Legacy Health Partners

Cory Donovan, MD

Specialist

  • 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
  • Languages:

    English
  • Gender:

    Female

PATIENT RATING: 5.0 OUT OF 5 ( 126 RATINGS & 76 COMMENTS)

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Where I see patients

Legacy Medical Group-Surgical Oncology

  • 1040 N.W. 22nd Ave., Suite 560
    Building 2, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center campus
    Portland, OR 97227
  • 503-413-5525
  • 503-413-5526
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Legacy Medical Group-Surgical Oncology

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.

Education:
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

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5.0 out of 5     126 Ratings     76 Comments

May 23, 2022
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My experience with Dr. Donovan and her staff greatly relieved my concerns about the decisions I had to make prior to surgery and my anxiety about undergoing surgery.

May 11, 2022
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Dr. Donovan was amazing. Love her explanation and enthusiasm.

Apr 21, 2022
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So caring and compassionate. Amazing at her job. Thank you!

Apr 20, 2022
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I've always had a great experience with Dr.Cory Donovan. She's exceptional as a person and professional. She is so personal and friendly yet very professional and shows genuine concern for me as a patient. She's one of the best doctors I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Cancer is very scary but Dr. Donovan knows how to be so supportive and sensitive that I felt like I was her only patient. She's truly an amazing doctor!!

Apr 7, 2022
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Dr Donovan was real. She valued me and my husband and listened to us and did everything in her power to help relieve our concerns and fears. She is a Wonder Woman! I am so grateful that I got her as my surgeon

Apr 6, 2022
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Dr Donovan is the most amazing, personable doctor. She is also a fantastic surgeon. Anyone would be lucky to have her.

Apr 4, 2022
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Dr. Donovan is awesome! She informative, caring & puts you at ease. Wish I didn't have cancer, but feel lukcy to have her as my dr. Thank you! You are special!

Mar 28, 2022
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Friendly, organized, & informative

Mar 28, 2022
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Dr. Donovan is attentive and helpful to anything I've had questions about. I would recommend anyone who is needing a surgical oncologist to go see her as she treated me with such care and kindness.

Mar 23, 2022
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I love my Oncologist Surgeon ~ She is Amazing and I brought her a Thank you card for making me feel so safe during this past year and half.

Mar 21, 2022
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Dr. Donovan's team and the surgical team including anesthesiologist were awesome.

Mar 9, 2022
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Dr. Donovan is outstanding: highly killed, empathetic, good communicator.

Mar 3, 2022
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This is the second time I saw Dr. Donovan. She is professional, warm, caring and puts me at ease.

Mar 2, 2022
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It was my first visit the doctor was incredibly knowledgeable and kind with me, even with all the 1000 questions I had with my current health issue.

Feb 24, 2022
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Great doctor & excellent care. The staff in the office were very helpful.

Feb 16, 2022
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Dr. completely explained my condition.

Feb 3, 2022
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If I could rate Dr. Donovan any higher, I would. She is heading up my cancer treatment plan, and I thank my lucky stars every day that I was paired with her. She is knowledgable, thoughtful, caring, and most of all...empathetic. I cannot give enough praise to how wonderful she is.

Jan 31, 2022
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Excellent care!

Jan 31, 2022
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Dr Donovan is the best!! Although I am no longer scheduled to see her, I know if ANY problems or questions arise, or just need her advice on navigating health care questions, she will be there for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing breast cancer surgery.

Jan 27, 2022
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It has been a great experience with Dr. Donovan. She is very caring and concerned about my health. She is also a good listener.

Jan 19, 2022
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Dr. Cory Donovan is the MOST caring doctor I have ever seen. She is knowledgeable and compassionate. I trust her with my life.

Jan 17, 2022
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My visit with Dr. Donovan is on a specific medical condition. She allayed my concerns and made me more comfortable for the treatment that is to come.

Jan 14, 2022
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Dr. Cory Donovan was very pleasant and knew all about my genetic test & my families cancer issues. I'm glad that I will be working with her on my team.

Jan 11, 2022
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Only real negative was failure of MyHealth to include all info I had submitted. Very frustrating to be asked many questions I had already answered on line which somehow disappeared from my file. I spent at least one hour on online forms; only approx. 50% transferred over.

Jan 11, 2022
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Dr. Donovan was extremely knowledgeable, relatable, kind and professional. She was very down to earth realistic. She listened to my concerns with full attention. I have worked in healthcare for 20 years, I have met very few providers that are as exceptional and well rounded, completely approachable as she is. I am very thankful and grateful that I had her in my corner.

