About Our Founder: Dr. Phillips-Reed

Sisters By Choice (SBC) was founded in 1989 by Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, a renowned Atlanta based breast surgeon.

Dr. Rogsbert Zell Phillips-Reed A native Georgian, Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed is a general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons specializing in breast surgery. She graduated from Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons in 1977 and in 1982 became the second woman and first African-American woman to successfully complete Emory
University’s Surgical Program.

Dr. Phillips-Reed heads Metro Surgical Associates, a community-based surgical practice with offices in downtown Atlanta and Lithonia, Georgia. For 30 years she has practiced medicine in metropolitan Atlanta area, serving a diverse patient population.  A pioneering physician, she remains at the forefront of breast cancer research and has participated in many clinical trials which have impacted how we treat breast cancer today.

Dr. Phillips-Reed’s achievements are vast. She has received scores of awards and honors that attest to her professional excellence and reputation as a first-rate physician.

  • The Black Women's Agenda 2012 honoree in health
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Chi Tau Omega Chapter's Community Service Award
  • Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc. Salute to Women-presentation during High Tea at the Hyatt
  • Atlanta Medical Association, Inc. 2009 "Physician of the Year" Award

Awards and accolades aside, she is widely known for her excellent patient care and she is committed to community service and is passionate about her work in the fight against breast cancer.

Dr.  Phillips-Reed saw the need for programs that would increase public knowledge and awareness of breast cancer to reduce the mortality and morbidity of the disease. In 1989 she founded Sisters By Choice. Initially formed as a support group for women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families, SBC has evolved into a multi-faceted organization serving women in Georgia.

Realizing there are health disparities surrounding access to quality breast care in rural Georgia; Dr. Phillips-Reed has started an initiative to address this disparity by developing a Mobile Breast Clinic. This unique mobile breast clinic will facilitate remote screening and diagnostic services. It will provide screenings, diagnostic services, treatment referrals, education and access to clinical trials to medically underserved men and women in rural and urban Georgia. This complete diagnostic care will make our clinic historic. It will be the first of its kind in Georgia, and among the first in the nation.

Dr. Phillips has served on several community service boards, various healthcare committees, and she is actively involved in clinical trials and research projects. Her professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, and Association of Women Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, Georgia Surgical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, American Society of Breast Surgeons, National Medical Association, Atlanta Medical Associates and the Medical Association of Atlanta.

Our Goals

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Sisters By Choice’s 2016 Goals Include:

  • The Sisters By Choice Mobile Breast Clinic will provide breast health services (breast cancer screenings, diagnostic services, treatment and education), to the underserved urban and rural areas of Georgia
  • The Annual Pink Ribbon Walk The Annual Breast Cancer Awareness and Educational Weekend
  • Primary support network for breast cancer survivors and their families
  • SBC Homeless Project – serving homeless and underserved women
  • Sponsorship and participation in Community Health Fairs and Screening Programs
  • Develop SBC Chapters nationally