Biography

Dr. Leitch graduated from Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1978. She completed a residency in general surgery at UCLA. Her fellowship training in Surgical Oncology was completed at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Leitch joined the faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center as assistant professor of surgery in 1986 and was promoted to professor in 1998. Her primary clinical interest relates to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. She is considered to be a local, regional and national authority on this subject. Dr. Leitch holds an endowed chair, the S.T. Harris Family Distinguished Chair in Breast Surgery. Other areas of clinical interest and activity include the treatment of melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma. 

Education

Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1978)
Internship
University of California at San Diego (1979), Surgery
Residency
University of CA Los Angeles Med Ctr (1984), Surgery
Fellowship
MD Anderson Cancer Center (1985), Surgical Oncology

Research Interest

  • Breast Cancer
  • Lymphatic Mapping
  • Melanoma

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Aesthetic Subunit of the Breast: An Analysis of Women's Preference and Clinical Implications.
Bailey SH, Saint-Cyr M, Oni G, Maia M, Andry D, Shirvani A, Nguyen V, Wong C, Zhang S, Leitch AM, Euhus D, Rao R, Rohrich R Annals of plastic surgery 2011 May
Delays in time to treatment and survival impact in breast cancer.
Brazda A, Estroff J, Euhus D, Leitch AM, Huth J, Andrews V, Moldrem A, Rao R Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2010 Oct 17 Suppl 3 291-6
Controversies in breast surgery.
Boughey JC, Mittendorf EA, Solin LJ, Michael Dixon J, Tuttle TM, Beitsch PD, Cody HS, Leitch AM, Newman LA Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2010 Oct 17 Suppl 3 230-2
Locoregional recurrence after sentinel lymph node dissection with or without axillary dissection in patients with sentinel lymph node metastases: the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0011 randomized trial.
Giuliano AE, McCall L, Beitsch P, Whitworth PW, Blumencranz P, Leitch AM, Saha S, Hunt KK, Morrow M, Ballman K Ann. Surg. 2010 Sep 252 3 426-32; discussion 432-3
Adherence to the National Quality Forum (NQF) breast cancer measures within cancer clinical trials: a review from ACOSOG Z0010.
Wilke LG, Ballman KV, McCall LM, Giuliano AE, Whitworth PW, Blumencranz PW, Reintgen DS, Burak WE, Leitch AM, Hunt KK Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2010 Aug 17 8 1989-94
False-positive sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer patients caused by benign glandular inclusions: report of three cases and review of the literature.
Peng Y, Ashfaq R, Ewing G, Leitch AM, Molberg KH Am. J. Clin. Pathol. 2008 Jul 130 1 21-7; quiz 146
DNA methylation in benign breast epithelium in relation to age and breast cancer risk.
Euhus DM, Bu D, Milchgrub S, Xie XJ, Bian A, Leitch AM, Lewis CM Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2008 May 17 5 1051-9
Society of Surgical Oncology: position statement on prophylactic mastectomy. Approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology Executive Council, March 2007.
Giuliano AE, Boolbol S, Degnim A, Kuerer H, Leitch AM, Morrow M Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2007 Sep 14 9 2425-7
Atypia and DNA methylation in nipple duct lavage in relation to predicted breast cancer risk.
Euhus DM, Bu D, Ashfaq R, Xie XJ, Bian A, Leitch AM, Lewis CM Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Sep 16 9 1812-21
Surgical complications associated with sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) plus axillary lymph node dissection compared with SLND alone in the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Trial Z0011.
Lucci A, McCall LM, Beitsch PD, Whitworth PW, Reintgen DS, Blumencranz PW, Leitch AM, Saha S, Hunt KK, Giuliano AE J. Clin. Oncol. 2007 Aug 25 24 3657-63

Honors & Awards

  • Castle Connolly Top Cancer Doctors in America
    (2012)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America
    (2012)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2012)
  • Castle Connolly Top Cancer Doctors in America
    (2011)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America
    (2011)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2011)
  • Castle Connolly Top Cancer Doctors in America
    (2010)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America
    (2010)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2010)
  • Castle Connolly Top Cancer Doctors in America
    (2009)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America
    (2009)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2009)
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors in America
    (2008)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2008)
  • Castle Connolly Top Cancer Doctors in America
    (2007)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2007)
  • Castle Connolly Top Cancer Doctors in America
    (2006)
  • D Magazine, The Best Doctors in Dallas
    (2006)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee Service Award in Recognition of Distinguished Service on the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel, 2003 - 2006
    (2006)
  • Top MD's in Dallas, Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer
    (2005)
  • 2004 Macy’s Heart and Soul Award, Dallas Metro Chapter of the American Cancer Society
    Volunteer service award (2004)
  • American Cancer Society’s National Volunteer Leadership Award
    Awarded for service on National Board of Directors (2003)
  • St. George Medal
    American Cancer Society National Divisional Award (2001)
  • S.T. Harris Family Distinguished Chair in Breast Surgery
    (2000)
  • S.T. Harris Family Chair in Breast Surgery
    (1999)
  • The George & Carol Poston Professorship in Breast Cancer Research
    (1997)
  • State of Texas Governor’s Certificate of Volunteer Service
    (1993)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology