W. Thomas Purcell, M.D., MBA

Dr. W. Thomas Purcell M.D., MBA
Faculty Member

W. Thomas Purcell, M.D., MBA

Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch

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Dr. Tom Purcell is the chief medical officer of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. In this role, he oversees Fred Hutch's outpatient clinics and is responsible for ensuring that Fred Hutch provides high-quality clinical care. He also studies the role of exercise in cancer survivorship and carries out clinical trials of new drugs for patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and other cancers. Dr. Purcell is a medical oncologist who cares for patients at Fred Hutch with gastrointestinal cancers, such as liver cancer. 

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Chief Medical Officer
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Clinical Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
UW Medicine


Fellowship Medical Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2000

Residency, Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2000

Internship, Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2000

M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, 1996

MBA, University of Chicago, 1991

B.S. Physics, B.S. Chemistry, Millsaps College, 1985

Research Interests

Novel treatments for gastrointestinal malignancies

New cancer drug development

Cancer survivorship, including the benefits of physical exercise and weight training for cancer patients

Clinical Expertise

Gastrointestinal malignancies

Neuroendocrine gastrointestinal and lung tumors

Mesothelioma, including peritoneal mesothelioma

"I feel very fortunate to have a career in medicine and being able to care for oncology patients. It is a privilege for me to be a medical oncologist. I truly enjoy getting to know my patients and work very hard to meet their clinical and emotional needs. I love practicing at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center because I am able to work within a team of specialists to facilitate state of the art treatment in a compassionate, patient centered way."

— Dr. W. Thomas Purcell

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