Prevention & Early Detection

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Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program Physicians

When you visit our physicians within the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program, you will meet with a team of gastrointestinal specialists, including a gastroenterologist with special expertise in high-risk patients, a genetic counselor, a medical geneticist, a nutritionist, and (when needed) a gynecologic oncologist. This team helps develop a comprehensive, personalized program to try to prevent cancer from occurring and increase the likelihood of detecting cancer early, if it should occur.

The gastrointestinal cancer prevention physician team includes:


Teresa A. Brentnall, MD


Dr. Brentnall is a gastroenterology specialist practicing at UW Medical Center and specializes in familial pancreatic cancer and colon cancer associated with inflammatory bowel disease.

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Gideon Steinbach, MD, PhD


Dr. Steinbach's research is focused on gastrointestinal cancer prevention, including genetic and clinical predisposition, chemoprevention, and early detection.

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Elizabeth M. Swisher, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

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

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