Lynn Symonds, MD

Lynn Symonds, MD

Lynn Symonds, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Clinical Researcher, Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology

“People feel vulnerable when they walk through our doors, but I always see amazing strength in my patients. Getting to know them and their support system is what drives me to be the best doctor I can be.”

— Dr. Symonds

Why should a patient trust Fred Hutch for care?

Everyone here is a compassionate professional dedicated to delivering the best care, and I feel confident our team offers what our patients need to get the best possible outcomes. I get to focus on treating only breast cancer patients, so I have a deep understanding of the treatments and the unique experiences our patients face. This is where I would want my own family to receive care.

How would you describe your approach to care?

I provide my patients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based information so they can feel empowered to make decisions. Patients are faced with so many details and advice that it can become overwhelming, but it’s my job to help break it all down and put everything in context for each individual. I want my patients to feel safe, valued and heard by me and my team. It’s a privilege to support my patients and their families, and I feel honored to be a part of their care.

Provider Background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Breast cancer

I am a medical oncologist who sees patients at the Breast Health Clinic at Fred Hutch.

I was planning to study music, but decided I wanted to become a doctor so I could combine my love for science with my passion for taking care of people. During a seminar in college, I heard a patient talk about her experience being on a clinical trial with a HER2-targeted therapy. Her oncologist explained how this was a newer (at that time) treatment for her specific type of breast cancer and that it had fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy because it was targeting the HER2 protein. I was inspired and decided I wanted to do research in the field, where I could impact change for many patients by helping to develop treatments that improved outcomes and decreased toxicity.

I have experience with all types of breast cancer research, from clinical trials to working in the lab. My current focus is translational and clinical research focused on understanding and preventing metastasis.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Dartmouth College

Medical Degree
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

University of Washington

University of Washington, Internal Medicine

University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology

Clinical Trials

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