Andrew Coveler, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
I want your treatment to be integrated into your life, not to consume it.”
Why did you choose to join SCCA?
I wanted to work at an institution that provides patient-centered care and plentiful opportunities for people to take part in clinical trials with new and novel treatments. SCCA has been at the forefront of using the immune system to fight cancer. Though there has been limited success so far bringing immune-based therapies to GI cancers, I am hopeful it will happen. In addition, I enjoy working with the next generation of physicians, and I am able to do that by being a part of SCCA and its partner organizations.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
As the director of the Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic, I review almost all the records of patients coming to SCCA with pancreas cancer. You are likely to see one of my colleagues, but we often start the evaluation before you walk in the door so that your first visit is useful to you.
I am a medical oncologist who treats people with cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) system, which includes many organs, such as the stomach and liver. My research spans several GI cancers. As a member of the Phase I Program, I collaborate with colleagues to bring new and novel therapies to SCCA and those who come here for care.
What’s your approach to working with patients?
My goal is to partner with you and your family so that you can take an active role in your care. I am an advocate for your choices so that you can confront the disease on your own terms. I strive to guide you through what’s unknown, sharing information about your disease, prognosis and treatment options. It is an honor to care for people with challenging diagnoses.
Northwestern University Medical School
University of Washington, General Internal Medicine
University of Washington, Tumor Vaccine Group; University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
Medical Oncology, 2010, American Board of Internal Medicine
Internship, Baylor College of Medicine