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Director, UW Health Breast Center
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Lee Wilke specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the breast; sentinel lymph-node mapping; neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer; nipple-sparing breast surgery and minimally invasive surgery of the breast.

Dr. Wilke earned her medical degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and completed her residency and a research fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is the Director of the UW Health Breast Center.


Surgery (General)

Surgical Oncology

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

Breast Biopsy

Breast Cancer

Breast Center

Breast Surgery

Cancer Surgeons



Needle-localized Excision

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Skin-sparing Mastectomy


UW Carbone Cancer Center
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University Hospital
(608) 266-6400 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery

ACS Resident Research Fellow in Immunotherapy, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI 1996-1998

Residency University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI
Internship University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI
Medical School Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Wilke’s main research interest are clinical trials that seek novel methods of treating breast cancer. She is a member of the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, and also is a collaborator and investigator evaluating the use of optical spectroscopy to evaluate breast tumor margins and aid in the diagnosis and evaluation of solid tumors.

PubMed Articles
Yao KA Attai D Bleicher R Kuchta K Moran M Boughey J Wilke LG Dietz JR Stevens R Pesce C Kopkash K Kurtzman S Sarantou T Victorson D Covid-19 related oncologist's concerns about breast cancer treatment delays and physician well-being (the CROWN study). Breast Cancer Res Treat . 2021 Jan 31;
[PubMed ID: 33517522]
Neira LM Mays RO Sawicki JF Schulman A Harter J Wilke LG Behdad N Van Veen BD Hagness SC A Pilot Study of the Impact of Microwave Ablation on the Dielectric Properties of Breast Tissue. Sensors (Basel) . 2020 Oct 6;20(19)
[PubMed ID: 33036268]
Nichols BS Chelales E Wang R Schulman A Gallagher J Greenup RA Geradts J Harter J Marcom PK Wilke LG Ramanujam N Quantitative assessment of distant recurrence risk in early stage breast cancer using a nonlinear combination of pathological, clinical and imaging variables. J Biophotonics . 2020 Oct;13(10):e201960235
[PubMed ID: 32573935]
Schumacher JR Stankowski-Drengler TJ Tucholka JL Poore SO Wilke LG Greenberg CC Neuman HB Utility of health services regions in examining socioeconomic disparities in receipt of breast reconstruction. Breast J . 2020 Sep;26(9):1895-1897
[PubMed ID: 32608542]
Zhang R Fowler AM Wilke LG Kelcz F Garrett JW Chen GH Li K Fast acquisition with seamless stage translation (FASST) for a trimodal x-ray breast imaging system. Med Phys . 2020 Sep;47(9):4356-4362
[PubMed ID: 32458449]
Livingston-Rosanoff D Trentham-Dietz A Hampton JM Newcomb PA Wilke LG Evaluation of Long-Term Satisfaction with Breast Surgery in Patients Treated for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ: A Population-Based Longitudinal Cohort Study. Ann Surg Oncol . 2020 Aug;27(8):2628-2636
[PubMed ID: 32095924]
Taylor LJ Steiman JS Anderson B Schumacher JR Wilke LG Greenberg CC Neuman HB Does persistent use of radiation in women > 70 years of age with early-stage breast cancer reflect tailored patient-centered care? Breast Cancer Res Treat . 2020 Apr;180(3):801-807
[PubMed ID: 32125557]
