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Judy C. Boughey, M.D.

  1. Surgical Oncologist

Judy C. Boughey, M.D., is a breast surgical oncologist. She is the division chair of Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncology and the Breast Cancer Disease Group chair at Mayo Clinic. She has a passion for advancing the care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer and women at high risk for future breast cancer. Her practice philosophy focuses on patient-centered care to provide the best possible oncologic outcomes with excellent aesthetics while respecting patients' needs and preferences.

Special interests include:

  • Neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer including triple negative breast cancer, Her2 positive breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Sentinel lymph node surgery
  • Technical advances in surgery to improve long-term patient outcomes and speed recovery
  • Clinical trials for breast cancer
  • Breast Fibroadenoma

Dr. Boughey earned her medical degree from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She completed her residency at the University of South Carolina and her breast surgery fellowship at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Boughey leads multiple clinical trials in breast cancer care, focused on safely de-escalating breast cancer management and individualizing care. She is active nationally and internationally in specialty societies and is a fellow of the American Surgical Association. She is the W.H. Odell Professor in Individualized Medicine. She is the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program.

  1. Atypical ductal hyperplasia
  2. Atypical hyperplasia of the breast
  3. Atypical lobular hyperplasia
  4. BRCA gene mutation
  5. Breast cancer
  6. Breast cysts and lumps
  7. Ductal carcinoma in situ
  8. Fibroadenoma
  9. HER2-positive breast cancer
  10. Inflammatory breast cancer
  11. Invasive ductal carcinoma
  12. Invasive lobular carcinoma
  13. Lobular carcinoma in situ
  14. Luminal A breast cancer
  15. Luminal B breast cancer
  16. Male breast cancer
  17. Medullary breast cancer
  18. Mucinous breast cancer
  19. Paget's disease of the breast
  20. Paget's disease of the nipple
  21. Papillary breast cancer
  22. Phyllodes tumor
  23. Recurrent breast cancer
  24. Squamous cell carcinoma of the breast
  25. Stage 4 breast cancer
  26. Triple-negative breast cancer
  27. Triple-positive breast cancer
  28. Tubular breast cancer
  1. Breast abscess drainage
  2. Breast biopsy
  3. Breast cancer surgery
  4. Breast duct excision
  5. Breast surgery
  6. Double mastectomy
  7. Excisional biopsy
  8. Lumpectomy
  9. Lymph node sampling
  10. Lymphadenectomy
  11. Mastectomy
  12. Minimally invasive surgery
  13. Modified radical mastectomy
  14. Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  15. Oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery
  16. Prophylactic mastectomy
  17. Radioactive seed localization
  18. Sentinel lymph node surgery
  19. Sentinel node biopsy
  20. Skin-sparing mastectomy
  21. Wire localization for breast surgery
  • Breast cancer surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node surgery
  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Prophylactic mastectomy
  • Nipple sparing mastectomy
  • Outpatient breast surgery
  • Breast cancer clinical trials
  • Aesthetic flat closure after mastectomy
  • Breast conservation after neoadjuvant chemotherapy
  • Lymph node surgery
  • Clinical trials
  1. 2006
    Fellow - Breast Surgical OncologyUniversity of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  2. 2005
    ResidentDepartment of Surgery, Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, University of South Carolina
  3. 1999
    MA - PhysiologyUniversity of Cambridge
  4. 1999
    Senior House Officer - Accident and EmergencyWhittington Hospital, London, United Kingdom
  5. 1999
    House Officer - General MedicineWest Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
  6. 1998
    House Officer - General SurgeryNorfolk and Norwich Hospital, United Kingdom
  7. 1997
    MB, B ChirAddenbrooke's Hospital, University of Cambridge Clinical School
  8. 1995
    BA - PhysiologyUniversity of Cambridge

