Plastic Surgeon Lauds 'Remarkable' Angelina Jolie


The surgeon who performed Angelina Jolie's reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jay Orringer, gave ET his first TV interview about operating on the famed actress and his thoughts on her decision to reveal her surgery to the public.

"She's a remarkable individual. She made the brave choice to want to help others," Orringer told ET's Brooke Anderson.

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Jolie revealed in May that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after discovering that she had a defective BRCA1 gene, which dramatically increased her risk for breast cancer.

Because of the reconstructive surgery she had soon after the double mastectomy procedure, she could have let the surgery slide under the radar, but instead decided to publicize the news in an op-ed, presumably to help bring awareness to breast cancer and gene testing.

"She's a...truly benevolent individual [who] I think really cares about other people," her reconstructive surgeon said about Jolie's bold choice to reveal her surgery. "...It made women think, 'Well, maybe I should be gene tested.' We're already seeing women come in and say, 'That saved my life!'"

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Watch the clip above to hear Dr. Orringer talk about Brad Pitt's support for Jolie during her surgery.

Dr. Orringer will be speaking at a fundraising event in Florida on Wednesday, Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, to promote education awareness and access concerning post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.