A native San Diegan, Dr. Jyoti Arya grew up in nearby Del Mar, CA, and has always had a place in her heart for “America’s Finest City.” She received her bachelor’s degree at UCSD, after which she attended Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. After completing her general surgical training, she was recruited to join the University of Colorado Department of Surgery in Denver, where her practice was predominantly general surgery with an interest in breast oncology.
As her practice in Colorado grew, Dr. Arya wanted to provide more reconstructive options for breast cancer patients. In 2005, she returned to Tulane for more advanced training, and completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency.
In 2006, Dr. Arya’s devotion to proper treatment of breast cancer patients crossed family lines. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease. Determined to see that she receive excellent care, Dr. Arya returned home to Del Mar in February 2007, and was by her mother’s side as she made a full recovery.
Dr. Arya’s philosophy of care is refreshing in its focus on the whole person and unique circumstances that individuals face after a diagnosis. “Every patient I see has a different personal story, different interests, different beliefs — it simply doesn’t make sense that one course of treatment is right for everyone,” she says. “Two patients with identical diagnoses should have a right to choose with their doctor what’s best in their individual case.”
Dr. Arya is a firm proponent of the effectiveness of Scripps’ bi-weekly Breast Cancer Conference that she attends: a meeting of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiologists to discuss specific patient cases and determine appropriate treatment plans for each patient.
As her practice at Scripps Clinic grows, Dr. Arya aspires to become San Diego’s regional Center of Excellence focusing on Microvascular Breast Reconstruction — which utilizes fatty tissue from other areas of the body, as opposed to implants. Using tissue from the patient’s own body is the most natural way to reconstruct the breast and diminishes much of the secondary procedures associated with other methods.
In her free time, Dr. Arya loves to stay active, and is participating in the 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C. in May. She is also running in the Rock ‘n Roll Half-Marathon on behalf of Team in Training, which raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
At home, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her rescue dogs, a pair of Shih-Tzus named Maggie and Bella.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Arya, please call 858-554-9606.