Suzanne M. Dintzis M.D., Ph.D.

Suzanne M. Dintzis M.D., Ph.D.
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Dr. Suzanne Dintzis is an associate professor of pathology, chief of UW Medical Center Anatomic Pathology Services and director of Pathology Laboratory Operations in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington. She has over fifteen years experience in surgical pathology with an interest in breast pathology.

Dr. Dintzis is actively involved with the planning and implementation of institutional anatomic pathology quality and patient safety process improvements. Her current research interests include breast cancer research and exploring the interfaces between quality of care, transparency and communication.

Dr. Dintzis earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Princeton University and her M.D and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. She began her residency in anatomic pathology at Stanford University Hospitals and completed her residency and surgical pathology fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Patient Care Philosophy

An accurate diagnosis is critical to establishing an effective treatment plan for patients; nowhere is this more apparent than in breast pathology today. With treatment protocols for breast cancer dependent upon specific characteristics demonstrating the expression of hormone receptors and the Her2 oncoprotein, it is imperative that an accurate pathology-based work-up of breast cancer is provided to help decide appropriate treatment options. Additionally, we understand the patient anxiety related to waiting for a pathology result and have a goal of rapid turnaround times to limit this time of uncertainty.

Clinical Interests

Breast and gynecologic pathology.

Research Interests

Dr. Dintzis is currently involved in breast cancer research, as well as, research exploring the interfaces between quality of care, transparency and communication.


Institution Credential Year
Stanford University School of Medicine Medical education 1993
Stanford University Internship
Stanford University Residency
Barnes Jewish Hospital Residency
Barnes Jewish Hospital Fellowship
Degree Institution Year
MD Stanford University School of Medicine 1993

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology 1997
American Board of Pathology Pathology 2014