Comprehensive, personalized breast & melanoma cancer care

Lynn T. Dengel, MD MSc


Dr. Lynn Dengel is a board-certified and fellowship trained surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer and melanoma.  She is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons in breast ultrasound a stereotactic breast biopsy.

After finishing her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, she received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C., where she graduated cum laude and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She subsequently completed general surgery residency at the University of Virginia Hospital Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA, where she received the Award of Academic Excellence from the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Dengel completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, during which she developed clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer, including the following:

  • Sentinel node biopsies
  • Oncoplastic surgery
  • Skin-sparing mastectomy
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • The management of benign breast disease.

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.

Dr. Dengel’s current research is focused on problems she sees in her clinical practice.  She is actively researching tumor immunology, patient decision-making and decision-support, impact of breast screening on patient quality of life and surgeon use of breast ultrasound.   At Martha Jefferson, she is the principal investigator of a trial evaluating anxiety and decision-making by her patients who present with a mildly suspicious abnormal screening mammogram.

Dr. Dengel holds several leadership positions in the Martha Jefferson Comprehensive Breast Center, she is the Chair of the Breast Committee at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and a member of both the Sentara System Breast Leadership Committee and the Martha Jefferson Cancer Center Advisory Council.

Dr. Dengel lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and their four children.