Top Doctor
The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Benjamin O. Anderson, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Surgery; Professor, Global Health-Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chair and Director, The Breast Health Global Initiative; Joint Full Professor, Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical expertise
Breast cancer
“Healing begins with understanding your needs and wishes.”
— Dr. Anderson
Why do you choose to work at SCCA?

I’m a big believer in multidisciplinary care, particularly when it comes to complex diseases like breast cancer, because the best health outcomes tend to result from a group of experts working together — and that’s what I value about SCCA. The traditional approach to breast cancer treatment has been piecemeal: requiring patients to gather information from several different specialists and then figure out what to do, which can be very stressful. At SCCA, the onus is on us to put the data together. My colleagues and I evaluate your diagnosis and situation, identify the best options for treatment and then share this information with you as a team. This collaborative approach empowers you to make informed choices about your care.

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What is your role in cancer treatment?

Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer requires you to make many decisions about your care. My role, like a coach or guide, is to help you understand the core cancer issues that define your choices and then to provide the surgical expertise to create the best outcome for you as a whole person. I welcome your questions and will always share with you the latest modern medicine has to offer, from innovative procedures to clinical trials. Breast cancer treatment has come a long way, and I believe that we can make it even better — I am always looking for ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of your care.

Provider background

Specialties and clinical expertise: Surgical Oncology

Breast cancer

In addition to being a surgical oncologist, I am also the director of the Breast Health Clinic at SCCA. My expertise spans high-risk breast health evaluation, minimally invasive and locally advanced breast cancer, and oncoplastic breast surgery (techniques that focus on improving both health and cosmetic outcomes). I have published more than 250 articles about breast health and lectured on a wide range of topics in over 30 countries.

While I enjoy working with patients at home in the U.S., I cannot ignore the fact that cancer is a global problem. I worked with a team of experts from around the world to develop guidelines for breast cancer care in low- and middle-income countries, which often have limited resources to help women. Currently, I serve as the co-chair of Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5, which seeks to improve access to services for 2.5 million women around the world. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control and act as an advisor for the World Health Organization on cancer-related issues.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Pomona College
Medical Degree
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency
University of Colorado School of Medicine, General Surgery
Fellowship
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, General Surgery
Board Certification
Surgery, 1994, American Board of Surgery
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle magazine's 2020 Top Doctors award

Dr. Anderson was nominated by his peers for this award, because of his excellent care.

Seattle Met's 2020 Top Doctors award

Dr. Anderson has been recognized as a top doctor year after year.

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Publications

Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Lauren D. Hamman, DNP, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Breast cancer, Breast health
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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