Livingston-Rosanoff D Hanlon B Marka N Vande Walle K Stankowski-Drengler T Schumacher J Greenberg CC Neuman H Wilke LG Time to initiation of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment does not influence patient survival: A study of US breast cancer patients. Breast J . 2020 Apr;26(4):625-629
[PubMed ID: 31513322]
Stankowski-Drengler TJ Schumacher JR Hanlon B Livingston-Rosanoff D Van de Walle K Greenberg CC Wilke LG Neuman HB Outcomes for Patients with Residual Stage II/III Breast Cancer Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy (AFT-01). Ann Surg Oncol . 2020 Mar;27(3):637-644
[PubMed ID: 31900808]
Vande Walle K Yang DY Stankowski-Drengler TJ Livingston-Rosanoff D Fernandes-Taylor S Schumacher JR Wilke LG Greenberg CC Neuman HB Breast Cancer Found Incidentally After Reduction Mammaplasty in Young Insured Women. Ann Surg Oncol . 2019 Dec;26(13):4310-4316
[PubMed ID: 31538286]
Livingston-Rosanoff D Schumacher J Vande Walle K Stankowski-Drengler T Greenberg CC Neuman H Wilke LG Does Tumor Size Predict Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in the Modern Era of Biologically Driven Treatment? A Nationwide Study of US Breast Cancer Patients. Clin Breast Cancer . 2019 Dec;19(6):e741-e747
[PubMed ID: 31300338]
Livingston-Rosanoff D Foley DP Leverson G Wilke LG Impact of Pre-Transplant Malignancy on Outcomes After Kidney Transplantation: United Network for Organ Sharing Database Analysis. J Am Coll Surg . 2019 Dec;229(6):568-579
[PubMed ID: 31666186]
Tevis SE Steiman JG Neuman HB Greenberg CC Wilke LG Postoperative complications in combined gynecologic, plastic, and breast surgery: An analysis from National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Breast J . 2019 Nov;25(6):1111-1116
[PubMed ID: 31280491]
Stankowski-Drengler TJ Tucholka JL Bruce JG Steffens NM Schumacher JR Greenberg CC Wilke LG Hanlon B Steiman J Neuman HB A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Impact of Pre-Consultation Information on Patients' Perception of Information Conveyed and Satisfaction with the Decision-Making Process. Ann Surg Oncol . 2019 Oct;26(10):3275-3281
[PubMed ID: 31342375]
Burnside ES Trentham-Dietz A Shafer CM Hampton JM Alagoz O Cox JR Mischo E Schrager SB Wilke LG Age-based versus Risk-based Mammography Screening in Women 40-49 Years Old: A Cross-sectional Study. Radiology . 2019 Aug;292(2):321-328
[PubMed ID: 31184557]
Livingston-Rosanoff D Shubeck SP Kanters AE Dossett LA Minter RM Wilke LG Got Milk? Design and Implementation of a Lactation Support Program for Surgeons. Ann Surg . 2019 Jul;270(1):31-32
[PubMed ID: 30921050]
Elezaby M Lees B Maturen KE Barroilhet L Wisinski KB Schrager S Wilke LG Sadowski E <i>BRCA</i> Mutation Carriers: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Screening Guidelines and Imaging Considerations. Radiology . 2019 Jun;291(3):554-569
[PubMed ID: 31038410]
Donohue S Haine JE Li Z Feldstein DA Micek M Trowbridge ER Kamnetz SA Sosman JM Wilke LG Sesto ME Tevaarwerk AJ Cancer Survivorship Care Plan Utilization and Impact on Clinical Decision-Making at Point-of-Care Visits with Primary Care: Results from an Engineering, Primary Care, and Oncology Collaborative for Survivorship Health. J Cancer Educ . 2019 Apr;34(2):252-258
[PubMed ID: 29098650]
Mora-Pinzon MC Chrischilles EA Greenlee RT Hoeth L Hampton JM Smith MA McDowell BD Wilke LG Trentham-Dietz A Variation in coordination of care reported by breast cancer patients according to health literacy. Support Care Cancer . 2019 Mar;27(3):857-865
[PubMed ID: 30062586]
Donohue S Haine JE Li Z Trowbridge ER Kamnetz SA Feldstein DA Sosman JM Wilke LG Sesto ME Tevaarwerk AJ The Impact of a Primary Care Education Program Regarding Cancer Survivorship Care Plans: Results from an Engineering, Primary Care, and Oncology Collaborative for Survivorship Health. J Cancer Educ . 2019 Feb;34(1):154-160
[PubMed ID: 28932992]