Director, UW Health Breast Center

Lee G. Wilke, MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Surgery (General)
Lee G. Wilke, MD, FACS

About

Dr. Wilke is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Surgical Oncology, Director of the UW Health Breast Center and associate director of clinical research for the UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC).

She specializes in complex surgical oncology with a focus on breast cancer. She provides a wide range of services including lumpectomy or partial mastectomy with oncoplastic approaches; simple, skin-sparing, and nipple-sparing mastectomy; sentinel lymph node surgery; and axillary lymph node dissections. She also specializes in neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer treatment as well as benign diseases of the breast.

Dr. Wilke earned her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC and completed a research fellowship at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Her research focuses on cancer clinical trials with a specialty in cancer prevention as well as novel device development for minimally invasive breast surgery. She is co-principle investigator for the UWCCC National Cancer Institute Lead Academic Participating Site UG1 grant. She is chair of the Research Committee for the American Society of Breast Surgeons as well as a member of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center’s (NAPBC) board.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation
  • Department of Surgery

Practice locations

  • University Hospital - Breast Center
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
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  • UW Carbone Cancer Center - Breast Cancer Clinic
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
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Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Surgery
Medical School
  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Fellowships

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

Residencies
  • University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI
Internships
  • University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI

Specialties

Additional conditions and treatments
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Surgery
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Needle-localized Excision
  • Nipple-sparing Mastectomy
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Skin-sparing Mastectomy

Research and publications

Dr. Wilke’s main research interest are clinical trials that seek novel methods of treating breast cancer. She 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.