Denise McCulloch, MD, MPH

Denise McCulloch, MD, MPH

Denise McCulloch, MD, MPH

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division & Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Director of Infection Prevention, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Medical Director of the Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic, Fred Hutch

Infectious Disease

“As a physician, I feel privileged to be able get to know patients and to answer questions about their care. I hope to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan, and to help them recover from their infection.”

— Dr. McCulloch

What do you like about your work?

I’m interested in treating and preventing infections in people who have cancer and whose immune systems are suppressed because of cancer or its treatment (immunocompromised). As the whole world has come to understand in recent years, we are learning new things about infectious diseases every day. This has come with challenges and difficulties, but we are also making amazing progress in terms of treatments and vaccines. We are always finding new tools to fight infectious diseases and help patients.

What sets the care apart at Fred Hutch?

We have world-class leaders and research that is at the forefront of cancer care. This includes those who are working to understand infectious diseases — how they make people sick and how they spread. When I see a patient in the hospital, for example, the experts who are pioneering new treatments and ready to help in a difficult case are a phone call away.

Provider Background

Specialty: Infectious disease

Infectious disease

I am a physician who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic and at UW Medical Center – Montlake.



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Williams College

Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine

New York University

University of Washington

Board Certification
Infectious Disease, 2021; Internal Medicine, 2017

MPH (Epidemiology), Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Clinical Trials

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.

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Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

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Your Care Team

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.

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