Dr. Chiorean specializes in treating patients with colorectal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic cancers.
I strive to treat each and every patient with utmost dedication, respect, and compassion; to provide up-to-date comprehensive care and treatment while emphasizing individual’s needs and values. I appreciate the role of multidisciplinary teams in delivering the best patient care.
Colorectal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic cancers as well as Phase I clinical studies
- Clinical Research Director, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, University of Washington Medical Center
- Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Medical Degree: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Residency: William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI
- Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Gabriela Chiorean strives to treat her patients with outmost dedication, respect, and compassion. She provides up-to-date, comprehensive care and treatment while emphasizing individual’s needs and values.
“I appreciate the role of multidisciplinary teams in delivering the best patient care,” she says.
As a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Chiorean is an expert in treating colorectal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic cancers. She also conducts Phase I clinical studies, searching for the best treatments for hard-to-treat diseases.
“While in high-school, my mother fell sick with multiple sclerosis,” Chiorean says. “And while caring for her, I felt the strong passion to help suffering people in any way I could.” Which is how Chiorean came into the field of medicine.
It was during her internal medicine residency that she witnessed firsthand the courage and resilience of cancer patients. “I saw them as my role models,” she says. “From that point on, I wanted to dedicate my career to both compassionately and thoughtfully caring for my cancer patients, and to be involved in research that could lead to the discovery of new treatments and better ways of early detection through biomarkers.”
For the last 10 years, Chiorean has been involved in many clinical and translational research projects, most collaborative and multi-disciplinary. “I believe that a team effort, and sharing ideas and knowledge, leads to the most fulfilling results and forms the most creative environment for novel discoveries,” she says.
In her lifetime, Chiorean hopes to see meaningful gains in the extent and quality of life of cancer patients. “I hope to see novel ways to prevent cancer and to catch it in earlier stages when we can treat it more effectively.”
She hopes to see the development of easy and intelligent tests that will predict the best treatments for patient will be, and how to make those with incurable cancers live longer lives.
Outside of work, Chiorean enjoys being a “soccer” and a “swimming” mom, hiking, skiing, traveling, and seeing the world. She also enjoys cooking and reading a good book in her free time.