Veena Shankaran, MD

faculty member

Veena Shankaran, MD

Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), Fred Hutch

Professor, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.5977
Mail Stop: M3-B232

Dr. Veena Shankaran is co-director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research. Her research focuses on measuring the impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment on patients’ and caregivers’ finances and developing strategies to lessen this impact. She also conducts studies describing real-world treatment patterns and costs of care in the Puget Sound region and nationally. Dr. Shankaran is a medical oncologist who specializes in caring for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies with a particular focus on cancers of the esophagus and stomach. In collaboration with other gastrointestinal oncologists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Dr. Shankaran is helping to expand the gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials program to provide patients with novel treatment options.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine


Board Certification, Medical Oncology

Fellowship, Hematology and Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Chicago, IL

Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine

MD, University of Michigan Medical School

BA, Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College

Research Interests

The out-of-pocket costs that patients with gastrointestinal cancers experience as well as the cost-effectiveness of cancer therapy—studying how great care can be delivered without wasting resources. Dr. Shankaran is working with Dr. Scott Ramsey, an expert in the cost effectiveness of healthcare and health-related quality of life and director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

"We need to help patients go through the process of cancer without facing financial devastation. As oncologists, we can no longer ignore the economic side of cancer care — both at the health system and patient level."

— Dr. Veena Shankaran

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For the Media

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