Barbara J. Silko, ARNP, PhD

Barbara J. Silko, ARNP, PhD
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Barbara J. Silko, ARNP, PhD

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Fred Hutch
  • Teaching Associate, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, UW Medicine

Gynecologic Oncology

“Being a part of my patients’ lives and health is an amazing privilege.”

— Barbara

Why do you enjoy working with women?

My very first nursing position was in a hospital where I cared for women with cancer. The experience made me want to learn more about how cancer affects women and how they approach self-care. I want to empower women to focus on their health and take time for themselves. I will support you throughout treatment and help you realize the vital role you play in your own health care. I believe that through self-care, we can improve our lives and the lives of those we interact with in our families and communities.

What role do you play in patient care?

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) specializing in gynecologic oncology. My goal is to be a constant source of support for you and your family during all phases of your cancer care, from initial diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship. During visits, I encourage you to discuss your needs, concerns, goals and expectations, so we can make decisions tailored to your life. I think you will appreciate me as a compassionate and optimistic resource for you.

Provider Background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Gynecologic Cancer

I specialize in gynecologic oncology, focusing on women's health and promoting women's self-care practices. In addition, I see patients and am the co-director at the Women's Wellness Clinic, a gynecologic and breast cancer survivorship clinic at Fred Hutch. My research focuses on how women define health and wellness and on women’s self-care practices. Most recently, I’ve been involved in a study looking at the cognitive effects of chemotherapy.

In my lifetime, I trust we will develop better screening tools for ovarian cancer and discover ways to improve the body's immune system against cancer cells.

Diseases Treated

Breast Health

Gynecologic Cancer



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Medical Degree
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Washington


Seattle Met's 2022 Top Doctors Award
Barbara has received this peer-nominated award for her exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.


Clinical Trials

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