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Elizabeth M. Swisher, MD

Dr. Swisher is medical director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I enjoy developing long-term patient relationships and helping patients who are confronted with cancer and terminal issues. I believe we can empower women at high risk of cancer with the tools to prevent cancer and decrease their lifetime risk of cancer.

Dr. Swisher's Resume


  • Professor, Gynecologic Oncology Division; Adjunct Assistant Professor,
    Division of Medical Genetics, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program, Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Affiliate Investigator, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Swisher is particularly interested in the genetics of gynecologic cancers and provides expertise in assessing cancer risk and maximizing cancer prevention. Her laboratory is studying how ovarian cancer starts, focusing on pathways that may lead to better prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer. She is also studying mechanisms of chemoresistance  in ovarian cancers and how the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes influence response to chemotherapy.

Education And Training

  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine, 1992
  • Residency: University of Washington Ob/Gyn, 7/93-6/96
  • Fellowship: Washington University Medical Center Gyn Oncology, 7/96-7/99

More Information

  • Dr. Swisher was recognized in 2012 and 2016 as a "Top Doctor" in Seattle magazine's annual survey.
  • For more information about Dr. Swisher's clinical and research expertise, please visit her profile on the UW Medicine website.