I think what sets Fred Hutch apart is the support and resources we provide our patients. Cancer is scary and overwhelming, but people who establish care with us never have to go it alone. You get a whole team of highly trained professionals who understand that a cancer diagnosis affects all aspects of your life, and they’re committed to seeing you and your family through the experience. It brings me joy when I run into former patients and I get to see firsthand what a difference our care has made. Once, when I was in line at the grocery store, someone I had treated approached me to say hello; she was smiling and doing great. It’s rewarding to see people going about their lives after treatment — even if it’s something as mundane as shopping — because I know that my colleagues and I helped make that moment possible.
I try to get to know my patients’ lives outside of their diagnoses. Cancer might be the reason that you are in the hospital, but it doesn’t define you. When I can understand something about your life — your goals, your values and what makes you happy — I can make sure that the treatment plan we create honors and preserves what’s important to you. My goal is to help you live as well as you can for as long as you can.
Inpatient Oncology Care
I am a board-certified physician assistant who treats patients with a variety of diseases, such as leukemia, bladder cancer and lung cancer. My background includes experience working in neurosurgery as well as coordinating clinical research at the Benaroya Research Institute. Currently, I provide inpatient care for Fred Hutch patients admitted to UW Medical Center - Montlake.
Washington State University
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician Assistant, 2013, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Seattle Met’s 2023 Top Doctors award
Cora has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.
Mary Reed Award
In 2013, Cora received the Mary Reed Award, which honors the UW Medicine MEDEX Northwest student who earned the highest GPA among all training sites within that year.
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.