Marla R. Lander, M.D.
Dr. Marla Lander is a diagnostic radiologist at The Desert Comprehensive Breast Center, which is located in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. A Diplomat of the National Board of Radiology, she has more than 15 years’ experience as a specialist in breast imaging. She has practiced in the desert area since 1997 was named a Top Doctor by her peers in a survey published by Palm Springs Life magazine in July 2013. She teaches physicians of varying specialties and technologists throughout the country and in Canada, about 3-D Ultrasound, its importance, and how to interpret findings.
Prior to joining The Desert Comprehensive Breast Center in 2011, Dr. Lander was medical director of a breast health center for many years, and was the Chief Medical Officer of a national women’s health organization. She has given numerous talks to the public as well as colleagues, on breast imaging, diagnosis, treatment of cancers, methods of biopsy, new techniques in the breast field, bone density testing, osteoporosis, and how to minimize one’s risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis. Dr. Lander has participated in many multicenter national trials in the arena of breast biopsy devices and automated ultrasound. She co-authored an article with internationally acclaimed Swedish breast imager and researcher Dr. Laszlo Tabar on Automated 3-D Breast Ultrasound as a Promising Adjunctive Screening Tool for Examining Dense Breast Tissue (Seminars in Roentgenology, v 46, #4. October 2011).
Dr. Lander earned her medical degree at the University of California, Irvine; where she went on to serve her internship in general surgery and residency in radiology. She also completed a prestigious mammography fellowship at Central Hospital, Falun, Sweden under the tutelage of Dr. Tabar, and additional fellowship training at Saddleback Valley Women’s Imaging Center in Laguna Hills, California, and Western Medical Center in Tustin, California. Dr. Lander sees patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s main facility at Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, and at the Cancer Center’s satellite in La Quinta.