Yarrow McConnell, MD, is a board-certified Surgical Oncologist with specialized expertise in the treatment of breast cancer and related pre-malignant breast lesions, melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, stomach (gastric) cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), neuroendocrine or carcinoid tumors, lymphoma, and sarcoma, as well as other cancers.
She performs a wide range of day surgeries at the Proliance Puyallup Surgery Center, including lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy, wide excision for skin cancers, node excision for lymphoma, and port placement for chemotherapy patients.
Oncoplastic techniques for reconstruction and recontouring of breast tissue following lumpectomy are a core component of Dr McConnell’s skill set. She has fellowship level training and has pursued ongoing education in advanced techniques for mastopexy, mammoplasty, rotation and keystone flaps, and skin grafting for reconstruction of complex cancer related surgical defects.
For abdominal cancers, and complex procedures requiring coordinated surgeries with plastic surgeons and others, Dr McConnell performs surgeries at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. She is a skilled laparoscopic surgeon, performing most gastric, small bowel, and colon resections using minimally invasive techniques.
Dr McConnell received her medical degree and general surgery training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and then became board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. She completed her Surgical Oncology fellowship and graduate research work in cancer biology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After becoming board-certified as a surgical oncologist, she developed a high-volume practice in Vancouver, British Columbia specializing in treatment of peritoneal malignancies, breast cancer and melanoma. She moved to Washington in 2016, and has built a thriving practice with a reputation for excellent and compassionate patient care. She is a member of numerous professional and learned societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. McConnell believes that every cancer is unique and every patient deserves expert, personalized, thoughtful and compassionate care throughout the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up phases of their cancer journey. She aims to provide this care by developing a relationship with each patient and their family, listening carefully and communicating clearly, coordinating surgical decisions with other treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation), and continuously updating her knowledge of new developments and techniques in cancer surgery.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Rob, their dogs, family and friends. She is an avid gardener, chicken keeper, and advocate for locally grown organic food.