Viswam S. Nair, MD, MS

Viswam S. Nair, MD, MS

Viswam S. Nair, MD, MS

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch


“I believe in empowering patients by sharing the best available evidence so that they can make informed decisions about their care.”

— Dr. Nair

Tell us about your journey as a pulmonary critical care specialist.

As a medical student, I was initially drawn toward working in the fast-paced environment of the intensive care unit, because it requires one to think on their feet and make decisions quickly. As my career has progressed, I have been drawn to the pulmonary side of medicine — helping patients manage disorders associated with the lungs. A big part of what drew me to Fred Hutch was the opportunity to align my clinical focus with my primary research interest, which is improving the detection and treatment of lung cancer. I enjoy helping people with all cancer types manage complex respiratory issues while also striving to move the needle forward in our field.

What is your approach to care?

One of my parents was diagnosed with cancer, and that experience has attuned me to many of the issues and tough decisions that patients in oncology face. I believe in empowering patients by sharing the best available evidence so that they can make informed decisions about their care.

Provider Background

Specialty: Pulmonology

Area of clinical practice

High risk prevention

Respiratory complications from cancer and treatment, lung cancer risk and detection

I am a pulmonary critical care specialist who treats patients with respiratory problems from cancer or cancer treatment. My expertise also includes lung cancer screening and diagnosis as well as the management of lung nodules, small growths in the lungs that can be benign or malignant. Often, I use advanced procedural skills to diagnose abnormalities in the lung by bronchoscopy, a technique that provides a view of the lung’s airways. I provide outpatient care at Fred Hutch and inpatient care at UW Medical Center - Montlake.

In addition to working with patients, I lead a research program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center that is focused on developing new ways to diagnose and treat lung cancer. One area of interest is improving the utility of bronchoscopy in order to better guide the care of patients with lung cancer.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of Pennsylvania

Medical Degree
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Stanford Health Care, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Board Certification
Critical Care Medicine, 2010; Internal Medicine, 2018; Pulmonary Disease, 2019, American Board of Internal Medicine

MS, Clinical Epidemiology, Stanford University School of Medicine


Thoracic Oncology Assembly Early Career Achievement Award
Dr. Nair received this award from the American Thoracic Society in 2018. It is given to early-career scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the field of thoracic oncology.


All news
Transformative $78M gift to establish new precision oncology institute Gift will accelerate center’s leadership in the future of cancer research September 8, 2022
New protocols, precision approaches ahead for lung cancer Hutch researchers launch liquid biopsy study; large biomarker protocol publishes, providing ‘roadmap’ for treatment of metastatic patients November 24, 2020

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