Emily S. Ford, MD

Emily S. Ford, MD

Emily S. Ford, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Attending Physician, University of Washington, Virology Clinic
  • Research Associate, Fred Hutch

Infectious Disease

“We focus on helping patients feel more comfortable, answering questions and helping get them back on their feet so they can focus on their cancer treatment. Our job is to make their life with cancer easier.”

— Emily S. Ford, MD

What’s your favorite part of your work at Fred Hutch?

When I first meet people, it’s usually not how they’d prefer to meet anyone — they are often stuck in bed, immunocompromised and facing a threatening infection. While I look forward to seeing people in the outpatient clinic, dressed in their regular clothes instead of a hospital gown and looking confident and happy, the patients who are dealing with a threatening infection can be just as inspiring. Those challenges can be really rewarding.

What brought you to study and treat infectious disease?

My mother-in-law had acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when I was an intern. Her infectious disease physician was her favorite person on her care team. It made me realize how critical the study of infectious disease was when people are immunocompromised.

Provider Background

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
NYU School of Medicine

Residency, Internal Medicine
University of Washington Medical School

Fellowship, Infectious Diseases
University of Washington Medical School

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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