Gentry King, MD

Gentry King, MD

Gentry King, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology


“Knowing that collaboration can help solve difficult problems and give patients quality care is what gets me going in the morning.”

— Dr. King

Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

I’ll never forget the time when I had to have a difficult discussion with a patient I had known for years. I had to tell her that her treatment was no longer working and that we needed to look for another strategy. I was somewhat emotional and struggled to find the words, and then suddenly she cracked a joke. We had a good laugh, and she comforted me by letting me know that she was behind me every step of the way in our fight against her cancer. Our interaction that day had a profound impact on me because I’m usually the one who cracks the jokes and motivates patients when they are feeling down. That simple moment really touched me and made me realize that patients help and inspire their doctors so much more than they will ever know.

What guides your approach to cancer care?

Cancer can happen to anyone, no matter their background or status in life, and it affects each person differently. That’s why I believe our support team and social workers are invaluable resources for helping us provide care in a holistic way. Cancer treatment is most effective when it’s a patient-centered team effort involving experts from a variety of fields, like surgery and radiation. I am committed to collaborating with my colleagues as well as with you and your loved ones. The way I see it, dealing with cancer is an all-hands-on-deck situation where everyone tries their hardest to help the patient.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Gastrointestinal cancers

I am a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, which can affect the colon, pancreas, liver and bile ducts, among other organs. GI cancers are some of the most aggressive and difficult cancers to treat, and that’s what motivates me to participate in clinical research to find new treatment options and improve what’s currently available. I design and conduct clinical trials that seek to combine chemotherapies and immunotherapies in the treatment of pancreas and bile duct cancers.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Ateneo de Manila University

Medical Degree
University of Santo Tomas

Einstein Medical Center, Internal Medicine

University of Colorado, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Board Certification
Hematology, 2018; Internal Medicine, 2013, American Board of Internal Medicine


2018 Scott Holden, MD, Fellowship Memorial Award, University of Colorado
Dr. King received this inaugural award from the University of Colorado.

2013 Dmitri Stavropoulos, MD, Memorial Award, Einstein Medical Center
Dr. King received this award in recognition of clinical acumen, compassion, empathy and passion for the preservation of life.

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch physicians. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your physician can decide if a study is right for you. 

Find a Clinical Trial Led by Dr. King


Many of our Fred Hutch physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians 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 physician has written. 

View Dr. King's Publications

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