Karen L. Syrjala, PhD

Karen L. Syrjala, PhD

Karen L. Syrjala, PhD

  • Director, Behavioral Sciences; Co-director, Survivorship Program, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Professor, Clinical Research Division; Professor, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch


“My care is focused on helping people to recognize their strengths and take charge of their health during treatment and long-term survival. When useful, I offer specific skills to assist people in being as comfortable as possible both during and after treatment.”

— Dr. Syrjala

Provider Background



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Wellesley College

Medical Degree
Boston University

University of Washington, Pain/Behaviorial Medicine

MA, Boston University; Internship, University Hospital, Boston

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.

For the Media

The Media Relations team at Fred Hutch is available to assist members of the news media who would like to arrange interviews with providers.

Email media@fredhutch.org or call 206.667.2210