Cory Donovan, MD

Accepting new patients

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

  Apr 2, 2024
Love this doctor and her staff

  Mar 21, 2024
Dr. Donavan is absolutely a blessing. She explains everything so well and I appreciate the time she takes to help understand my diagnosis and plan. Her assistant Kristen is very helpful as well. Please pass along my praise and to keep up the great work.

  Mar 14, 2024
Dr. Donovan took time to listen to me, answered all my question and clearly explained my diagnoses

  Mar 11, 2024
Legacy has found the best oncology breast surgeon in the USA. Dr Cory Donovan is not only a skilled surgeon. She is kind, empathetic, explains options and treatments. She holds your hand during this whole scary process. I am extremely lucky to have found her.

  Mar 7, 2024
Dr Donovan was very compassionate and informative regarding my health care. The staff has all been great and very caring. The only complaint I possibly have is with the scheduler not being quite as responsive as I expected in the very beginning of the process however the care from all other staff members far outweighs that first impression

  Mar 6, 2024
Dr Cory and her entire staff are just incredible. I simply cannot say enough good about them: with regard to skill, knowledge and patient care they are outstanding.

  Feb 29, 2024
The receptionist asked me to sign documents that I was unable to see.

  Feb 26, 2024
Dr. Donovan and team are incredible and have gone above and beyond in providing care for me.I'm so grateful to be Dr. Donovan's patient.

  Feb 21, 2024
Dr Donovan and her staff are amazing! You are so lucky to have them on your team.

  Feb 12, 2024
Dr. Donovan is friendly and compassionate! She takes the time to listen to my concerns, and address them. She's amazing!!!

  Feb 8, 2024
HOping to never need to!

  Feb 8, 2024
Doctor Donovan were excellent

  Feb 1, 2024
Dr. Donovan was recommended to me by two friends that have cancer. I trusted their judgement and made the appointment. I found the Dr. Donovan to be very caring, concerned, patient with all the questions, thorough, reassuring & extremely kind. I know I am in good hands with her!

  Feb 1, 2024
Kind, helpful, knowledgeable empathetic.

  Jan 31, 2024
Dr Donovan has an amazing bedside manner and the fact that she has experienced breast cancer herself means she is extremely empathetic towards her patients. She involves her patients in major treatment decisions, doesn't take patient concerns lightly, and generally makes the cancer journey less scary for her patients.

  Jan 29, 2024
This was my first visit to Dr. Donovan and I was SO impressed by her and her team! Starting with check-in, Sasha was so professional, prepared and friendly. I was immediately at ease and felt very warmly welcomed. From there, Lauren continued the great experience was was so personable. Dr. Donovan herself was amazing--just a wealth of knowledge and made me feel like I was in the best possible hands. I'm thrilled with this care team and my overall experience. I wish this office was my primary provider!

  Jan 29, 2024
She was wonderful!! Understanding, helpful, listened well and cared! Just as a provider should be and more

  Jan 29, 2024
Excellent service from Dr. Donovan and her team! Thank you very much!

  Jan 24, 2024
Would highly recommend Cory to everyone! Great bedside manner, listened to my questions attentively, responded with care and clear intelligence!

  Jan 24, 2024
This was hands down the best doctor I have ever seen. Dr. Donovan and staff absolutely care about their clients and patients and it shows! I am so relieved to have found a good team for my case. Thank you!!

  Jan 3, 2024
Dr Donovan explained my diagnosis, suggested surgery and treatment in language I could understand. She drew pictures to help explain what was going on in my body. She answered my many questions. She was kind, courteous, and extremely pleasant. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.

  Dec 28, 2023
Unfortunately they had bad news to deliver to me, but did it with care and compassion. The Dr and staff was completely kind and caring

  Dec 27, 2023
Dr Donovan and her team are very supportive, they make you feel safe and always take the time to explain every question a patient can have.

  Dec 6, 2023
Delay in seeing provider was because her assistant was very thorough with the intake information.

  Dec 6, 2023
Dr Donovan is a very compassionate and caring person. She is very knowledgeable in her area of practice. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing her expertise.

  Dec 6, 2023
Absolutely love Dr. Donovan. She is caring, friendly, smart and pays attention to what you have to say. She answers all questions and makes you feel good about your treatment. ( especially Cancer treatment) she is one of a kind. I am grateful for her.

  Dec 5, 2023
Dr. Donovan is by far one of the best Doctors I have seen since moving. She actually listens to the patient and genuinely seems to care. I had no concerns or doubts of her abilities or the procedures I went through with her. I love and appreciate doctors who treat ME and MY needs not treat me as a number and with the "basic standard of care" that doesn't always apply to or is what's best for the patient.

  Dec 5, 2023
Dr. Donovan is very caring and professional.

  Dec 5, 2023
Dr. Donovan is an excellent physician and surgeon! She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional while showing genuine compassion and empathy. She is the best cancer provider I could've hoped for.

  Dec 4, 2023
Dr. Donovan was wonderful! She was so kind and even drew pictures to help explain what is going on in my breast.

  Nov 29, 2023
From start to finish thus far my expectations have been exceeded. The staff was very personable and friendly and Dr. Donovan also exceeded expectations.....she was very patient and at no time made me feel like she was in a rush. It was a good first interaction and I am very grateful. Prior to meeting Dr. Donovan I did have a little issue with the radiology dept that I would like to bring to your attention. Please call or email to discuss. Some suggestions for improvement in this terrifying process of being initially diagnosed with cancer.

  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
The doctor and staff saw me.. A unique woman and human being. Made me feel that I mattered.

  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.