Benjamin O. Anderson, MDDr. Anderson is a surgical oncologist who treats women with breast cancer.
Patient Care Philosophy:
Breast cancer treatment requires that the patient make many decisions about therapy options. My role, like a coach or guide, is first to help my patient understand the core cancer issues that define her choices, and then to provide the surgical expertise to create the best technically effective and esthetically pleasing outcome for her, as a whole person.
Dr. Anderson's Resume
- Professor of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Full Member, Epidemiology, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Director, Breast Health Clinic, Breast Care and Cancer Research Program, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Breast cancer, international breast health care, oncoplastic breast surgery, locally advanced breast cancer, minimally invasive breast diagnosis, high risk breast health evaluation, phyllodes breast tumors, lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), benign breast evaluation and diagnosis.
- Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1985
- Residency: University of Colorado Health Science Center General Surgery, 1986-1992
- Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Surgical Oncology, 1992-1994
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Dr. Anderson's Story
Dr. Ben Anderson believes that modern medicine has made tremendous progress in cancer diagnosis and treatment, but healing begins with understanding a patient’s needs and wishes.
As surgeon and associate professor of surgery at University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Anderson says “breast cancer treatment requires that the patient make many decisions about therapy options. My role, like a coach or guide, is first to help my patient understand the core cancer issues that define her choices, and then to provide the surgical expertise to create the best technically effective and esthetically pleasing outcome for her, as a whole person.”
Dr. Anderson has clinical expertise in breast cancer, international breast health care, oncoplastic breast surgery, locally advanced breast cancer, minimally invasive breast diagnosis, and high risk breast health evaluation. A native of California, he earned his B.A. in mathematics at Pomona College and medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Following a general surgical residency at the University of Colorado, Dr. Anderson trained in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York as an American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow.
In 1994, he joined the surgical faculty at University of Washington, served as clinical medical director of the breast program from 1998 to 2003, and continues to serve as director of the Breast Health Center. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in “Best Doctors in America” in 2001 and has been reelected every year since that time.
Recipient of the American Cancer Society Career Development Award for breast cancer research in 1995, Dr. Anderson served as Associate Program Head for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Breast Cancer Research Program from 1998 through 2001. He created and chairs the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), an international project to define guidelines for breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment in countries with limited health-care resources under the auspices of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Anderson has been a member of the board of directors of three academic national and international breast cancer societies, served as president of the American Society of Breast Disease from 2005-2007, and also served as private sector advisor on cancer control to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt on the U.S. delegation to the WHO World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in 2005.