Nicole Bates, MD

Nicole Bates, MD

Nicole Bates, MD

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

Provider Background

As a psycho-oncologist, I serve patients as a psychiatrist specializing in mental health issues arising during the course of cancer and hematologic diseases. My approach to care is person-centered, focusing on your story as a person as well as a patient, and combining psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic approaches to help you navigate your journey with medical illness. I bring fellowship training in consultation-liaison psychiatry to understanding the interplay between medical conditions and mental health issues, and I believe that partnering with both you and your medical teams is essential to create a successful plan of care. While I often oversee psychiatric medications during cancer treatment, I also have a background in supportive, psychodynamic, CBT-informed, and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, and I incorporate psychotherapy elements into each appointment. Within the field of psycho-oncology, my specific interests include psychotherapy for existential issues that arise during journeys with cancer, working with palliative care populations, and strengthening collaborative care models in oncology settings.



Education, Experience and Certifications

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

General Psychiatry Residency
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Medicine

Bachelor's Degree; Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Whitman College

Clinical Trials

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Your Care Team

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