Lesly Dossett

Lesly Dossett, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology


Dr. Lesly Dossett MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dossett is an Honors Program and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Western Kentucky University. She earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2003, attending on a United States Navy Health Professions Scholarship. She completed general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2010, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. During a two year post-doctoral research fellowship, she was awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) training grant and obtained a Masters in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology, patient-centered outcomes, quality and policy. During this time she received numerous local, regional and national awards for excellence in research, including being named the Association of Women Surgeons Resident of the Year in 2010. After completing residency, she entered active duty with the United States Navy where she served as a Staff Surgeon in various roles stateside and overseas. After fulfillment of her active duty obligation in 2014, Dr. Dossett entered clinical fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL in 2014. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2016.

Dr. Dossett’s academic focus is on health care delivery and decision making, and the interface between primary care providers and cancer specialists. She uses qualitative and mixed methods research as well as methods in implementation science to study these problems. She was a 2015 Michael Zinner Health Services Research Fellow through the Surgical Outcomes Club and a 2017 Fellow of the NCI-sponsored program Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation in Cancer (MT-DIRC). She has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of 7 professional societies including the the Association for Academic Surgeons, Academy Health and the Surgical Outcomes Club.

Published Articles or Reviews

Dossett LA, Adams RC, Cotton BA. Unwarranted national variation in the use of prophylactic inferior vena cava filters after trauma: an analysis of the NTDB. Journal of Trauma 2011, 70(5):1066-70; discussion 1070-1. PMID: 21610425.

Zaydfidum V, Dossett LA, Feurer I, May AK, Pinson CW. Implementation of a real-time compliance dashboard is the key component to success in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia with the ventilator bundle. JAMA Surgery 2009 144(7):656-62. PMID: 19620546.

Dossett LA, Dittus RS, Speroff T, May AK, Cotton BA. Cost-effectiveness of routine radiographs after emergent open cavity operations. Surgery 2008, 144(2):317-321. PMID: 18656641.

Cotton BA, Dossett LA, Au BK, Nunez TC, Robertson A, Young PP. Room for (performance) improvement: provider related factors associated with poor outcomes in massive transfusion.  Journal of Trauma 2009, 67(5):1004-12. PMID: 19901661.

Dossett LA, Collier B, Donahue R, Mowery NT, Dortch MJ, Guillamondegui O, Diaz JJ, May AK. Intensive insulin therapy in practice: can we do it? J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2009 Jan-Feb;33(1):14-20. PMID: 18832598.

Dossett LA, Hudson JN, Morris AM, Lee MC, Roetzheim RG, Fetters MD and Quinn GP. The primary care provider (PCP)-cancer specialist relationship: a systematic review and mixed methods meta-synthesis. CA A journal for clinicians 2106. 2017 Mar;67(2):156-169. PMID: 27861907.