Cory Donovan, MD

Patient Rating:

5.0 Read all reviews

My Specialties:

Surgical Oncology, Board-certified, Fellowship Trained

My Areas of Focus:

Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Cancer Genetics, Cancer Survivorship, Clinical Trials, Complete Women's Health, High Risk Screening, Nipple-sparing Mastectomy, Oncoplastic Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Skin-sparing Mastectomy






Good Samaritan Medical Center, Salmon Creek Medical Center

About Me:

Dr. Donovan received her medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, MN and completed her General Surgery Residency at OHSU in Portland, OR. She then completed a Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She is board certified in General Surgery. Her special interests include helping patients navigate a new breast cancer diagnosis, monitoring high-risk patients, addressing the needs of special populations with breast cancer, and oncoplastic breast surgery. She enjoys discussing a patient’s goals before beginning any treatment and tailoring care to each person’s lifestyle. Outside of work, Dr. Donovan enjoys hiking and running slowly in the forest, cooking surprising meals on a camp stove, and spending time with her daughter.

Medical School: University of Minnesota
Training: General Surgery Residency
Certification: Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Year I Started Practice: 2009
Hospitals Served: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Publication: JAMA Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology

Patient Rating

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Average Rating:  5.0 out of 5.0

  May 1, 2023
Dr. Donovan was sincere and reassuring.

  Apr 17, 2023
Dr Donovan is the best provider I've ever had. Her bedside manner is top notch and I have told many people how amazing she is. Her team is just as awesome as she is. She's the best!

  Apr 6, 2023
Dr Donovan is thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable and funny. I am grateful to have her on my cancer treatment team.

  Mar 30, 2023
Dr Donovan is the best! She is caring, informed and very aware of me as a patient AND as a person.

  Mar 27, 2023

  Mar 23, 2023
Dr. Donovan, during this visit, removed the port she had put place for my chemo treatments. The visit went well, which was surely my expectation; Dr. Donovan has been a delight to deal with. She worked with me during the worst weeks of my life and gave me hope that I could get through the very frightening treatments which were advised. I can only hope that others are fortunate enough to have her help there too.

  Mar 22, 2023
DR. Donovan is a wonderful doctor and a beautiful person...I have had all good experiences with her and her staff

  Mar 15, 2023
'''''''always a pleasure to see Dr Donovan, she cares, and her choice of words are always kind.

  Mar 8, 2023
Dr. Donovan is extremely thorough and kind. I know I'll get the best care while she tackles my breast cancer.

  Mar 6, 2023
Receptionist was professional and friendly. Dr. Cory Donovan showed high quality professionalism and genuine caring for me as an individual. I was listened to & felt valued.

  Mar 2, 2023
People at Legacy tend to be kind and compassionate.

  Mar 2, 2023
Dr Donovan is the BEST.She listens and cares and turns out, is an excellent surgeon too. Very pleased with my outcome and the experience of dealing with breast cancer. And very thankful!

  Mar 2, 2023
Dr. Donovan was warm, professional & listened attentively. She shared her thoughts concisely and caringly. Tests were ordered & Immediate action taken. I feel I am in good hands.

  Feb 27, 2023
This office was very comfortable with professional and caring employees. I believe they authentically care for your well-being.

  Feb 16, 2023
Best doctor I've ever come into contact with. Dr. Donovan was professional, kind, skilled and honest throughout my pre-surgery, surgery and post surgical process. She installs confidence and I give her 10 stars out of five.

  Feb 8, 2023
Excellent service from check in to check out. Staff are polite, helpful and patient. Dr. Donovan I s very caring, shows genuine concern to my health issues. Thank you.

  Feb 8, 2023
Great listener and explain in a detailed manner.

  Feb 6, 2023
I was very disappointed. They told me I was covered under my insurance to go through a certain surgery. Then when I arrived, they told me it was not covered.

  Feb 6, 2023
I believe I have found a perfect partner for this part of my medical journey - thank you!

  Jan 25, 2023
Dr Donovan had an amazing bedside manner. She did not make me feel rushed at all by taking the time to explain and answer all my questions in depth.

  Jan 25, 2023
Dr Cory Donovan is one of the best DRS I have ever run across in years. She listens. She cares. She doesn't treat you like a $ sign. She is the REAL THING.

  Jan 17, 2023
Dr. Donovan was friendly, knowledgeable, spent about 40 minutes with me, explaining, answering all questions, drew diagrams for me, left me feeling positive about the likely outcome for me.

  Jan 16, 2023
I felt very fortunate to have Dr. Cory Donovan as my doctor. She made me reassured of my recovery from the cancer that's returned. All of the staff were exceptional.

  Jan 11, 2023
Dr. Donovan took time to explain my mammogram, she provided me with my much needed 2nd opinion. I came to her because I've lost all faith in TVC and their radiologists. Dr. Donovan's care was exactly as it should have been when discussing an abnormal mammogram.

  Jan 11, 2023
With a new cancer diagnosis my husband I left this initial appointment feeling lifted, supported and well cared for!!

  Jan 11, 2023
I am glad to be under the care of doctor Donovan. I was referred to her by my OBGYN who gave her high ratings. I feel grateful.

  Jan 10, 2023
Very caring, concerned, genuine & thorough at explaining.

  Dec 12, 2022
Dr. Donovan was very helpful and understanding. Explaining clearly very sympathetic. I know she will listen if I have concerns or questions.

  Dec 8, 2022
Dr. Donovan is exceptional. She is thorough, kind and is wonderful in her manner in explaining processes. She has eased any concerns which is high in my care priorities.

