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






Legacy Health Partners

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

  Nov 2, 2023
Dr Donovan is exactly what I was looking for in a surgeon. I could not be in better hands!!

  Nov 1, 2023
Dr. Donovan is the best! Compassionate, understanding and an excellent surgeon. This was my last visit with her and proud that I didn't cry!

  Oct 19, 2023
Dr. Donovan is amazing. I couldn't ask for a better Dr for this problem

  Oct 11, 2023
Dr Donovan, as well as her entire staff, is simply amazing. Cancer is a really scary thing and Dr Donovan always manages to put me at ease with her knowledge and compassion. I am so very lucky to have her as my doctor.

  Oct 11, 2023
Dr was very caring, informative, listened well.

  Oct 10, 2023
It took me 3 visits to be seen by my provider. The first 2 scheduled visits were made on days that Dr C Donovan was unavailable to see patients in her office. On one of my scheduled dates she was in surgery and I do not know the reason for the mix up on my first scheduled visit.

  Oct 5, 2023
This was a breast cancer exam so it wasn't under the best circumstances. I trust that I am in great hands as I have always been with Legacy Medical Group and my care providers.

  Oct 5, 2023
I have been ignored and dismissed by the staff working with dr Donovan that has led to this infection. I am very frustrated.

  Oct 5, 2023
Dr Donovan was the most amazing provider and person that I could have ever imagined going through this last 3 months with.

  Oct 2, 2023
I wish all my doctors were as kind, competent, and engaging as Dr. Donovan. She listens; she hears; she's compassionate; and she's very very good at what she does. Receptionist was the same. I actually stayed a while after my appointment chatting with him. Very uplifting all round.

  Sep 28, 2023
Doctor Donovan is exceptionally knowledgeable, kind, caring, compassionate, and wonderful! I'm deeply grateful she took me as her patient for the difficult journey ahead. I appreciate Immensely her wisdom as a doctor, and her amazing emotional intelligence. Thank you so much for your kindness and empathy Doctor Donovan! Her team member, nurse Kristin, is absolutely wonderful! Thoughtful, efficient, kind, and incredibly patient. She made sure I understood the following steps of my treatment, answered all my questions, and provided helpful information. Thank you so much!

  Sep 27, 2023
Everyone is this office was extraordinary. I felt heard, cared for.

  Sep 27, 2023
Explains all pertinent information well very compassionate

  Sep 21, 2023
The team is very caring, thorough and professional.

  Sep 21, 2023
Dr Donovan was amazing! She answered all my questions, and gave me the information I needed in such a simple and clear way that I could understand it all.

  Sep 18, 2023
Dr. Donovan was an excellent listener and answered all my questions and provided very clear information about my procedure. I appreciate how nice and comfortable she made me and my family feel. She is very professional.

  Sep 14, 2023
The doctor & whole staff were extremely kind % caring

  Sep 14, 2023
My experience with this clinic employees and this provider was amazing! I went in a very sad and concerned state of mind and after I talked with the doctor I was content and certain that Ii will be in very good hands with the upcoming surgery that I have to have. Very pleased with everything! Thank you very much!

  Sep 11, 2023
I'm always skeptical of online reviews, but I've found that every good thing mentioned about Dr. Donovan Is 100% true. I saw Dr. Donovan after a very frustrating experience with a different surgeon in a different hospital system that made me feel like my weight was a barrier to proper care. Dr. Donovan made me feel human again, like someone who had options and opportunity ahead. I knew I was in good hands. She never glanced at her watch once, she looked me in the eye...her entire team made me feel like I was their most important patient. I'm so glad I found her.

  Sep 6, 2023
Caring staff great experience

  Aug 30, 2023
I can't say enough about Dr. Donovan and the exceptional care she has provided me. In my time receiving health care, she is the best by far. She put me right at ease when I first learned of my diagnosis, and has been so supportive throughout my health care journey. I owe so much to Dr. Donovan for all that she did to provide me with the best possible outcome.

  Aug 24, 2023
Dr. Donovan is one of the most caring, personable and supportive doctors I have ever worked with. I always feel very seen, supported and cared about. She is amazing!

  Aug 23, 2023
The staff and Doctor were OUTSTANDING

  Aug 23, 2023
Dr Donovan is amazing and wonderful to work with. Which explains why it took a month to get in to see her. Love her. So grateful for her.

  Aug 23, 2023
Legacy has NO better physician or surgeon than Dr. Donovan when it comes to breast cancer patients. She treats the emotional needs as well as the necessary surgeries. We would follow her anywhere.

  Aug 2, 2023
I have a new cancer dx and the team of care givers helped make a plan to ease my anxiety. Dr. Donovan is an angel straight from heaven and I am so blessed to have found her and her staff.

  Jul 25, 2023
Dr. Donovan was amazing and eased most of my fears about the medical journey I'm about to start

  Jul 6, 2023
Cory is amazing. She was the first person to explain my type of cancer to me and that she had been through my type of cancer too??! Godsend doesn't even begin to cover it. She is now a sister and she can't get rid of me as a friend, even if she tried. I love you Cory, thank you for saving my life.

  Jul 3, 2023
Dr Donovan is extremely empathetic and knowledgeable. She listens and provides complete answers and asks for follow-up questions. She provides great guidance while verifying you are making the choices in your health care.

  Jun 29, 2023
Dr.Donovan most loveable person ever caring passionate , nice, good caring..there's no words can describe her kindness.. I love her so much .

  Jun 12, 2023
Dr Donovan and her staff are kind, thoughtful, and caring. They are thorough and spend time with me as if I'm the only patient they have They are wonderful

  Jun 8, 2023
Dr. Donovan is a very knowledgeable & caring person.

  Jun 7, 2023
Regarding my care from Dr. Donovan, it was very good and I had a surgery with her. Very friendly team excellent.

  Jun 1, 2023
Dr. Donovan spent over an hour going over my test results, explaining the process, listening to my choices and following up every step so far. Looking forward to continue my care with this physician and the Good Samariatan staff.

  Jun 1, 2023
Dr. Donovan has wonderful bedside manner, is quick-witted and thorough in her consideration of my medical; I feel confident I'm receiving excellent care.

  May 25, 2023
I was impressed with everyone

  May 18, 2023
I have always felt very supported, welcomed and very much taken care of when I come to the office. And Dr Donovan is by far one of the most supportive and caring doctors and I feel very fortunate to have been under her care, especially during a time my well-being was at such risk, and she continues to provide same level of care consistently now that I'm well.

  May 17, 2023
She showed compassion and concern regarding my health issues. She was willing to answer all my questions without feeling of being rushed through my appointment.

  May 15, 2023
Dr Donovan is just the best. Always listens, makes you feel that she really cares. Wish every doctor was like her.

  May 11, 2023
Dr Donovan explained things very well so I could understand. She answered all my questions. She is very compassionate. I feel she has my best interests in mind.

  May 11, 2023
A pleasant and informative consultation which increased understanding of my medical situation.

  May 8, 2023
Friendly & caring wants what best for me & listen well about my life & wants.

  May 3, 2023
From the receptionist, to the nurse & dr. they made me feel like the most important person in the room - I'm so happy I was referred to this hospital/clinic. Thank you.

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

  Apr 20, 2023
Dr. Donovan is really lovely. Experienced, thoughtful, great listener & communicator.

  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.