Dr. John West

  • Dr. John West Breast Surgeon
  • Internship & Residency

    Surgical Training, University of San Francisco, Medical School

  • Medical School

    University of San Francisco, (AOA – top 10% of his class)

  • Undergraduate

    University of California, Berkeley

Dr. John West


Dr. John West retired in January of 2021. For those of us who knew him, whether as a patient, colleague, friend or fan, we know the impact Dr. West had on so many lives. His passion for breast health and patient empowerment changed lives every day as he tirelessly fought the breast cancer battle on every front for over 30 years.

A general surgeon by training, Dr. John West became fascinated with the multi-disciplinary team approach to breast cancer care in the mid 1980’s. His previous experience as a pioneer in the development of regional trauma systems set the stage for his interest in developing a team approach to breast care. Dr. John West opened Orange County’s first breast care center in 1988, and had been on the cutting edge of developing a team approach to the care of patients with breast problems.

Dr. West has been named a Best Doctor in America and has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in Orange County”. He has been the lead author in 20 peer review articles and has written two books.

He was co-founder and chairman of the board of the Breast Health Awareness Foundation, which is community outreach program dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. He has recently been inspired by the work of Michael Porter (Author of Redefining Health Care). Dr. West has made a personal Commitment to adapting Porter’s principles of value-based competition to the breast care marketplace.

From Dr. West:

Looking back on my career I take great pride in my 47 years of practice in Orange County. I am especially proud of my role in developing the Breast Care Center of Orange. I am convinced that along with my colleagues, Dr. John Link and our dedicated radiologists, we have created one of the most successful breast care programs in the nation, if not the world.