  Nov 23, 2022
Friendly staff

  Nov 9, 2022
Dr Donovan is awesome

  Oct 17, 2022
The front office was super nice as long with the medical assistant. Dr Donovan herself is very friendly personable and easy to talk to. She really cares. I left feeling much better. Now I see why my obgyn office refers a lot of patients to this office. Now I can refer my friends as well. Thank you for being so kind

  Oct 12, 2022
Cory Donovan is an incredible physician - empathetic, optimistic, knowledgeable, honest. Truly, the absolute BEST!

  Oct 3, 2022
I could not have asked for better care. Dr. Donovan and her staff were sympathetic, understanding and responsive to my needs. This was only exceeded by Dr. Donovan's skill & competence.

  Oct 3, 2022
Cory is always very empathetic, connected, down to earth, funny and informative. I always leave empowered and uplifted!

  Sep 29, 2022
Everyone in this office was very polite and delightful to work with. Made me feel at ease.

  Sep 26, 2022
Dr. Donovan goes above & beyond in caring.

  Sep 19, 2022
I saw Dr. Donovan for a second opinion. She was very empathetic and really listened with an open mind. She provided reassurance regarding my diagnosis and desired treatment. She is very positive which in my opinion is a key factor when treating patients.

  Sep 19, 2022
No one wants to see a doctor for cancer, but if you have to, then Dr. Donovan and Tarah and their team are so supportive, understanding and competent at their care at every level.

  Sep 19, 2022
I feel confident with the care I receive from Legacy

  Sep 15, 2022
Dr Donavan is kind caring personable in general wonderful and knowledgeable. Highly recommend

  Sep 15, 2022
I was a new patient being seen for a very recent breast cancer diagnosis. I was very apprehensive about how the visit would go. I was so impressed with Dr. Donovan. She made a very difficult time much better. She was so clear in her explanations of my diagnosis and willing to answer my questions. She made a very clear plan on how treatment would go, and I was actually very relieved when I left her office in spite of the reason for the visit. Excellent doctor and human! (My only complaint was a facilities issue which had nothing to do with the visit. The signs in the elevators of parking garage 2 where I parked say "Go to level 3 to access the building" However the elevator buttons only have letters, and even they are not in alphabetical order (no B) so it was difficult to guess where "Leve 3l" is. Signs and elevator buttons should in sync. I went to E first - the 3rd letter - I eventually discovered I should have gone to G. And the door to enter at that point is very poorly marked -it's like you all are hiding)

  Sep 14, 2022
She listens well & genuinely cares about my concerns needs and wants

  Aug 29, 2022
Dr. Cory Donovan was so knowledgeable & super nice! She put me at ease with her kindness.

  Aug 29, 2022
Dr. Donovan and her entire staff are the most caring, efficient and competent medical group that I've ever had take care of me. I can't say enough about how confident I feel in their care. I only wish that Dr. Donovan was able to be my primary care physician. But my surgical experience and recovery were outstanding under her care. God bless her and her staff.

  Aug 25, 2022
Excellent doctor! I always enjoyed talking with her.

  Aug 24, 2022
I already have recommended Dr. Cory to a friend in Eastern Washington, she came over with breast cancer & Dr. Cory took care of her. Everyone in her office are so pleasant & friendly, you feel calmness there. I was terrifed when I was told I had breast cancer, all who worked with me, kept me calm and assured that they would take the best care of me, which they did. I'm happy.

  Aug 22, 2022
Even though Dr Donovan was running late to see me, this shouldn't be a negative. She takes the time patients need and I completely understood that's why she was running a bit behind. She's the most amazing doctor!

  Aug 17, 2022
Doctor was wonderful

  Aug 15, 2022
Dr. Donovan is a good listener and provides concerned care and referrals if necessary. I began seeing her as my oncologist for post breast surgery and a recent move to this area.

  Aug 15, 2022
Dr. Donovan is friendly, respectful, engaged, knowledgeable and caring.

  Aug 15, 2022
She was softly direct. Answered all my questions. Was thorough and very pleasant and caring. She gave me some confidence I will be ok.

  Aug 15, 2022
Very impressed with Dr Donovan on my 1st visit with her...seems very knowledgeable in her field.

  Aug 11, 2022
Dr. Donovan is the greatest. Love her!

  Aug 8, 2022
Dr. Donovan is comforting, she helps lift your spirit & truly cares. She listens & I have faith & trust in her advice.

  Aug 4, 2022
Two surgeries with several follow up visits with Dr Donovan. This was my final visit with her. She's the most compassionate, knowledgeable and easy to communicate with doctor I have ever known. I hope I don't need her services again, but I heartily recommend her !

  Jul 11, 2022
Excellent care. Complete explanation of care plan. I feel very fortunate to have connected with Dr Donovan.

  Jul 7, 2022
Dr. Cory Donovan is so caring & compassionate! She really listens to my concerns and knows & cares about my genetic background/history. I will recommend Dr. Cory Donovan to friends & family.

  Jul 6, 2022
Dr. Donovan listens and it is obvious she cares. She is the best!

  Jun 27, 2022
Dr. Donovan, is without a doubt, one of the best providers I have had the chance to work with. She is genuine, caring, and made me feel heard.

  Jun 27, 2022
Dr Donovan is the best! Compassionate and skilled.I trust her with my life

  Jun 27, 2022
I am very satisfied with Dr. Donovan and the oncology team during my care of breast cancer.

  Jun 13, 2022
Very positive doctor, likes her patients. I trust her to do everything possible to care for me. I wouldn't hesitate to see her again if needed.

  Jun 9, 2022
Itt was excellent