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Physicians & Providers

Dr. Jui-Lien "Lillian" Chou 
Board Certified Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Jui-Lien “Lillian” Chou is a board certified radiation oncologist who is also a breast cancer survivor. Her passion is in providing comprehensive, compassionate and excellent healthcare. She is a breast care specialist and has dedicated herself to the development of state-of-the-art breast care centers for the benefit of her patients. She founded Aurora Breast Center San Antonio in September of 2009. Aurora Breast Center is the only comprehensive breast care center in San Antonio featuring a breast care clinic with cutting-edge breast imaging, biopsy and cancer treatment technology and a compassionate team.

Dr. Chou was born in Tainan, Taiwan, and received her M.D. from the prestigious Medical College, National Taiwan University, in 1980 with honors. In 1983, after three years of ophthalmology residency training at National Taiwan University Hospital, she moved to San Antonio, Texas to pursue her “American Dream” and to start the residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She became board certified in Therapeutic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology in 1987 and has long been recognized for her excellence in radiation oncology practice and breast care.

Dr. Chou is married to Dr. Peter Ming-Tao Ho who is an ophthalmologist. They have three loving grown children. Dr. Chou’s other passions are edible organic gardening and promoting urban organic agriculture/UOA through community education programs, which are financially supported by Ho-Chou Family Foundation. Dr. Chou and her husband Dr. Ho started the foundation in 2002 for the benefit of the community to which they belong and love.

Steven Harms, MD
Breast Radiologist

Dr. Steven E. Harms is recognized nationally in the area of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), specificaly Breast MRI, and was named “Komen Foundation Scientist of the Year” by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 1998. He was formerly on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Baylor University Medical Center, and M. D. Anderson Cancer Institute. During his 14 years as director of MRI at Baylor, Dr. Harms and his research team developed MRI applications including RODEO Breast MRI. He helped draft the 2007 American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines which recommend breast MRI screening for high risk patients. Harms is a fellow of the Breast Imaging Society and has been on the Best Doctor’s in America since 2003. Harms practices at MANA’s The Breast Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and continues to be a clinical professor at UAMS.

Dr. Harms has authored over 90 scientific papers, 41 book chapters, and 9 patents. Dr. Harms is a fellow of the Breast Imaging Society. He is past-president of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Dr. Harms is currently the Program Chairman of the American Society of Breast Disease and has served on the board of directors since 2003. Dr. Harms serves on the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Committee, American College of Radiology Breast MRI Lexicon Committee, and the Susan G. Komen Public Policy Committee. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the editorial board of The Breast Journal. In 2007, Dr. Harms lectured on “Breast MRI: Leading Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in the 21st Century” and similar topics as a visiting professor at 15 medical schools and 11 medical conferences around the world. In 2010, Dr. Harms was named to the Best Doctors in America® list by his peers.

Rick Burrescia PA-C
Ricky Burrescia, PA-C, MPAS, is a native Texan and physician’s assistant for over 37 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology and botany from Texas A&M University – Commerce, and then studied biology as a graduate student. Subsequently, Mr. Burrescia earned a degree in health sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. After becoming a certified physician’s assistant, Mr. Burrescia moved to Lubbock, where he has been a PA under several physicians, including Ronald North, M.D. (plastic and reconstructive surgery), Lester Wolcott, M.D. (physical medicine and rehabilitation), Myron Mattison, M.D. (internal medicine), Rodolfo Martinez, M.D. (medical oncology and hematology), Enrique Rodriguez, M.D. (internal medicine), and Rafael Ruiz, M.D (psychiatry). Additionally, he completed a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies through the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2005. For the last sixteen years, Mr. Burrescia has been an integral part of the team caring for the needs of cancer patients in the west Texas/eastern New Mexico region at Radiation Oncology of the South Plains, P.A., as well as Wellness Lubbock, a facility dedicated to lifestyle changes and disease prevention/early detection.  Mr. Burrescia’s hobbies include classical guitar, golf, and outdoor activities

Kevin Pope, MD
Breast Radiologist

Kevin L. Pope, M.D. is a Clinical Breast Radiologist who has provided imaging services in Northwest Arkansas for over 20 years.

Dr. Pope, along with Dr. Danna Grear developed the first image-guided breast biopsy program in Northwest Arkansas in 1995. He and Dr. Danna Grear founded The Breast Cener, a MANA clinic, the first independent, dedicated breast center in Arkansas in 2003.
  • Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • Doctorate of Medicine
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Radiology Residency & Neuroradiology Fellowship
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Pope is an active contributor to the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference at Washington Regional Medical Center and has served the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in various capacities. He is a Member of the American Society of Breast Disease and the Society of Breast Imaging. Dr. Pope is often a featured speaker on breast imaging and early cancer detection for special interest groups in the community and medical field.
In the fall of 2008, Dr. Pope traveled to Romania to lead a conference on breast care and early detection of breast cancer for the country’s physicians and medical staff. At the conference, he conducted a series of lectures, hands-on workshops on needle biopsy, and an ultrasound workshop with live models. Since that trip, he and Sarah Faitak, the clinic manager and nurse, have established a International Breast Imaging Fellowship in Northwest Arkansas that sponsors one to two medical students each year to come to The Breast Center and other medical facilities to provide training and learn about new technologies.

Kelly A. Johnson, MD
  • Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • Dr. Johnson provides patients with expert breast imaging care at The Breast Center, a MANA Clinic.
  • Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • Breast Imaging Fellowship
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • Diagnostic Radiology Residency
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • Doctorate of Medicine
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Spanish
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
In high school, college and medical school, Kelly volunteered at Cancer Support homes and hospitals and developed her passion for medicine and patient care. Dr. Johnson is originally from Ft. Smith. She and her husband Jay, have two young children, Gracie and Josie.

Dr. Charles Wheeler 

Charles Wheeler, D.O., is a Pennsylvania native who, like many Texans, got here as quickly as he could, moving with his family to the Lone Star State as a child. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas, earned his medical degree at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, and served his country in the United States Air Force. He has been a practicing radiologist for more than 37 years. As a general radiologist, Dr. Wheeler has interpreted a wide variety of radiologic studies at Wellness Lubbock and Lubbock Imaging Center almost since our inception, including x-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, bone densities, and CT scans.

Dr. Wheeler’s professional interests include Lubbock Osteopathic Foundation, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society, as well as his specialty of radiology. Dr. Wheeler’s hobbies include enjoying college and professional sports, music, travel, non-fiction books, television and movies, and gym workouts.

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