Erin D. Shade, PA-C, MS

Erin D. Shade, PA-C, MS

Erin D. Shade, PA-C, MS

  • Physician Assistant, Fred Hutch
  • Teaching Associate, University of Washington School of Medicine

“Helping people face the challenge of a serious illness is truly rewarding.”

— Erin

Why is oncology your focus?

As long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in physiology and in helping others. Prior to physician assistant school, I was a dietitian working with patients who had cancer and were undergoing bone marrow transplants. It was very fulfilling to support patients and families during an exceedingly difficult time in their lives. Later, when I was considering my first job after physician assistant school, a friend suggested I apply to the oncology clinic where she worked. I got the job and continue to love working in oncology. I love oncology not only because I am privileged to help others in such a time of need but also because of the opportunity to continually learn in oncology, with new treatments and new discoveries in cancer biology all the time.

How do you help patients?

My approach is based on collaboration, helping you make decisions that best fit your life. I aim to provide you with the information you need to take an active role in your care. Feel free to ask me questions and discuss your concerns. Part of what I do is care for people with sarcoma who participate in clinical trials. In this role, I help manage your needs and assess whether it’s safe for you to continue with therapy, just as I do for patients who receive standard treatment regimens.

Provider Background


I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in treating patients with sarcoma, cancer that affects bone and connective tissues, such as tendons, muscles or cartilage. Sarcomas can also appear in the nerves, blood vessels or fat. In addition to being a physician assistant, I have a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Washington. My expertise includes caring for those enrolled in clinical trials.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of California, San Diego

Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Medicine

Board Certification
Physician Assistant, 2008, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

MS, University of Washington

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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