Claire L. Buchanan, MD, FACS

Claire L. Buchanan, MD, FACS
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Claire L. Buchanan, MD, FACS

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, General Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine


“We get better outcomes when we work as part of a team and respect the skill and expertise of each specialty.”

— Claire L. Buchanan, MD, FACS

What is your approach to care and treatment?

Cancer is a frightening diagnosis to anyone, but for many breast cancer patients, it can come as quite a shock. My patients are usually healthy women and often do not feel “sick.” For many in this situation, the prospect of cancer treatments is overwhelming and is quite a disconnect from how they actually feel. My goal is to educate them about their options and meet them where they are.

Why should a patient trust Fred Hutch for breast cancer care?

This specialty has always been collaborative and multidisciplinary. Patients can expect that we work in a coordinated fashion to craft a personalized treatment plan. For each patient, I do my best to assess the situation from both a clinical or medical perspective and from a patient’s perspective. I want to include the patient's views and understanding as much as possible and for them to share guidance when needed.

I also like to make connections. I always like to play DJ for patients in the OR; patients can choose an artist or song and have some control at a time where they often have little. I remember asking an elderly patient what she would like to go to sleep to, and she said, "I want reggae! I wanna be the cool old lady!" It was a delight for all of us in the room that day.

Provider Background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Breast cancers, breast health


I like the educational aspect of my chosen surgical subspecialty. I enjoy educating patients about their disease process, surgical options and sequence of care. I have always appreciated the collaborative nature of treatment of this disease and constantly learning and improving.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Fellowship, Breast Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Medical Degree
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine

Board Certification
American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Dr. Buchanan has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.

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