Ellen Chuang, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Oncology
“I work with patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo treatment. Some of my favorite memories are of the follow-up visits that happen over the years. Seeing these women move forward in their lives —succeed in careers, have relationships and children, and even run marathons — is truly rewarding.”
— Dr. Chuang
Have you or a loved one been affected by cancer? How did that impact your outlook on cancer or your approach to care?

Like many families, I’ve lost relatives to cancer. Those experiences have helped me to empathize with what my patients are going through. I do my best to communicate with them, listen to them and show compassion during this very difficult time. I have a strong connection with my patients. I try to understand their values and preferences, and together, we come up with the best plan for them.

Why did you decide to specialize in your disease/treatment focus?

Early in my career I was a basic science researcher. I was drawn to breast cancer because it was really one of the first diseases where life-saving therapies were developed based on the science. I wanted to be able to administer those therapies and help give people their lives back. While cancer treatment is complex, it doesn't always follow an algorithm. At SCCA we provide a patient with the most up to date, nuanced care plan with the goal of achieving the best outcomes.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency, Internal Medicine
University of Iowa
Medical Degree
The University of Chicago. Pritzker School of Medicine


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.

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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