Gastrointestinal Diseases

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Our Doctors

When you come to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for cancer treatment, you will be cared for by a team of UW Medicine gastrointestinal cancer specialists, including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and advanced practice providers. They talk to each other—and to you—to help you choose the most appropriate care. Meet our gastrointestinal cancer care advanced practice providers.

The physician team includes:

Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD

Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD

Radiation Oncology

Dr. Apisarnthanarax is a radiation oncologist with expertise in gastrointestinal cancers and genitourinary tumors, including prostate cancer. He also specializes in proton therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and liver cancer.

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Anthony L. Back, MD

Anthony L. Back, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. Back is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating cancers of the gastrointestinal system. He is an expert in communication between physicians and patients and acts as a mentor for many new physicians.

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Eileen M. Bulger, MD

Eileen M. Bulger, MD

Surgery

Dr. Bulger is a surgeon at UW Medical Center. She enjoys caring for patients and addressing the concerns of their family and friends from the time of illness or injury throughout their hospital stay.

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David R. Byrd, MD

David R. Byrd, MD

Surgical Oncology

Dr. Byrd is a UW professor of surgery, the section chief of surgical oncology, and director of the Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic. He was the first surgeon to bring the sentinel lymph node biopsy technique to the Northwest. He is an expert in many surgical procedures, including the Whipple procedure used in pancreas cancer treatment.

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Gabriela Chiorean, MD

Gabriela Chiorean, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. Chiorean specializes in treating patients with colorectal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic cancers.

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Andrew L. Coveler, MD

Andrew L. Coveler, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. Coveler is a medical oncologist who treats cancers of the gastrointestinal system.

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Christopher Damman, MD

Christopher Damman, MD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Damman treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers.

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Alessandro Fichera, MD

Alessandro Fichera, MD

Surgery

Dr. Fichera is a nationally renowned, board certified colorectal surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for gastrointestinal cancers.

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William P. Harris, MD

William P. Harris, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. William Harris specializes in caring for people with hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and gastrointestinal malignancies.

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David M. Hockenbery, MD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Hockenbery specializes in gastroenterology and the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of apoptosis.

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Joo Ha Hwang, MD, PhD

Joo Ha Hwang, MD, PhD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Hwang is a gastroenterologist who strives to provide excellent care to his patients and to improve their quality of life.

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Edward Kim, MD

Edward Kim, MD

Radiation Oncology

Dr. Kim is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, sarcoma, and brain and central nervous system cancers.

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Wui-Jin Koh, MD

Wui-Jin Koh, MD

Radiation Oncology

Dr. Koh is a professor of Radiation Oncology at University of Washington and the medical director for Radiation Oncology for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He specializes in treating gynecological and gastrointestinal cancers.

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Charles Stewart Landis, MD, PhD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Landis is an expert in general and transplant hepatology, general gastroenterology, and endoscopy techniques.

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Scott D. Lee, MD

Scott D. Lee, MD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Lee is a gastroenterologist who specializes in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and pre-malignant changes associated with IBD.

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Edward H. Lin, MD

Edward H. Lin, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. Lin is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating gastrointestinal cancers.

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Gary N. Mann, MD, BCh

Gary N. Mann, MD, BCh

Surgery

Dr. Mann is a surgeon at UW Medicine specializing in general surgery, melanoma, endocrine neoplasia management, sarcoma, pancreas cancer, and molecular imaging of endocrine tumors.

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Marcus Neubauer, MD

Marcus Neubauer, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. Neubauer treats patients with lung, head, neck, and gastrointestinal cancers.

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Brant K. Oelschlager, MD

Brant K. Oelschlager, MD

Surgery

Dr. Oelschlager is an international leader in the area of minimally invasive esophageal and gastric surgery. His practice is devoted almost entirely to the treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and stomach.

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Siddharth A. Padia, MD

Siddharth A. Padia, MD

Radiology

Dr. Padia is an interventional radiologist who specializes in treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers and sarcoma.

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Shilpen A. Patel, MD

Shilpen A. Patel, MD

Radiation Oncology

Dr. Patel is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of thoracic cancer, including lung, thymic, and tracheal tumors, gastrointestinal cancers, and chest sarcoma at UW Medical Center and SCCA Proton Therapy.

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Carlos A Pellegrini, MD

Carlos A Pellegrini, MD

Surgery

Dr. Pellegrini is a world-renowned surgeon in the area of esophageal diseases and introduced minimally invasive operations for the treatment of achalasia and gastroesophageal reflux. He focuses his practice in the area of benign and malignant esophageal problems.

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Venu G. Pillarisetty, MD

Venu G. Pillarisetty, MD

Surgical Oncology

Dr. Pillarisetty is a surgical oncologist who cares for patients with pancreas cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies.

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Michael D. Saunders, MD

Michael D. Saunders, MD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Saunders is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He is also director of the Digestive Disease Center at UW Medical Center.

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Veena Shankaran, MD

Veena Shankaran, MD

Medical Oncology

Dr. Shankaran is a medical oncologist who specializes in caring for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies, with a particular focus on cancers of the esophagus and stomach.

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Mika N. Sinanan, MD, PhD

Mika N. Sinanan, MD, PhD

Surgery

Dr. Sinanan is a general surgeon at UW Medical Center.

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Gideon Steinbach, MD, PhD

Gideon Steinbach, MD, PhD

Gastroenterology

Dr. Steinbach's research is focused on gastrointestinal cancer prevention, including genetic and clinical predisposition, chemoprevention, and early detection.

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Paul E. Swanson, MD

Paul E. Swanson, MD

Pathology

Dr. Swanson is a pathologist on the gastrointestinal cancers team.

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Sandeep Vaidya, MD

Sandeep Vaidya, MD

Radiology

Dr. Vaidya is an interventional radiologist.

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Karim Valji, MD

Karim Valji, MD

Radiology

Dr. Valji is a radiologist with expertise in vascular and interventional radiology.

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Maria A. Westerhoff, MD

Maria A. Westerhoff, MD

Pathology

Dr. Westerhoff is a pathologist on the gastrointestinal cancers team.

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Matthew M. Yeh, MD, PhD

Matthew M. Yeh, MD, PhD

Pathology

Dr. Yeh is a pathologist specializing in diagnosis of gastrointestinal, liver, biliary and pancreatic cancer.

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