It was not a straightforward path for me. When I was young, my first personal wish was to be a physicist. However, my father suggested medicine, as he saw that I had a lot of empathy and compassion for people.
During medical school, I encountered too many unanswered questions at the cellular/molecular biology level, which led me to pursue PhD studies in molecular biology and genetics post-medical school. Cancer research is at the forefront of scientific progress in this field, and practicing clinical oncology is one of the most challenging specialties in medicine.
As a medical oncologist, I value the opportunity to provide care for our cancer patients in many unique ways. This includes building long-term relationships with patients and their extended family and loved ones, treating patients holistically while valuing their quality of life and priorities. Bringing rapid oncology progress to the patient’s bedside is also an important aspect of my work.
Returning to Fred Hutch over a decade after completing my fellowship at UW/Fred Hutch is an exciting opportunity. I never felt like I left, because I kept in close contact and shared patient care with the team while practicing oncology in the Seattle area. At Fred Hutch at Overlake Cancer Center, I feel privileged to be part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary cancer care team that provides high-quality care to our cancer patients in a convenient community setting. I am thrilled to offer our patients more opportunities to access the cutting-edge clinical trials and resources from Fred Hutch. It is an exciting time to experience the continuous transformational changes and progress happening here.
Area of Clinical Practice
General medical oncology, benign and malignant hematology
I am a physician who sees patients at Fred Hutch at Overlake Cancer Center. I have broad experience in oncology and hematology with a special interest in GI tract cancer and women’s cancers, including breast, ovary and uterine cancer.
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.
Beijing Medical University
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Internal Medicine
University of Washington, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine
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