Surgical Training, University of San Francisco, Medical School
University of San Francisco, (AOA – top 10% of his class)
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. John West worked with me and answered all my questions. The more I understood about my treatment options, the calmer and more empowered I felt. I knew Breastlink was the right place to be, and I just went with the flow.
Debbie M.
Dr. West knew that he had his hands full, but he guided me through. Almost 10 years later I am still cancer free. I experienced a miracle and my life was changed forever.
Sherry K.
I was so fortunate to have my special angels, Dr. John West and Dr. John Link for my surgeries and my medical care. Thus began my healing. Prior to that time in my life, I never would have believed that the word cancer would change my life for the better.
Nancy W.

Dr. John West – Breast Surgeon

Dr. West is a tireless advocate for the early detection of breast cancer and is a leading pioneer in the development of a comprehensive breast cancer treatment practice.


Dear Patients,

As many of you are aware, I am retiring January 31, 2021.  Although I am saddened at the prospect of retiring, I am certain the timing is right to start this new chapter in my life.  Retirement will allow me to spend more time with my family and more time with the grandchildren.

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.

I acknowledge and appreciate the important role my patients played in my career.  From you I’ve learned so much about the power of support throughout screening, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. There is a special place in my heart for each and every one of you.  If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me at [email protected].

The two new breast surgeons replacing me are, Dr. Shawndeep Tung and Dr. Valentina Bonev, both exceptionally well-trained breast surgeons and wonderful human beings.  They have already received rave reviews from our patients.  For more information on our new doctors call us at 714-571-5900.

I plan to continue my involvement in our Pink Journey Foundation, previously known as the Be Aware Foundation.  I would encourage all of you to support this non-profit organization that assists women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Contact Jill Canales at [email protected] for more information.


I wish you all the very best.

John West, MD

John West, M.D. is the director of surgery at Breastlink of Orange. 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 over the past 32 years has been on the cutting edge of developing a team approach to the care of patients with breast problems.

Dr. West was born in Texas and raised in San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkley, and continued medical and surgical training at U.C. S. F. where he graduated A.O.A (top 10% of his class). He started to practice in Orange County in 1973.

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 continues to be at the forefront of cutting edge breast care issues. 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.

Dr. John West and his wife Jan have two sons, Justin, Breastlink’s director of plastic and reconstructive services, and Matthew, an investor on Wall Street. Dr. West’s interests include physical fitness, gardening and scuba diving. He is a workaholic who often jokes that his favorite saying is “Thank God it’s Monday”.

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