- MD: University of Washington School of Medicine
- Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
- Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinic
“I started medical school planning a career for rural family practice. But in my first year, I was able to go to the operating room weekly with a local surgeon and I was totally captivated. I love the act of doing surgery, but as I have matured and the ‘wow’ factor has diminished. I find I am intrigued and challenged by teaching patients about their condition and helping them feel confident as they go through treatment. I sometimes envision the surgeon’s role being like that of a mountain guide: I can help my patients know what to expect and how to best prepare for it, and offer support and encouragement along the way, but each patient has to climb their own mountain.”Beth Dayton, MD
A native of Bozeman, Montana, Beth Dayton graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College with a degree in anthropology.
From 1992 until 2015, Dr. Dayton practiced general and breast surgery as a partner with Oak Street Surgical Associates in Salem. She joined Oregon Oncology Specialists and continues to accept adult and pediatric patients with a wide variety of benign and malignant surgical conditions, including diseases of the breast and gallbladder, as well as hernias, colon, rectal and anal conditions.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She continues to serve as the Chair and Medical Director of the Salem Cancer Institute Breast Committee and is actively involved with local breast cancer advocacy groups.
Dr. Dayton’s husband, Jeffrey Jarvi, was a PA-C, at Salem Pediatric Clinic until 2016. Their two sons have flown the nest. She has a passion for Oregon’s outdoors as well as international travel and enjoys road cycling, mountain biking, hiking and skiing. She is President of the Board of Directors of Salem Area Trail Alliance and can frequently be found on weekends building and maintaining local recreational trails.
Beth Dayton, MD is certified in:
- Surgery (general)
“I especially enjoy cancer care because of the team approach to care and the constant interaction with other specialists. However, even after all these years I still love to do a good gallbladder, hernia or colon operation!”Beth Dayton, MD