Gabrielle A. Zecha, PA-C, MHA
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
I didn’t choose to be in health care; health care chose me.”
Why do you specialize in oncology?
When I was training to become a physician assistant, a friend of mine who was a nurse on SCCA’s transplant service often talked about the patients she cared for, how amazing they and their families were. Curious, I decided to do a two-month rotation on the transplant service. I loved it. The medicine itself was fascinating, and I felt inspired by the patients’ willingness to embrace adversity. The resilience of the human spirit is a wonder to behold. Today, one of the things I love most about being a PA in oncology is seeing patients recover and witnessing the extraordinary support their families provide.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in the treatment of blood disorders. My background includes practicing family medicine, working in general oncology at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Hospital in Seattle and serving on the transplant service at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Caring for patients at SCCA since 2007, I am currently the director of advanced practice providers and the associate medical director. In these roles, I collaborate with executive leadership and clinical and administrative staff to enhance our operations and improve patients’ experiences.
How do you work with patients?
I believe that the personal touch — being kind, attentive, and compassionate — is an important part of delivering optimal care. I aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, in the clearest possible terms, so that you can confront your diagnosis, make decisions about treatment, navigate the health care system and create a care plan that suits your needs. There has been so much progress in cancer care in recent years, and I look forward to sharing those advances with you. My goal is to help you lead the fullest life possible.
St. Martin's University
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician Assistant, 1997, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Executive Master of Health Administration, University of Washington