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Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD

Dr. Ramsey is a member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Ramsey's Resume


Title

  • Director, Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington
  • Comprehensive Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Survivorship Program, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
  • Full Member, Cancer Prevention Program, Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Professor (Adjunct), Pharmaceutical Outcomes, Research, and Policy Program, Department of Pharmacy, University of Washington

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Ramsey's expertise is in the cost effectiveness of health care and health-related quality of life.

Education And Training

  • 1994-1995, Chief Medical Resident, University of Washington, Medical Center, Medicine
  • 1994-1995, Acting Instructor, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Medicine
  • 1993-1994, Fellow, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Medicine, General Internal Medicine
  • 1990-1993, University of Washington, Internal Medicine

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Other Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Network
  • International Health Economics Association
  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research
  • Society for Medical Decision Making

Dr. Ramsey's Story


As a primary care provider, Dr. Scott Ramsey has seen physicians’ clinical practice time become more constrained and the demands upon them pile higher and higher. Time with patients has been spun to smaller and smaller increments so there is little time left for providing the type of medical attention focused on prevention and screening for diseases like cancer.

“The time has come for us to have places in medicine outside of acute care,” says Ramsey. “Cancer is the most feared disease, so it’s a good place to start.”

As a health economist, Ramsey says that screenings are cost-effective and under used. “Everyone is at risk for cancer, but the hope with screenings is to reduce your odds of dying from cancer.”

For people between 30 and 60 years old, changing your lifestyle and adopting healthy habits can pay off according to Ramsey. “And the side benefits are good for preventing stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.”