Hanna Hunter, MD

Hanna Hunter, MD

Hanna Hunter, MD

  • Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Medicine, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine

“In cancer rehabilitation, we try to understand how a cancer diagnosis affects your ability to function in your life. These changes affect things like being able to work, caring for your family and returning to the activities that are most meaningful to you. I was attracted to this field of medicine because we can address aspects of a person’s life beyond the disease process to help patients live their life to the fullest.”

— Dr. Hunter

How would you describe your approach to care?

It’s very collaborative. My role is to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries and mobility impairments that can occur during cancer treatment. I partner with oncologists to help patients maintain and regain their strength, but I don’t do this alone. I work alongside physical, occupational, speech and lymphedema therapists. We keep your individual goals in mind as we create exercise and therapy programs.

Of all the cancer treatment centers, why should a patient trust Fred Hutch and your team with their care?

Fred Hutch understands that cancer treatment is about supporting patients throughout their cancer journey. Fred Hutch takes on that responsibility; they own it. Our patients have a comprehensive supportive care team that understands the challenges that come with cancer – during and after treatment. In addition to rehabilitation services, it can include pain management, integrative medicine, psychiatry, nutrition, palliative care, etc.  We work to get patients back to what’s important to them.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, cancer care



Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

New York Presbyterian Hospital; Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cancer Rehabilitation

Board Certification
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2021, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab

Certified Lymphedema Therapist


Dr. Hunter in the News

All news
Pinpointing pain: Is it cancer or cancer treatment? Distinguishing side effects of treatment from a potential metastatic recurrence can be tricky; we asked cancer experts for their best advice June 5, 2023
Peripheral neuropathy: When having no pain is a big problem Chemotherapy-induced nerve damage is common for cancer patients and difficult to treat March 27, 2023

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. 

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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. 

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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 physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, 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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