Patient Care Philosophy
"I want to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plans or treatment options so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their family. Knowledge and support are two pillars that a patient advocate can supply, and seeing patients in both the outpatient and inpatient care settings provides the continuity of care that helps make this more effective."
Education and Training
- Biological Science, Stanford University, 1976
- Nursing, University of Washington, 1985
Stanley Shikuma decided to work in healthcare because he wanted to work with people and have a positive impact in their lives. "I wanted to use my background in biological science in an applied and humanistic way. Nursing seemed to be the perfect way to do both."Six months after Stanley was hired on the orthopedic unit at UW Medical Center, Dr. Chappie Conrad was hired as a sarcoma specialist. As Dr. Conrad's practice grew and the sarcoma team expanded, Stanley spent more and more time on the floor working with Dr. Conrad's patients as they had surgery and went through chemotherapy. "I found the sarcoma patients to be some of the most challenging patients on the floor--and the most rewarding," Stanley says.
"In my lifetime, I hope to see targeted therapies with designer drugs that can knock off cancer cells without wiping out the patient's healthy cells," Stanley says. "I'd like to see genetic markers identified for each and every cancer sub-type so diagnostic ambiguity can be eliminated and therapies made more specific. And I hope to see new and improved imaging technologies that are quicker, cheaper, less invasive/toxic, and more widely available than current technologies."
Outside of work, Stanley performs and teaches taiko (Japanese drums). He is active in the Japanese American community working on issues of social justice, civil rights, and public education. He enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with his wife and children.