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Breast Implant Safety Alliance (BISA) is a 501(c)(3) organization created by women whose mission is to educate and increase awareness locally and globally regarding breast implant safety. We are dedicated to working with patients, advocates, medical professionals, health organizations, the FDA, state/federal governments, focusing on evidence-based advocacy, striving to educate and empower patients to be their own advocates and ensure they are provided the necessary information when making healthcare decisions. We are not against the use of breast implants, however, we do advocate for safe medical devices. Most of our BISA team spoke at the recent FDA hearing, we were the first advocacy patient group invited to the ASPS San Diego, The Meeting 2019 and some of us have advocated for the Medical Device Safety Act in Washington, DC.

We are working toward our goals with ACTION!

  • Providing patient support by managing and volunteering in local and global support groups.

  • Increasing awareness about Breast Implant Illness and BIA-ALCL to the public by attending/speaking at health conferences, supplying literature and creating PSAs.

  • Supporting medical coding/diagnosis for Breast Implant Illness and coding for proper implant removal by collaborating with organizations submitting proposals.

  • Passing the Medical Device Safety Act (HR 2669) and Medical Device Guardians Act (HR2915). These bills will increase patient safety by amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to federal preemption of product liability under State and local requirements for all Class III medical devices and mandate doctors report adverse events directly to the FDA.

  • Passing state legislation for proper informed consent which includes mandatory distribution of manufacturer patient information as well as a patient/doctor checklist that highlights important health risks.

BISA Nonprofit Board Members

Maria Gmitro, President

Terri Diaz, Vice President

Robyn Towt, Secretary

Sarah Carlin, Treasurer 

Michael Gmitro, Member


Danielle Valoras, Medical Consultant

Holly Ennis, Legal Consultant


BISA Advocates

Andrea Citarelli Ottaiano

April Zimmerman

Dawn Criss

Holly Davis

Julie Elliott

Julie Lykins

Tara Hopko

Tracy Gary


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Registered Charity Number : 84-2947565

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