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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


University Hospital
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UW Carbone Cancer Center
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1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2100 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
UW Health Surgery at SwedishAmerican
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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
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]
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 Jun 11;:181651
[PubMed ID: 31184557]
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]
Wilke LG Staged Breast Operations: The Nipple Delay as an Old and New Idea. Ann Surg . 2018 Dec;268(6):e40
[PubMed ID: 30308609]
Chagpar AB Wilke LG Should Reexcision Rates in Breast Cancer Care be a Quality Measure? Ann Surg Oncol . 2018 Oct;25(10):2818-2822
[PubMed ID: 29947002]
Taylor LJ Steiman J Schumacher JR Wilke LG Greenberg CC Neuman HB Surgical Management of Lobular Carcinoma In Situ: Analysis of the National Cancer Database. Ann Surg Oncol . 2018 Aug;25(8):2229-2234
[PubMed ID: 29855831]
Tucholka JL Jacobson N Steffens NM Schumacher JR Tevaarwerk AJ Anderson B Wilke LG Greenberg CC Neuman HB Breast cancer survivor's perspectives on the role different providers play in follow-up care. Support Care Cancer . 2018 Jun;26(6):2015-2022
[PubMed ID: 29332175]
Le-Petross HT McCall LM Hunt KK Mittendorf EA Ahrendt GM Wilke LG Ballman KV Boughey JC Axillary Ultrasound Identifies Residual Nodal Disease After Chemotherapy: Results From the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z1071 Trial (Alliance). AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2018 Mar;210(3):669-676
[PubMed ID: 29381381]
Esbona K Yi Y Saha S Yu M Van Doorn RR Conklin MW Graham DS Wisinski KB Ponik SM Eliceiri KW Wilke LG Keely PJ The Presence of Cyclooxygenase 2, Tumor-Associated Macrophages, and Collagen Alignment as Prognostic Markers for Invasive Breast Carcinoma Patients. Am J Pathol . 2018 Mar;188(3):559-573
[PubMed ID: 29429545]
Huenerberg KJ Anderson BM Tevaarwerk AJ Neuman HB Wilke LG Seaborne LA Sesto M Integrating survivorship care planning in radiation oncology workflow. J Community Support Oncol . 2018 Mar-Apr;16(2):e66-e71
[PubMed ID: 30631797]
Tucholka JL Yang DY Bruce JG Steffens NM Schumacher JR Greenberg CC Wilke LG Steiman J Neuman HB A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Impact of Web-Based Information on Breast Cancer Patients' Knowledge of Surgical Treatment Options. J Am Coll Surg . 2018 Feb;226(2):126-133
[PubMed ID: 29246705]
Schumacher JR Taylor LJ Tucholka JL Poore S Eggen A Steiman J Wilke LG Greenberg CC Neuman HB Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Post-Mastectomy Immediate Reconstruction in a Contemporary Cohort of Breast Cancer Survivors. Ann Surg Oncol . 2017 Oct;24(10):3017-3023
[PubMed ID: 28766209]
Landercasper J Bennie B Parsons BM Dietrich LL Greenberg CC Wilke LG Linebarger JH Fewer Reoperations After Lumpectomy for Breast Cancer with Neoadjuvant Rather than Adjuvant Chemotherapy: A Report from the National Cancer Database. Ann Surg Oncol . 2017 Jun;24(6):1507-1515
[PubMed ID: 28062931]
DuBenske LL Schrager S McDowell H Wilke LG Trentham-Dietz A Burnside ES Mammography Screening: Gaps in Patient's and Physician's Needs for Shared Decision-Making. Breast J . 2017 Mar;23(2):210-214
[PubMed ID: 28252231]
Mirrielees JA Breckheimer KR White TA Denure DA Schroeder MM Gaines ME Wilke LG Tevaarwerk AJ Breast Cancer Survivor Advocacy at a University Hospital: Development of a Peer Support Program with Evaluation by Patients, Advocates, and Clinicians. J Cancer Educ . 2017 Mar;32(1):97-104
[PubMed ID: 26477478]
Hunt KK Euhus DM Boughey JC Chagpar AB Feldman SM Hansen NM Kulkarni SA McCready DR Mamounas EP Wilke LG Van Zee KJ Morrow M Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Disease Working Group Statement on Prophylactic (Risk-Reducing) Mastectomy. Ann Surg Oncol . 2017 Feb;24(2):375-397
[PubMed ID: 27933411]
Schulman AM Mirrielees JA Leverson G Landercasper J Greenberg C Wilke LG Reexcision Surgery for Breast Cancer: An Analysis of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Mastery<sup>SM</sup> Database Following the SSO-ASTRO "No Ink on Tumor" Guidelines. Ann Surg Oncol . 2017 Jan;24(1):52-58
[PubMed ID: 27581607]