Patricia Dawson
Patricia L. Dawson, M.D., PhD

Patricia L. Dawson, M.D., PhD

Patricia L. Dawson, M.D., PhD
Specialty

Breast Surgery, Breast-Cancer Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Balloon Catheter Based Breast Brachytherapy, Biopsy, Blood Management Techniques, Bloodless Breast Surgery, Breast Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Breast Cancer, Breast Disorders, Breast Surgery, Cancer Institute, Cancer Surgery, Fine Needle Aspiration, Limited to Breast Surgery, Mammosite, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

Medicare, Medicaid/DSHS, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check, American Express, Discover Card, Money Order, Sliding Fee Scale

Insurance Accepted:

Community Health Plan of Washington, DSHS/Medicaid, First Health, Great West Life (One Health Plan of WA), Health International, Indian Health Services, Labor & Industries, Medicare, Pacificare of Washington, Private Healthcare Systems, Molina, Uniform Medical Plan (WA St Health), United HealthCare, Aetna (All Product Lines), Holland America Line Westours, Molina Healthcare of WA, NorthwestOne, One Health Plan of WA, Premera Blue Cross (All Product Lines), Regence Blue Shield (All Product Lines), StayWell Insurance (Guam), USC Health Services, Van Hall Health, Premera Blue Cross/BHP (Basic Health Plan), First Choice Health Network, Pacific Care/Secure Horizons, Evercare, Multiplan, Inc., Interplan Health Group, Premier Healthcare Exchange, Sterling Life, Three Rivers Provider Network, Tricare

Additional Information:

Internship: University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ
Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ
                     Virginia Mason Medical Center
PhD - Human and Organizational Systems - The Fielding Graduate Institute 1998


 

Dr. Dawson was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2013).

Surveys were mailed to physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

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Philosophy of Care

I believe in the importance of a women-centered interdisciplinary team in the treatment of women with breast cancer and benign breast disorders. The patient is an essential member of the team, and we work together with her to evaluate her condition, provide her with information about diagnostic and treatment options, address her questions and concerns, and provide appropriate, compassionate care.

Personal Interests

Writing, reading, walking, travel.

Medical School

New Jersey Medical School, NJ; University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ

Residency

New Jersey Medical School, NJ; Virginia Mason Medical Center, WA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery

Professional Associations:

American College of Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Disease

Additional Information:

Internship: University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ
Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ
                     Virginia Mason Medical Center
PhD - Human and Organizational Systems - The Fielding Graduate Institute 1998


 

Dr. Dawson was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2013).

Surveys were mailed to physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

News Release

The True Family Women’s Cancer Center Opening

We at the Swedish Cancer Institute are excited about the new True Family Women’s Cancer Center, located in downtown Seattle, which opens on June 5. Recognizing that women may have unique needs when faced with a cancer diagnosis, the True Center brings together multiple specialists who treat women with all types of cancer and provide care that is compassionate, caring, and highly coordinated. It is funded entirely by philanthropy.

The True Center is located on floors 5 and 6 of the Arnold Pavilion at 1221 Madison. Floor 5 will house medical oncology teams, our psychiatrist, social workers, genetic counselors, naturopathic physicians, nutritionists, The Rivkin Ovarian Cancer Center Clinic offices, a patient education satellite, our American Cancer Society Patient Navigator, and a financial counselor. The 6th floor will be the home to our multidisciplinary clinic, which will house our breast surgery teams, cancer rehabilitation physician, physical therapists, and social worker. Also on Floor 6 will be gynecological oncology consultations and specialized breast imaging. Other specialists may also be available to see patients in the multidisciplinary clinic.

The co-location of these services allows for improved patient convenience and enhanced communication among the members of care provision teams. Instead of ...

Why standardization?

You may be hearing more talk about standardization in medicine these days. What does it mean and why is it important to everyone? People who are not in the medical field may worry that standardization will result in their care being less personalized and more “cookie-cutter.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

For several years, medical providers, healthcare administrators, healthcare quality experts and others have been talking about improving medical care and health outcomes through increased use of data and standardization. The term “evidence based medicine” is used to indicate that medical recommendations and decisions are based, to the extent possible, on data – rather than just doing things because they have always been done that way.

Data can be obtained through clinical trials (where patients are randomized to various treatments and then the outcomes are compared), observation (where the outcomes of various treatments are analyzed to see which are more effective), or expert opinion (where experts in the field agree on best treatments based on experience or “best practices”).

Standardization means that patients will be offered treatment based on the best available knowledge. Those treatment recommendations are also influenced by the patient’s individual situation, so that care is personalized.

For breast cancer patients, this may be evident in various ways. We know that ...

What you need to know about breast screening

In 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) created significant controversy and confusion for both providers and patients when they revised their breast screening guidelines. (The USPSTF is promoted as an unbiased group that reviews relevant studies and makes guideline recommendations. Specialists may be asked to review the guidelines but no breast specialists (surgeons or radiologists) were on the actual review panel.)

The guideline development process aims to weigh the potential benefit of services against the potential harm, and make recommendations accordingly. For breast screening, the harms considered were “psychological harms,” imaging tests and biopsies in women who were ultimately found not to have cancer, inconvenience, and the possibility of treating a cancer that might not have been life threatening. Radiation exposure was considered to be a minor concern. Regarding benefits – the only benefit considered was reduction in death rates from breast cancer.

These USPSTF guidelines recommend...

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Offices

True Family Women's Cancer Center
1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-215-6400
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