Janie M. Lee, MD, MSc

Director Breast Imaging
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Department of Radiology
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine
Clinical expertise
Breast imaging
“To help our patients live longer, healthier lives by providing care that is grounded in evidence and reflects their individual values and preferences.”
— Dr. Lee
Why do you practice oncology?

Janie M. Lee, MD joined the University of Washington as an associate professor of radiology and as the clinical director of breast imaging at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in August 2013. “I’ve always been interested in women’s health,” Dr. Lee said.  “I started my medical career at a time when including women and minorities in major clinical trials was being recognized as critical for understanding how treatments affect all of our patients.” Dr. Lee completed her diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, her clinical fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned her master’s in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Lee aims to advance women’s health through a combination of clinical, research, and educational efforts. In the breast imaging clinic, she applies state-of-the-art technologies to diagnose breast cancer. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on integrating information about patient risk factors, cancer biology, and new imaging tests to improve how we diagnose new breast cancers or recurrences in survivors.    “By tailoring screening approaches to patient characteristics such as breast density and family history, we may be able to apply screening more intensively in higher risk women to detect more early breast cancers,” Dr. Lee said. “And at the same time, screen women at lower risk less intensively to minimize false-positive test results.” Outside of work, Dr. Lee and her family enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest. 


Provider background

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certification
Diagnostic Radiology, 2003, American Board of Radiology
Masters of Public Health, Harvard School


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.

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.
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.


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.