My first year out of medical training, I took care of two women with hereditary ovarian cancer. They ultimately died as a result of their disease, but my experiences with them shaped the trajectory of my career. Those women inspired me to better understand ovarian cancer so that we can predict who is at risk, preventing these cancers from developing or at least curing them if they do develop — so generations of women don’t succumb to this disease.
I always wanted to focus on oncology because I felt like this specialty really fit my idea of who a doctor was: someone who took care of patients with life-threatening diseases and helped them get through a difficult time in their lives. One of the things that really appeals to me about gynecologic oncology in particular is that I get to provide the whole breadth of care from surgery to chemotherapy to radiation and palliative care. I get to walk with patients throughout their whole therapeutic course, and I find that very rewarding.
Area of Clinical Practice
Gynecologic cancers, high risk prevention
I am a board-certified oncologist who treats patients with gynecologic cancers. My interests include studying the genetics of gynecologic cancers and using that knowledge to assess cancer risk and personalize prevention strategies. I also have expertise in using minimally invasive surgery to treat cancer.
As the deputy director of the Fred Hutch/University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Cancer Consortium, I help train the next generation of clinicians, surgeons and researchers in the field of gynecologic oncology. In addition to teaching and working with patients, I conduct basic science and translational research, leading national and international trials in ovarian cancer. I am committed to translating scientific findings to patients as soon as possible though creative clinical trials. Phase 1 trials are no longer a “last resort option” for patients but may provide early access to promising precision medicine drugs. I love to help patients navigate complex treatment options and find the most promising clinical trial option.
University of California School of Medicine, San Diego
University of Washington
Washington University School of Medicine
Gynecologic Oncology, 2003; Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2001, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Dr. Swisher has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.
UW Medicine Excellence in Mentoring Award
Dr. Swisher received this award in 2019 for giving her time and expertise to mentor fellows, residents and students in gynecologic oncology.
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