Ying (Nancy) Cui, MD, PhD

Ying (Nancy) Cui, MD, PhD

Ying (Nancy) Cui, MD, PhD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology

“Caring for cancer patients can be done at all levels. Every moment spent communicating with a patient is valuable. Sometimes, answering their questions to relieve anxiety is as important as discussing their cancer treatment. It is always rewarding when I can provide help to make their life better in some way.”

— Dr. Cui

How did you become a medical oncologist?

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.

Why do you work at Fred Hutch?

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.

Provider Background

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.

Community Oncology

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.


Chinese (Mandarin)

Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
Beijing Medical University

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Internal Medicine

University of Washington, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Board Certification
Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch physicians. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your physician can decide if a study is right for you.

Your Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.


Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

For the Media

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