Cancer Institute at Marin General Hospital

Battling Breast Cancer – We’re Here For You

Marin General Hospital’s Cancer Institute offers cutting-edge treatment on par with a university medical center, right here in Marin. The Cancer Institute covers the complete spectrum of breast cancer care, from diagnosis to survivorship. Marin General’s expert cancer specialists collaborate not only with each other, but with their patients to make them partners in their own care. Treatment is highly personalized, based on the type of cancer, the woman’s personal preference, and her overall health.

Each breast cancer patient is provided a patient navigator from Marin General Hospital’s Center for Integrative Health & Wellness to serve as her educator, advocate, and guide throughout the treatment process. By offering support every step of the way, our patient navigators help ease a woman’s treatment.

Patients have access to a full range of cutting-edge treatments and research trials, including radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal treatments, and targeted therapies that block a tumor’s growth and progression. The program also offers top-notch reconstructive surgery, including total skin-sparing mastectomy. The Cancer Institute emphasizes treating the whole person, and patients are encouraged to complement their care with a variety of integrative treatments offered by the Center for Integrative Health & Wellness.

Meet A Few Of Our Key Team Members

Leah Kelley, MD, Breast Surgical Oncologist and Medical Director of the Breast Program
Widely regarded as a leader in her field, Dr. Leah Kelley developed her lifelong passion for women’s health as a medical student at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco in OB/GYN, and was then awarded a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at the University of Southern California, where she studied under the world-renowned oncoplastic breast surgeon, Dr. Melvin Silverstein.

Dr. Kelley combines state-of-the art breast surgical care with a holistic approach, bringing the best of women’s healthcare to every patient. Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, she is well versed in all relevant surgical procedures, including comprehensive breast surgery, Mohs microsurgery, tissue transfer, gynecologic cancer screening, and traditional and laparoscopic hysterectomies. Dr. Kelley serves as the Medical Director for the Breast Program at Marin General Hospital. She has been named a Top Doctor by Marin Magazine on multiple occasion, and received the Zero Breast Cancer’s 2015 Healing Professional Award.

Alison Gause, MPH, CN-BA, Patient Navigator
Alison has over 10 years of experience working as an Patient Navigator in a variety of healthcare settings. She joined Marin General Hospital in 2012 where she focuses on facilitating a seamless and supportive experience for individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. She received her master’s in public health from University of Massachusetts- Amherst with a focus in community health education and breast cancer survivorship. She is a certified Breast Patient Navigator through National Consortium of Breast Centers’ (NCBC). Alison has extensive experience developing health programs to improve the quality and delivery of patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and actively volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations in the community.


3-Year Accreditation with Commendation (2017-2020) 
Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
For the fourth time in a row, the Cancer Institute at Marin General Hospital received an Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of recognition from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC). In exceeding all seven standards of care considered for special commendation, MCI has earned Gold level designation and is once again eligible for the elite Outstanding Achievement Award.