Benjamin O. Anderson M.D.

 Benjamin  O. Anderson M.D.


Dr. Anderson is professor of surgery and global health medicine at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle where his practice for over 20 years has…

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Patient Care Philosophy

As a surgeon, I am honored to participate in the care of women with breast cancer and breast health issues. Multidisciplinary collaboration is the key to decision-making regarding the best approaches to cancer treatment.

Women often have choices in diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Women in similar situations may select different treatment pathways based on their personal goals and concerns. I work in close collaboration with my patients to help them select from the best evidence-based approaches that achieve both personal and oncologic goals.

It is a privilege to participate with patients and their families during these periods of life challenges especially at the time of a new cancer diagnosis. I find myself inspired by what my patients do and how they do it, which helps me grow as a physician and person.

Personal Interests

Bicycling, physical fitness and wellness, music, photography, international travel and being with my loving family.

Clinical Interests

Breast cancer surgery; oncoplastic techniques in breast conservation surgery and mastectomy; multidisciplinary breast cancer diagnosis and treatment; lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS); ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS); sentinel node mapping; phyllodes tumors.

Research Interests

Dr. Anderson created and chairs the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), which developed resource-stratified guidelines for breast cancer early detection, diagnosis treatment and palliative care for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). On the U.S. delegation to the 58th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Dr. Anderson contributed to the 2005 World Health Organization (WHO) Cancer Prevention and Control Resolution. Most recently, Dr. Anderson serves as advisor to WHO in the development of resource-appropriate technology utilization for cancer early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care.

In acknowledgment of his international work, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) awarded Dr. Anderson their 2011 Partners in Progress Award. The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) awarded him their 2013 Inspiration Award, recognizing his dedication and efforts to improve quality and effectiveness of breast cancer care around the globe. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was re-elected for a second term to the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the oldest international professional organization addressing global cancer control.


Albert Einstein College of MedicineMedical education1985
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterFellowship
Univ. of Colorado School of MedicineInternship
Univ. of Colorado School of MedicineResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of SurgerySurgery1994
Dr. Anderson is professor of surgery and global health medicine at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle where his practice for over 20 years has been devoted to caring for patients with breast health issues and cancer. Dr. Anderson has served as director of the Breast Health Clinic at the UW and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) since 1996.

Dr. Anderson earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics at Pomona College and his M.D. with distinction in research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at the University of Colorado in Denver and then completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. From there, he was recruited to join the academic surgical faculty at UW where he has been since 1994.

Dr. Anderson’s clinical interests include oncoplastic breast surgery, which simultaneously improves oncologic and cosmetic outcomes with complex cancer resections. He holds joint faculty positions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Division of Public Health Sciences and the UW Department of Global Health. From 2005-2007, Dr. Anderson served as president of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). Today, Dr. Anderson is vice chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Breast Panel and chairs the NCCN International Program Committee. Through NCCN, Dr. Anderson leads nationally recognized experts in developing and updating guidelines for breast cancer care across the United States.

Dr. Anderson has published over 250 articles on cancer, science and surgery. He has lectured on topics in breast disease, health care delivery and global oncology throughout the United States and in over 30 countries around the world.

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