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Bennett named chief of breast imaging section

Radiologist also will lead clinical services

July 9, 2020

Washington University

After a national search, noted radiologist Debbie Lee Bennett, MD, has been named chief of breast imaging for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Bennett will oversee screening and diagnostic mammography services offered through Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, including at the Joanne Knight Breast Health Center.

Bennett comes to the university from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she had served on the faculty since 2014, most recently as an associate professor. There, she established the breast imaging section and began serving as its chief in 2015.

“We are very excited that someone with Dr. Bennett’s proven leadership and experience is joining our breast imaging faculty,” said Richard L. Wahl, MD, the Elizabeth Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology, head of the radiology department at the School of Medicine and director of MIR. “She also is a welcome addition to our team of clinical experts, whose skill and experience make a difference in the lives of our patients.”

Bennett serves on several committees of professional and academic organizations, including the American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, American Board of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America. She also is engaged in outreach and education, and has mentored many residents who have gone on to pursue careers in breast imaging.

After an internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, she completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in breast imaging, both at Massachusetts General Hospital.

She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude from both institutions.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 1,500 faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, teaching and patient care, ranking among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Siteman Cancer Center, ranked among the top cancer treatment centers by U.S. News & World Report, also is one of only a few cancer centers to receive the highest rating of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – “exceptional.” Comprising the cancer research, prevention and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Siteman treats adults at six locations and partners with St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the treatment of pediatric patients. Siteman is Missouri’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the state’s only member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Through the Siteman Cancer Network, Siteman Cancer Center works with regional medical centers to improve the health and well-being of people and communities by expanding access to cancer prevention and control strategies, clinical studies and genomic and genetic testing, all aimed at reducing the burden of cancer.