Jan 10, 2022
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Dr Donovan was extraordinary. I trusted her immediately (which isn't my norm). She is thorough, doesn't rush you, understands your concerns (uses active listening) and is compassionate. I will recommend her to anyone with similar issues as mine

Jan 10, 2022
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She makes me feel very comfortable and I trust her

Jan 6, 2022
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Dr. Donovan has a wonderful personality! She listens attentively, answers questions thoroughly, and respects her patients.

Dec 16, 2021
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This was my first and only visit. I was referred by a specialist at OHSU. I do not have enough information to answer this question.

Dec 15, 2021
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I was extremely impressed with my provider and her assistant. They showed great compassion, empathy and concern for my referral/visit. My provider came highly recommended!

Dec 14, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is the best of the best. Her skill as a dr., surgeon and ompasionate human being are top notch. I can't say enough good things about her!

Dec 10, 2021
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It was completely ridiculous that I had to enter my health info three slightly different ways. I spent 45 minutes, 30 minutes and 40 minutes on these tasks, and at the end of all of it I am not provided with this info for my records. Its a one-way information harvesting exercise that seems not dis-similar to being Interrogated at length. Then, just to push things Into a Fellini-movie level of absurdity there were THREE MORE rounds of Info harvesting once I arrived at my appointment. The system Is SO broken and the people working there can't even joke about it.

Dec 6, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is very professional, knowledgeable, and kind. She explained the rationale for the tests & treatment and answered all of my questions. The office visit was a very positive experience.

Dec 1, 2021
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All of the staff seemed to work closely with each other from the receptionists as well as each doctor. I was very comfortable with all of them. Very friendly & professional.

Dec 1, 2021
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This was a followup visit to cancer surgery a year ago

Nov 23, 2021
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Smart, clear good communication patient advocate. Listens and cares - on a level very few others do.

Nov 23, 2021
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Dr. Donovan had obviously reviewed my health history in detail, took time to explain what my cancer was and what the plan forward would be. She is an extremely good listener and addressed any concerns I had.

Nov 9, 2021
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This provider took the time to explain everything to me so I could understand what she meant. She was very respectful and did not rush through the appointment.

Nov 8, 2021
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Love this team!

Nov 3, 2021
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Dr Donovan and her staff are excellent!

Nov 1, 2021
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I really like Dr Donovan! ...and I don't necessarily like every provider I am referred to. I'm in good hands.

Nov 1, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is an exceptional doctor. She always takes care to listen, provides detailed information to questions, treatments, and procedures. She is very thorough during office visits and surgeries and I always felt that I was taken care of and in good hands. Her empathy and kindness as a doctor helped me through a very difficult time and process with my health. I am very grateful for being in her care and trust her implicitly with my health and related decisions. Her surgery team of nurses was also amazing and I don't know how to reach out to all of them for taking such good care of me from start to finish.

Oct 27, 2021
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Dr Donovan was amazing and explained my results very well so I could understand what I will be experiencing to come.

Oct 26, 2021
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I have interacted professionally with thousands of health care professionals. Dr. Donovan is definitely up there with the best! She is personable, warm, a fantastic communicator about complex subjects, and she inspired my complete confidence, and all this in a climate of discussing treatment of a particularly nasty breast cancer. I am grateful to be in her care.

Oct 21, 2021
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Dr Donovan was very thorough. Her demeanor was very kind and her comments thoughtful.

Oct 18, 2021
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I liked Dr. Donovan from the minute she walked in at my 1st appointment. I completely trust her expertise. She is the most personable, respectful, caring, compassionate dr. I have had. She is very knowledgeable & able to explain everything in a very understandable way. She is very approachable and does NOT act arrogant. She is confident with her skilled medical background which helped me feel confident w/her.

Oct 6, 2021
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Dr DONOVAN made me feel so safe. Which was everything.

Oct 4, 2021
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This visit with Dr. Cory Donovan was the first time I met her. She is very kind and most interested in how I am doing.

Sep 30, 2021
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Dr Donovan was amazing. She spent a lot of time with us, answering our questions, and never once made it seem like we were out of time. She was knowledgeable and sympathetic to what we are going through.

Sep 27, 2021
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She is the best. We always discuss possible options. Also her response via e-mail question is very quick.

Sep 21, 2021
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Every one in Dr. Donovan's office are friendly, compassionate and show concern and respect.

Sep 14, 2021
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All good

Sep 13, 2021
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Dr Donovan was a follow up from my Breast Cancer Surgery but is not my PCP Dr Donovan is an Incredibly Amazing Dr - her heart & compassion In helping me. Best of the Best!

Sep 1, 2021
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She was thoughtful, informative, and caring. I felt like she listened to myself and my husband and answered all of our questions. Did not feel rushed at all.

Aug 24, 2021
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Tarah, MA & Dr. Cory Donovan, MD were superb.

