Samuel (Sam) Emerson, MD, PhD

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Samuel (Sam) Emerson, MD, PhD

Samuel (Sam) Emerson, MD, PhD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine


“I want to be an ally to patients and help with their overall well-being while they deal with a brain tumor diagnosis and treatment, and for them to know they are not going to go through it alone. I am on their team.”

— Dr. Emerson

What brought you to neurosurgery at Fred Hutch?

I have always been interested in medicine as well as the brain and how it works. I was a biomedical engineering major as an undergraduate. In medical school, I decided to focus on neurosurgery because I get to help people when they are in an unfamiliar situation. I like to walk patients through the process and serve as a navigator.

Fred Hutch is world-class in terms of research and advancing treatments for not only brain tumors, but tumors of all types. I think we can make a real difference for patients and improve care for very tough and challenging diagnoses.

What do you hope it's like for a patient to work with you?

I want patients to know they have someone on their side who understands they are going through a situation that can feel very uncertain. I want to show empathy with their struggle. With a brain tumor diagnosis, whether it’s benign or malignant, that’s a life-changing thing. I want patients to know I understand and for them to see me as a guide.

Provider Background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice


I am a neurosurgeon who sees patients at UW Medical Center – Montlake and the South Lake Union Clinic.

I see patients for brain tumors of all types, whether they are from the brain itself or have spread to the brain from other parts of the body. I also have expertise in clinical trial design and will be working to grow the neuro-oncology clinical trial program.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical School
University of Washington School of Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital

PhD, University of Washington School of Medicine

Clinical Trials

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