Matthew Givens, MD

Matthew Givens, MD

Matthew Givens, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch

Palliative Care

“Cancer affects everyone. I get to practice medicine and help people from all walks of life. That is very enriching as a doctor.”

— Dr. Givens

What brought you to palliative medicine?

I originally trained as an emergency doctor. I was three months in, dealing with impostor syndrome and in an intensive care unit where I was responsible for more than a dozen patients. This was also the first time I experienced providing continuity of care, where I was getting to know patients and what was important to them and crafting a treatment plan that met their goals. I eventually realized that this is the heart of palliative medicine. I get to help my patients find out what they value and then marry that with my expertise. This is gratifying work.

What do you hope it's like for a patient to work with you?

I hope my patients feel heard and supported through the process. I hope they feel free to ask questions if they don’t understand something. I want to serve as a bridge to help patients engage with the medical system and get what they need.

Provider Background

Specialty: Palliative Care

Palliative care
I am a physician who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic and at UW Medical Center – Montlake.

A lot of times in palliative care, we talk about comfort measures, and this is largely what is most appropriate for people. But sometimes what is most appropriate is also doing everything medically possible to prolong longevity because that is what a patient, and their family, values.



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