James Drechsler, PA-C

James Drechsler, PA-C
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James Drechsler, PA-C

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

“I believe that I am here to be an educator and a patient advocate. I value being able to help patients navigate and make informed decisions with regard to treatment and care with the best available evidence. I want to help my patients make the best decisions for their health and well-being.”

— James

Why do you practice oncology?

Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Jim Drechsler spent eight years as a firefighter and a paramedic. Jim went on to graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Health and worked in family practice in St. Helens, Oregon. Jim says it was his passion for service and care that drew him to Fred Hutch.

“Medicine to me is much more than a job. I wake up every morning excited to go to work.” Jim attributes his attitude to the dynamic environment of working with a multidisciplinary team as well as being able to have a lasting impact on the lives of every patient he works with.   It was the unique challenges faced by both patient and provider that made Jim decide to pursue a career in cancer care. “I find it a privilege to be entrusted to walk alongside those who are fighting this disease with hope and honesty.” Jim also values his ability to promote better screening methods that lead to safer and more effective cancer treatments.  

Provider Background

High risk cancer surveillance
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) specializing in high risk cancer surveillance. My background includes more than 30 years of nursing experience across a variety of disciplines, from medical-surgical nursing to gynecology, community nursing, breast health, teaching and more. I am part of the Fred Hutch High Risk Cancer Surveillance Clinic where we offer a personalized approach to managing your cancer risk. 



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Central WA University; University of Washington

Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Medicine

Board Certification
Physician Assistant, 2009, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant


Seattle Met's 2019 Top Doctors award
James has received this peer-nominated award consecutive years in a row.

Clinical Trials

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