Lynn T. Dengel

Lynn T. Dengel, MD

Surgical Oncology
Primary Location:
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
Research Interests:

Tumor immunology, Melanoma, Focused Ultrasound Ablation of tumors, Patient Decision Making, Deescalation of Surgical Treatment in Breast Cancer and Melanoma

Clinical Practice:
Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Breast Cancer Care


Assistant Professor of Surgery

Lynn Dengel, MD, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgical oncologist specializing in melanoma and breast disease. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, she received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she graduated cum laude and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She subsequently completed a general surgery residency at UVA, where she received the Award of Academic Excellence from the UVA Department of Surgery. Dr. Dengel completed her fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. Dengel is recognized by her peers as an expert in breast disease and melanoma. She serves as a committee member for both the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She has authored and co-authored several articles in leading peer-reviewed publications, including the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Annals of Surgery. Dr. Dengel has been recognized for her research, receiving the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of four professional societies, including the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Dengel’s clinical practice is devoted to the management of breast cancer and melanoma in a robust multidisciplinary fashion. She performs all aspects of surgery for breast cancer and high-risk breast lesions, including: excisional biopsies, lumpectomy, mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, risk-reducing surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and axillary lymph node dissection. For melanoma and the surgical management of non-melanona skin cancers, Dr. Dengel is skilled in wide excision and radical resection of primary and metastatic tumors, sentinel lymph node biopsy, as well as axillary, inguinal, and pelvic lymph node dissection.

Dr. Dengel’s expertise and research interests include translational studies and clinical trials investigating the immune environment at tumor sites and mechanisms that may bolster innate immune response. She is the principal investigator of a clinical trial investigating focused ultrasound ablation combined with immunotherapy in advanced solid tumors. Dr. Dengel also serves as the lead investigator in multiple studies investigating patient decision making, specifically aiming to improve the process of shared decision making and decrease decisional regret for patients considering prophylactic mastectomy.

Dr. Dengel values the opportunity to develop relationships with her patients, who are often navigating a challenging period in their lives. She is committed to ensuring her patients have a solid understanding of their disease and treatment recommendations to allow for informed, shared decision making and a personalized treatment plan.

  • Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Honorable Mention, Surgery – General, 2019
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award, supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2013
  • Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow Award; Society of Surgical Oncology, 2013
  • Award of Academic Excellence – Department of Surgery University of Virginia, 2010
  • Cum Laude – Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2005
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2004


Georgetown University
University of Virginia
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center