He has brought his experience and talent to other countries to treat those in need, including work at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti, where he provided general, trauma, and pediatric surgery through the CRUDEM Foundation and the Overseas Medical Assistance Team, and at Nicaragua Rural Ambulatory Care Clinics in Leon, Nicaragua through Health Outreach for Latin America. He also opted for several foreign clinical rotations during his residency, including a primary-care elective rotation in Lilongwe, Malawi; a Spanish medical rotation in San Isidro, Costa Rica; and a Nepal global medicine elective rotation in Kumari/Kathmandu, Nepal.
“Working in other countries provides the opportunity to understand how medicine works elsewhere, both the good and the bad,” Casaubon said. “Many of the high-tech equipment and medications are not available, but it is incredible to learn how to be effective with limited resources. I think that is hugely important as an increased reliance on technology can set you up for difficulties if that technology breaks down.”
Casaubon is accepting new patients, and virtual visits are available. He is currently seeing patients in Springfield, Northampton, and Greenfield. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (413) 794-8899.