Rachael A. Safyan, MD

Rachael A. Safyan, MD

Rachael A. Safyan, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson

“I am a clinical investigator who is focused on uncovering new therapeutics to improve outcomes and driven by the human side of patient care. ”

— Rachael A. Safyan, MD

What brought you to oncology?

As far back as elementary school, I was drawn to science and medicine, but my interest in becoming a cancer specialist was cemented during college, when I observed my hematologist-oncologist father seeing patients in his office. There, I discovered the unique relationship between an oncologist and patient and learned the importance of treating the whole person and not just an illness. I have the privilege to help and support patients through one of the most challenging times in their lives.

What do you think sets Fred Hutch apart?

It’s a patient-oriented, collegial place to provide care. I have seen how everyone interacts with patients and their families, as well as their breadth of knowledge and research expertise, and all these things are why I wanted to work side-by-side with other professionals in this environment.

Provider Background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Medical oncology, gastrointestinal malignancies

I am a medical oncologist with both a clinical and research focus on gastrointestinal malignancies. I see patients at South Lake Union Clinic and UW Medical Center.

People come to Fred Hutch for exceptional cancer care, clinical trials and the latest research opportunities from innovative providers. These are absolutely my top goals. But providing a patient-centered approach where I can continue to learn from my patients and get to know them — not just their cancer — is just as important to me.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
Columbia University

Chief Medical Resident
University of Washington Medical Center

Residency, Internal Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Medical Degree
New York University School of Medicine

Bachelor's Degree
Barnard College of Columbia University


Young Investigator Award, 2017, Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Burch-Lodge Research Scholar, 2018, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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.

Find a Clinical Trial Led by Dr. Safyan


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.

View Dr. Safyan's Publications

Your Care Team

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