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Maria Corinna Palanca-Wessels, MD, PhD

Dr. Palanca-Wessels is a hematology oncologist who specializes in treating patients with lymphomas.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I strive to educate and empower my patients to take charge of their health. I work closely with my patients to develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs. I encourage patients to take advantage of the unique and innovative therapies being offered through the clinical studies conducted at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance whenever possible.

Dr. Palanca-Wessels's Resume


  • Associate Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Burkitts lymphoma
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Low-grade lymphoma
  • Mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Marginal zone lymphoma
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Hairy cell leukemia

Education And Training

  • Bachelor of Science: Biology (summa cum laude), University of Washington, 1992
  • PhD: Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Washington, 1999
  • Medical Education: University of Washington School of Medicine, 2001
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, UW Medical Center, 2001-2003
  • Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology, UW Medical Center & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2003-2008
  • UW Medical Scientist Training Program: MD-PhD, 1992-2001