Today, Eva is cancer-free and the center has had more than 190,000 patient visits.
You started your career as a model, but eventually went into medicine. What prompted your career change?
I started taking pre-med classes in high school so I could go to medical school. But my plans were slightly derailed when I became a Ford model and was Miss Sweden for the Miss Universe contest in 1980. Then one day, I decided I had to go back to medical school or I would never be able to pursue my original dream of becoming a doctor.
What inspired you to develop the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41. I had 17 consultations — with pathologists, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, and I was my own navigator through this process. During my treatment I thought: there has to be a better way.
I realized that with my unique experience as a philanthropist, patient, and physician, I could really make a difference. I could integrate all areas of medicine under one roof and treat the whole woman.