Christina S. Baik, MD, MPH

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“I believe the best cancer treatment decisions stem from actively collaborating with you and your family and understanding your values and priorities.”
— Dr. Baik
When did you know you wanted to be an oncologist?

In high school, I was very interested in sciences and also very drawn to community service. I felt that becoming a doctor was a perfect way to combine these interests. During my residency, I felt an especially close connection with the cancer patients I met. Many had a perspective of life that enriched and challenged me, both as a physician and as a person. I also believe in the importance of extending care to the community by better understanding cancer risk factors and developing prevention strategies for those at risk. This is part of my work as an oncologist too.

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How do you approach cancer treatment?

My personal motto is to live a life of grace and generosity. I try to bring this into all of my work. Treatment is a process, and I feel very privileged when my patients and their families allow me to see some of the most intimate details of their lives as we take each step in that process. I enjoy being an educator, not only to other physicians and trainees, but also with you and your family throughout your care.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Lung cancer

My clinical research focuses on developing effective targeted therapies for people with oncogene-driven lung cancer. I’m also interested in understanding the mechanisms of primary and secondary resistance to immunotherapy, or why immunotherapy doesn’t work for everyone. In my lifetime, I hope that we’ll be able to detect more lung cancers in the early curable stages and that metastatic lung cancer will become manageable so people can live long and productive lives even with the disease.

Head and neck cancers

While a diagnosis of head and neck cancer can be devastating news for patients and their families, I’ve witnessed that the news can bring out the best in many people. This is one reason I decided to take care of people with cancer. It’s a very rewarding way to commit my time and energy.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Puget Sound
Medical Degree
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency
Brown Medical School, General Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Tufts Medical Center, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Oncology, 2009, 2019, American Board of Internal Medicine
Other
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health; Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Languages
English
Korean

Stories

SCCA launches new Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Clinic
SCCA launches new Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Clinic

SCCA recently launched a Thoracic Oncology Multispecialty Clinic (TOMC) to bring multidisciplinary care to patients with lung cancer and other thoracic cancers. The clinic unites top thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to evaluate patients and design customized treatment plans.

Identifying, Treating Resistance to TKIs Are Next Step in EGFR+ NSCLC

SCCA's Christina Baik, MD, spoke with OncLive about treatments for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. 

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Study ID:
Complete title
A Repository of Serial Blood and Tumor Collection in Patients with Lung Cancer
Study ID:
Complete title
An Observational Study of Mechanism of Resistance (MoRe) to Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors in Oncogene-Driven Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Study ID:
Complete title
Tumor and Peripheral Blood T cell Profiling and T cell Receptor Sequencing in Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer or Cancer of the Head and Neck who have Received Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy (anti-PD1 / anti-PDL1)

Publications

Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Press

SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

Rare Genetic Changes Can Make a Big Difference in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survival

SCCA's Christina Baik, MD, MPH, spoke with CURE about genetic changes and non-small cell lung cancer survival. 

Identifying, Treating Resistance to TKIs Are Next Step in EGFR+ NSCLC

SCCA's Christina Baik, MD, spoke with OncLive about treatments for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. 

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Katie R. Weaver, MSN, ARNP
Katie R. Weaver, MSN, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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