Sancy Leachman M.D., Ph.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Professor and chair, Department of Dermatology
    Director, Melanoma Research Program, Knight Cancer Institute

Professor of Dermatology School of Medicine

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4.9 out of 5 (259 Ratings, 85 Comments)

Expertise

  • Cancer
  • Dermatology

Special focus on

  • General Dermatology
  • Genetic Skin Disorders
  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancers

Education

  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin Plan II, Austin Texas 1985
  • M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas Texas 1993
  • Residency:

    • Yale-New Haven Hospital (dermatology), New Haven, CT
  • Fellowship:

    • Yale University School of Medicine (cutaneous oncology), New Haven, CT
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Dermatology

Biography

Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician-scientist who chairs the Department of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and is the director of the Melanoma Research Program at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

The inaugural recipient of the John D. Gray Endowed Chair in Melanoma Research and Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group Melanoma Prevention Working Group, she is a dermatologist using basic science research and state-of-the-art technology to combat skin cancer.

Her clinical interests include skin cancers, especially melanoma, pigmentary disorders that result from abnormalities of melanocytes such as vitiligo, and genetic disorders that involve the skin such as pachyonychia congenita, Cowden syndrome, and other cutaneous cancer syndromes. In addition to seeing patients with pigmentary disorders, she sees general dermatology patients at the Center for Health & Healing and the Lake Oswego dermatology clinics.

Leachman’s research examines the role of genetic predisposition and differential gene expression in the development of melanoma, with an emphasis on the familial melanoma syndrome. She is interested in prevention, early detection, and chemoprevention of melanoma, particularly in genetically predisposed melanoma families. Through her investigations, she is seeking to develop agents that will serve as diagnostic tools, prognostic indicators, or targeted agents for the prevention of melanoma.

Leachman is passionate about fighting the “War on Melanoma” and has led the effort in building one of the largest national melanoma patient registries in Oregon. In line with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s focus on the early detection of cancer, Leachman and team have developed a mobile phone app, MoleMapper, which tracks moles and their change and growth over time. MoleMapper will help to gather data for melanoma research and, potentially, impact health outcomes in individuals at risk.

Prior to joining OHSU in 2013, Dr. Leachman was at the University of Utah, where she was director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program in the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a professor in the Department of Dermatology, and member of the Imaging, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics Program and the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program.

Leachman was a key figure in developing the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. We are excited to have her talent in team building in Oregon to improve the care of patients in our community by bringing together researchers and physicians with an interest in melanoma and other skin cancers in order to bring knowledge and expertise from the laboratory into the clinical realm.

Leachman also worked on a DNA vaccination study to prevent and treat papillomavirus-induced squamous cell carcinoma at Yale University School of Medicine where she completed her residency training and research fellowship. Leachman was awarded the prestigious Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award in 2000 and is currently an NIH R01- and Department of Defense-funded principle investigator.

When not working, Leachman spends time with her husband and two children in outdoor pursuits including hiking, skiing, backpacking and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

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Languages

  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Intermountain Dermatology Society
  • National Vitiligo Foundation
  • Utah Medical Association
  • Vitiligo Society
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research
  • Utah Society of Dermatologic Medicine and Surgery
  • Medical Dermatology Society
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Oregon Dermatology Society

Clinical Trials

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Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (259 Ratings, 85 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Jan 23, 2019

    She explains things very well and is thorough. Good bedside manner.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Amazing physician,knowledgeable and kind

  • Dec 07, 2018

    I found Dr. Leachman to be very professional, very pleasant, relaxing in her manner with a patient, and I have gone to her for many years and find her extremely competent.

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Her staff was wonderful.

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Dr. Sancy Leachman in my opinion is an outstanding dermatologist to takes all the time necessary to deal with her parents... parents... patients in a very compassionate, caring, thorough and professional way. I found her to be likable, Informative, helpful, knowledgeable. There aren't enough words that I can use to describe how pleased I am. I have another dermatologist that I'm seeing on an alternate 6 month basis. I am going to stop my treatment by the other dermatologist if I can meet *

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Doctor was very pleasant, extremely thorough, very knowledgeable, explained everything involving my situation very thoroughly to me, gave me some options and was very personable during my visit with her, as well as her staff. It was a pleasant experience.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Always professional and complete examination.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Great bedside manner and very experienced.Her experience shines through

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Great caring knowledgeable provider. Best I have ever had.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    She is very thorough, understanding and competant.

  • Nov 26, 2018

    I feel extremely fortunate to have this incredible doctor. She is so thoughtful and caring. But the big thing: she doesn't miss "anything"....and I feel very blessed to be her patient.Nothing is better than her!!!

  • Nov 26, 2018

    I think of Dr. Leachman is great and very thorough. I enjoyed meeting her and will continue to work with her.

