Irene Wapnir

Irene Wapnir

Surgical oncologist, Breast surgeon, Breast specialist

Bio:   Dr. Wapnir has extensive experience in breast conserving surgery and innovative techniques related to nipple-sparing mastectomies, making these available to all women.
Clinical decision making incorporates access to novel clinical trials that aim to improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
4.7 out of 5
282 Patient Ratings
69 Patient Comments

Stanford Women's Cancer Center

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
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Breast Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
More Clinic Information » Getting Here » Make An Appointment

Breast Cancer Program in Palo Alto

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 1st Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6004
More Clinic Information » Getting Here » Make An Appointment

Professional Education

  • Residency: New York Medical College Registrar (1985) NY
  • Internship: Lincoln Med and Mental Hlth Ctr (1981) NY
  • Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (1988) NJ
  • Board Certification: General Surgery, American Board of Surgery (1986)
  • Medical Education: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (1980) Mexico
  • MD, Universidad A. Metropolitana, Medicine (1980)
  • BA, Goucher College, Biological Sciences (1975)

Honors & Awards

  • Awards Committee, Assoc Women Surgeons (2004)
  • Protocol Chair Breast Cancer Local Recurrence Trial, NSABP (2006)
  • Publications Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons (2010-present)
  • Visiting Scholar, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (2012)
  • Working Group Breast Committee, NSABP (2000)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief of Breast Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology (2005 - Present)

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

4.7

Friendliness

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.7

Recommended to others

4.0

Wait times

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Wapnir always has time to answer all questions and is genuinely concerned with my care and outcome.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Very much appreciate being fit in through Dr. Wapnirhad a surgery to get to.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

All my visits have been excellent thanks to all of Doctor Wapnir, Irene Leonor's team.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

She confused me, didn't answer my questions & was very dismissive I'll be cancelling my follow up visit & pursuing another physician.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Wapnir & I go way back. I was one of her first patients. She has taken excellent care of me over the last 16 yrs. She saved my life!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Wapnir is outstanding in every way.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Irene is the BEST! She knows her staff and she is a great advocate for the patient!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Wapnir is the best. Very glad I went to Stanford Cancer Center.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Wapnir either doesn't talk to me or walk in and walk out with me or two sentences. She leave me with her assistance for all examination and discussion.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

I've never had a bad experience at Stanford Health Care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Very pleased with interactions with all providers I had contact with.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Good.

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4.7 out of 5
282 Patient Ratings
69 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Wapnir always has time to answer all questions and is genuinely concerned with my care and outcome.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Very much appreciate being fit in through Dr. Wapnirhad a surgery to get to.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

All my visits have been excellent thanks to all of Doctor Wapnir, Irene Leonor's team.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

She confused me, didn't answer my questions & was very dismissive I'll be cancelling my follow up visit & pursuing another physician.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Wapnir & I go way back. I was one of her first patients. She has taken excellent care of me over the last 16 yrs. She saved my life!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Wapnir is outstanding in every way.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Irene is the BEST! She knows her staff and she is a great advocate for the patient!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Wapnir is the best. Very glad I went to Stanford Cancer Center.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Wapnir either doesn't talk to me or walk in and walk out with me or two sentences. She leave me with her assistance for all examination and discussion.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

I've never had a bad experience at Stanford Health Care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Very pleased with interactions with all providers I had contact with.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

I have a long history with Dr. Wapnir and trust her with my life.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

The best!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Wapnir is the BEST! I would not consider going to anyone else. I love her!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

The best!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

She is a very busy doctor but spends her time efficiently with her patient!!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I appreciate that Dr. Wapnir follows up on her patients, herself - It is the reason I drive to Stanford from Fremont. Kerry Shefren, NP who works with Dr. Wapnir is also excellent.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Wapnir went out of her way to ease my concerns due to a lump I had. She rushed my mammo & U. sound up so I wouldn't need to wait a month. Very blessed to have her.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I am very pleased with Dr Irene Wapnir and her colleagues. Each of the individuals I dealt with were exceptional from the Med Tech, her Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and of course, Dr. Wapnir.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

The Doctor Wapnir spent few time with me. Gave me impression that her time is valuable and don't want to spend them with me. All communication is her assistant who is nice and patient.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Provider again was clear & thorough, we were able to ask questions, explained everything. Left freely very good & now we would be taken care of.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Wapnir is the reason I go to Stanford. I have full confidence in anything Dr. Wapnir recommends. Her knowledge and understanding of our conditions and concerns is well above any other doctor.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Excellent help-wonderful surgeon!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I always have and exceptionally good experience with Dr. Wapnir.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Experience was great, would of liked just a bit more time explaining type tumor. But was REASSURING to me same "plan" would continue.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I would have liked a little bit more time with Dr. Wapnir before other members entered the room (more one on one explanations).

