Denise L. Bundow, ARNP

Denise L. Bundow, ARNP

Denise L. Bundow, ARNP

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

“Every interaction with my patients is an opportunity to make a difference in their lives, guide them through a period of intense vulnerability.”

— Denise

What do you enjoy about working with patients who have breast cancer?

During the early 1980s, I was working as a nurse in New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through this experience, I was able to witness a very dire health situation turn into one of hope, thanks to drug development and advances in clinical research. I see many similarities among the patients I worked with then and the women with breast cancer I see now: a sense of resilience and determination and a desire to build community around a shared cause. Every day, I am humbled by the grace my patients exhibit.

What is your approach to cancer treatment?

I have always enjoyed working with people, particularly those who are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. It’s an honor to be a part of your life during this intense time. Our relationship is based on mutual trust, respect and openness, so I hope that you feel free to ask questions and bring up any concerns you have about your care at any point in the process. My role includes offering support, guidance and education while helping you maximize your potential for healing. I am your advocate, working closely with other members of your care team to ensure you have the highest quality of life possible.

Provider Background

Breast health

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with more than 20 years of experience in cancer care. Specializing in breast health, I evaluate breast abnormalities and provide pre- and post-operative care for patients having breast surgery. I also work with women who are at a high risk for developing breast cancer, establishing an individualized screening program that takes into account factors like risk level, age and health.

Diseases Treated

Breast Health



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
New York University

Medical Degree
Columbia University

Board Certification
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 1980, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Clinical Trials

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Your Care Team

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