Lee G Wilke, MD, FACS


  • Director, UW Health Breast Center
  • Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology
  • Hendricks Chair in Breast Cancer Surgery Research

Clinic: (608) 266-6400

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 262-2025

600 Highland Avenue
Box 7375 Clinical Science Center
Madison, WI 53792


  • 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.

Research Interests

Dr. Wilke’s principal research interest is in 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.

Recent Publications

  • Covid-19 related oncologist's concerns about breast cancer treatment delays and physician well-being (the CROWN study).
    Yao KA, Attai D, Bleicher R, Kuchta K, Moran M, Boughey J, Wilke LG, Dietz JR, Stevens R, Pesce C, Kopkash K, Kurtzman S, Sarantou T, Victorson D
    Breast Cancer Res Treat 2021 Apr; 186(3): 625-635
    [PubMed ID: 33517522]

  • A Pilot Study of the Impact of Microwave Ablation on the Dielectric Properties of Breast Tissue.
    Neira LM, Mays RO, Sawicki JF, Schulman A, Harter J, Wilke LG, Behdad N, Van Veen BD, Hagness SC
    Sensors (Basel) 2020 Oct 06; 20(19)
    [PubMed ID: 33036268]

  • Utility of health services regions in examining socioeconomic disparities in receipt of breast reconstruction.
    Schumacher JR, Stankowski-Drengler TJ, Tucholka JL, Poore SO, Wilke LG, Greenberg CC, Neuman HB
    Breast J 2020 09; 26(9): 1895-1897
    [PubMed ID: 32608542]

  • Quantitative assessment of distant recurrence risk in early stage breast cancer using a nonlinear combination of pathological, clinical and imaging variables.
    Nichols BS, Chelales E, Wang R, Schulman A, Gallagher J, Greenup RA, Geradts J, Harter J, Marcom PK, Wilke LG, Ramanujam N
    J Biophotonics 2020 10; 13(10): e201960235
    [PubMed ID: 32573935]

  • Fast acquisition with seamless stage translation (FASST) for a trimodal x-ray breast imaging system.
    Zhang R, Fowler AM, Wilke LG, Kelcz F, Garrett JW, Chen GH, Li K
    Med Phys 2020 Sep; 47(9): 4356-4362
    [PubMed ID: 32458449]

All Publications on PubMed