Certifications

  1. 2006
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2024
    Top Doctor 2024Castle Connolly
  2. 2023
    James D. Cox Award of Scientific Merit for Local-Regional Recurrence (LRR) and Breast Cancer (BC) Survival Vary by Extent of Residual Disease and Tumor Biology – Long-Term Outcomes from the Z1071 TrialAmerican Radium Society Annual Meeting
  3. 2023
    America's Most Honored Doctors 2023The American Registry
  4. 2023
    2023 Exceptional Women in MedicineCastle Connolly
  5. 2022
    2022 Exceptional Women in MedicineCastle Connolly
  6. 2022
    2023 Top Doctors for WomenMinnesota Monthly Magazine
  7. 2022
    Top Doctors 2022Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  8. 2022
    America's Most Honored Doctors 2021The American Registry
  9. 2021
    2021 Exceptional Women in MedicineCastle Connolly
  10. 2021
    2021 Top Doctors for WomenMinnesota Monthly Magazine
  11. 2021
    Top Doctor 2021Castle Connolly
  12. 2021
    Top Doctors 2021Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  13. 2020
    2020 Top Doctors for WomenMinnesota Monthly Magazine
  14. 2020
    Top Doctors 2020Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  15. 2020
    Regional Top Doctor 2020Castle Connolly
  16. 2020
    America's Most Honored Doctors 2020The American Registry
  17. 2019
    2019 Exceptional Women in MedicineCastle Connolly
  18. 2019
    Mayo Clinic Team Science AwardMayo Clinic Cancer Center
  19. 2019
    2019 Top Doctors for WomenMinnesota Monthly Magazine
  20. 2019
    2019-2020 Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors
  21. 2019
    Top Doctors 2019Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  22. 2018
    Top Doctors for Women 2018Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  23. 2018
    Top Doctors 2018-2019Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  24. 2017
    2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement AwardMarquis Who's Who in America
  25. 2017
    Top Doctors 2017Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  26. 2016
    Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
  27. 2016
    Best Doctors 2016Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  28. 2016
    Best Doctors for Women 2016Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  29. 2016
    Honorable Mention - Who's Who in AcademiaMayo Clinic Who's Who in Academia
  30. 2015
    Best Doctors 2015Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  31. 2015
    Best Doctors for Women 2015Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  32. 2014
    First Place Breast Journal Award for "Axillary Ultrasound After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients Presenting with Node-Positive Breast Cancer (T0-T4, N1-2, M0)...18th SIS World Congress on Breast Healthcare
  33. 2014
    Best Doctors 2014Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  34. 2013
    Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2013Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
  35. 2011
    U.S. News Top Doctors at Mayo ClinicU.S. News and World Report
  36. 2011
    Who's Who In America 2011Marquis Who's Who
  37. 2008
    Scholarly Opportunity Award for "Molecular Breast Imaging in the Preoperative Evaluation of Women with Biopsy Proven Breast Cancer"Awarding Organization
  38. 2008
    Scientific Impact Recognition Award for "Molecular Breast Imaging: Experience with the First 900 Patients"American Society of Breast Surgeons
  39. 2008
    Second Place Breast Journal Award for "Simple prediction models for breast cancer patients with solitary positive sentinel nodes -- are they valid?"American Society of Breast Disease
  40. 2008
    Special Recognition for Outstanding Poster Abstract for "Intramammary lymph nodes: Patterns of discovery and significance"American Society of Breast Disease
  41. 2008
    Inclusion in "Guide to America's Top Surgeons"Consumers' Research Council of America
  42. 2005
    School of Breast Oncology Scholarship AwardAwarding Organization
  43. 2003
    First Place Award, Resident Paper CompetitionSociety of Carolina Surgeons
  44. 2002
    First Place Award, Resident Paper CompetitionSociety of Carolina Surgeons
  45. 2001
    First Place Award, Resident Paper CompetitionSociety of Carolina Surgeons
  46. 2001
    First Place Award, Resident Paper CompetitionSouth Carolina Chapter of the ACS, Charleston, SC
  47. 2000
    First Place Award, Resident Paper CompetitionSC-ACS Committee on Trauma, Greenville, SC
  48. 1995
    Henry and Irene Dean Prize for MedicineCambridge University
  49. 1995
    Trinity Hall College PrizeCambridge University
  50. 1995
    Bateman ScholarshipCambridge University

