Over the past year and a half, I have been in the prostate cancer research group working on immunotherapies for prostate cancer. I was drawn to immunotherapy because of its power to redirect the immune system to eliminate cancer. My experience with prostate cancer led me to my current interest in genitourinary oncology. The treatment is challenging, and immunotherapy is an emerging platform that is poised to make a lot of traction as we learn more about how to treat these patients.
I had a patient who was diagnosed with an immune mediated RBC disorder. She had been through a lot of different treatments that didn't work so she'd been referred to Fred Hutch. I noted subtle changes to the size of the patient's red blood cells over time that led me to believe that the patient was slowly losing iron through the urinary tract. This is an often forgotten pathway of iron loss, so no one had thought to recheck her iron years after her initial diagnosis. We tested for it and lo and behold, she was low on iron. Within a month, she was weaned off many medications. Watching her health improve was so satisfying.
Gastrointestinal and genitourinary oncology
Treatment of gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies, benign hematology.
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.
Keck School of Medicine, USC
Stanford University, Internal Medicine
University of Washington Medical School, Hematology/Oncology
Washington State Medical License
Active through 2022
Internal Medicine, 2018; Medical Oncology, 2021; Hematology, 2021, American Board of Internal Medicine
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
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