About Rebecca Kaltman, M.D.
Dr. Rebecca Kaltman is a board-certified medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of breast cancer patients for the past 10 years. After experiencing breast cancer in her family during medical school and witnessing care from the patient perspective, her calling became clear. Each step through internship, residency, and, ultimately, oncology fellowship brought Dr. Kaltman closer to her life’s work. Counseling women and their families as they go through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has been the most rewarding aspect of her career.
Dr. Kaltman graduated at the top of her class in medical school and went on to residency and oncology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Chief Fellow before taking a position on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, where she practiced as a breast cancer specialist for three years. As part of her academic practice, she counseled and treated breast cancer patients while training medical students, residents and oncology fellows. She was also highly involved in Penn’s Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, counseling and testing men and women with strong family histories of cancer for genetic mutations.
In 2007, Dr. Kaltman and her family relocated to Bethesda, Maryland. She worked as an oncologist for three years in a breast oncology-specific private practice in Bethesda. Missing the stimulation of a hospital center, she returned to academics in 2010 to serve on the faculty at The George Washington (GW) University’s Medical Faculty Associates. In 2011, GW received a large donation to begin The Ruth Paul Cancer Prevention Program at GW and Dr. Kaltman now serves as Director, working to coordinate clinical care of high risk patients, facilitate research initiatives within GW, as well as orchestrate collaborations with other large academic centers.
Dr. Kaltman is passionate about delivering quality, compassionate, state of the art medical care to her patients. She has been awarded Top Doctor recognition in her field by The Washingtonian Magazine for the past three years.
In July 2014, while retaining her role as Director of The Ruth Paul Cancer Prevention Program at GW, she decided to leave her active breast oncology practice to start this new model for health care delivery.