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UW Medicine

UW Medicine includes UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.

Oncology programs located at the UW sites support research, training, and patient care activities in genitourinary oncology, gynecological oncology, medical oncology, melanoma, neuro-oncology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, radiation oncology, sarcoma, and other services. 

University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) is a top-ranked hospital in the United States for cancer treatment according to U.S. News & World Report.

UW Medicine’s major accomplishments include:

  • Ranked third among medical schools nationwide in research-grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Considered the leading center for the Human Genome Project.

  • Recognized as one of only four hospitals in the United States with dedicated clinical programs that use high-energy radiation therapy with a linear accelerator and neutron therapy with a cyclotron.

  • Acclaimed internationally for its radiology program and the expertise of its faculty; provides state-of-the-art equipment, including positron emission tomography (PET). New advances originating in this program have evolved into several unique examinations unavailable elsewhere.

  • Pioneered work in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery (three-dimensional focusing of a radiation beam to destroy cancer tissue) for brain and other central nervous system tumors.

  • Focused on coordinated, multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment plans for women with breast cancer, including the use of blue-dye techniques to map affected lymph nodes.

  • Recognized internationally as a leader in research on the genetics of breast cancer risk.

  • Established state-of-the-art gene therapy and lymphatic mapping in its Melanoma Center.