Heather Neuman, MD, MS

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Associate Professor, Department of Surgery





Heather Neuman, MD, MS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and surgical oncologist whose research focuses on patient-oriented clinical outcomes including patient decision-making, quality of life and survivorship. Her current research aims to identify factors associated with type(s) of oncologists providing breast cancer follow-up care and follow-up frequency.  Her long-term goal is improving the quality of multidisciplinary care provided to breast cancer survivors. Future research includes identification of factors influencing provider and patient decision-making surrounding frequency of follow-up, and evaluation of perceived responsibility for follow-up care.

Research Funding

Factors Influencing Follow-up Care for Breast Cancer Survivors
UWCCC Academic Oncologist Training Program, NIH 5K12CA087718, 11/1/2012-10/31/2013
Role: Principal Investigator

Patterns of Oncologist Breast Cancer Follow-up and Relationship with Outcome
UW Carbone Cancer Center IIT
Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications (selected)

Neuman HB, Weiss JM, Leverson G, O’Connor ES, Greenblatt DY, LoConte NK, Greenberg CC, Smith MA.  Predictors of Short-Term Postoperative Survival After Elective Colectomy in Colon Cancer Patients ≥ 80 Years of Age.  Ann Surg Oncol 2013 May;20(5):1427-35.

Neuman HB, O’Connor ES, Weiss J, LoConte NK, Greenblatt DY, Greenberg CC, Smith MA. Surgical treatment of colon cancer in patients aged 80 years and older: analysis of 31,574 patients in the SEER-Medicare database. Cancer 2013 Feb 1;119(3):639-47.

Neuman HB, Park J, Fuzesi S, Temple LK.  Rectal cancer patients’ quality of life with a temporary stoma: shifting perspectives.  Dis Colon Rectum.  2012 Nov;55(11):1117-24.

Decker MR, Greenblatt DY, Havlena J, Wilke LG, Greenberg CC, Neuman HBImpact of neoadjuvant chemotherapy on wound complications after breast surgery. Surgery 2012 Sep;152(3):382-8.

Caretta-Weyer H, Sisney GA, Beckkman C, Burnside ES, Salkowski LR, Strigel RM, Wilke LG, Neuman HBImpact of axillary ultrasound and core needle biopsy on the utility of intraoperative frozen section analysis and treatment decision making in women with invasive breast cancer.  Am J Surg 2012 Sep;204(3):308-14.

Neuman HB, Patil S, Fuzesi S, Wong WD, Weiser MR, Guillem JG, Paty PB, Nash GM, Temple LK. Impact of a temporary stoma on the quality of life of rectal cancer patients undergoing treatment. Ann Surg Oncol 2011 May;18(5):1397-403.

Neuman HB, Robbins L, Duarte J, Charlson ME, Weiser MR, Guillem JG, Wong WD, Temple LK.  Risk-reducing surgery in FAP: role for surgeons beyond the incision.  J. Surg Oncol 2010 Jun 1;101(7):570-6.

Neuman HB, Elkin EB, Guillem JG, Paty PB, Weiser MR, Wong WD, Temple LK. Treatment for patients with rectal cancer and clinical complete response to neoadjuvant therapy: a decision analysis. Dis Colon Rectum. 2009 May;52(5):863-71.

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