Aug 24, 2021
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Dr. Donovan and her staff are most excellent and compassionate and I will recommend them to anyone.

Aug 23, 2021
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Dr Donovan was refreshingly friendly, supportive, thorough, concise and patient. Great doctor!!!

Aug 18, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is excellent - she explained my diagnosis and treatment well and was always interested in me as a person and as a patient.

Aug 18, 2021
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Very easy to understand, very personable from all staff members with great follow up calls/scheduling.

Aug 18, 2021
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Dr. Donovan & her staff give excellent care from check in to check out. Dr. Donovan is very caring, compassionate she made feel like a VIP. She is a great listener. Very reassuring. Thank you.

Aug 16, 2021
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Dr. Donovan helped me through Breast Cancer.....she is awesome!!!!

Aug 4, 2021
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Dr Donovan is a gift to anyone, she's attentive and caring to the max! The women at the reception counter need some training, I stood there for over a minute thinking they were on the phone, they looked at each other several times but took forever to greet me. Finally one asked if I was there for one department of the other, instead of a "hello, how can we help you " or anything else. "Which department are you looking for?" was the greeting. I've been to this office several times where both windows have checked me in, it was not brought to my attention that one or the other was the appropriate window prior to this visit. Some training in simple greetings would be nice. But again, Dr Donovan and her MA are both very kind and highly recommended.

Aug 2, 2021
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I feel that Dr. Donovan really cares about me as a person, she is everything that I wished all Doctors were.

Jul 28, 2021
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Dr. Cory Donovan was a delightful, energetic, funny, compassionate and connected physician. Both my husband and I felt listened to and we got more educated about my current condition. I felt empowered, cared for, informed and excited about my already challenging healing journey with Triple Negative Breast cancer. Her attentiveness and ability to emotionally connect while still guiding us through what can be a confusing terrain was impeccable. I'm a professional working artist and I passionately show up every day to do my work and share it with the world and I feel like she is that kind of professional too! These are the people who truly make a difference in someone's life

Jul 28, 2021
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Pleasant surroundings, excellent staff, courteous.

Jul 27, 2021
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Extremely compassionate, excellent communicator and wise beyond her years.

Jul 22, 2021
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The visit on [date removed] was my post op appointment. I had been working with Dr Donovan and her assistant throughout the month of [month removed]. They are professional, caring and guided me through my first hospital operation. The operation was on [date removed]. The entire Good Sam surgical team were great. I had some reservations about anethesiology (sp?) and the knock out team coached me through it. The surgery and my recovery went very well. Dr Donovan is an excellent surgeon and has provided me with the proper post operative care, including her suggestion to meet with a PA in the Good Sam Breast Center to have a watchful eye on my progress and for future mammograms. I would recommend Dr Donovan to anyone who is needing her care.

Jul 19, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is welcoming, friendly and very much an expert in her field. She shares new research and listens to my concerns.

Jul 15, 2021
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The only complaint I would have is that I had to go to the Portland, OR office for this visit. That's a stressful drive but I needed to see Dr. Donovan ASAP & that was what was available. She assured that future appts. would be in Salmon Creek.

Jul 15, 2021
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Every visit has always been great. Very polite and helpful and caring people.

Jul 13, 2021
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Dr Donovan was amazing. She made me feel very comfortable and welcome and not rushed. She has great bedside manner. I work in women's healthcare and will be recommending her to everyone who needs her services! Thank you for walking through a stressful time with me.

Jul 8, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is an excellent doctor. She is so kind and respectful and her knowledge base is amazing. Dr. Donovan took car of my breast cancer and I trusted her with my life. I would never hesitate to recommend her to anyone I know that would need her knowledge, skills and abilities. Dr. Donovan exceeds a rating of 10.

Jul 7, 2021
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Dr. Donovan was extremely kind and calm. She is knowlegeable about options with positive outcomes based on her experience & research data. She seems to be forward thinking and proactive. Her thoughts about my treatment aligned with mine. She was very understanding, compassionate and caring about my situation. Even though it was the end of the day I felt I had her full attention and all the time I needed to ask questions and process the information she gave me about my situation. She was very kind to my friend who was with me and my family who joined by phone. She was forthright with the information she needed to tell me and did it with a great deal of compassion and confidence. She has a very respectful bedside manner; she didn't talk down to me. I felt comfortable with her right away and fully trust her to deal with my situation. I'm so glad she is here and will be my surgeon. She seems incredibly thorough.

Jul 7, 2021
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Dr Donovan is very personable and a caring individual.

Jul 5, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is marvelous. I am in good hands with her care.

Jul 1, 2021
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Dr. Donovan is the easiest physician to talk with I have ever had. I'm [age removed] so I have seen a fair share of doctors. She's the best.
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