A patient arrived on my service with a rare tumor that had been misdiagnosed for months. By the time she was admitted to the hospital, she was critically sick. I spent hours at her bedside, caring for her and coordinating the treatment she needed. Throughout the entire process, between bouts of tears, she kept looking at me and saying over and over again, “I trust you. I know that I’m in the right place and that you’re doing good work.” That night, I stayed late to ensure her care went as smoothly as possible. The next morning, when I got to her room, she was all smiles, with her family by her side. It was an honor to be there for her on one of the most important days of her life.
When my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was scared. What was his prognosis? What would his care plan be? Who would manage his care? Would I be able to go to his appointments? Even though I had been treating patients with cancer for years, I still felt powerless and uncertain. I try to remember those feelings whenever I meet new patients and families. Providing a sense of safety and understanding is so important in my line of work; even the best medicine needs a human element. I strive to take time to answer questions, listen to fears, provide guidance and be with patients every step of the way — just like I wanted for my dad.
Inpatient care and internal medicine
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) who specializes in treating patients with a variety of oncologic conditions, including leukemia, lymphoma and solid tumors. My career began in outpatient neurosurgery, and my practice now encompasses day-to-day inpatient care and internal medicine for people with cancer. I administer chemotherapy, manage complications and side effects, help with decision-making, and facilitate discussions about diagnoses, palliative care and many other topics. Every day, my team and I are here to earn your trust and exceed your expectations.
Nurse Practitioner, 2008, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Justin has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.
Membership: American Association of Nurse Practitioners Society of Critical Care Medicine
Certification: Instructor, Society of Critical Care Medicine Fundamentals of Critical Care Support
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