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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

E. Gabriela Chiorean, MD

Physician, Clinical Director, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Clinical Research Director, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
UW Medicine
Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Medical Oncology
“I hope we continue to discover novel ways to prevent cancer and to detect it in earlier stages — when we can treat it more effectively.”
— Dr. Chiorean
What inspired you to become an oncologist?

When I was in high school, my mother fell sick with multiple sclerosis. While caring for her, I developed a strong passion to help people who are suffering in any way I could, which is why I entered medicine. During my internal medicine residency, I witnessed firsthand the courage and resilience of cancer patients and really came to see them as my role models. Because of their perseverance, I chose to dedicate my career to compassionately care for people with this disease. I also focus on clinical and bench-to-bedside research that can lead to the discovery of new cancer treatments and biomarkers to predict their efficacy.

What’s your approach to cancer care?

I strive to treat you with my utmost dedication, respect and compassion. It’s my duty to provide you with up-to-date comprehensive care and treatment options while emphasizing your individual needs and values. I truly appreciate the role of multidisciplinary teams in delivering the best patient care. For over 15 years, I’ve been involved in hundreds of clinical and translational research projects, most of them collaborative and multidisciplinary. I believe a team effort, with you as the centerpiece, sharing ideas and knowledge, leads to the most successful results and forms the most creative environment for novel discoveries.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Gastrointestinal diseases

As a professor of medicine at the UW School of Medicine, member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and attending physician at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, I have expertise in treating patients with pancreatic, colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers, as well as long-standing experience in experimental therapeutics and clinical trials.

I hope to see the development of easy and intelligent tests that will detect cancer earlier, predict the best treatments and improve our understanding of how to help patients with incurable cancers live longer and have the best quality lives.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
William Beaumont Hospital, Internal Medicine
University of Minnesota, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2002, 2012, American Board of Internal Medicine
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Chiorean has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award.


“Dr. Chiorean is incredibly smart, dedicated to her patients and on top of every aspect of their care and treatment.”
— Elizabeth Swisher, MD


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.


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.


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

Ongoing Research Pushes Precision Oncology Mindset in Gastrointestinal Cancers

SCCA’s E. Gabriela Chiorean, MD connected with OncLive to discuss recent developments and treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Chiorean on the Role of Molecular Testing in Pancreatic Cancer

SCCA’s Gabriela Chiorean, MD talked with OncLive about the role of molecular testing in pancreatic 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.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.


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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