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New Breast Surgeon Joins AdventHealth to Provide Expanded Access for Breast Cancer Care in WNC

New Breast Surgeon Joins AdventHealth to Provide Expanded Access for Breast Cancer Care in WNC

HENDERSONVILLE, NC, June 18, 2024 – AdventHealth is excited to welcome Colette A. Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS, to its team at AdventHealth Medical Group Breast Center at Asheville and Hendersonville.* Dr. Salm-Schmid is a board-certified surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon who is committed to delivering evidence-based, high-quality, patient-centered care to patients in Western North Carolina.

Dr. Salm-Schmid earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL. She then completed her general surgery residency at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI and a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Northwestern University. Dr. Salm-Schmid brings more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of breast cancer and diseases of the breast to her new role at AdventHealth.

Dr. Salm-Schmid is passionate about providing exceptional breast care. One of the ways she does this is by utilizing the latest technologies and advancements available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. She is committed to the principles of complete cancer removal while still providing optimal cosmetic results.

“My commitment lies in empowering patients with knowledge so that they can play an active role in their care and decision-making process,” Dr. Salm-Schmid explains. “With my unique ability to connect with patients on a personal level, I strive to help them understand breast cancer, their treatment options, and what to expect.”

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Colette A. Salm-Schmid join our care team at AdventHealth. Her experience and commitment to patient-centered care make her a powerful addition to our team providing the highest quality breast care to the patients of Western North Carolina,” shares Christy Sneller, MBA, Vice President of Physician Services for AdventHealth Hendersonville. “Dr. Salm-Schmid's dedication to utilizing the latest technologies and advancements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver whole-person care that heals the body, mind, and spirit."

Along with being nationally recognized for her exceptional work as a breast surgical oncologist, Dr. Salm-Schmid’s calm and approachable demeanor helps build trusting relationships with her patients. She values connection and keeps her patients informed and involved in their care plans.

“Research has shown that patients who receive equivalent care closer to home have better outcomes, and the patients of Western North Carolina deserve this opportunity,” Dr. Salm-Schmid shares. “The message I want patients, colleagues and guests to know is that I care, I have a plan, and I have your back, and so will my team.”

Dr. Salm-Schmid and her husband moved to WNC to be closer to their adult children and families. She feels whole through close connection with people and the environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending as much time outside as she can, which includes playing with her Newfoundland dog, going on walks, exploring new hiking areas, and swimming.

Dr. Salm-Schmid will be caring for patients at AdventHealth Medical Group Breast Center at Asheville and Hendersonville. To learn more about comprehensive cancer and breast health care at AdventHealth or schedule an appointment, please visit or call Call855-774-LIFE (5433).

*A hospital department of AdventHealth Hendersonville.