Eric Chen, MD, PhD
When Dr. Eric Chen started his combined MD/PhD program at the University of Wisconsin, he thought he wanted to go into research. However, he found that he got more satisfaction working directly with patients.
“I like to help people better understand cancer, especially because many patients assume the worst-case scenario with a new diagnosis,” he says.
“I ask each patient what their understanding is of their condition and help them decipher this information so we are all on the same page with realistic hope and expectations. That reduces their anxiety and fear.”
Dr. Chen joined Group Health in 2005, after completing his medical fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington School of Medicine. His certifications include the American Board of Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is now the chief of Medical Oncology, accountable for all oncology care provided in Group Health Medical Centers.
“The Group Health oncology care team is among the best in the area,” says Dr. Chen, “and the integrated model is unbelievably fantastic.” He likes how he can reach out rapidly to other specialists or personal physicians throughout the entire Group Health network for in-depth consultations. “My colleagues and I can review a shared patient’s chart through the electronic medical records system and coordinate the best treatments for the patient.”
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Lymphoma Research Foundation, and other professional groups have bestowed many honors on Dr. Chen for his academic excellence and research. He was nominated by patients and families and named one of Seattle’s “Top Docs” in Seattle Metropolitan magazine for both 2009 and 2010.
“I put myself in my patient’s situation to try to share their perspective and help them pursue the best treatment plan for them.”
Patient Care Philosophy
“My goal is to provide the highest level of compassionate care. I strongly believe in educating each patient about his or her diagnosis since this is critical in making informed decisions about treatment options.”
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
- PhD: Human Cancer Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1991-1997
- MD/PhD: Integrated Degree Program, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI 1989-1999
- Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle 1999-2000
- Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle 2000-2002
- Fellowship, Medical Oncology, University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle 2002-2005
- American Society of Hematology
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
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