Constance D. Lehman M.D., Ph.D.

Constance D. Lehman M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Lehman is a UW professor and vice chair of radiology, and section head of breast imaging. She also directs imaging at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance…

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Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Lehman understands that every patient has unique needs, and she cares for each patient with compassion and respect. She uses evidence-based practice and state-of-the art technology to ensure the best care for patients.

Personal Interests

Family, travel, biking.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lehman focuses on the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and non-cancerous lesions of the breast, using mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and image-guided breast biopsies.

She directs the operation of the SCCA’s mobile mammography van, which improves access to state-of-the-art digital screening among women in western Washington.

Research Interests

Dr. Lehman studies new methods and applications of MRI in breast imaging, as well as factors that influence the performance of mammography and breast ultrasound in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

She led a study that found adding MRI scans to examinations of women with breast cancer vastly improves detection of a second cancer in the opposite breast. Detecting such contralateral cancers at the time of initial diagnosis means women can be treated for both simultaneously, avoiding a second round of therapy later and, potentially, an unnecessary mastectomy.

She co-authored new recommendations by the American Cancer Society for the use of MRI among women at increased risk for breast cancer, based on her research in the application of this type of imaging in high-risk women.

Dr. Lehman also co-wrote a study whose results showed that a computer program applied to MRI may help discriminate between benign and cancerous breast tumors, reducing the subsequent need for biopsies.


Yale Univ. School of MedicineMedical education1990
UW - Dept. of Radiology ResidencyFellowship
UW - Dept. of Radiology ResidencyInternship
UW - Dept. of Radiology ResidencyResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology1995
Dr. Lehman is a UW professor and vice chair of radiology, and section head of breast imaging. She also directs imaging at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and is a member of the Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her excellence in clinical work, teaching, and research, including a 2007 Health Breakthrough Award from Ladies Home Journal. She was also recognized in Medical Imaging’s “Top Ten Women’s Imagers,” and Castle Connolly Medical’s “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” and was named a “Top Doctor” by Seattle Magazine in 2010, 2011, and 2012, by Seattle Met in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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