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Dr. Sharpless has been a board certified surgeon since 1994 with both the American College of Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Following the completion of her specialty fellowship training at the University of Illinois, she entered private practice as a surgical oncologist (cancer surgeon), first in group practice and now as a solo practitioner. She is dedicated to giving high-quality, compassionate care to each patient she serves.

Since 1998, she had provided cancer surgery consultations to patients in the Chicagoland area, surrounding states and from across the country. She performs surgery at Advocate Condell Medical Center and does small procedures out of her Lake Forest office location.

Many patients prefer their care in a smaller, intimate environment rather than a large hospital where care can become impersonal. Our office provides an alternative to this high pressure approach to care. You need time to make important decisions about your own care and at North Shore Advanced Surgery we will help you weigh your options and make the best decision for you and your loved ones.

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Canadian Association of General Surgeons

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Society of Breast Surgeons

  • American Cancer Society Ambassador

  • American Association for Cancer Research

  • Illinois State Medical Association


Community Outreach Lecturing

  • Breast/Skin/Melanoma

  • Cancer Wellness Center

  • American Cancer Society

  • NWH Women in Surgery Grand Rounds

  • Chicago Breast Symposium

Provide patients for oncologists for chemo trials


Clinical research


Skin screening programs


School of Breast Oncology Diploma Course

University of Illinois - Chicago, IL

  • 1997 - 1998 Research Year, University of Illinois

  • 1995 - 1997 Surgical Oncology SSO Fellowship

University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  • 1992 - 1998 Master of Science in Surgery

  • 1989 - 1994 General Surgery Residency

  • 1988 - 1989 Rotating Internship

Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  • 1983 - 1988 Faculty of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine

  • 1981 - 1984 B.A. with Distinction - Life Sciences



The Advocate system of hospitals is one of few that still allows private doctors to practice on their own terms. This allows the kind of care that Dr. Sharpless believes in so deeply; oncologic surgery that follows the evolving standards of care, tailored to each and every individual. We encourage any healthy modality that complements present day care, helps to alleviate or minimize a patient's stress and puts them in a better mindset to allow for an improved recovery. This kind of integrative medicine helps the mind, body, and soul heal, leaving patients stronger and happier.

Acupuncture       Yoga       Meditation       Certain Herbals       Organic Meats, Vegetables & Fruits


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