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Lee G Wilke, MD, FACS

Surgical Services

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(608) 265-5852

600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792

Lee G Wilke, MD, FACS

Director, UW Breast Center
Section of Surgical Oncology
Division of General Surgery


  • MD, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1993
  • Residency in Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1993-2000
  • ACS Resident Research Fellow in Immunotherapy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1996-1998

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Wilke is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the breast; sentinel lymph-node mapping; neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer; and oncoplastic breast surgery.

Dr. Wilke provides a wide range of services including Axillary Lymph Node Dissection, Core Needle Biopsy, Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy, Modified Radical Mastectomy, Needle-localized Biopsy, Needle-localized Excision, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Simple Mastectomy, and Skin-sparing and/or Nipple-sparing Mastectomy.

Research Interests

Dr. Wilke’s principal research interest is clinical trials seeking novel methods of treating patients with breast cancer. Dr. Wilke is a member of the Commission on Cancer. She is also a collaborator on multiple grants and trials evaluating novel treatments for breast cancer.

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Factors affecting sentinel lymph node identification rate after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer patients enrolled in ACOSOG Z1071 (Alliance).
    Boughey JC, Suman VJ, Mittendorf EA, Ahrendt GM, Wilke LG, Taback B, Leitch AM, Flippo-Morton TS, Kuerer HM, Bowling M, Hunt KK, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Mar; 261(3):547-52.
    [PubMed ID: 25664534, PMC ID: 4324533]
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  • Axillary Ultrasound After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Its Impact on Sentinel Lymph Node Surgery: Results From the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z1071 Trial (Alliance).
    Boughey JC, Ballman KV, Hunt KK, McCall LM, Mittendorf EA, Ahrendt GM, Wilke LG, Le-Petross HT
    J. Clin. Oncol. 2015 Feb 2.
    [PubMed ID: 25646192]
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  • Repeat surgery after breast conservation for the treatment of stage 0 to II breast carcinoma: a report from the National Cancer Data Base, 2004-2010.
    Wilke LG, Czechura T, Wang C, Lapin B, Liederbach E, Winchester DP, Yao K
    JAMA Surg 2014 Dec; 149(12):1296-305.
    [PubMed ID: 25390819]
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  • Tumor biology correlates with rates of breast-conserving surgery and pathologic complete response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer: findings from the ACOSOG Z1071 (Alliance) Prospective Multicenter Clinical Trial.
    Boughey JC, McCall LM, Ballman KV, Mittendorf EA, Ahrendt GM, Wilke LG, Taback B, Leitch AM, Flippo-Morton T, Hunt KK
    Ann. Surg. 2014 Oct; 260(4):608-14; discussion 614-6.
    [PubMed ID: 25203877, PMC ID: 4159769]
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  • Commentary on the Canadian National Breast Screening study.
    Van Zee KJ, Hansen NM, Barrio AV, Connor CS, Danforth DN, Euhus DM, Kulkarni SA, McCready DR, McLaughlin S, Wilke LG
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2014 Dec; 21(13):4397-8.
    [PubMed ID: 24859935]
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  • Cytotoxicity of paclitaxel in breast cancer is due to chromosome missegregation on multipolar spindles.
    Zasadil LM, Andersen KA, Yeum D, Rocque GB, Wilke LG, Tevaarwerk AJ, Raines RT, Burkard ME, Weaver BA
    Sci Transl Med 2014 Mar 26; 6(229):229ra43.
    [PubMed ID: 24670687, PMC ID: 4176609]
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  • Metastasis of primary lung carcinoma to the breast: a systematic review of the literature.
    Mirrielees JA, Kapur JH, Szalkucki LM, Harter JM, Salkowski LR, Strigel RM, Traynor AM, Wilke LG
    J. Surg. Res. 2014 May 15; 188(2):419-31.
    [PubMed ID: 24560348]
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  • Impact of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z0011 trial on clinical management of the axilla in older breast cancer patients: a SEER-medicare analysis.
    Caretta-Weyer H, Greenberg CG, Wilke LG, Weiss J, LoConte NK, Decker M, Steffens NM, Smith MA, Neuman HB
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2013 Dec; 20(13):4145-52.
    [PubMed ID: 23959051, PMC ID: 3874252]
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  • Sentinel lymph node surgery after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with node-positive breast cancer: the ACOSOG Z1071 (Alliance) clinical trial.
    Boughey JC, Suman VJ, Mittendorf EA, Ahrendt GM, Wilke LG, Taback B, Leitch AM, Kuerer HM, Bowling M, Flippo-Morton TS, Byrd DR, Ollila DW, Julian TB, McLaughlin SA, McCall L, Symmans WF, Le-Petross HT, Haffty BG, Buchholz TA, Nelson H, Hunt KK, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
    JAMA 2013 Oct 9; 310(14):1455-61.
    [PubMed ID: 24101169, PMC ID: 4075763]
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  • Safety and efficacy of aerobic training in operable breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy: a phase II randomized trial.
    Hornsby WE, Douglas PS, West MJ, Kenjale AA, Lane AR, Schwitzer ER, Ray KA, Herndon JE, Coan A, Gutierrez A, Hornsby KP, Hamilton E, Wilke LG, Kimmick GG, Peppercorn JM, Jones LW
    Acta Oncol 2014 Jan; 53(1):65-74.
    [PubMed ID: 23957716]
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