Veena Shankaran, MD
As an undergraduate Philosophy major, Dr. Veena Shankaran did not initially intend to pursue a career in medicine. She was ultimately drawn to the field through personal experience and a deep appreciation for science and the human spirit. During the course of medical school and internal medicine residency at the
“Not only were the diseases fascinating from a scientific standpoint, but I also felt I had a lot to offer oncology patients and their families emotionally,” she says.
Dr. Shankaran treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers and works in the Pancreas Cancer Specialty Clinic as well. “Pancreas cancer is a tough disease to treat and requires multidisciplinary collaboration and discussion. I think the PCSC provides a unique team approach to treatment,” she says.
Her research interests focus on the out-of-pocket costs that patients with gastrointestinal cancers experience as well as the cost-effectiveness of cancer therapy — studying how great care can be delivered without wasting resources. She is working with Dr. Scott Ramsey, director of the SCCA Cancer Prevention Clinic (and an expert in the cost effectiveness of healthcare and health-related quality of life).
When she isn’t working, Dr. Shankaran likes listening to opera, playing piano, and practicing yoga. Her husband is a physician at University of Washington Medical Center.
Veena Shankaran, MDDr. 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.
Patient Care Philosophy:
I believe in providing my patients and their families with the knowledge, perspective, compassion, and resources to navigate their illness and treatment course with self-assurance and dignity. In addition to providing access to the latest scentific data and clinical trials, I will work with my patients to develop an individualized treatment plan based on their particular needs and circumstances
- Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Gastrointestinal cancers including pancreas, colon, rectal, gastric, and esophageal cancer
Education And Training
- Board Certification, Medical Oncology
- Fellowship, Hematology and Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Chicago, IL
- Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
- Medical Degree, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
- B.A. in Philosophy. Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Board Certification, Internal Medicine
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- FOLFIRI + Ramucirumab for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (UW10034)
- Trastuzumab plus Trimodal Treatment for Esophageal Cancer
- PET Scan Imaging for Patients with Esophageal Cancer