Berit L. Madsen, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Radiation oncology, stereotactic radiotherapy, palliative care, breast cancer, head and neck cancers, skin cancer, gynecological cancers
Every patient should be treated like a VIP — with the most up-to-date, compassionate and timely care.”
Why do you specialize in oncology?
I became interested in medicine as a high school student when I took a biology course from an enthusiastic, inspiring teacher. While I was an undergraduate at Stanford, I took a class about the biosocial aspects of cancer that was taught by a team of world-renowned specialists, and I was hooked. My rotations in the medical and radiation oncology departments during medical school only confirmed that cancer care was my calling. The scientific and technological aspects of oncology fascinate me, and being able to help people with cancer in a meaningful way is very rewarding.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a board-certified radiation oncologist and the medical director of SCCA Peninsula, a radiation oncology clinic located in Poulsbo, Washington. In this community setting, I practice general radiation oncology with a special interest in breast cancer, head and neck cancers, skin cancer and palliative care. My background includes serving as the principal investigator on the groundbreaking early trial of stereotactic radiotherapy for prostate cancer. Today, stereotactic radiotherapy, a type of focused external beam radiation therapy that precisely targets cancer cells, has become a widely accepted treatment for a variety of tumors.
What guides your approach to care?
When I practiced medicine in Seattle, I witnessed how difficult it was for patients who were ill and fatigued to travel long distances for their care. So I made it my personal goal to open a cancer center serving the Kitsap Peninsula, where I’ve been a longtime resident. Establishing the Peninsula Cancer Center (now SCCA Peninsula) has been a dream come true for me, because I think every patient should be treated like a VIP. To me, that means delivering compassionate, timely care that is backed by the latest science, tailored to your needs and coordinated as seamlessly as possible.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center, Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology, 1995, 2015, American Board of Radiology
Internship, California Pacific Medical Center