Dr. Lam is a breast imager whose clinical practice includes all aspects of breast imaging including mammography, ultrasound, MRI, tomosynthesis, and breast interventional procedures.
As a breast imager, I am dedicated to using evidence-based, state-of-the-art technology for the early detection and optimal treatment of breast cancer. I believe in actively engaging patients in their care through education, clear communication, and supporting their individual values. I am honored to work with a team of specialized physicians and technologists at the SCCA who are sincerely invested in the compassionate care for our patients. I look forward to meeting and serving you and your family.
Mammography, ultrasound, MRI, tomosynthesis, breast interventional procedures
- Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Bachelor of Science: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MD: University of California, Davis School of Medicine
- Residency: University of Washington, Department of Radiology
- Fellowship: University of Washington, Breast Imaging
Languages: Cantonese and English
Before she was a physician or even in medical school, Dr. Diana Lam entered college with the intention of going into computer science and engineering. But, volunteering at a free clinic encouraged her to pursue a career in medicine. Her patient interactions and the delivery of care inspired her to become a physician. She chose the field of radiology because of her visual predilection and the diagnostic process.
Early in her residency, Dr. Lam found out that her mother had metastatic breast cancer. She says that her experiences throughout the entire process of care with her mother – during hospitalizations, outpatient chemotherapy and radiation therapy visits, and taking care of her at home – made her become not only a better person, but a better physician.
"As a breast imager, we have a special opportunity to be with our patients in an intimate setting and are the ones that can help guide our patients during this critical and vulnerable time – the initial diagnosis. Thus, there is a personalized clinical context to our examinations and we have the opportunity to listen and educate our patients during this time," says Dr. Lam. "I hope to take what I have learned from this personal experience to empathize with patients and their families and I am compelled to help advance the field of breast imaging in the prevention, early detection, and follow-up of breast cancer."
Outside of work, Dr. Lam enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends and family as well as exploring the varied restaurants, activities, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.