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

Limitations of the Gail Model in the Specialized Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic.
Euhus, D.M., Leitch, A.M., Huth, J.F., Peters, G.N. The Breast Journal 2002 Volume 8 23-27
Loss of Heterozygosity in Benign Breast Epithelium in Relation to Breast Cancer Risk.
Euhus, D.M., Cler, L., Shivapurkar, N., Milchgrub, S., Peters, G.N., Leitch, A.M., Heda, S., Gazdar, A.F. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2002 Volume 94, No. 11 858-860
MRI vs. histologic measurement of breast cancer following chemotherapy: comparison with x-ray mammography and palpation.
Weatherall PT, Evans GF, Metzger GJ, Saborrian MH, Leitch AM J Magn Reson Imaging 2001 Jun 13 6 868-75
What's new in surgical oncology.
Leitch AM J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2001 May 192 5 624-39
Breast cancer: screening and early detection.
Leitch AM Tex Med 2001 Feb 97 2 74-8
Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology and Histologic Findings of Granular Cell Tumor of the Breast: Review of 19 Cases with Clinical/Radiologic Correlation.
Gibbons, D., Leitch, A.M., Coscia, J., Lindberg, G., Molberg, K., Ashfaq, R., Saboorian, M.H. Breast Journal 2000 January 2000 Jan. 6 27 - 30
Commentary
Leitch, A.M. (Guest Editor) Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 2000 Volume 12, No. 2 213
Breast cancer screening: success amid conflict.
Leitch AM Surg. Oncol. Clin. N. Am. 1999 Oct 8 4 657-72, vi
American Cancer Society Lymphedema Workshop. Workgroup I: Treatment of the axilla with surgery and radiation--preoperative and postoperative risk assessment.
Leitch AM, Meek AG, Smith RA, Boris M, Bourgeois P, Higgins S, Pressman PI, Stevens J, Stevens RE Cancer 1998 Dec 83 12 Suppl American 2877-9
Characterization of paired tumor and non-tumor cell lines established from patients with breast cancer.
Gazdar AF, Kurvari V, Virmani A, Gollahon L, Sakaguchi M, Westerfield M, Kodagoda D, Stasny V, Cunningham HT, Wistuba II, Tomlinson G, Tonk V, Ashfaq R, Leitch AM, Minna JD, Shay JW Int. J. Cancer 1998 Dec 78 6 766-74

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