Professional memberships

  1. 2024 - 2025
    PresidentAmerican Society of Breast Surgeons
  2. 2024 - 2026
    ChairBreast Disease Site Working Group, Society of Surgical Oncology
  3. 2023 - 2024
    President- ElectAmerican Society of Breast Surgeons
  4. 2023 - present
    MemberNamed Professorship Committee, Mayo Clinic Board of Governors
  5. 2022 - present
    Co-Deputy DirectorCancer Practice, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
  6. 2022 - 2023
    MemberAmerican Radium Society, Publications Committee
  7. 2022 - present
    MemberResearch Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  8. 2022 - 2024
    Vice ChairBreast Disease Site Working Group, Society of Surgical Oncology
  9. 2022 - present
    ChairClinical Research Program, American College of Surgeons
  10. 2021 - present
    Invited ParticipantAmerican College of Surgeons, Surgical Education & Self-Assessment Program (SESAP 18 Advanced Author)
  11. 2021 - present
    Associate Director Surgery/Surgical Subspecialty ResearchMayo Clinic Cancer Center Research Committee
  12. 2021 - 2022
    Vice ChairSociety of Surgical Oncology, Question of the Week Task Force
  13. 2021 - 2024
    CommissionerThe Lancet Breast Cancer Global Report
  14. 2020 - present
    Committee MemberCancer Center Director Search Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  15. 2020 - present
    MemberBreast Cancer SPORE Executive Committee
  16. 2020 - present
    MemberCancer Surgery Standards Program Executive Committee
  17. 2020 - present
    MemberDepartment of Surgery, Surgery Strategy Committee
  18. 2020 - present
    Co-ChairBreast Cancer Disease Group, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
  19. 2019 - present
    Co-ChairBreast Disease Group
  20. 2019 - 2021
    Appointed MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology, Scientific Program Committee
  21. 2019 - 2023
    MemberMedical-Industry Relations Committee
  22. 2018 - present
    ChairI-SPY2 Surgical Working Group
  23. 2018 - 2022
    Board of Directors MemberAmerican Society of Breast Surgeons
  24. 2018 - present
    FellowAmerican Surgical Association
  25. 2017 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Cancer Center Clinical Research Subcommittee
  26. 2016
    Co-ChairpersonGeneral Surgery Review Course Committee 2016, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
  27. 2016 - 2017
    Program Chair2016 Annual Meeting, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  28. 2015 - present
    Subcommittee MemberCancer Care Advisory Committee's External Provider Relations (EPR) Subcommittee
  29. 2015 - 2018
    MemberAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Education Committee
  30. 2015 - 2018
    MemberCancer Education Committee on the Breast Cancer Track, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  31. 2015 - 2016
    Ad Hoc MemberScientific Forum Committee, American College of Surgeons
  32. 2014
    Co-ChairpersonGeneral Surgery Review Course Committee 2014, American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
  33. 2014 - present
    Committee MemberPlatform 1 Steering Group
  34. 2014 - present
    Committee MemberCenter for Biomedical Discovery Planning Team
  35. 2014 - present
    MemberBreast Cancer Steering Group
  36. 2014 - present
    Advisory Council MemberAdvisory Council to the Executive Dean for Research, Mayo Clinic Committees
  37. 2014 - 2021
    Vice Chair for ResearchVice Chair for Research, Department of Surgery
  38. 2014 - present
    MemberSurgery Administrative Committee, Department of Surgery
  39. 2014 - present
    MemberSurgical Executive Committeee, Department of Surgery
  40. 2014 - present
    ChairResearch Executive Committee, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester
  41. 2013 - 2021
    Vice ChairData Safety Monitoring Board, Department of Surgery
  42. 2013 - 2018
    Committee MemberAnnual Meeting Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  43. 2013 - 2015
    Advisory Board MemberBreast Handbook Editorial Advisory Board, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  44. 2013 - 2016
    Board MemberData and Safety Monitoring Board, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  45. 2013 - 2014
    Alternate MemberSurgery Administrative Committee, Department of Surgery
  46. 2012 - 2018
    ChairPublications Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  47. 2012 - 2018
    MemberCommunications Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  48. 2012 - 2014
