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

Patient variables that predict atypical cytology by nipple duct lavage.
Bushnaq ZI, Ashfaq R, Leitch AM, Euhus D Cancer 2007 Apr 109 7 1247-54
Surgical complications associated with sentinel lymph node biopsy: results from a prospective international cooperative group trial.
Wilke LG, McCall LM, Posther KE, Whitworth PW, Reintgen DS, Leitch AM, Gabram SG, Lucci A, Cox CE, Hunt KK, Herndon JE, Giuliano AE Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2006 Apr 13 4 491-500
CASE 4. Fibrocystic breast disease in a 16-year-old female with PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome.
Patterson AR, Leitch AM, Weatherall P, Zhou XP, Eng C, Tomlinson GE J. Clin. Oncol. 2006 Jan 24 3 525-7
Reproducibility of cytologic atypia in repeat nipple duct lavage.
Johnson-Maddux A, Ashfaq R, Cler L, Naftalis E, Leitch AM, Hoover S, Euhus DM Cancer 2005 Mar 103 6 1129-36
Promoter hypermethylation in benign breast epithelium in relation to predicted breast cancer risk.
Lewis CM, Cler LR, Bu DW, Zöchbauer-Müller S, Milchgrub S, Naftalis EZ, Leitch AM, Minna JD, Euhus DM Clin. Cancer Res. 2005 Jan 11 1 166-72
Patient and duct selection for nipple duct lavage.
Maddux AJ, Ashfaq R, Naftalis E, Leitch AM, Hoover S, Euhus D Am. J. Surg. 2004 Oct 188 4 390-4
Clinical relevance of reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer.
Sakaguchi M, Virmani A, Dudak MW, Peters GN, Leitch AM, Saboorian H, Gazdar AF, Euhus DM Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2003 Mar 10 2 117-25
Loss of heterozygosity in benign breast epithelium in relation to breast cancer risk.
Euhus DM, Cler L, Shivapurkar N, Milchgrub S, Peters GN, Leitch AM, Heda S, Gazdar AF J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 2002 Jun 94 11 858-60
Validating the performance of the mammary sentinel lymph node team.
Euhus DM, Peters GN, Leitch AM, Saboorian H, Mathews D, Erdman W, Anglin B, Huth J J Surg Oncol 2002 Apr 79 4 209-15
Limitations of the Gail model in the specialized breast cancer risk assessment clinic.
Euhus DM, Leitch AM, Huth JF, Peters GN Breast J 2002 Jan-Feb 8 1 23-7

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