Melissa Fessel, DNP, ARNP

Melissa Fessel, DNP, ARNP

Melissa Fessel, DNP, ARNP

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Fred Hutch
  • Teaching Associate, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine


“I want to have an honest and trusting relationship with patients so they feel comfortable sharing about all aspects of their life, since our personal experiences can affect cancer care and well-being.”

— Melissa

What brought you to oncology?

I started my career as a nurse and worked for five years in a cardiac ICU. I went back to school to become a nurse practitioner because I wanted to help people have better health and health care. I spent time in rheumatology, and I loved seeing patients regularly to watch their progress on medications and immunotherapies. We use a lot of these same therapies to treat cancer.

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

I want to improve my patients’ lives in any way I can, so I want to do my best by them and provide evidence-based medicine to treat their condition while keeping side effects and emotional aspects in mind. At the end of every visit, I hope I will have made their day a bit better and that patients feel that their questions were answered. Everyone here is a valued member of the team and involved in the process of providing care, and we keep patients and their families as the focus.

Provider Background

Specialty: Hematology Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Malignant hematology

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.

I see patients with many different types of blood cancer, including lymphoma.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of San Francisco

Medical Degree
University of Washington

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