Darien Reed-Perino, MD, PhD

Darien Reed-Perino, MD, PhD

Darien Reed-Perino, MD, PhD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Research Associate, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Acting Instructor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology

“I want everyone to feel at ease as much as possible, as well as comforted and informed. I am all in, on their side and will be there every step of the way. Our patients are not alone.”

— Dr. Reed-Perino

What do you value about your work?

Building relationships with patients over time is really rewarding. And, from a research standpoint, it’s useful to share with patients what’s happening in the lab and what is on the horizon. I think it helps give people a connection to the scientific side — someone is working on this right now, and this is going to happen, even if we’re not there yet. It’s changing, and we’re a part of this change.

What brought you to oncology?

My parents are both scientists, so I came at cancer from that angle. I was doing research in the lab as an undergrad and realized I wanted to see patients, and then my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was early and treatable, but at the beginning of my dual MD/PhD program, a good friend was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at age 29. I have been resolute since then to help find targeted therapies that are lower in toxicity and more specific, especially for aggressive forms, such as triple-negative breast cancer.

A driver for my research is for there to be a day where nobody has chemotherapy and we can instead give patients a targeted prescription focused on their tumor.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Breast cancer

I am a physician and clinical researcher who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic. 

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of California, Berkeley

Medical Degree
University of California, San Francisco

University of Arizona

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Hematology-Oncology

PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Clinical Trials

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