Michelle Trager, ACNP-BC

Michelle Trager, ACNP-BC
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Michelle Trager, ACNP-BC

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

“The genuine caring nature of the staff at Fred Hutch is one of a kind.”

— Michelle

Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had an impact on you.

I once cared for a 19-year-old who had lymphoma that was non-curative. Toward the end of his life, his community rallied around him in a way I’d never seen before. There were more than 50 adults and teenagers in the hospital at all times, taking turns going into his room, sharing stories, shedding tears and toasting him with apple cider. Seeing the love they shared so freely with this boy was one of the most heart-wrenching and heartwarming experiences I have ever had. That memory reminds me of what makes oncology special to me: not only the meaningful relationships I develop with patients but also the opportunity to bear witness to the deep bonds between patients and their loved ones.

How do you like to work with patients?

I am exceptionally straightforward and transparent in my communication with you, whether I’m sharing good news or more serious news. I take the time to learn who you are outside of your disease — what hobbies you enjoy, who your family and friends are, what makes you smile — in order to build a relationship that is not only about the medicine but you as a person. It’s so rewarding to be able to walk patients and families through what is often one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Provider Background

Inpatient care
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who treats patients with a variety of diseases, including lung cancer, leukemia and sarcoma, among many others. My background includes bedside nursing experience in several specialties, such as emergency medicine, solid organ transplant and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat). Prior to joining Fred Hutch, I worked as a nurse practitioner with the Swedish Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. Now, I am a senior member of Fred Hutch's hematology-oncology inpatient care at UW Medical Center - Montlake. In this role, I exclusively manage patients who have been admitted to UW Medical Center - Montlake. I work in close collaboration with inpatient and outpatient physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other staff to manage all aspects of your care. No matter your illness, I will help you navigate any issues that arise during your hospital and stay and beyond.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Case Western Reserve University

Medical Degree
Case Western Reserve University

Board Certification
Nurse Practitioner, 2010, American Nurses Credentialing Center


Seattle Met's 2022 Top Doctors award
Michelle has received this peer-nominated award for her exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.

Clinical Trials

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Your Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.


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