My first experience with cancer was teaching art therapy at my university cancer center. In medical school, cancer became personal when my uncle was diagnosed with leukemia, which was overwhelming for my family. This inspired me to pursue hematology-oncology, as I wanted to help cancer patients and families in a time of need.
In a rapidly changing field with new therapies, my goal is to guide patients through their cancer care. My philosophy is to engage in shared decision-making, practice evidence-based medicine, and help advance cancer treatments with access to research and clinical trials for patients.
My favorite memories are the "small talk" with patients and developing close relationships. I love getting to know patient's pets (from African grey parrots to goats to German shepherds), how they meet their spouse (a bar fight in the Vietnam War), their hobbies, their celebrations (starting vanlife after beating cancer) and more. During the cancer journey, that human connection is so important.
I am a hematologist-oncologist who sees patients at Fred Hutch at EvergreenHealth.
I am trained to treat a variety of hematology and oncology diseases, and my focus is on lung, head and neck cancer. I am particularly interested in targeted therapy and understanding driver mutations as a more personalized way to treat patients with cancer. I have done research on lung, head and neck cancer, as well as quality of life and supportive care, that has been presented at national oncology conferences and published in oncology journals.
We do all we can to help our patients get the best possible care. We bring research programs to the community, so our patients have access to clinical trials and new treatments. I truly believe this is the best place for cancer care.
Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized care closer to home. As part of Fred Hutch, our community oncologists offer patients multidisciplinary tumor board opinions, clinical trials and expertise in treating a variety of cancers.
Baylor College of Medicine
Yale University, Internal Medicine
University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.