Dr. Hisama provides genetic evaluation for patients with or at high risk for cancer.
I believe that patients with a hereditary cancer condition in themselves or in their family benefit from accurate, up-to-date information about genetic testing that is provided in a personalized, understandable way.
Genetic evaluation of cancer and family history of cancer.
- Professor, Medical Director, Genetic Medicine Clinic, University of Washington, 2014-present
- MD: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1988
- Residency: Neurology, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1992
- Fellowship: Medical Genetics, Yale University, 1998
- Board Certified in Medical Genetics
- Board Certified in Neurology
Dr. Hisama says she decided to become a doctor because medicine is a rewarding profession that blends science with humanity and touches people's lives in a meaningful way.
"I truly enjoy caring for cancer patients and find that they truly appreciate the information that I can provide to them and their families regarding what caused their cancer, what this means for themselves, and what a hereditary cancer condition means for their family members," she says.
Dr. Hisama is collaborating with Dr. Gail Jarvik on the NEXT medicine study which is investigating best practices in the transfer of the whole exome/whole genome technology to the clinical care of patients with colon cancer or multiple precancerous colon polyps.
"I would like to see greater awareness of the role of medical geneticists in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients, and hope that more medical students will choose this path," Dr. Hisama says.
Outside of work, Dr. Hisama enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs in the Pacific Northwest’s many beautiful parks.