Manuel Ferreira, MD, PhD

Manuel Ferreira, MD, PhD
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Manuel Ferreira, MD, PhD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Physician, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Chap and Eve Alvord and Elias Alvord Chair in Neuro-Oncology in Honor of Dr. and Mrs. Ellsworth C. Alvord, Jr., UW Medicine


“I have patience, and I love human interaction. I feel honored when my patients come back to me; it’s a privilege to be the one to help people when they’re at a low point in their life. When somebody trusts me with their life, that creates a bond. I feel that with all of my patients. ”

— Dr. Ferreira

What are your research interests?

I study tumors that are difficult to cure with conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and other systemic therapies we have at our disposal. We take tumors from the operating room and grow them in a dish. We study them genetically and epigenetically, in hopes of identifying biomarkers to follow the natural history of the disease in case the tumor recurs. Then, hopefully, we can develop targeted therapies for those tumors. This practice allows us to subspecialize in micro-facets of neurosurgery so that we can become world experts, essentially combining our academic interests with our clinical interests.

How do you approach patient care?

I realize that this is all very shocking and frightening for my patients. I want to be a partner to help them navigate this situation. I work to give them the tools to make educated decisions along the way during this challenging part of their life. It’s important they have the understanding to make decisions, not only about treating the tumor or the cancer, but to really prioritize their wants and their quality of life.

Provider Background

Specialty: Neuro-Oncology

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Fellowship, Cerebrovascular Surgery
AwardsUniversity of Washington Medical Center

Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical Degree
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Board Certification
Neurological Surgery, 2014, American Board of Neurological Surgery


Seattle Met's 2022 Top Doctors award
Dr. Ferreira has received this peer-nominated award for his exceptional patient care.

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