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

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; Senior Medical Director, Clinical Cancer Services for UW Health and the UW Carbone Cancer Center; Associate Director, Clinical Research for the UW Carbone Cancer Center; Hendricks Chair in Breast Center Surgery Research; and Vice Chair of Research, UW Department of Surgery.

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.

Dr. Wilke’s principal research interest is in clinical trials seeking novel methods of treating patients with breast cancer. Dr. Wilke is lead Principal investigator for the UW Carbone Cancer Center NCTN Lead Academic Program UG1 Grant, is Research Chair for the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a Board member for the NCCN and NAPBC. She is a collaborator on multiple grants and trials evaluating novel medical and surgical treatments for breast cancer.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation
  • Department of Surgery

Practice locations

  • University Hospital - Breast Center
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
    • Closed now
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  • UW Carbone Cancer Center - Breast Cancer Clinic
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
    • Closed now
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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 principal research interest is in clinical trials seeking novel methods of treating patients with breast cancer. Dr. Wilke is lead Principal investigator for the UW Carbone Cancer Center NCTN Lead Academic Program UG1 Grant, is Research Chair for the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a Board member for the NCCN and NAPBC. She is a collaborator on multiple grants and trials evaluating novel medical and surgical treatments for breast cancer.