Buchanan Claire L

Claire L Buchanan, MD, FACS

  • Breast Surgery
Accepting New Patients
1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

General Information

I encourage my patients to become full participants in their care. I believe a team approach with the patient as an equal partner in the decision making process is essential for a thorough and thoughtful approach to treatment.
  • Breast Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, General Surgery
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-Breast Surgery
  • English
Professional Associations
Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Sociey of Breast Disease



Bilateral Mastectomies: a patient�s personal decision

September 08, 2014
Last week the Seattle Times reported that women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in one breast are choosing to have bilateral mastectomies to reduce their chances of getting cancer again, but recent research shows that that there is no survival benefit, even in younger women. Researchers at Stanford and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California evaluated the outcomes of over 190,000 women from the California Cancer registry who were diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast between 1998 and 2011. The rate of bilateral mastectomies rose from 2% to 12.3% over the study period, yet there was no survival benefit to bilateral mastectomies versus lumpectomy and radiation.

To those of us who work in the field, this data comes as no surprise; the trend of bilateral mastectomies is a known phenomenon. More than 10 years ago, I remember the chatter among surgeons at national meetings asking if others noticed that more and more, younger women were coming in asking for bilateral mastectomies. ...

Reducing visits to the operating room for breast cancer patients

May 23, 2014

Swedish Cancer Institute has changed the way early stage breast cancer patients are cared for by adopting new surgical margin guidelines.  These guidelines will reduce the need for taking women back to the operating room if cancer cells are found at or near the specimen edge, also known as the margin. Following extensive review of the data, this new guideline was established by breast experts from the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Radiation Oncology and has been endorsed by the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Many women with early stage invasive breast cancer opt for breast conserving surgery, known as lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. For 20-25% of these patients, a second surgery or re-excision was performed ...

Clinical Experience

  • Breast Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal mammogram
  • aspiration breast cyst
  • benign breast lump
  • breast abscess
  • breast atrophy
  • breast biopsy
  • breast cancer
  • breast cancer follow up
  • breast cancer genetic testing
  • breast cancer genetics
  • breast conservation
  • breast cyst
  • breast diseases
  • breast fibrosis
  • breast fine needle aspiration
  • breast hypoplasia
  • breast lump
  • breast surgery
  • cancer
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer screening
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • carcinoma in situ of breast
  • congenital hypoplasia of breast
  • contusion of breast
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cystosarcoma phylloides
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • dysplasia of breast
  • er positive breast cancer
  • family history of breast cancer
  • galactocele
  • galactorrhea
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gynecomastia
  • hypertrophy of breast
  • hypopigmented nipple lesion
  • hypoplasia of breast
  • inverted nipple
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • liposarcoma
  • lumpectomy
  • lymphedema
  • male breast cancer
  • mammary duct ectasia
  • mammary dysplasia
  • mammogram
  • mastectomy
  • mastodynia
  • mastotomy
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • microcalcifications
  • mondor's disease
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • nipple discharge
  • nipple fissure
  • nipple lesion
  • post partum mastitis
  • postmastectomy lymphedema syndrome
  • quadrantectomy
  • sentinel node biopsy
  • surgical staging
  • thrombophlebitis
  • women's health


Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.9 out of 5 (78 Ratings, 20 Comments)


Dr. Buchanan is the best doctor in every aspects (technically, humanly).

Dr. Buchanan used the computer facing her and I both and explained in detail the findings on mammogram and what it meant. Went over her recommendations. Asked me what I wanted for surgery, listened to my fears. Explained risks/benefits of both surgeries! Have a check list of what to do better. Checking back in w/her & my chart for?? Intro'd to her scheduler/nurse. [...]

love her

Dr. Claire Buchanan is the absolute best ever!

exceptionally excellent

Brilliant, respected, and take charge provider - don't loose Buchanan.

Dr. Claire is the best and I have been so blessed to be in her care. I would recommend her to anyone who has breast cancer. She has such a wonderful bedside manner. Very caring and gentle.

She is the very best!!!

"Very good" is too mild. Dr. Buchanan is extraordinary in her care, knowledge & communication & respect.

Dr. Buchanan is caring & competent. I have already recommended her to a friend who has breast cancer & would recommend her again - I appreciate her compassion & skill.

Dr. Claire Buchanan is top notch!

In the past three years I have had to see a number of physicians related to my breast cancer diagnosis. Drs. Buchanan and [...] are without a doubt the absolute best physicians I have had the privilege of working with. Their knowledge, expertise, curiosity, and deep care for their patients is outstanding. I am forever grateful for their exceptional care of me -- and their tremendous leadership example.

Dr Buchanan sets the bar for any other doctors I may see pretty high.

Dr. Buchanan is the best.

Claire has an excellent memory and shows empathy in a kind professional matter.

Claire is exceptional - the whole package, very smart & very kind & caring.

an exceptional provider and overall experience

Best care that I've ever received Dr. Buchanan - Very good!!

Dr. Buchanan is wonderful, kind, listens, explains.

Very clear, positive, confident, decicive, and open minded.
1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104