Nicholas P. Giustini, MD

Nicholas P. Giustini, MD

Nicholas P. Giustini, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Acting Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology

“The way I work with a patient is more like a partnership. I appreciate really getting to know my patients, and I value the relationship. They are the reason I do this. It’s rewarding being able to do a lot of good and be an agent of change. I want what’s best for them, and I think they can feel that.”

— Nicholas P. Giustini, MD

Why did you choose oncology?

In fellowship, I had the opportunity to research lung cancer. With the explosion of research and clinical trials, it was exciting to see how much better patients do today than they did a decade ago. Later, I got to see the special relationship patients develop with their oncologist during treatment, which lasts months or years. I decided I wanted to be there for those patients, helping them to navigate the lung cancer journey.

What is your favorite part of what you do?

It’s always really gratifying when somebody has a really good response to treatment, but it can be just as rewarding when a patient has health issues. That’s when we figure out what the patient wants and how to tailor the treatment we deliver. I try to understand where the patient is coming from, their motivations and their values. Do they value living as long as possible, or do they value being as comfortable as possible? Do they have a graduation in a few months and want to do everything possible to get there? In partnership, we consider these goals and make decisions about treatment together.

Provider Background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Thoracic oncology

Focus on treatment of thoracic cancers, including lung cancer.



Education, Experience and Certifications

UCLA Medical Center

Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
University of California San Diego

Medical Degree
University of Southern Californa

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

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Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

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