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Meghan R. Flanagan, MD, MPH

Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor, Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Affiliate Investigator, Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutch
“I’m constantly searching for answers that allow me to better support you as my patient and advance the field of breast oncology.”
— Dr. Flanagan
What do you enjoy about being a breast surgeon?

I love that I get to care for patients from a surgical standpoint while also developing a relationship with them over time. It’s so gratifying to be able to sit down with a patient who is going through one of the scariest experiences that there is and say, “I think we can cure your breast cancer,” and then be able to do exactly that. As a breast surgeon, I also get to combine my passion for providing hands-on care with my interest in research. It’s inspiring to be active in a field like breast oncology that is so dynamic — new techniques and therapies are emerging all the time. To ensure I am treating my patients with the most up-to-date information, I must always be learning.

How do you like to work with patients?

Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is life-altering, and yet the exact way it changes your life is different for every person. Cancer is a highly individual experience — from the treatment you pursue to how you choose to cope with the disease and transition into survivorship. With this perspective in mind, I integrate your values with best clinical practices and emerging research to present you with the most effective surgical options. As one member of a multidisciplinary team, I place a high priority on collaborating with my colleagues in oncology and other disciplines so you can feel confident about your treatment recommendations.

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Breast cancers, breast health

Breast cancer

I am a surgical oncologist who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of breast disease, both cancerous and benign. I am a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Association of Women Surgeons. I was also a presenter at the 2017 symposium “Hot Topics in Breast Cancer: Breakthroughs in Prevention, Screening and Therapies.”

My research areas have included lymph node evaluation, patient satisfaction and chemoprevention among women at high risk of developing breast cancer. I’m also interested in exploring how to improve cancer-related outcomes and access to health services. During my residency training in general surgery at the UW School of Medicine, I received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study cancer epidemiology and biostatistics, an experience that inspired me to complete a master of public health degree.

Benign Not cancer. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Chemoprevention The use of drugs, vitamins or other agents to try to reduce the risk of, or delay the development or recurrence of, cancer. Oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment, such as treating cancer with radiation. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation. Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of California, Berkeley
Medical Degree
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
University of Washington, General Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology
Board Certification
General Surgery, 2017, American Board of Surgery
MPH, University of Washington; Breast Cancer Surgery Hidden Scar Certificate of Training
Seattle Met's 2022 Top Doctors award

has received this peer-nominated award for her exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.

Athena Endowed Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Research, 2019

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Early Investigator Catalyst Award, 2019

Institute for Translational and Clinical Studies


Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch 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.

Study ID:
Effect of HSD3B1 (1245C) Gene Mutation on Treatment of Stage I-II Breast Cancer
Complete title
Association of HSD3B1 Genotype with Response to Preoperative Letrozole Therapy Among Postmenopausal Women with Estrogen-Receptor Positive (ER+) HER2/Neu-Negative (HER2-) Invasive Carcinomas of the Breast


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


Our providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this Fred Hutch provider.

What Are the Types of Biopsy for Breast Cancer?

SCCA’s Dr. Meghan Flanagan commented in U.S. News and World Report about Lymph Node Biopsies and their use for diagnosing staging for breast cancer.

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care 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
Lauren D. Hamman, DNP, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.


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