Donald Lannin, MD

Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Surgical Oncology | The Breast Center

Yale Cancer Center: Breast Center | Cancer Prevention and Control

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Lannin graduated from the University of Minnesota where he also completed his General Surgery residency and went on to do a fellowship in oncology funded by the National Institutes of Health. He rose through the ranks to Professor of Surgery at East Carolina University and joined the faculty at Yale in 2002. With nearly 30 years of experience in surgery, he has been instrumental in building The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, serving as its Executive Director from 2002 to 2010.

Education & Training

MD University of Minnesota (1974)
BA Stanford University (1970)
Fellow National Institutes of Health
Resident University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Intern University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Board Certification AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (1983, recertified: 2012)

Honors & Recognition

  • Alpha Omega AlphaStanford University, Stanford, CA

  • Who’s Who in Science and Medicine

  • American College of Surgeons Young Surgeon AwardAmerican College of Surgeons

  • American Cancer Society Sword of Hope AwardAmerican Cancer Society

  • ECU Family Practice Residency Teaching Award East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


  • Lecture Santa Monica, United States (2000)

    Comparison of Three Methods for Breast Lymphatic Mapping, Sentinel Node 2000, 2nd International Sentinel Node Congress

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Contact Info

Donald Lannin, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Breast Cancer ProgramSmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste 1st Floor

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Surgical OncologyPO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

Curriculum Vitae