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Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD

Dr. Lehman is the director of imaging at SCCA.

Patient Care Philosophy:

Dr. Lehman understands that every patient has unique needs and she cares for each patient with compassion and respect. She uses evidence-based practice and state-of-the art technology to ensure the best care for our patients.

Dr. Lehman's Resume


Title

  • Medical Director, Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Professor, Vice Chair, Radiology Department, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Joint Member, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Clinical Expertise

Diagnostic Radiology, Breast Imaging

Education And Training

  • Yale University School of Medicine, 1990
  • Residency: University  of Washington Radiology, 7/91-6/95
  • Fellowship: University of Washington Radiology, 7/95-6/96

More Information

  • Dr. Lehman was recognized as a 2012 and 2013 "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met magazine's annual survey.
  • Dr. Lehman was recognized as a 2012 "Top Doctor" in Seattle magazine's annual survey.
  • Learn more about MRI research at SCCA.

Dr. Lehman's Story


Dr. Connie Lehman is Professor and Vice chair of Radiology and Section Head of Breast Imaging at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Director of Imaging at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

She believes that with better imaging, we can provide earlier diagnosis of breast cancer and thus offer more women a hope for cure. “In addition, with appropriate use of advanced imaging we can support more individualized treatment options that are less invasive, allowing women to enjoy healthy, active lives long after their diagnosis and treatment,” Lehman says.

Dr. Lehman’s research focuses on new methods and applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in breast imaging, as well as the factors that influence the performance of mammography and breast ultrasound in early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. She has served as a principal investigator and a co-investigator on numerous single and multi-institution clinical trials in breast MRI, mammography and ultrasound, including a study that found adding MRI scans to examinations of women with breast cancer improves detection of a second cancer in the opposite breast. Detecting these “contralateral” cancers at the time of initial diagnosis means women can be treated for both simultaneously, avoiding a second round of therapy later and, potentially, an unnecessary mastectomy.

After graduating from Duke University, Dr. Lehman received her medical degree and Ph.D. from Yale University and moved to Seattle for residency training in diagnostic radiology and fellowship training in breast imaging at the University of Washington. She serves on a number of key national committees including the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Steering Committee, the American College of Radiology Imaging Network’s Breast Committee of which she was the Chair for four years, and the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Committee on Breast Imaging for Appropriateness Criteria and Guidelines. In addition, she developed the ACR Breast MRI Accreditation program and was the first chair of the program. Dr. Lehman has co-authored breast cancer screening recommendations by the American Cancer Society, the ACR, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and she has authored and co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Lehman has been recognized nationally and internationally for her excellence in clinical work, teaching, and research, including a 2007 Health Breakthrough Award from Ladies Home Journal, Medical Imaging’s Top Ten Women’s Imagers award, and multiple years on Seattle and Seattle Met magazines’ Top Doctors lists.