    Appointed MemberBreast Disease Site Workgroup, Society of Surgical Oncology
  49. 2012 - present
    MemberBreast Pharmacogenomics Working Group
  50. 2012 - 2016
    MemberBreast Oncology Local Disease (BOLD) Task Force of the NCI Breast Cancer Steering Committee (BCSC), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  51. 2012 - 2014
    Committee ChairClinical Trials Committee, Department of Surgery
  52. 2012 - present
    MemberCooperative Group Clinical Trials Steering Committee, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Committees, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  53. 2012 - present
    Medical DirectorClinical Research Office, Department of Surgery
  54. 2011 - 2014
    Program Leader for Clinical TrialsResearch Executive Committee, Department of Surgery
  55. 2011 - present
    MemberCancer Center Communications Advisory Board, Public Affairs Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  56. 2011 - 2014
    Invited ParticipantBreast Education Self-Assessment Program (BESAP), American Society of Breast Surgeons
  57. 2011 - 2013
    Vice ChairEducation Committee, Clinical Research Program, American College of Surgeons
  58. 2011 - 2012
    Faculty AdvisorDepartment of Surgery
  59. 2011 - 2013
    Invited ParticipantAmerican College of Surgeons, Surgical Education & Self-Assessment Program (SESAP 15 Author)
  60. 2011 - 2013
    Board of DirectorsAlliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  61. 2011 - present
    MemberBreast Committee, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  62. 2011 - present
    MemberClinical Research Program, American College of Surgeons
  63. 2010 - 2011
    Executive Committee MemberAmerican College of Surgeons Oncology Group
  64. 2010 - present
    Program DirectorMultidisciplinary Breast Surgery Fellowship
  65. 2010 - present
    Appointed MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology, Training - Breast Program Directors Subcommittee
  66. 2010 - 2022
    Advisory Board MemberEditorial Advisory Board, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  67. 2010 - 2011
    Faculty AdvisorDepartment of Surgery
  68. 2009 - 2012
    MemberResearch Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  69. 2009 - 2018
    MemberPublications Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons
  70. 2009 - 2012
    MemberBreast Specialty Training Committee, American Society of Breast Disease
  71. 2008 - 2014
    Community Editor, Web PortalAmerican College of Surgeons
  72. 2008 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Surgeons
  73. 2008 - 2009
    Faculty AdvisorDepartment of Surgery
  74. 2008 - 2010
    Invited ParticipantAmerican College of Surgeons, Surgical Education & Self-Assessment Program (SESAP 14 Author)
  75. 2008 - 2012
    MemberSymposium Poster Abstract Review Committee, American Society of Breast Disease
  76. 2008 - present
    MemberDivision of Surgery Research, Department of Surgery
  77. 2007 - 2008
    Faculty AdvisorDepartment of Surgery
  78. 2007 - 2012
    MemberInstitute for Clinical Systems Improvement
  79. 2007 - 2011
    MemberAmerican College of Surgeons Oncology Group
  80. 2007 - 2011
    MemberBreast Committee, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
  81. 2007 - 2010
    MemberInternational Society of Surgery/Breast Surgery International
  82. 2007 - 2008
    MemberThe Breast Cancer InterGroup
  83. 2006 - 2011
    MemberNorth Central Cancer Treatment Group
  84. 2006 - 2010
    MemberMultidisciplinary Breast Surgery Fellowship
  85. 2006 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
  86. 2005 - 2016
    MemberAmerican Society of Breast Disease
  87. 2005 - present
    MemberSociety of Carolina Surgeons
  88. 2005 - present
    MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology
  89. 2004 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Breast Surgeons
  90. 2002 - 2008
    AssociateAmerican College of Surgeons
  91. 1999 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  92.  
    MemberResident/Fellow Selection Committee, Multidisciplinary Breast Surgery Fellowship
  93.  
    MemberSurgery Committee Steering Committee, North Central Cancer Treatment Group
  94.  
    MemberBreast Committee, North Central Cancer Treatment Group
  95.  
    MemberSurgical Quality Assurance Working Group, The Breast Cancer InterGroup
  96.  
    MemberDiagnosis of Breast Disease Work Group, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Publications

Research activities

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