John Link is recognized as one of the foremost breast cancer doctors in the world. He actively practices at Breastlink, the comprehensive breast cancer group he founded in 1995. He also conducts research, writes books and teaches. In 1998 he founded the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund, a non-profit charity dedicated to educating and helping women achieve Optimal Care. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his dedication and contributions to women with this disease.
John Link was born in San Diego, California on December 2, 1946. His parents were school teachers and he is the oldest of three children. His mother was a New Zealander and his two sisters now live in New Zealand. His childhood heroes were Mickey Mantle and Edmund Hillary. As a youth he was a gifted runner and received a track scholarship to USC, where he was an academic All American, captain of the track team and world record holder in the two-mile relay. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in English literature.
He decided on a career in medicine when his beloved track coach, Willie Wilson, died of cancer at age 42. He attended the USC School of Medicine and graduated in 1972 in the top 10% of his class. He went into the practice of medical oncology and taught at his alma mater. After several years in general oncology (cancer medicine), Dr. Link decided to dedicate his career to the care and cure of women with breast cancer. He founded one of the first "comprehensive breast cancer diagnostic and treatment centers" in the U.S. at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in 1985. This center has been recognized as a leader and innovator in breast cancer care (Self Magazine and ABC's 20/20). He has authored two books for women with breast cancer: The Breast Cancer Survival Manual (Holt, 4th edition 2007) and Take Charge of your Breast Cancer (Holt, 2002).
His present goal is to continue to care for women with breast cancer and make a difference. He says, "We are putting together the best breast cancer treatment group possible that will give women 'optimal care' for their particular, unique situation. We will do this through our books, research, website and our center."