Our Practice


At Virginia Breast care, we address the needs of patients with a wide range of breast health conditions, including breast cancer, pain, lumps, infections, fibrocystic breast disease, melanoma, and breast care. In addition, we provide risk assessment and management.

We work in collaboration with Martha Jefferson Hospital, a Comprehensive Cancer Center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American Cancer Society. Our surgeons participate in weekly cancer conferences with specialists in radiology, genetics, radiation & medical oncology and plastic surgery.  Our plastic surgeons offer a complete range of reconstruction options, including implant based and autologous (ie DIEP flap) reconstruction. 

Our Approach


At Virginia Breast Care, we offer personalized patient care based on clinical expertise,  state-of-the-art technology, and the latest medical research.

Diagnosis
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • Stereotactic and tomosynthesis-guided biopsy
  • Risk assessment and personalized screening recommendations
  • Genetic testing and counseling
Treatment
  • Lumpectomy (breast conservation)
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Surgeon-performed intra-operative ultrasound
  • Breast- and skin-sparing procedures, including nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic procedures

Our Doctors


Linda M. Sommers, MD, FACS
A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Sommers completed her surgical training at the Stanford University Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and co-author of the largest multi-institutional study of sentinel node biopsy undertaken to date published in the Annals of Surgery.

Lynn T. Dengel, MD Msc
After finishing graduating from Dartmouth College, Dr. Dengel received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she graduated cum laude and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She subsequently completed general surgery residency at the UVA Hospital Medical Center, where she received the department of surgery’s Award of Academic Excellence.

Dr. Dengel completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she developed clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. She has authored and co-authored several articles in leading peer-reviewed publications, including the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Annals of Surgery. Dr. Dengel has received recognition for her research in breast cancer and melanoma, including the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology.