Donna Plecha, MD, FSBI

Department of Radiology
School of Medicine
Department of Radiology
School of Medicine
Cancer Imaging Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Theodore J. Castele Professor
Department of Radiology
School of Medicine
Department of Pathology
School of Medicine

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast imaging
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Digital breast tomosynthesis
  • Breast ultrasound elastography

Awards and Honors

Best Doctors in Cleveland
Cleveland Magazine
Teacher of the Year Award
University Hospitals Case Medical Center

External Appointments

University Hospitals


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Plecha D, Bai S, Patterson H, Thompson C, Shenk R. Improving the Accuracy of Axillary Lymph Node Surgery in Breast Cancer with Ultrasound-Guided Wire Localization of Biopsy Proven Metastatic Lymph Nodes. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Dec;22(13):4241-6. doi: 10.1245/s10434-015-4527-y. Epub 2015 Mar 27. PMID: 25814365

Sher A, Vercher-Conejero JL, Muzic RF Jr, Avril N, Plecha D. Positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging of the breast. Semin Roentgenol. 2014 Oct;49(4):304-12. doi: 10.1053/ Epub 2014 May 17. No abstract available.

Plecha DM, Pham RM, Klein N, Coffey A, Sattar A, Marshall H. Addition of shear-wave elastography during second-look MR imaging-directed breast US: effect on lesion detection and biopsy targeting. Radiology. 2014 Sep;272(3):657-64. doi: 10.1148/radiol.14132491. Epub 2014 Apr 20. PMID:24758557

Plecha D, Salem N, Kremer M, Pham R, Downs-Holmes C, Sattar A, Lyons J. Neglecting to screen women between 40 and 49 years old with mammography: what is the impact on treatment morbidity and potential risk reduction? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Feb;202(2):282-8. doi: 10.2214/AJR.13.11382. PMID:24450666


Doctor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Bachelor of Arts
Northwestern University