Kristine Elizabeth Calhoun M.D.

 Kristine  Elizabeth Calhoun M.D.

Bio

Dr. Calhoun is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and a dedicated breast surgery specialist. She sees…

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Patient Care Philosophy

The surgical treatment of breast diseases has changed dramatically during the last quarter century. For breast cancer patients, breast preservation therapy is often a viable alternative to mastectomy, while sentinel lymph node biopsy has replaced total lymph node removal in all but a minority of women. The number of treatment options, however, can sometimes seem overwhelming when faced with a new cancer diagnosis.

As your surgeon, and an integral member of your multidisciplinary treatment team, it is my goal to help you decide on the surgical approach which is most suitable for you and your lifestyle. Together, we will discuss all of your options and design the plan which works best for you as an individual.

My hope is the same for every patient, whether she has a benign fibroadenoma or an invasive breast cancer. If each individual understands not only what course of action is being pursued, but more importantly, why it is being recommended, then I have accomplished my goal.

Personal Interests

Walking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical Interests

Evaluation and treatment of benign breast conditions (including but not limited to fibroadenoma, phyllodes tumors, atypical ductal and lobular hyperplasias); lobular carcinoma in situ; nipple discharge; prophylactic surgery for high-risk patients.

The evaluation and treatment of all forms of malignant breast conditions, from ductal carcinoma in situ up to, and including, node positive invasive breast cancer.

Research Interests

Lobular neoplasias; sentinel node biopsy; breast cancer and pregnancy; collaborative research with breast radiology, pathology and plastic surgery; oncoplastic lumpectomy techniques and outcomes; surgical education.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of Washington, School of MedicineMedical education1998
John Wayne Cancer InstituteFellowship
Oregon Health & Science UniversityInternship
Oregon Health & Science UniversityResidency

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1998

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of SurgeryGeneral Surgery2005
Dr. Calhoun is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and a dedicated breast surgery specialist. She sees clinic patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and performs surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is associate director of the Breast Health Center at SCCA and is the UWMC 3rd Year Medical Student Clerkship site director.

Dr. Calhoun was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, attended medical school at UW, where she spent her first year as a WWAMI in Pullman. She feels fortunate to have returned home to Seattle after a general surgical residency in Portland, Oregon and a breast surgical oncology fellowship in Los Angeles.

Although board certified in general surgery, she is a dedicated breast specialist, offering comprehensive care to those diagnosed with both benign and malignant breast conditions, as well as those seeking preventive surgery. She collaborates with a wonderful group of multi-disciplinary care specialists to provide each patient with the best care possible, from initial work up and diagnosis, to final treatment steps.