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Wapnir and has her physician (cardiac) assistant were wonderful.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Because of the trust & confidence I have in Dr. Wapris, the problems that I am face are surmountable.

SHC Patient, May 2016

The physician assistant and Doctor were excellent and very caring. They answered all my questions and made me at ease and comfortable. I would recommend them.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

We could not believe the time she spent with us it was as though she had no other patient that day - amazing to feel that way as a patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I was made to feel so much more comfortable with my situation & Dr. Wagner & Telli went out of their way to help me! I am grateful to both of them.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Wapnir is an outstanding doctor. I have recommended her to many others and they all love her too....they thank me for giving them her name. Dr. Wapnir has so much knowledge and uses it to help you with your treatment plan and things are always done in a timely fashion - she can make things happen!! Her PA Candice is wonderful and so is Jackie that is also in her department. I am very blessed that God led me to Dr. Wapnir.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

They were very good I am very appreciative with the care & treatment of everyone.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Wapnir was in a hurry. Was somewhat abrupt with me. Looked in cabinet for cytology supplies, but when not found, didn't both to get from somewhere else, so nipple discharge wasn't sent to lab. Was short with me & a bit demeaning when I asked about HRT.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I highly recommend to my friend and to all my relations about Stanford.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Wapnir saved my life! I am almost 15 years cancer free!!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Both Dr. & PA were a bad experience.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Highly recommended!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I can not praise Dr. Wapnir & her medical staff enough! Wonderful! Thank you much!!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Kerry Shefren NP, was very professional and caring. Dr. Wapnir was outstanding. I felt very comfortable in their hands!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I have the highest confidence in Dr. Wapnir professional judgment and value her care and concern.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Wapnir is the best!!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Wapnir is an amazing doctor & woman. Her staff is also wonderful.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Wapnir & her PA are both outstanding. They are competent, responsive and extremely caring.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Good rather than very good - answers to some questions skillfully avoided.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I recommended Dr. Wapnir for my daughter.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Wapnir - she is wonderful - a great surgeon AND spent needed time with me explaining the best path for me - Cannot praise our work & efforts enough!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Jenny & Jenn-Marie are warm, caring people who make me feel like my well-fare is a top priority!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I didn't feel like Dr. Wapnir had much time for me.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

The provider did not ask what my goals were for my treatment. She assumed that I value what she values and that is not the case -

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

She is great ,i can not ask for more

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

I previously commented about Dr. Irene Wapnir in this survey. I think she provides exceptional care to her patients, and she instills confidence in my to continue my care with her at Stanford.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I came in sick - a non-breast issue. Dr. Wapnir brought in someone to help me with my problem.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I have had years of excellent care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

All good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Wapnir is fantastic!! She along with Dr. Carlson & the staff at Stanford saved my life. I am a 13 yr breast cancer survivor thanks to them!

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

I have already been praising my experience to anyone with health issues.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Already recommended Dr. Wapnir to all my sisters and friends. We love Dr. Wapnir. I donate to Stanford every year because of her excellent care -

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

I'm pleased w/my dr. except I would like a phone call after my blood tests.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Good.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

I have complete confidence in Dr. Wapnir. My experience with Stanford Breast Center has been outstanding.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I felt that Dr. Wapnir really listened to me and thoroughly explained potential next steps.

SHC Patient, May 2014

She seemed to genuinely care about me/her patients, but seemed to have an agenda around her preferred treatment/studies.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Irene Wapnir is an extraordinary doctor, highly professional caring, attentive, and knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Dr. Wapnir is the BEST.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Response to all questions after the appt. was very prompt.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Excellent surgeon, but just "OK" bedside manner.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

I love Dr. Wapnir. She is very nice to me.