Leal C. Ridgway, MD

Leal C. Ridgway, MD

Leal C. Ridgway, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine


“We all take the time necessary to make sure our patients feel important and heard. Our multidisciplinary approach helps each patient feel they are in the best hands and that they will not be alone while healing. ”

— Dr. Ridgway

What is your approach to care?

I want to provide each patient with an experience where they feel safe and cared for. Having an anesthetic for a procedure can be overwhelming. I treat every patient as if they were my own family member, with meticulous attention paid to all aspects of their anesthetic care.

How have you been personally impacted by cancer?

A good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago at a very young age. I realized how much patients go through and how vulnerable people are during their treatment. Compassion and small caring gestures go a long way.

Provider Background

Specialty: Anesthesiology

Area of clinical practice


I am an anesthesiologist who sees patients at UW Medical Center – Montlake.

Anesthesia is a very important part of a patient's care as they receive procedures and treatments. My favorite moment is when the anesthetic is complete and a patient is in the recovery room smiling, relaxed and ready to go home to heal and rest. I feel fulfilled knowing I have helped a patient through a difficult time and tried to make it better and, most of all, safe.



Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical School
University of Arizona College of Medicine

University of California Irvine

University of Washington School of Medicine

Board Certifications
American Board of Anesthesiology, 2009

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