Department Breast Services
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Breast Diagnostics
  • Breast Health
  • Cancer Center
View all 4 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Family History of Breast Cancer
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hereditary Cancer Risk Management
  • Nipple Discharge
View all 7 Specialties +


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About Holly Pederson, MD

Holly Pederson, MD, is a Staff Physician and Director of Medical Breast Services in the Breast Center.  She is an Associate Professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

After receiving her BA in Biochemistry from the University of California-Santa Barbara where she received the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Pederson earned her medical degree from the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine where she was recognized in the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. She completed her internship and residency at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center in Internal Medicine, and in 2008 completed a clinical fellowship in Genomics at Cleveland Clinic.  She directs the Medical Breast Program and is active in clinical research.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA

Internship - University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Internal Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA

Medical School - University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA USA

Undergraduate - University of California-Santa Barbara
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Santa Barbara, CA USA

Additional Training

  • Dr. Pederson has a special interest and subspecialty training in hereditary breast cancer.


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Family history of breast cancer and Breast cancer risk assessment and prevention, Breast diagnostics, Benign breast disease, Breast cancer genetics and High risk management, Hereditary cancer risk management

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Pederson helped to create the Medical Breast Program at Cleveland Clinic in 1997, and now offers a subspecialty  Hereditary High Risk Clinic for patients with identified genetic mutations predisposing to breast cancer, family members of mutation carriers or patients from families with a strong family history of breast cancer. 
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/16/2018, Dr. Pederson has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Pederson receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

252 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2018

I was very happy with Dr Pederson and look forward to continuing my care with her. I was impressed with how well she knew my medical history as this was the first time I've met her. I feel I am in the best hands possible and am very thankful for that.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

Dr. Pederson is a knowledgeable and professional healthcare providers.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018

Dr. Pederson is wonderful doctor and I am glad I chose her to be my women/breast doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018

Provider apologized for the delay in seeing me. She explained that an emergency had occurred. The nurse checked on me at regular intervals and made sure I was comfortable.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

Dr. Petersen has been wonderful. I am sad she will no longer be my doctor because she is changing positions within the Clinic. I appreciated having her care for my breast health for the past several years.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

exceptional care by Dr. Peterson

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

We waited a very long time but I also understand that it is scary place and sometimes people need more time with the doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018

I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Pederson but at times she interrupted me and would not let me finish my statement.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2018

My situation is different as I am a male with a BRCA 1 mutation. Dr. Pederson took the time to explain the risk factors and set forth a plan. I see why she receives such high praise. She is a true professional in every aspect.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

I did have a fairly long wait this one time, but that's not the norm with Dr. Pederson.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018

Dr. Holly Pederson was professional and very thorough.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

my visit with this location and team of staff was excellent and I'm very pleased with the care I was given. I would recommend Doctor Pederson and staff to family and friends.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

she listened to me and answered everyone of my questions. I left the office feeling confident and happy about her being my Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

Dr. Pederson is amazing. I have recommend her to anyone I know who needs her specialty.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

Dr. Pederson is always professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Her staff is also very friendly and available.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018

I know that I'm going to have some wait time when I see my breast specialist but I realize that the additional time is necessary for the well being of all patients. I'm fine with the wait to get to be followed by such an excellent physician and staff.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2018

The doctor was very thorough and was aware of my medical history before she stepped into the exam room.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018

provider brushed off my concerns about length of time until follow-up

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018

I felt this provider brushed off my fears/concerns about my follow-up period and did not reassure me at all.

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Cleveland Clinic is amazing, I understand why people travel from afar. Dr. Pederson and her staff are kind, caring and take time to explain medical terms and conditions. I will recommend the Breast Center to all. Such a difference to know results and the tenderness of all who work there.

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

Dr Peterson and the staff at the Breast Center are outstanding. Dr Peterson is highly competent, caring, accessible. The Clinic is fortunate to have her as a physician at the Breast Center!

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

Dr. Pederson always goes above and beyond addressing all of my health care concerns - even giving suggestions on referrals for any other issues I may be having. She is thorough, attentive, knowledgeable and has excellent dr. / patient skills

Reviewed on May 7, 2018

Dr. Pedersen called me the very next day after my bone density to verbally give me the results

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

Had to wait roughly an hour to see the provider, but she did apologize and was very nice

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2018

Dr. Peterson is knowledgeable and kind, but she scolded me for seeing her for a follow-up visit and made me feel as though she did not want to be my provider. I have seen Nurse Practitioners for many different visit types and have no problem continuing this practice, but the NP that works with Dr. Peterson could not answer my questions at the visit and I felt I needed to continue my care with Dr. Peterson. The way she made me feel makes me question if I want to return to her, as new patients appear to be more important than maintaining a relationship with existing patients.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2018

Dr. Pederson was the first Dr. to inquire about my Ashkenazi heritage-I had no idea this increased my chances of having breast cancer-I was very well informed before leaving her office. She is wonderful!

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