Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

137 Ratings

Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Benign Breast Disease, Breast Surgery, Breast Cancer

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-713-3200
Department: 336-716-0545


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Education & Training

  • Bachelors Degree, Smith College , 1991
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School , 1995
  • Residency, Surgery, Emory University Hosp, 1999
  • Residency, Surgery, West Virginia Univ Hosp, 2002
  • Residency, Surgery, West Virginia Univ Hosp, 2003
  • Fellowship, Surgery, Massachusetts Gen Hosp, 2003

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery

NPI Number

  • 1609974237
Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

137 Ratings

Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.

Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Surgery, General
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Research Interests


Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-0545 | Department: 336-716-0545


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Recent Publications

Sun Y, Howard-McNatt M. Intracystic papillary carcinoma of the breast in a male patient. Am Surg. 2014;80(3):E84-E85.

Bryan M, D'Agostino R, Brown D, Levine E, Howard-McNatt M. Is postmastectomy radiation therapy indicated in patients with close or positive margins? [abstract]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014;21(Suppl 2):33.

Ahmed S, Lawrence J, Stewart JH, Melin S, Levine EA, Howard-McNatt M. Does age predict outcome in patients with inflammatory breast cancer?. Am Surg. 2014;80(8):E221-E224.

Howard-McNatt M, Lawrence J, Melin SA, Levine EA, Shen P, Stewart JH IV. Race and recurrence in women who undergo neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Am J Surg. 2013;205(4):397-401.

Ahmad T, Song E, Russell G, Howard-McNatt M, Bell RA, Stewart JH. An analysis of disparities in surgical oncology trials for lung cancer [abstract]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013;20(Suppl 1):S117.

Howard-McNatt M. Pros and cons of screening for BRCA mutations. N C Med J. 2013;74(6):489-490.

Howard-McNatt M, Geisinger KR, Stewart JH IV, Shen P, Levine EA. Is intraoperative imprint cytology evaluation still feasible for the evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes for lobular carcinoma of the breast?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012;19(3):929-934.

Dougherty S, Urbanic J, Stewart J, Levine E, Howard-McNatt M. Is radiation indicated in patients with T1-T2 breast cancer with close or positive margins after mastectomy? [abstract]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012;19(Suppl 1):S86-S87.

Uyesugi K, Howard-McNatt M. Bilateral synchronous breast cancer in a male [abstract]. Am Surg. 2011;77(7):E140-E141.

Howard-McNatt M, Schroll RW, Hurt GJ, Levine EA. Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy in breast cancer patients who test negative for BRCA mutations. Am J Surg. 2011;202(3):298-302.

Howard-McNatt M, Forsberg C, Levine EA, DeFranzo A, Marks M, David L. Breast cancer reconstruction in the elderly. Am Surg. 2011;77(12):1640-1643.

Howard-McNatt M, Schroll R, Hurt G, Levine E. Contralateral prophylatic mastectomy in breast cancer patients who test negative for BRCA mutations [abstract]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010;17(Suppl 1):S60.

Kaminski JP, Case D, Howard-McNatt M, Geisinger KR, Levine EA. Intraoperative imprint cytology of sentinel nodes in patients with breast cancer--costly or cost effective? [abstract]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010;17(Suppl 1):S49.

Beard HR, Cantrell EF, Russell GB, Howard-McNatt M, Shen P, Levine EA. Outcome after mastectomy for ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence after breast conserving surgery. Am Surg. 2010;76(8):829-834.

Kaminski JP, Case D, Howard-McNatt M, Geisinger KR, Levine EA. Sentinel lymph node intraoperative imprint cytology in patients with breast cancer--costly or cost effective?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010;17(11):2920-2925.

Howard-McNatt M, Levine EA. Sentinel node mapping: status in 2008. Pathol Case Rev. 2008;13(3):87-94.

Vona-Davis L, Rose DP, Hazard H, Howard-McNatt M, Adkins F, Partin J, Hobbs G. Triple-negative breast cancer and obesity in a rural Appalachian population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008;17(12):3319-3324.

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Associate Professor, Surgery, General

Clinical Interests

Benign Breast Disease, Breast Surgery, Breast Cancer
Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.

Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.

Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Surgery, General
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

Marissa M. Howard-McNatt, M.D.137 Ratings

Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
Wait time at clinic

Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.


I felt insecure with her explanations.


She was very helpful to me through my time of breast cancer.


*Dr. McNatt was exceptionally kind & thoughtful.


All staff were very caring, I feel extremely confident in *Dr. Howard McNatt and staff!


We had an outstanding experience for our first visit to the Cancer Center. I wouldn't have changed a thing.


Though the care provider was good and listened she did sometimes speak too quickly. I had someone to take notes for me however, had I been alone I think it would have been too much information to absorb


I was very anxious and worried about the procedure I was recommended. My doctor (and everyone at WF) walked me through everything. I left feeling relieved and ready for the surgery. I felt, at all times, in good hands.


It all was very positive, no problems, just the travel time from Lenoir to Winston


Good experience


Dr. Howard-McNatt is a well knowledgeable professional and a caring person. I will miss seeing her.


Dr. McNatt and her staff are next to none as far as I am concerned. She was with me through the whole cancer process and still monitors me.


Feel she is an outstanding physician but deals with cancer routinely so is more complacent in discussions whereas I was still in shock. Rapid fire info but I wanted more details of my cancer. Maybe she didn't have the full pathology report back to answer at the time. Was given an overview of what to expect.


I was told that this doctor was the best for breast cancer surgery - and that is true! She is friendly, efficient, caring and takes time to listen!


Provider is a great physitian.


When any additional appointments have been necessary the doctor and the assistant have been so accommodating to arrange the times when I will not have to make additional trips (2 hours away).


you should have an "n/a" option but I would give Dr. Howard-McNatt a very good in gen'l


Professional and caring. Excellent surgery team. Excellent results. No after surgery problems.


Dr. Howard-McNatt was very thorough, caring and compassionate.


felt somewhat rushed but she was very courteous and answered all my questions




Wonderful *Doctor Marissa Howard-McNatt -


See previous comments. This physician's "bedside manner" is quite appropriate. Again, thanks for the excellent care overall in the Cancer Center.

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