Breast Surgical Oncology

Denver Health's surgical oncologists provide the newest and most technologically advanced surgical treatment for liver, pancreas and breast cancer. Our surgical treatments utilize minimally invasive procedures that provide patients with a faster recovery period and little scarring.

Our integrated team employs experts from all medical specialties to provide patients with complete care, and our Surgical and Medical Intensive Care Unit staff are specially trained to provide the best post-surgery care.

As one of the busiest hospitals in the region, we encounter and care for a number of patients with complex medical conditions every day and have the expertise and staff to provide the best care possible.

Learn more about Breast Surgical Oncology below

Breast Cancer Services

  • Breast MRI
    • Digital mammography enables radiologists to detect and characterize suspicious or obscure lesions more precisely. Enhanced visibility to view masses is made possible with contrast resolution. The compression and positioning of the breast are the same as a conventional film mammography but with less waiting time if done digitally.
  • Digital mammography
    • For high-risk patients, breast MRI can detect minuscule breast cancers that mammography or breast exams might miss. Breast MRI is a breast-imaging technique that captures multiple cross-sectional pictures of the breast and combines them to create detailed, 2-D and 3-D pictures. It is performed when doctors need more information than what a mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can provide. It works regardless of breast size, density, patient age, presence of implants and/or prior surgery.
  • Automated whole breast ultrasound technology
    • Automated whole breast ultrasound is a safe and comfortable examination that is a computer-guided addition to a standard ultrasound system. It is performed by a certified technologist using a robotic device to record images of the entire breast instead of just single pictures. The images can be stopped, magnified and reviewed. In addition to its precision, automated whole breast ultrasounds require no breast compression and no injections. The examination can be done in about 15 minutes and is permanently recorded for your physician to carefully review and follow up on.
  • Medical oncology
  • Surgical oncology
  • Plastic surgery reconstruction
  • Patient navigators
  • Cancer Resource Center
  • Partnership with the University of Colorado for Radiation Oncology Clinic and Genetic Counseling

Conditions and Treatments

Meet The Team

Drina Luna, M.A.

Tasha Markovchick BSN, RN-BC
Tasha Markovchick has been a Registered Nurse at Denver Health since 2010. She started her nursing career working in medical-surgical nursing and with the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders. She joined the Breast Surgery team in 2023. Tasha's roles in the clinic include care coordination, patient education, and supporting patients and families. Tasha is known for her compassion, responsiveness, and attention to detail. Tasha is a Colorado native and grew up in Golden, Colorado. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Regis University in 2009.

Rosa DiPrima, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Rosa DiPrima is a dedicated Nurse Practitioner specializing in Breast Surgery and Plastic Surgery divisions. With a passion for healthcare that began in 2016, Rosa's journey in nursing has been marked by unwavering commitment and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Rosa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Alabama in 2015, laying a strong foundation for her career in healthcare. Building upon this, she pursued further education and earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Northern Kentucky University in 2022, solidifying her expertise in her field.

Based in the vibrant community of Denver, Colorado, Rosa's practice is characterized by compassion, professionalism, and a patient-centered approach. Her comprehensive knowledge and specialized training allow her to provide exceptional care to patients in both Breast Surgery and Plastic Surgery divisions.

Pamela Crawford MSN, APRN,FNP-BC
Pam Crawford is a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in hereditary breast and ovarian genetics. Pam earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, her Masters of Science in Nursing from Regis University, and her provider certification in genetics from City of Hope. Pam has worked at Denver Health since 2004, joining the breast team in 2009. Pam’s primary focus is on preventive care and early detection, utilizing her expertise in genetics to assess individual risk factors and develop personalized care plans for patients. She is committed to providing comprehensive care to patients facing breast health concerns, and to empower patients to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.

Nancy Taft, M.D.