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Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS
Breast Cancer
4.8 out of 5
Would recommend this provider
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Areas of Expertise
Breast disease and breast cancer Sentinel lymph node biopsy Skin-sparing mastectomy Breast conserving surgery General surgery including thyroid surgery, gallbladder surgery and surgery for gastrointestinal malignancies
Special Interests
Breast surgery, laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, endocrine surgery, Breast Cancer, oncoplastic breast surgery
Personal Information
When not at work, Dr. Wechter enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She also enjoys bicycling, skiing and backpacking.
Clinical Experience
Breast Cancer, Surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer, Breast Cancer Surgery, General Surgery
Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery, 1986, 1994
Education and Professional Achievements
University of California, Davis, 1980
General Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, 1985
Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, 1989
Professional Activities and Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Met Magazine: 2019
Top Doctor, Seattle Magazine: 2010, 2009

Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Joel W. Baker Award, 1991-92

Patient Ratings and Comments
Patient Ratings
All ratings are submitted by Virginia Mason patients and are verified by an independent, national patient survey company. Ratings are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score. Learn about the ratings.
Would recommend provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.8 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's explanation of condition or problem
4.8 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.8 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
4.8 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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April 2018
Was left waiting in the room for 45 minutes; had to find the medical asst. & ask her to locate *Dr. Wechter, who was in her office eating lunch!! I know she didn´t review my chart because of her erroneous comments about my previous surgery. She didn´t apologize for making me wait & then talked more about shopping for a new car than about me (the patient). Both the D.O. who was with her & my friend with me were aghast @ her behavior!! #8. 45 min. late. #9. Technically okay as surgeon.
April 2018
Very caring & concerned.
January 2018
Exceptional doctor and hospital.
November 2017
A most positive experience I knew I was in good hands.
November 2017
Wechter is great!!
November 2017
My team, including Dr. Wechter, put me at ease and gave me the confidence that I would have a positive outcome.
October 2017
I appreciated the Dr´s demeanor and professionalism. She gave me clear information, plenty of time for questions, and I feel good about her doing my surgery.
October 2017
Dr. Debra Wechter is an excellent surgeon and breast health provider. Her team & those training under her are all fantastic.
October 2017
Dr. Wechter is a great doctor.
August 2017
dr Wechter is a most unusual provider. She is kind, curious, always on top of things,displays a sense of hope and warmth,and always takes time,even on a very busy schedule,to thoroughly get the information needed. I always feel understood and empowered at leaving. As a surgeon, I am in awe about the long term cosmic result of my breast surgery,now almost two years ago.
July 2017
Dr. Wechter was awesome! She was very thorough in her explanations, extremely professional, and just nice to deal with. We were impressed by her calling with results after hours and well into the evening instead of waiting until the next day.
May 2017
Dr. Wechter - first did surgery on my left breast in 1993. She is beyond excellent!
April 2017
Very good doctor.
March 2017
Dr. Wechter is wonderful.
March 2017
Dr. Wechter is outstanding! She simply can´t be beat.
March 2017
Personal call from Dr. Wechter very impressive & helpful - gave me immed. lab results.
February 2017
Never a bad experience.