Faculty, UW–Madison
Senior Medical Director, Clinical Cancer Services

Lee Wilke, MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
Lee Wilke, MD


Lee Wilke, MD, is a UW Health surgical oncologist and professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is also the senior medical director of clinical cancer services for the UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center.

Dr. Wilke treats people with breast cancer and noncancerous breast disease. She also cares for people who are at high risk for breast cancer.

Dr. Wilke considers it a privilege to care for cancer patients. She listens to her patients’ worries and assures them that they are not alone. She offers personalized care plans and discusses treatment options that best fit the patients’ needs and values. She performs partial mastectomies with oncoplastic approaches (remove the cancer while preserving the shape and look of the breast), skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomies, sentinel lymph node surgery and axillary lymph node dissections.

Dr. Wilke’s goal is to offer patients the latest cancer treatments. Her patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials, in addition to new medicines and ways of removing cancer in the operating room. She believes in empowering patients with information and shared decision-making.

During her free time, Dr. Wilke enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

We work to give our patients hope using the latest, very best treatments to fight their breast cancer.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

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

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

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

Areas of expertise

  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast cancer
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Needle-localized Excision
  • Nipple-sparing Mastectomy
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Skin-sparing Mastectomy