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Jim Drechsler, PA-C

Patient Care Philosophy

“I believe that I am here to be an educator and a patient advocate. I value being able to help patients navigate and make informed decisions with regard to treatment and care with the best available evidence. I want to help my patients make the best decisions for their health and well-being.”

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science, Paramedic: Central Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science, Clinical Health Services: University of Washington
  • Physician Assistant Training: MEDEX Northwest, UW School of Medicine

Practitioner Profile

Jim Drechsler is a physician assistant (PA-C) in the prostate oncology department at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Prior to becoming a PA-C, Jim spent eight years as a firefighter and a paramedic. Jim went on to graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in clinical health and worked in family practice in St. Helens, Ore.

Jim says it was his passion for service and care that drew him to SCCA. “Medicine to me is much more than a job. I wake up every morning excited to go to work.” Jim attributes his attitude to the dynamic environment of working with a multidisciplinary team as well as the ability to have a lasting impact on the life of every patient he works with.

It was the unique challenges faced by both patient and provider that made Jim decide to pursue a career in cancer care. “I find it a privilege to be entrusted to walk alongside those who are fighting this disease with hope and honesty.” Jim also values his ability to promote better screening methods that lead to safer and more effective cancer treatments.

When he isn’t working, Jim enjoys walking, hiking, watching movies, and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.