Specialty Care by People Who Care

Rosa Elena Cuenca, M.D.,FACS


General Information:

Dr. Cuenca is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, and is currently the Vice President of the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and is the only Fellowship trained Surgical Oncologist in NE Texas.

She dedicates her practice to the care of Breast Cancer as well as benign diseases of the breast, performing both Stereotactic and Ultrasound and MRI guided breast biopsies.

Dr. Cuenca also specializes in Melanoma and other malignant skin and soft tissue and lymphatic cancers, Parotid, Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, as well as performing Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for both Breast Cancer and Melanoma since 1994.

Dr. Cuenca is a strong advocate for women's health. She performs a Pain Free Sentinel Node Biopsy for breast cancer, injecting radioactive dye while asleep, and not while awake as most General Surgeons do, allowing the patient a more comfortable and stress free surgery.

A strong advocate for Breast Conservation surgery, she specializes in Onco-plastic Reconstructive Breast Surgery, to obtain the best cosmetic outcome.

Dr. Cuenca strives to provide education and awareness to our patients and their families in a respectful, caring atmosphere, and to ensure access to high quality treatment regimens in compliance with current knowledge and standards of care in a comfortable, convenient, community atmosphere. She is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at LSU Shreveport.

Immediate or delayed reconstructive surgery is available with her close associate, David A. Jansen, MD, FACS, who operates with Dr. Cuenca here in Mt. Pleasant.

Dr. Jansen also provides Cosmetic Surgery and Facial and Occuloplastic Surgery through this office. Dr. Jansen is Chief of Plastic Surgery, Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and has a private practice in New Orleans, as well.

As a Surgical Oncologist, Dr. Cuenca is very interested in Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing, and provides this through her consultation.

Education & Certifications


  • 1978-1982 : B.S. in Public Health with Honors School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


  • 1982-1986 : M.D. Degree, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina


  • 1986-1987 : Internship : Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Medical Hospital, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


  • 1987-1991 : General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1991-1992 : Chief Resident, General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


  • 1989-1990 : Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 1992-1994 : NIH T32 Surgical Oncology Research Fellow Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • 1994-1996 : Clinical Fellow, Department of Surgical Oncology Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY


  • 1996-1999 : Surgical Oncologist - Buffalo Medical Group, Buffalo, NY
  • 1999-2007 : Surgical Oncologist - East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • 2007-Pres : Medical Director, Breast Wellness Center - Titus Regional Medical Center, Mt. Pleasant, TX
  • 2007-Pres : Owner - Northeast Texas Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery, PA, Mt. Pleasant, Texas

Areas of Practice

  • Breast Cancer
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Sarcoma Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Complex Skin Cancers
  • Lymphoma
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Oncologic Reconstruction

Professional Associations

  • American College of Surgeons - VIce President of the North Texas Chapter
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Association of Breast Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Southern Medical Association -Councilor of Texas
  • American Association of Cancer Research

Academic Appointments

  • 1996-1999 : Attending Physician, Department of Surgery, Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY and Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, NY
  • 1996-1999 : Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • 1999-2007 : Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery; Surgical Director, Photodynamic Therapy, Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center; Director, Breast Wellness Center, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
  • 2009-Pres : Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery LSU-Shreveport

Board Certification

  • 1993 : Diplomat, American Board of Surgery Certificate Number: 38508
  • Oct 1999 : Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Dec 6, 2014 Recertification, American Board of Surgery

Professional Societies

  • American Medical Association
  • Association of Academic Surgery, Candidate
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Association of Women Surgeons, US & Western NY Chapters
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • Erie County and NY State Medical Societies
  • Lake Ontario Metastasis Group
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons, February 2005


  • Inducted: The Honour Society of Phi Kappa Phi, ECU Chapter (114), April 2, 2007
  • Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University Spotlight on Service Award, 2006
  • Inducted: The Society of University Surgeons, 2005
  • Commencement Speaker, North Lenoir High School, Kinston, NC, Class of 2003
  • Pearls Lecturer
    Brody School of Medicine Class of 2002
    Brody School of Medicine Class of 2006
  • American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Award
    Brody School of Medicine Awards Ceremony-May 9, 2002
  • Outstanding Professional for Medicine, CGF Health System, Buffalo, NY, May 1999
  • Appointed by Governor Michael Easley to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control, 2006-20010

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors: Medical Media Associates, Inc., Buffalo, NY, 1997-1999
  • National Advisory Board, Medical Media Associates, Inc., Buffalo, NY, 1999-Present
  • Pitt Partners for Health, Pitt County, 2001-2003
  • Pitt Community College Advisory Board, School of Massage Therapy, 2000-2004
  • Titus County Lion’s Club, 2007-Present.
  • Board of Directors Sally’s Hope

Medical Licensure

  • North Carolina: #38034
  • Texas: #M6977
  • Louisiana: MD.204352

Professional Services

  • Delegate, American Medical Women’s Association, 1982-1986
  • ECU Chapter Vice President, 1982; President, 1983
  • Delegate, National Convention, 1983, 1984
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Instructorship Course: Duke University, 1988
  • ATLS Instructor, International Instructorship Course, UNC, 1988
  • ATLS Instructor Certification Course, UNC, 1988-92
  • Medical School Accreditation Review Board Committee, Student Envoy, ECU School of Medicine, 1984-85
  • Consultant (paid), Medical Liabilities Mutual Insurance Co., NY, NY, 1996-1999
  • Consultant (non-paid), National Advisory Board – Medical Media Associates American Cancer Society Accredited Breast Cancer Support Group, Buffalo Medical Group 1996-1999
  • National Advisory Board of Medical Media Associates, Inc., 1999-Present
  • Faculty Interviewer: ECU School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, 1999-Present
  • Residency Candidate Interviewer: ECU School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, 1999-Present
  • Mock Oral Examiner for ECU School of Medicine, Department of Surgery Senior Residents,1999-Present
  • Patient Care Evaluator (PCE) for Tumor Registry, Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, 2000-Present
  • Regional Representative, Southeastern Region, NIH Funded, “Redes en Accion” – Cancer Awareness Program for Hispanic Awareness, Teaching, and Research for Cancer Care, 2003-Present
  • Cancer Liaison Physician to The Commission On Cancer, American College of Surgeons-PCMH
  • Board of Directors for NC Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2003-Present
  • Member of Cancer Committee for NC Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2003
  • Associate Examiner for Oral Boards for American Board of Surgery, December 2003
  • Judge for the Second Annual East Carolina University Research and Scholarship Day, 2004-12-10 Principal Investigator: NSABP and ECOG
  • Secretary-Treasurer, NC Chapter of The American College of Surgeons, July 2006-2007
  • Speaker’s Bureaux: Astra-Zenica Corp., 1999-2004
  • Scherring-Plogh Corp., 2000-Present
  • Program Director, Cancer Recurrence: Continued Challenge for Cancer Surgeons Conference, The NC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, The Monroe Center, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University and the North Carolina Chapter of ACOS, February 3, 2005.
  • Judge for the Third Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, East Carolina University, April 8, 2005.
  • Judge for the State’s Surgery Resident Cancer Abstract Competition, Louisiana State University, October 5, 2005.
  • Guest Editor for Surgery, Peer Review Journal, 2005 - Present
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