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

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (272 Ratings, 101 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.

Articles authored
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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

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (272 Ratings, 101 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

  • Apr 17, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Sancy Leachman was very positive. I have faith and confidence in her as a provider. From the moment she enters the treatment room, she is professional, personable, integrity driven and I know I’m in good hands. I trust her medical expertise wholeheartedly.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Dr Leachman, et al. are terrific. Intelligent, helpful and well prepared for every visit and procedure.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Dr Leachman was very thorough , efficient, personable and pleasant. This may sound strange but she had great eye contact, something typically lacking in doctors. I haven't noticed this direct eye contact, and communication, from a physician in years. She also did a great job ensuring I was comfortable and understood the procedures. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the visit.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Knee injury. 8 hour estimated wait to see a doctor.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    It is always a pleasure to meet with Dr.Leachman. She explains everything clearly, seeks my input, and offers suggestions. Excellent physician.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Dr. Leachman is an excellent dermatology physician.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    I really value Dr. Leachman. She is the best in her field and is passionate in leading her team. I am being treated by the best.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    knowledgable, articulate, and helpful

  • Mar 15, 2019

    The experience with Dr. Leachman was excellent. She took time she's very first she's very thorough and then she took time to explain what she was doing and how she was doing it. She took time to explain any side effects of of issues and it was just just an excellent exam.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Sancy is the most approachable, empathic and professional health care providers I've ever worked with, I always look forward to her opinions, evaluations and personal care that she provides. OHSU has one of the best.``

  • Mar 13, 2019

    I have Lynch Syndrome and felt that the care I received from Sancy could not be compared to any other provider. I decided the drive from Vancouver Wa to Lake Oswego to see her was worth it. She is the best and I hope she never retires.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Sancy Leachman is the best dermatologist that OHSU has ever had in my opinion. After Dr. [Name][Name], he was my favorite until he left and now Dr. Sancy Leachman is my favorite.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Sancy is always terrific, however, I had to wait close to an hour for the appointment because she was running late. I understand how this happens but wish there was perhaps something that could be done to give extra time per patient in case one or more patients need more time.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    She is fantastic. Office person at desks is great too

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Wonderful, informative and caring experience. The best of medical care!!

  • Feb 09, 2019

    Dr. Leachman is a wonderful doctor. She listens. She provides a lot of feedback. She is very concerned about you, and listens to you. I couldn't recommend her more highly.

  • Feb 07, 2019

    Excellent, friendly and professional

  • Feb 07, 2019

    Personable - Thorough

  • Feb 07, 2019

    When you wake up excited to see a Doctor you know your in good hands! She is the best.

  • Feb 06, 2019

    It was very thorough and informative.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    My provider was competent, on time, very thorough, and encouraging.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Dr. Leachman is kind considerate very respectful of her patients and very thorough all of which I appreciate it.

  • 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.

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