Melissa (Liss) Munkel, ARNP

Melissa (Liss) Munkel, ARNP

Melissa (Liss) Munkel, ARNP

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


“I am happy to take the time to make sure my patients are as informed and supported in their decisions as possible.”

— Liss

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

I value each patient’s autonomy and respect when patients make the best decision for themselves. I want to be an educator and collaborator in that process. Treating cancer may lead to long hospital stays and it can sometimes be hard to find day-to-day normalcy. My most cherished memories are from when I have had extra time with patients to share stories, wisdom, encouragement and once even a very slow game of Scrabble between nursing rounds.

Have you been personally impacted by cancer?

I remember how the rest of the world fell away when my mom called to tell me that she had been diagnosed with cancer, and the sleepless nights that followed while living with the uncertainty. Drawing on my experience, I helped her understand her diagnosis and staging and navigate the questions about what to do and where to go. 

Her outcome was good and that experience has informed my approach to patient care. I am excited to continue to learn from and be part of an experienced and knowledgeable team that has access to the newest treatment developments.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Hematologic malignancies, blood and marrow transplantation

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center – Montlake.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of Florida

Medical Degree
University of South Florida College of Nursing

Board Certification
Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2023

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