About Michelle Specht, MD

Dr. Michelle Specht is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Cornell University Medical College. She completed her surgical training at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. She spent two years during her surgical training as a research fellow. Following her residency, Dr. Specht completed a fellowship in Breast Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Since 2004, Dr. Specht has been on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Spechts interests are focused on optimizing surgical treatment of breast cancer. She is particularly interested in patients who must undergo multiple surgeries to complete treatment for their breast cancer. She is actively involved in evaluating new techniques to help minimize multiple operations for the treatment of breast cancer.

Departments, Centers, & Programs:

Clinical Interests:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of breast disease
  • Optimizing lumpectomy for breast cancer
  • Nipple sparing mastectomy
  • Intra-operative imaging
  • Lymphedema after breast cancer treatment
  • Paravertebral block anesthesia during breast surgery


Surgical Oncology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-0340
Phone: 617-726-9200
Fax: 617-724-3895

Avon Center
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-9200

Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-6100
Fax: 781-487-6201

Medical Education

  • MD, Cornell University
  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Residency, Cornell University Medical Center
  • Residency, The New York Hospital
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

American Board Certifications

  • Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.


Same Day Surgery for Mastectomy with Reconstruction

Nipple sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction

Intra-operative imaging

Margin assessment

Treatment of lymphedema after breast cancer

High-risk patients


  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Select Publications:

    • McGugin CJ, Coopey SB, Smith BL, Kelly BN, Brown CL, Gadd MA, Hughes KS, Specht MC. Enhanced Recovery Minimizes Opioid Use and Hospital Stay for Patients Undergoing Mastectomy with Reconstruction. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Oct;26(11):3464-3471.
    • McGugin C, Spivey T, Coopey S, Smith B, Kelly B, Gadd M, Hughes K, Dontchos B, Specht M. Radiofrequency identification tag localization is comparable to wire localization for non-palpable breast lesions. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Oct;177(3):735-739.
    • Miller CL, Coopey SB, Rafferty E, Gadd M, Smith BL, Specht MC. Comparison of intra-operative specimen mammography to standard specimen mammography for excision of non-palpable breast lesions: a randomized trial. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Feb;155(3):513-9.
    • Specht MC, Miller CL, Russell TA, Horick N, Skolny MN, OToole JA, Jammallo LS, Niemierko A, Sadek BT, Shenouda MN, Finkelstein DM, Smith BL, Taghian AG. Defining a threshold for intervention in breast cancer-related lymphedema: what level of arm volume predicts progression? Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Aug; 140(3):485-94.
    • Coopey SB, Smith BL, Hanson SA, Buckley JM, Hughes KS, Gadd MA, Specht MC. The Safety of Multiple Re-Excisions after Lumpectomy for Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2011 Dec;18(13):3797-801.

Related Content

  • Video
  • Sep | 11 | 2020

Breast Cancer Screening

A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast that can find cancer before it can be felt by you or your doctor. Learn more in this video from Dr. Michelle Specht, Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Mass General Cancer Center.

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