Hayley Root, PA-C

Hayley Root, PA-C

Hayley Root, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant, Fred Hutch
  • Teaching Associate, UW Medicine

“A lot of my job is holding the patient's hand, explaining what the process is and coming up with a plan. Many things are unknown in the beginning, and I’m often the first person a patient is seeing, so they have a lot of questions. I want to make sure patients are heard and that they leave our meeting feeling cared for and comfortable.”

— Hayley

What brought you to cancer care?

I have always been interested in breast cancer care because I was personally affected by it. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant with my youngest brother. I was seven years old when she was diagnosed, and I was nine when she passed away from it. The medical team that treated my mother inspired me to go into health care. I want to give back to others in the same way that they provided my family with support.

What do you hope it's like for a patient to work with you?

I want my patients to feel heard and supported. I think it's important to include the patient in the treatment process, and I really value their opinions and knowing what they are hoping to get out of the experience. We provide the recommendations, but it’s also really essential to keep the patient as a part of this team so they feel like they have a say and know what the next step will be.

I want patients to know we’re all in this together.

Provider Background

Breast cancer, breast health

I am a certified physician assistant who sees patients at Fred Hutch at UW Medical Center – Northwest in the Breast Health Clinic.

I treat patients who have breast cancer and patients who are at high risk for breast cancer. I provide preoperative and postoperative care as well as high-risk screening. I also assess breast abnormalities.

When you have breast cancer, there are many different people that you'll see, but we will stay in really close touch with each other.

Community Oncology

Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized care closer to home. As part of Fred Hutch, our community oncologists offer patients multidisciplinary tumor board opinions, clinical trials and expertise in treating a variety of cancers.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Lafayette College

Medical Degree
Sacred Heart University


Pi Alpha Honor Society, The National Honor Society for Physician Assistants, 2021

Dean Maura Daly Iversen PA Research Award: Novel Applications, Sacred Heart University, 2021

Clinical Trials

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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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