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Donald Lannin, MD

Professor Emeritus of Surgery (Oncology)

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Donald Lannin, MD

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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

  • Resident
    University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN (1982)
  • Fellow
    National Institutes of Health (1980)
  • Intern
    University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN (1975)
  • MD
    University of Minnesota (1974)
  • BA
    Stanford University (1970)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Surgery, Surgery General (1983, recertified: 2012)


  • Lecture
    Santa Monica, California, United States 2000
    Comparison of Three Methods for Breast Lymphatic Mapping, Sentinel Node 2000, 2nd International Sentinel Node Congress

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding Organization
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

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