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Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS
Breast Cancer
4.9 out of 5 stars
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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
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS) Joel W. Baker Award, 1991-92 Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by Seattle magazine in 2009 and 2010.
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
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.9 out of 5 stars
My confidence in provider
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider spoke in clear language
4.9 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
4.9 out of 5 stars
Provider's concern for questions and worries
4.8 out of 5 stars
Time provider spent with me
5.0 out of 5 stars
Patient Comments
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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.
November 2016
I have always recommended VM and I speak highly of the team effort everyone provides.
November 2016
Their wonderful job and service makes me fell confidence that I received treatment and good care at Virginia Mason´s Hospital.
November 2016
Wonderful experience, but I especially enjoyed working with Dr. Wechter. Please also note, the anesthesiologist, Dr. Yuan was also very good & careful.
October 2016
Wonderful experience for something not wonderful. I am very pleased with the dr.´s that have been assigned to my case. I feel I am being well cared for.
September 2016
Dr. Wechter has provided me with compassionate, informative & professional care since I was first her patient 4 yrs ago.
September 2016
I have already recommended him.
September 2016
I appreciate the options dr. gave me for treatment.
April 2016
Excellent provider!
March 2016
I have been seeing Dr. Wechter since 2002 and have recommended many patients to her.
January 2016
Dr. Wechter represents the best at VM - caring, knowledgeable, expedient and ultimately concerned about patient welfare.