  • Nov 26, 2018

    Dr. Leachman is a fantastic physician, I couldn't be happier having her as my physician. She's extremely thorough, very caring, very personable, she really goes out of her way to provide excellent service - I am very lucky to have her.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    Yes, I just adore Dr. Leachman. I feel she educates me. She talks me through everything that she's doing and looking at my skin. She is extremely thorough and that puts my mind at ease. She is so willing to answer questions. So never making me feel rushed or that I've asked a silly question or I'm being paranoid. She will always say these are very good questions. And then she will address the ones that I have and in terms that I can understand. She's encouraging and I just feel so fortunate to have her as my Dermatologist specialist, I just adore the woman.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    Hi, this is the patient and Sancy Leachman is incredible. She is, you know, she knows very much about what she does. She saved my life. I think that's enough. I might say that she is very aware of the patient in the room and pays particular attention to that person. She is the best.

  • Nov 23, 2018

    Dr. Leachman was very thorough in the examination. She answered my questions and advised me on how to deal with the skin problems I have.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Dr. Sancy Leachman is a fantastic person who shows that she truly cares for her patients.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Sandy Leachman is fabulous. The cream of the crop.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Very thorough and knowledgeable.

  • Nov 18, 2018

    It could not have been better. Dr. Leachman is really the top of the profession as far as her particular field in, you know be in dermatology. She is just incredibly good, she's very patient friendly and I would recommend her to anyone that was looking for the best of care and the best of profession.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Dr. Leachman is very caring and kind, and very, very thorough.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Dr. Leachman was very kind and explained everything she was doing point by point, and she did it in a friendly way.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Dr. Leachman is very thorough. She takes time to examine me carefully, and she explains her findings clearly. We arrive at a care plan for the following few months. I appreciate her expertise and feel that I am receiving excellent care.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Sandy Leachman very professional

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Professional, thorough, delightful personality.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    Sancy Leachman is professional, amazing, caring, explains procedures, answers questions, the staff is welcoming and very nice.I highly recommend Sancy.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    The doctor was very personable and made the exam very comfortable and informative for me.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    Dr. Leachman is engaged throughout the appointment. She seeks my input, clearly addresses my questions and explains procedures.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    You are welcomed in from the moment you enter by Nancy and then when you are in the exam room by your Dr. And the assistant. In my case, Dr Leachman and the new to OHSU Dr. Berry were very welcoming, pleasant and professional. The exam was thorough and everything was explained to me. I have never had a bad experience at the Lake Oswego office.

  • Sep 19, 2018

    Dr. Leachman listens to everything you say. She's is concerned with you and consoles and uplifts with the best!

  • Sep 19, 2018

    Very personable; clearly competent; satisfied in all respects.

  • Sep 07, 2018

    Dr. Leachman is wonderful. I highly recommend her. My experience was fantastic. Thank you, bye-bye.

  • Sep 06, 2018

    Very thorough, professional, kind and caring. I can't say enough positive comments, other than that Ifollowed Dr Leachman from Utah!

  • Sep 06, 2018

    Dr Leachman is very thorough and the best there is.

  • Sep 01, 2018

    Dr. Leachman paid attention to a mole on the side of my knee that I have pointed out to both Hanifin and Tofte in the past. Neither looked at it with the small portable microscope like Leachman did. She photographed it, explained why she wanted to take it off and removed it. The results came back Melanoma in situ. I've had more of the margins removed by Dr. Leitenberger as well as a second one on my arm. I would highly recommend Dr. Leachman.

  • Aug 30, 2018

    Dr Leachman explained the type of skin problem that I have in easy and understandable manner. She used liquid nitrogen to treat the areas with accuracy and speed.

  • Aug 30, 2018

    Good

  • Aug 29, 2018

    Dr. Leachman was very thorough in her checkup of me. I appreciated her giving me a handout explaining further in detail skin abnormalities and what to check for in the future.

  • Aug 29, 2018

    Dr. Leachman was very professional and answered all my questions.

  • Aug 29, 2018

    She is the first vitiligo expert I've ever met in my 20 years of having vitiligo. She is personable, looks you in the eye, and is happy to share her information in an easy-to-understand manner. She took a lot of time with me, never seemed rushed, and seemed genuinely interested in helping me understand my treatment options and answering my questions.

  • Aug 23, 2018

    She gave me the most thorough ? exam that I have ever had, and she also educated me on how to give myself and my partner, with my partner's help an exam also.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Considerate and knowledgeable. Answers questions with good information and discussion. Makes my yearly "strip search" a positive experience.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Very capable office staff. Dr. Leachman is a treasure!

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Good visit and treated in a nice and professional way.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Dr. Leach man is always friendly, positive, and thorough.

  • Aug 22, 2018

    Excellent provider.

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Friendly, Efficient and Professional!

  • Aug 15, 2018

    Dr. Leechman is an extremely prepared professional. I feel very confident in her technical abilities and her medical knowledge, she's? she's simply just the best. She takes time with each person to explain, she's wonderful with her students that she brings in, she's kind and considerate, and when I got a little upset recently because of a biopsy she was very kind towards me, she has a very nice manner. I highly recommend her to all of my friends and family. She's one of my favorite doctors at OHU, both for her extraordinarily competent medical knowledge and her kindness. That's the end.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    She is always pleasant and very thorough!

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Very personable, thorough and professional. She is terrific!

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